Pageant aficionados, forecasters right in predicting Colombia’s Miss Universe 2014 win

This could be the year that beauty pageant experts, forecasters, bettors, oddmakers and predictors came solidly for naming the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant even before coronation night on January 25 (January 26 morning in Manila and other Asian key cities) at Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA.

Miss Universe 2014 crowning moment1Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega

Some may have missed in their Top 5 placements, but 99% pointed to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega as the 63rd Miss Universe. She handily won and how!

She was the first to be called for the Top 15, followed by Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands, Australia.

Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 first 5First half of Top 10

After the Swimsuit Competition, first to be called for the Top 10 was Jamaica, followed by Colombia, Ukraine, Argentina, Philippines then Spain, Netherlands, Venezuela, Australia, USA.

Special Awards were then given out. Miss Congeniality was Nigeria; Miss Photogenic was Puerto Rico and Best in National Costume (voted by viewers via Twitter) was Indonesia.

USA was the first to be called for the Top 5 after the Evening Gown Competition, followed by Netherlands, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.

Miss Universe 2014 Top 5Top 5

After the Q & A, the judges declared Miss Colombia as the new Miss Universe succeeding Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, Miss USA Nia Sanchez as 1st Runner-Up, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha as 2nd Runner-Up, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen as 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell as 4th Runner-Up.

This is the first time in five years that Philippines did not enter Top 5.

In 2010, Venus Raj was 4th Runner-Up. Shamcey Supsup was 3rd Runner-Up in 2011. Janine Tugonon almost got the crown by placing 1st Runner-Up in 2012. And in 2013, Ariella Arida was 3rd Runner-Up.

Gabriela Isler MU 2013 beautiful picMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

Looking at the predictions, Miss Netherlands was considered the dark horse as she was never among the Top 15 or even Top 20 picks.

Global Beauties (https://www.facebook.com/globalbeauties) came out with their final leaderboard after the preliminary competition on January 22 and put Miss Colombia as the frontrunner with a perfect 5.00 from their own set of judges.

Miss Spain, who was leading before the preliminaries, ranked 2nd; Miss Ukraine jumped to 3rd place from #15; Miss Jamaica was 4th and Miss India squeezed to #5.

The rest of Global Beauties Top 10 were Mexico, Argentina, USA, Australia and Venezuela. Miss Netherlands was at #23 and Miss Philippines was at #24.

Missosology’s (https://www.facebook.com/missosology.info) Final Hotpicks placed Colombia as winner, followed by Philippines, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine making up the Top 5.

The rest of their Top 15 were USA, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Czech Republic, Spain, Indonesia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega official photo shoot with crown1The new Miss Universe living the dream

Online betting company NicerOdds (http://www.nicerodds.co.uk/) was right on target in their 1-2 predictions: Miss Colombia at #1 and Miss USA at #2.

The rest of their Top 10 were Venezuela, India, Spain, Philippines, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and Russia. Placing 11th to 20th were delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

Colombia got its first Miss Universe crown in 1958 with Luz Marina Zuluaga. For three consecutive years (1992-1994), its delegate almost got the crown with 1st Runner-Up placements. A Miss Colombia was again 1st Runner-Up in the 2008 Miss Universe.

The Philippines has two Miss Universe titleholders – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973. The other 1st Runner-Up was Miriam Quiambao in 1999.

Interestingly, the Philippines never got 2nd Runner-Up placement but has four 3rd Runner-Ups (Rosario Silayan in 1980, Desiree Verdadero in 1984, Shamcey in 2011 and Ariella in 2013). Rose Marie Brosas was 4th Runner-Up in 1975 and Venus in 2010.

See related story in this blog: Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/philippines-mj-lastimosa-in-top-6-bettors-pick-to-win-63rd-miss-universe-crown-colombia-usa-venezuela-india-spain-lead-poll/

Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MissUniverse

Beauty pageant aficionados lament holding of Miss Universe 2014 in January 2015

For the first time in 63 years, there’s not going to be a Miss Universe Pageant held this year. Instead, it will be held on January 18, 2015 in Doral City, Florida, USA.

Donald Trump with Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela IslerMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler and Miss Universe owner Donald Trump

Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart announced in Moscow, Russia that Miss Universe 2014 was to be held in Brazil.

Apparently the deal with the city of Fortaleza did not pull through.

Other places were considered. One was China, the other was Philippines.

Paula Shugart with Gabriela Isler and BPCI Chair Stella Marquez AranetaMUO president Paula Shugart with Gabriela Isler and BPCI Chair Stella Marquez Araneta in Manila

Ms. Shugart even came to Manila along with Miss Universe 2013 Gabriella Isler and entertainer Emin to choose Miss Universe Philippines 2014, won by Mary Jean Lastimosa.

The holding of Miss Universe 2014 in Manila could have been the third time every 20 years for the Asia-Pacific country that produced two winners – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973.

MU2014PhilippinesMJLastimosa2Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa

Miss Universe 1974 was held in Manila with Miss Spain Amparo Munoz winning the title. Twenty years later in 1994, Miss Universe was again held in Manila with Miss India Sushmita Sen crowned as successor to Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico.

Filipinos have high hopes in MJ Latimosa even if the pageant was to be held in the country. Same for the 2015-2016 candidate if ever it’s going to be held in Manila.

It’s not unusual for the home country delegate to win the crown as already proven with the wins of six Miss USA (Miriam Stevenson in 1954, Carol Morris in 1956, Linda Bement in 1960, Sylvia Hitchcock in 1967, Brook Lee in 1997 and Olivia Culpo in 2012) and a Miss Puerto Rico (Denise Quinones in 2001) when the pageants were held in their own turfs.

MU2014USANiaSanchez2Miss USA Nia Sanchez

Miss Universe 2013 was held in Moscow on November 9, which means it’s just around the corner if it was to be held within the same period.

As the beauty pageant is a big business with tycoon Donald Trump at the helm, a franchisee would not have enough time to gather funds and contract sponsors to recoup the investment in so short a time.

Considering all aspects, the tourist city of Doral, Florida agreed but apparently asked for more time, that’s why the most spectacular event in the Universe the last 62 years is happening in January instead.

So, will the new Miss Universe the titleholder for the year 2014 or 2015?

MU2014VenezuelaMigbelisCastellanos2Miss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos

Beauty pageant aficionados all over the globe are up in arms against MUO, their tirades aimed at Mr. Trump, but could not do anything but wait and watch in the sidelines until the Big Night when they will be rooting for their favorites.

“How could you do this, Mr. Trump?” one avid follower of Miss Universe expressed his dismay.

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Another said that people would think that British-rooted Miss World is now more credible as Miss Universe actually had become Trump Universe when the media-real estate mogul bought the rights and took the reins of the prime beauty pageantry ever known to humankind.

MU2014MexicoJosselynGarciglia2Miss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia

Miss Universe is business. Reportedly, the City of Doral paid USD500K contract signing acceptance, USD1M advance payment in December, and USD1M by February 1, 2015, for a total of USD2.5M. MUO then will work to get sponsors in the next three months and the city government will get its share of 15% from the revenues.

(Click link for full report http://www.msuniversepageant.org/miss-universe-2014-venue-is-in-doral-flconfirmed/)

Nonetheless, the Miss Universe in Doral, Florida is touted as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, as it boasts of more than 90 delegates participating. The average number of competitors the last two decades had been 80.

MU2014ColombiaPaulinaVega2 Miss Colombia Paulina Vega

Mayor Luigi Boria announced on Twitter his city’s agreement with MUO on September 12:

“Great news!#MissUniverse2015 is coming to our great @Cityofdoral @doralfriends @InSouthFlorida @MiraTVMiami”

Around 70 countries have selected their representatives so far and among them are frontrunners Miss Philippines, Miss Venezuela, Miss South Africa, Miss USA, Miss Colombia, Miss Costa Rica and Miss Mexico.

MU2014Indonesia1Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira

Other strong contenders are the delegates from Panama, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Angola, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Italy, Ukraine and France.

Manila will be much readier to host Miss Universe in late 2015 or early 2016, especially that the world’s largest indoor arena, the Philippine Arena, has been operational since July this year.

Philippine Arena inside pic1Inside Philippine Arena

The 50,000-seating capacity architectural showcase is owned and operated by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), erected for the centennial celebration of the influential religious organization with roots in this side of the Far East.

Philippine Arena full photo Philippine Arena Inauguration July 21, 2014 missbalita

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