It was a night of shock and awe as missosologists and beauty experts grappled the reality. As it seems everyone's prediction is a flop. Missosology.Org predicted 8 out of the 16 semifinalists and is no better than the predictions of other major websites. The tie breaker however is that the predicted winner of Missosology, Miss Philippines Janine Tugunon, almost became the winner as she finished as first runner-up. The Missosology prediction this year echoes last year's where Olesya Stefanko of Ukraine was predicted to win but placed as first runner-up after being defeated by Leila Lopes of Angola.
The Top 16 was described by the many in rich expletive words. The inclusion of India, Turkey, Russia, Hungary at the expense of top favorites Puerto Rico, Georgia, El Salvador and Ecuador led the many to ask, "WTF?". Indeed, it was a surprise especially the exclusion of top notch and highly applauded Miss Puerto Rico Bodine Koehler. Why she was excluded? The article If Only She Was There...is coming soon to explain the details. And hey, who won the internet voting? Were we voting for nothing in the past few weeks?
The winner Miss USA Olivia Culpo emerged from all negative criticisms against her. Pageant experts all agree she gave below par performance at the preliminaries leading them to conclude that she will not be in the Top 16. However, Olivia' signature of freshness and confidence shined through and defeated the determined opposition.
Miss Philippines Janine Tugunon gave a performance fit for a Miss Universe. She must have missed the crown by a very narrow margin. Missosology was castigated by critics for putting her on the top of the predictions list but look what happened. Missosology is streamlined to offset any form of bias. One has to wonder what those people who accuse Missosology of bias say now given that Janine showed a stellar performance.
Miss Venezuela Irene Esser gave a strong performance as well but her outgoing style makes everyone wonder whether she is drunk or high. Miss Australia Renae Ayris is so-so but she is lovely that night. South Africa or France could be better replacements to her though. And Miss Brazil Gabriela Markus was severely missed at the predictions lists but few doubted her exclusion. She was great and she was indeed a top notch candidate.
In overall though, the notion that if you want to win it, host it, seems to hold through. Can anyone honestly say that China winning in China, Japan winning in Japan and USA winning in United States are all coincidences? It was like a lightning stuck at the same point - thrice! It seems only the victory of Czech Republic in the Philippines is a decent and a much more believable story.
The complete review of the pageant is coming. So is the If Only She Was Girl...(spoiler alert its Miss Puerto Rico). Plus Best and Worst and a lot more!
Meanwhile enjoy the finals night photo gallery below.