Two days from now, Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Amanda Obdam will fly to the US via Turkish Airlines before heading to her final destination – Hollywood, Florida – where she will attempt to complete the unfinished businesses started by several of her national predecessors. To win the 69th Miss Universe is the objective, and in the process, surpass the Top 5 placements of both Paweensuda Drouin in 2019 and Maria Lynn Ehren in 2017 and the Top 6 finish of Namtan Chalita Suansane in the 65th edition.
How far will she go in the competition?
Amanda and her National Costume for the competition
After Fahsai last year, another Thai-Canadian emerged triumphant in the national stage this 2020.
Amanda Obdam wins Miss Universe Thailand 2020.
Vena Praveenar placed 1st Runner-Up
Polfah Punika Kulsoontornrut placed 2nd Runner-Up
Amanda will represent the Land of Smiles in the next edition of Miss Universe.
Many people are saying that either Punika or Veena should have won. But the way I see it, Thailand wants to play it safe with a representative who can communicate more freely in English so she can complete what Paweensuda failed to accomplish in 2019 – penetrate the Final 3 and hopefully become the 3rd Miss Universe titleholder of Thailand.
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Final Selection for Miss Universe Thailand 2020:
1 Amanda Obdam (MUT 97)
2 Punika Kulsoontornrut (MUT 18)
3 Praveenar Singh (MUT 08)
4 Alexandra Hänggi (MUT 91)
5 Praewwanich Praew Ruangthong (MUT 56)
6 Emmy Kim Sawyer (MUT 26)
7 Benjarat Akkarawanichsil (MUT 01)
8 Samina Triple (MUT 50)
The competition is just about down to the wire with my Top 3 choices as the potential successor of the reigning Paweensuda Drouin. Any one among Amanda, Punika and Praveenar can take it all the way. But in the end, I pick Amanda Obdam as my ultimate winner.
Amanda Obdam, my top pick to win Miss Universe Thailand 2020
Sharing the videos of the Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Preliminary Competition held recently.
Let us start with the National Costume Competition first since the Thais have immense pride in showing off their culture in traditional garbs.
Here now is the Swimsuit Competition
And below is the Evening Gown Competition
Did your favorite/s live up to expectations?
You will need to be fluent in Thai to be able to understand what the ladies are saying below. But if you have a sharp eye for body language nuances and the like, the possibility of telling confidence in their delivery and the like do not need much facility in their language.
Sharing with you the Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Swimsuit Competition video held at the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort.
See if your favorites stood out.
In one of their public activities, the 30 Official Candidates of Miss Universe Thailand 2020 engaged in a keyword battle inside Icon Siam where the ladies were randomly pitted against each other as they share their spontaneous thoughts about subject matters that are significant to Thai society these days.
It may be in Thai, but you would surely get a feel of those who performed nicely based on the cheers of the fans and their body language as well.
I am sharing with you now the video of yesterday’s sashing ceremony of Miss Universe Thailand 2020 held at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers where the thirty (30) Official Candidates were presented as a group wearing their suits for the first time.
See if you can pick your top favorites for the title currently being held by Paweensuda Drouin who placed in the Top 5 of Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
MISS UNIVERSE THAILAND 2020 TOP 30 🇹🇭
• Emmy Kim Sawyer (Emmy Kym Sawyer)
• 19 years old, 173 cm in height
• competed in The Face Thailand
• She used to hold the runner-up position of Miss Teen Thailand 2016
Emmy Kym Sawyer is currently the talk of pageant followers as one of the strong favorites to win Miss Universe Thailand 2020. She is one of the youngest in the competition.
It might help you to know that she is being trained by (now Thailand-based) RL Lacanienta of RL’s Angels for the national pageant. After coaching Paweensuda Drouin and Anntonia Porsild prior, he just might work wonders for this very articulate young lady.
And just so you can compare, below is the audition video of another strong contender, Amanda Obdam.
Miss Universe Thailand 2020 is very active in the Land of Smiles. And by October 10, the successor of last year’s Paweensuda Drouin (who made Top 5 during Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta) will be known.
The videos below are in Thai. So unless you speak or understand the language, you will just rely on seeing the candidates in motion.
At any rate, below are the ten of the early favorites to win the crown. The most familiar face, of course, is Veena Praveenar Singh.