VENEZUELA - Ly Jonaitis
Venezuela returns to the top 15 this year with avengeance!
USA - Rachel Smith
The runaway winner at this years Miss USA in LA; charismatic, intelligent, with a million dollar smile!
ITALY - Valentina Massi
Best body in the swimsuit competition. Her amazing performance in the preliminaries earns her a spot in my top 15.
INDIA - Puja Gupta
Should make top 15 this year considering last year's delegate made it to the semifinals and this year India is even stronger.
JAPAN - Riyo Mori
No comparison to last year's Kurara Chibana (whom I am still sore at losing out to Puerto Rico last year) but definitely top 15 material. Great evening gown in the preliminaries!
KOREA - Honey Lee
A lot of sites around the internet have Honey Lee as the one to beat this year. Globalbeauties.com has her edging out Venezuela by 1/100 of a point. Check out her video interview on the missuniverse.com- this girl can talk! Could be an interesting showdown!
NICARAGUA - Xiomara Blandino
Perplexed that there is not enough buzz about Nicaragua this year. A pleasant surprise to see a delegate from this Central American country that doesn't make it to the semis very often captivate me. From some of the videos I have seen of Xiomara she appears to be a lot of fun with great energy which came through in the preliminaries. Watch out for this girl to surprise us all tonight.
TANZANIA - Flaviana Matata
An exotic looking African candidate for sure. Her striking independence mirrored by her shaved head allows Flaviana to stand out. And those legs!
BRAZIL - Natalia Guimaraes
One of my favorites from the get go, however my excitment for Brazil as the weeks have passed on has been waning. She is going to need to pull herself together and command a stronger presence in the prelims to advance further.
ANGOLA - Micaela Reis
Having recently made it to the semis in 2004, Angola should repeat again this year. A natural soft beauty, Angola is one of Africa's top two delegates this year. Loved her in that red gown in the preliminaries.
GREECE - Doukissa Nomikou
Ever since Greece placed 1st runner up in 2001 (another year that the judges got it wrong), I have had a watchful eye for the Greek candidate. Greece is a goddess this year indeed and her light flowing airy evening gown in the prelims attests to this.
SERBIA - Teodora Marcic
I love this blonde bomb shell out of Eastern Europe. She just exudes sex appeal to me. Would love to see her make the top 15
MEXICO - Rosa Cuen
Got to have a spot in my top 15 for the home crowd favorite. Though she is no way in the league of last years stunner, Priscila Perales (who so should've been in the top 5 and whose beauty surpasses Zuleyka in my humble opinion), Mexico is worthy of top 15 and no more. I just hope the Mexican audience behaves themselves this time when Mexico doesn't make it to the top 10 or 5.
ESTONIA - Viktoria Azovskaja
Estonia has grown on me over the course of this month. A stunning swimsuit performance with statuesque like beauty. Love her soft sultry voice too! Two years later, Estonia has delivered us yet another Barbi hottie!
BOLIVIA - Jessica Burton
Interesting background considering her dad was a petroleum engineer and she has lived in England, Scotland, and Bolivia. Excellent command of the English language should help Bolivia if she can make it to the top 5 (though I doubt she can advance this far considering the keen competition for these top spots)
16. Thailand- strong Asian contender next to Japan and Korea
17. Guatemala- another Central American surprise
18. Slovenia- pretty but no Estonia or Serbia
19. Colombia- not terribly impressed with her interview keeps her out of top 15
20. Denmark- loved her evening gown in prelims