The Miss Universe 2017 winner has yet to be crowned, but citizens from all over the world are already sharing their forecasts on who will succeed Pia Wurtzbach as the most beautiful woman on the planet.
On the 65th edition of the highly-anticipated international pageant, another talented young lady will be given the chance to reign as Miss Universe 2017 and perform duties attached to the title.
But this year’s Miss Universe is not like the rest, as the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) decided to name 13 finalists on the day prior to the main event instead of the usual 12.
Citing MUO chief Paula Shugart, ABS-CBN News reported that the announcement was made after the online voting via Twitter and the Miss Universe official app was opened. According to Shugart, the decision came about due to the result of the polls from 213 million fans all over the world.
“The online votes will be as if there is a 7th judge sitting there.”
Shugart also revealed to the outlet that there will be six contestants that will push through the next leg of the competition, each of whom will be asked unique questions during the Q&A while the top three finalists will be given a single question to answer.
With this in mind, several pageant enthusiasts and fans aired their fearless forecasts on who will be progressing to the next round.
Speaking to ABS-CBN, Missosology co-founder and die-hard fan of the pageant Pawee Ventura chose Miss Brazil as his first pick for the Miss Universe 2017 top five.
“She’s a people person. She could be the best spokesperson of Miss Universe. I heard from the makeup artists, from the staff of Miss Universe, from insiders that Miss Brazil is really the one who’s leading.”
Next on his list is the Venezuelan beauty, Mariam Habach, who had earned plenty of compliments since day one of the pageant’s preliminaries including the swimsuit and evening gown competitions.
— Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@MissUniverse) January 28, 2017
Following her is Miss Thailand, Chalita Suansane, who made a name for herself upon her arrival to the Philippines because she brought the most number of suitcases, and Miss Nicaragua, Marina Jacoby, whom Ventura described to be more “pleasant in person.”
Of course, Ventura added Philippine bet Maxine Medina on his list, explaining that not only does she have the home court advantage but also hails from “a powerhouse country when it comes to beauty pageants.”
And while there are those who believe that Medina may have a hard time following Pia Wurtzbach’s footsteps, she still has a chance at becoming the Miss Universe 2017 winner since she has a very unique personality compared to her predecessors.
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) January 28, 2017
“She’s different from the past Miss Philippines,” Ventura explained.
“She was very bubbly on stage and we never saw that. What I really like about Maxine is that when she’s on stage, the stage lights up. It’s just the smile and her charisma that will make her penetrate the top three.”
The Miss Universe 2017 Coronation Night will be aired live from the Philippines on January 29, at 7 p.m. EST on Fox, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Returning to host the pageant is Steve Harvey, while former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico, Dayanara Torres; first Miss Universe hailing from India, Sushmita Sen; first Miss Universe from Angola, Leila Lopes; PAPER magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman; The Bailey Agency School of Fashion founder Cynthia Bailey; and Tony award-winning producer Francine LeFrak joins him as judges.
Also gracing the event are R&B group Boyz II Men and Grammy nominee Flo Rida, both of whom will perform during the pageant.
Who do you think should be crowned as the Miss Universe 2017 winner? Go to missuniverse.com on January 29 and let your voice be heard. You may also download the Miss Universe app via Google Play and Apple App Store.
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