First of all, I wanted to say I LOVED the stage presence and the decoration! I love the runway. It looks much better than any years that I have seen when USA host for Miss Universe. But I didn’t like the swimming suit choice! BAD Choice!
I have been doing homework for the last two weeks and checking out the pictures on social medias, reading articles and hearing stories from other people.
I wrote three different columns of introduction, swimming suit, and evening gowns that stood out for me. Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Argentina- Claudia is a very fresh breathtaking and i love her gown- It reminds me of Olivia Culpo’s Miss Universe gown but with short sleeves. I would love to see Argentina to break the curse to be in top 15. It has been a long time until 2014, Valentina placed in top 10, I still wished she was in top 5 last year for Miss Universe because she has the model-esque look and gorgeous. Claudia is in my bubbles.
Australia- I love this girl. They have been sending so many strong girls that made in top 15, 10, and 5 since 2004. Jennifer Hawkins broke that streak and got Miss Universe Organization to recognized that Australia have stunning girls. Australia was in top 10 since 2008 except for 2013 (when Olivia competed). I loved the dress on her, gold with sequins! That dress may get her in top 5. So Monika will be in my top 10 may be sneak in top 5.
Belgium- Annelies has the Victoria Secret look in Europe version. Belgium has been not in top 15 for a long time until 2009 and 2010 that placed as top 15. It would be nice to see Annelies to go further than Zeynep and Cilou. She seems really collected and calm, and down to earth (not trying too hard to impress people which is a good thing for me) I think she can be in top 15 or at least in bubbles. If they picked European to win, It would be Annelies or Flora (France) or Giada (Italy).
Brazil- I thought Marthina was stunning in pictures but in person, she wasn’t that impressive to me. Maybe its her blonde hair that she should have dyed to darker color that would make her more stand out? But I have heard that she’s one of heavily favorite for Miss Universe. I liked her gown- I think her gown will help her to place in top 10 at least if they made the cut to 10 for evening gown. As for her ranking in my prediction would put her in bubbles. She is somewhat disappointed for me tonight. Brazil is version of mixture of Katherine and Mary Margaret, Miss Alabama USA who placed in top 5 at Miss USA.
Colombia- I have to say this girl is stellar!! But i have heard some stories that she was not that friendly and think she has it in the bag. I don’t like those kind of people that doesn’t show the humbleness from a pageant girl. I think it would possible to have back to back just like Venezuela 2008 and 2009 from Dayana to Stefania. But she is in my top 5. She slayed on the stage with flawless and fierce! She reminds me of Sofia Vergara. I loved her dress- I think that is what sofia will dress at red carpet. Ariadna is one to watch closely for back to back.
Dominican Republic- This girl is on the top of everything! I enjoyed watching her on the stage- She nailed everything. I have always pay attention to Dominican Republic since Amelia won in 2003. I knew after Amelia won Dominican Republic is going to be next “ Venezuela” Their time will catch up soon. I also am in love with Renata (2005), Marianne (2008) and Ada (2009- I thought she will have won the title but it went to Stefania, Miss Venezuela). Clarissa is in my top 5 for sure.
Finland- she’s fresh looking and something about her that I liked. Her dress is like Jessica the rabbit. She wore same dress as Miss Nevada USA 2013, Chelsea Caldwell. She is in my bubbles.
France- Flora has been my favorite to watch for the title the day she arrived to Las Vegas. She is absolutely gorgeous. I love the way she carry herself on the stage and loved her gown— Red can’t go wrong with any girls, her dress is flawless with simplicity and elegant. Top 5-ish for me.
Georgia- This girl didn’t get my attention until tonight at the preliminary- she’s STUNNING! I know that people have mentioned her as one of their favorites. It would be great to see Georgia to break the curse to make at least finalist. I think she has a good chance to be in top 15, maybe top 10. I wondered if Joey Galon design her dress because it reminds me of Miss Nevada USA 2015, Brittany McGowan’s dress for Miss USA 2015.
Germany- I don’t understand why people don’t talk about her. I have fall in love with her at the day she arrived at Miss Universe in Las Vegas. I think they send strong German this year. I loved her dress it’s very simple but elegant at same time. This girl is definitely dark horse. I get feeling she is overlooked. I would love her to be in top 15 but probably will not be placed in top 15. But she is a sweet to look at and well presence on the stage.
Haiti- Well done on the stage- I never knew that she was former Miss New York Teen 2011. Excellent job to Lulu Orange! She trained this girl and dressed her! I was overall impressed with her! She’s in my top 15.
Italy- Giada is a dark horse for sure and I LOVE IT! Italian girls are stunning and often overlooked at the pageant. I loved last year (2014), and 1996. She can sneak in top 5 by surprising us. But I think she is going to be in top 10 on my prediction list.
Jamaica- They send a decent girl for this year, she surprise me on the stage because she was under radar and overlooked until she pop on the stage. I loved her evening gown that is where she got my attention and possibility in top 15 but at least bubbles. But no one can be as good as Kaci (2014) and Yendi (2010).
Norway- Martine is a beautiful girl, I think they finally send the right girl to Miss Universe. I would love to say she’s in my bubbles, but I doubt she will placed in top 15
Panama- Gladys is pleasure to watch on the stage. Something about her that I really like- Maybe she reminds me of Justine Pasek, Miss Universe 2002 (after Russia dethroned). She has sweet look on the stage. But she’s in my bubbles.
Paraguay- Myriam is going to be in top 2 (at least in PageantRocks eyes) she is FLAWLESS tonight! I loved every single thing she have done on the stage. It would be great to see her as winner for Miss Universe 2015 because last time Miss Paraguay placed in top 5 was in 2004 and 2006. Yanina was one of my favorite Miss Paraguay back in 2004.
Peru- Laura is gorgeous on the stage and one of heavily favorite to watch for the title. I get the feeling she can placed at least for top 10 for sure but may be in 5.
Philippines- Pia is going to be in top 5 unquestionably after being in top 5 for 4 years in row from 2010-2013 and 2014 as top 10 (Mary Jean broke the top 5) So Pia will be in top 5. They keep sending strong girls since 2010. I heard that Joey Galon designed a dress for Pia. So I am hoping that Pia will wear something different at the finals. I get the feeling she is saving for the BEST toward end. However, red sit well for her.
Russia- Vladislava, I feel bad for Russia because they do have beautiful girls that I have been watching, but Oxana kinda of ruined the chances for other Russia to place in top 15, 10, 5. I think this girl can be in top 10. Her gown is one of the best gowns I ever seen. It reminds me of Paulina Vega’s gown as Miss Colombia when she won Miss Universe 2014. One of the most classiest and elegant dress I ever seen. I just wished she smiled more and her hair is perfect for the gown.
Spain- Carla is not bad at preliminary but they have beautiful Spain girls to compete. Desiree (2014), Patricia (2013), Eva (2001) and Helen (2000) are the best and strongest one ever that they send to Miss Universe. One day, Spain will be next strong latin country to win multiple time just like Venezuela.
Thailand-Aniporn is very fresh breathtaking on the stage. She’s on many other peoples favorite list to be in top 15 and 10. But she is not on my top 15. But she may be in top 15.
Ukraine- Anna is beautiful on the stage but not strongest one compare to Diana (2014- that evening gown is to die for to look at and wear it), and Anna (2010). Ukraine is the strongest Eastern Europe country for Miss Universe that will catch up and one day Ukraine will capture the title. But she is not in my top 15 nor bubbles.
USA- Olivia is definitely going to be in top 5 unquestionably because she is one of strongest Miss USA that can place in top 5 with Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014. Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014, 1st runner up to Miss Universe 2014 worked with Jorge Estaban, one of the best interview coach in the world. Olivia is well prepared by Shandi Finnessey and her former director- Kristen Bradford.
Venezuela- Mariana is beautiful to watch on the stage- All of the years being trained by Osmel Sousa, His girls always placed in top 15, 10, 5 and rarely missed the placement. So I expected Mariana at least in top 15, but the rest of the the placement, I am not sure. She can surprise people. Nothing can go wrong with evening gown for ANY Venezuela girls. I have always loved their gowns. 41 girls placed in top 15, 10, 5 and winners since 1952 and since 1971, Miss Venezuela placed in top 15, 10, 5 and winners except for 1980, 1982 2004 (broke the streak), 2006 (she should have be in top 15), and 2010. Mariana must feel pressure to continue carry the legacy to place in at least top 15 for this year.
Vietnam- Huong seems a really sweet girl that really appreciate to be at Miss Universe. I loved her gown. Often they send alright girls to Miss Universe but this year, I believe that they send the right girl for possibility to win Miss Universe. It has been drought years for them not having girls placing in top 15, 10, 5. It would be nice to see Houng in top 10 and maybe 5. She is in my top 10. Swan on her dress is gorgeous, I believe that mean good luck in Vietnam or something like that. It is something meaningful in their country.
Surprise for me: Georgia- I have seen her around and people were talking about how stunning she is. It was proved tonight on the stage- She’s breathtaking.
Costa Rica- I have always had a thing for Costa Rica – they send pretty girls but not last strong as back in 2004 when Shandi Finnessey was 1st runner up to MIss Australia. I think this girl has a potential to be in top 15. She seems genuine.
I was surprised to see people not talking about Haiti, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Norway, Panama, Russia, and South Africa. I think they all have good chance to be in top 15 for Miss Universe.
Huge disappointment for me- Tanzania and Sweden on the stage. I loved them on social media and absolutely gorgeous. Denmark was walking awkward in her swimming suit but her face is gorgeous! She was one of my favorite for top 15 but now it went off the list for prediction.
I have heard that Japan and India were heavily favorites to watch for the title. I personally never find them that stellar compare to other girls and it showed on the stage that something was missing- maybe lack of energy or charming?
Croatia- It is like drapes that goes on top of her chest! Bad choice but the rest are simplicity which I love that.
Guatemala- I felt bad for her because she seems a really sweet and trying to have fun but her wardrobe wasn’t that great and what was she thinking of having the bottom part to be like clown collar! I get the feeling she will be famous for that hideous dress and her welcoming party dress. The best Guatemala girl that they send to Miss Universe was 2010 when she placed in top 10.
Ghana- Her dress need to be well executed on the split part but rest of it looks alright to me. Poor girl, she seems awkward in that dress. Nana Meriewether wore similar dress but the best when she competed for Miss USA 2012.
What was Japan thinking about her gown, it was not that impressive for me- I know she may want to look more furistic and fast forward but maybe have the line taken out and change the shillitoute to different color then it may will work for her. Lebanon- I didn’t liked the design on her because it doesn’t look that great and flattering on her.
Finland wore same dress as Miss Nevada USA, Chelsea Caldwell at Miss USA 2013. Denmark dress reminds me of Brittany Oldehoff, Miss Florida USA 2014 at Miss USA I have seen a dress that Tanzania wore from the other national pageant. Can anyone help me to figure out who else wore that dress.
Only 9 girls ( I believe) kept their gowns from the officially photo when they arrived in Las Vegas. I am hoping for Philippines and USA to change their gowns.
Dominican Republic looks like one of my very dear and special friend, Summer Preister, Miss United States 2015. But girl, Summer is the best. If Dominican republic wins, then Summer can win Miss USA and go to Miss Universe and win the whole thing!
I get the feeling It is going be Latina year again to win Miss Universe, but I can be dead wrong. I would LOVE to have Europe to win Miss Universe: If that is the case, Belgium or France or Italy for win. If that is the case for Asia, it would be Philippines or Vietnam. We shall see who win on this Sunday, December 20, 2015.
My top 15: Haiti, Venezuela, Belgium, Russia (or 10)
My top 10: Australia, Italy, Peru, Georgia, Vietnam
My top 5/6:
Philippines, Colombia, Dominican Republic, USA, France, Paraguay.
Australia, Peru, Italy, Vietnam, Belgium can be in top 15, 10, 5.
Alot of bubbles: (no random in order) – Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Curacao (loved her and other best girl from here compete in 1991, Jacqueline), Finland (praying she may be in top 15) Germany (praying she may in top 15), Indonesia, Ireland (cant top Rozanna (2010), Japan, (cant top Riyo (Miss Universe 2007), Netherlands (cant top Pauline, 1991)Panama, Russia, and Thailand.
Again, I m having tough time to decide who placed in 15, 10, 5 but I know one thing for sure one of those girls I mentioned earlier will win Miss Universe 2015!