I watched the Miss Universe Presentation Show yesterday and I must say that there are a lot of worthy contenders this year. The presentation show is where preliminary judging is done on the swimsuit and evening gown categories. All candidates will then be interviewed privately and 15 semi-finalists will be selected to compete in the finals night. Coronation night will be on August 23, 2009, 9PM ET. Below are my picks for top 16 based on the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competition:
4. Czech Republic
5. Dominican Republic
6. Great Britain
12. Puerto Rico
13. South Africa
If I could make it top 25, I would include:
Considering how Miss Universe works, the following might be given complimentary slots:
1. Bahamas - host country
2. Panama - best national costume
3. USA - they always get into semi-finals
4. Thailand - swimsuit sponsor
5. Japan - they are not the crown sponsor anymore but I still got the feeling that she might get in
Of course, my sentimental favorite is Miss Philippines, Pamela Bianca Manalo. Here she is during the presentation show.
I think she was the best Asian candidate during the preliminaries. Let's see if the judges think the same way. Good luck Bianca!