Most of the ladies who made my final hot picks based solely on their performance on the Evening Gown and the Swimsuit competition are already touted to make the cut. There’s a couple of surprises and sadly, some few mishaps from some favorites. Here are my top 15 girls who impresses me the most during the preliminary that was held last Tuesday.
Miss Ukraine Olga Strorozhenko is back on top!
Ukraine came on stage like she owned it! She was perfect in both presentation and she knows how to work the stage. I won’t mind her winning it all because her beauty is just beyond. The crucial Q&A would only be her pitfall once she entered the Top 5 which is inevitable. Her beauty and demeanor reminds me of Rozanna Purcell (Miss Ireland, 2010) but her’s the sweeter version.
Russia – Elmira Abdrazakov
Despite her homecourt advantage, I’m glad that Elmira didn’t just stand there doing nothing. This girl wanted to make her country proud and you can just feel it. She’s confident, young and vibrant. I won’t complain if she end up winning the Diamond Nexus crown on Saturday.
Israel – Titi Yitayish Ayanaw
She’s obviously the strongest black delegate this year and she’s working all the press she’s gotten during the preliminary. It just worries me that she’s almost channeling Leila Lopes in both segment, this could either break her or make her win the judges’ hearts. Regardless, she’s a shoo-in for the semis.
Brazil – Jakelyne Oliveira
Jakelyne is Bodine Koehler in every level during the prelims. Her stance, her girth, her body and just the way she carries herself. She’s almost too perfect. She’s got a high score from me but I’m worried. I hope my instinct’s wrong. This girl’s amazing!
Philippines – Ariella Arida
I’ve nothing but praises for our girl Ara. Miss Philippines delivered what was expected from her! The twirl during the Swimsuit segment was an O-M-G moment and she exudes such elegance wearing that yellow evening gown. Our girl’s a shoo-in for the semis that I could tell you!
Poland – Paulina Krupinska
Poland already made a statement as one of the frontrunners all throughout the competition and last Tuesday sealed her semifinal placement with that ever-so endearing and captivating beauty. A back to back for Poland!
Spain – Patricia Yurena Rodriguez
You can tell that Spain has been waiting for this moment and you can also see how polished she has become over the years after her Top 15 Semifinals stint in Miss World 2008. I find her too polished to begin with but she sure is ready to conquer the Universe this time.
Puerto Rico – Monic Perez
Monic has been one of my favorite girls even before she arrived in Moscow. She came prepared and I guess I was expecting too much from her and was slightly disappointed during the swimsuit segment. Nevertheless, she bounced back with her evening gown presentation and my faith in her was restored. Go Monic!
Nicaragua – Nastassja Bolivar
Prior to the preliminary competition, Nicaragua was nowhere near my Top 30 but when she strutted with that gold evening gown number and flaunted her amazing catwalk during the swimsuit round – boy, was I dumbfounded! Nicaragua’s the biggest revelation for me! It’ll be a sin not to include her in the semis. Ooh, she also won the award for having the best national costume!
Czech Republic – Gabriela Kratochvilova
Gabriela stood out because of her black short hairdo. This girl radiates beauty and positivity. You can’t deny her a semis spot!
Venezuela – Gabriela Isler
Another Gabriela, this time created by THE Osmel Sousa. She’s a Miss Venezuela and as expected – she delivered!
Dominican Republic – Yaritza Reyes
Yaritza’s too polished not to be notice but I’m worried because she’s SO Ruth Ocumarez. Not because she’s got dark skin but because she’s like Ruth. Almost too perfect! Yes, I’m giving her the Ruth Ocumárez Award. (she’s still on my Top 15 though)
Croatia – Melita Fabecic
If she wanted to be notice, Melita needs to step it up on Saturday once called in the semis. She needs to have spark! Mere beauty would only get her that far. I’m rooting for ya girl!
Turkey – Berrin Keklikler
Berrin could be the dark horse of this competition. She’s sweet, young and fresh!
USA – Erin Brady
I was a bit disappointed by her presentation in both segment. I thought it was weak and she was barely there. I still gave her a relatively high score enough to make my Top 15 cause I know that Erin’s better than what she have shown during the prelims! C’mon now, you were my Top pick last week! Bring it girl!
Who are your top 15 guys?