Cut to the Top Fifteen
The first eight of Top 15 spots are easiest for me. Aside from my ‘Five-for-Fighting’ delegates, Ghana, Indonesia and Peru have lingered in the upper tier with no signs of letting up. Meanwhile, the next seven guesses are a good mix of the expected and unexpected. My possible unexpected choices – but still with a couple of convincing basis – are Trinidad & Tobago, Cyprus and Japan. And please indulge me with one wildcard because I find South Sudan as going extremes in her presentation – either totally impressive or relatively forgettable. I went with the former.
Cut to the Top Five
Personally, my non-negotiable candidates started to lose members. Spain and France have left the circle of Philippines, Brazil and Ukraine who still hang in there intact up to this point. Indonesia’s Vania Larissa and Ghana’s Carranza Shooter will still keep them company as spoilers. Additionally, Peru already slid down in my rankings. Why? My new 6th placer is no pushover. Sarah Baderna of Italy slowly progressed in my armchair assessment. Some of you might wonder why I have a different wildcard here and not South Sudan. Well, this is already a heightened level of competition and I find this other African jewel good enough for just Top 15.
During Saturday’s extravaganza, the actual finalists will be given the chance to make a last ditch effort to convince the judges on why they should win. Delivery and sincerity will be of utmost importance. Who will give the most heartfelt reply? Who will shine so bright when it matters the most? Or is it possible that the judges have already made up their minds by now? Could be.
In my head, Megan is at her most relaxed state when speaking in public. She’s got game. Being used to the spotlight, this part is right up her alley. And while I have no clear proof yet (except for videos with no English subtitles) as to how Brazil, Ukraine and France will show grace under pressure, it would be foolish to dismiss their chances just like that. Who knows how well they can handle the hot seat when a live audience is breathing down their necks?
Cut to the Top Three
The throne of Miss World 2013
To tell you honestly, my dear readers, I found the most difficulty assigning a 2nd Princess more than any other spot in the Top 3. There are so many candidates I can think of as worthy of that place. Host delegate Vania Larissa was my initial selection to join Megan and Sancler, but thought that Julia Morley must already have rewarded her with more than the share of credits she deserves in the competition. Ghana is the next one in mind. I felt that Carranza has both Beach Fashion and BWAP working strong enough in her favor. Then again, the Philippines and Brazil are also considerably strong in both areas and more. So where does that leave me? Single out a delegate who – in my opinion – has been silently working her way to the heart of the organizers and the locals. Gut-feel tells me that Italy’s Sarah Baderna is capable of pulling one over the favored misses. And in hindsight, I may also be secretly wanting to put in an element of small surprise to the prediction game I started. I could be wrong, but it won’t totally break my confidence anymore.
Call me sentimental. Call me nationalistic. But however which way I look at it, Megan Young remains my #1 Choice for the Miss World 2013 crown. (Photo credit: Janice Domino)
So will MWO finally end the runaround with the Philippines in its search for a first Miss World crown? I am most definitely inclined to think that way. More than the hype and the pre-pageant citations, Megan has managed to call international attention to her status as the one most likely to win this year. A victory is icing on the cake in a mission that has managed to pick the right doors and windows to open every step of the way. Of course, the challenge of someone like Sancler Frantz is still too strong to ignore. But if fate dictates that the blue crown will land on the head of our rep, then jumping for joy is the second thing I will do after shedding a tear (or two) of happiness. 🙂
Important note: The Rock of Gibraltar – at the moment, the Philippines and Gibraltar are interchangeably running #1 and #2 in online voting. Should it happen that the latter eclipses our bet in the final count, the likelihood of Maroua Kharbouch landing a Top 5 spot (it was announced earlier on that #1 in online voting is guaranteed a Top 5 placement) is inevitable. And it’s obvious that I did not include her in my Top 5, let alone the Top 15. Just to let you know that should Gibraltar be called to the semifinals tomorrow night, chances are that she might also be part of the magic quintet.