The 69th Miss Universe competition is officially on as the 74 of the world’s most beautiful women have already checked in at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida to vie for the title currently held by Zozibini Tunzi.

There’s is no better way to up the ante but to make our Fourth Hot Picks! Our pool of experts and correspondents are one in saying that there is no clear winner yet in this group of amazing women. The arrivals and the registration and fittings are proof that it is still anyone’s ball game.

However, given how this lady survived Covid-19 and managed to fly more than 8,000 miles just to represent her country in the biggest pageant stage is enough proof that India’s Adline Castelino is in the game to win the game. Despite the difficult situation that her country is facing due to the pandemic, Adline brought her A-game in Florida, enchanting everyone with her renewed confidence and unassuming beauty during arrivals. There is no doubt among our panel of experts that Adline has what it takes to be the winner, especially with her dedication to her causes closest to her heart.

Not far behind is Andrea Meza of Mexico who remains to be one of the candidates to beat. Just look at her magnetic presence in every photo and video that circulates! She’s intelligent and full of class and we expect to see nothing but topnotch performance from this beauty.

Back in the Top 5 is the beautiful Natasha Joubert of South Africa. The Miss SA organization was right in sending Natasha to Miss Universe because this is the pageant where everything about her will be appreciated: beauty, body, personality, and wit. Tamary n Green almost made a back-to-back win for South Africa in 2018, and we believe Natasha has what it takes to make that back-to-back dream finally come true.

A new entry in the Top 5 is the stunning Estefanía Soto of Puerto Rico. Estefanía has a beautiful face and a statuesque figure, but her main strength is the fact that she is very comfortable to speak in English while in public. We always trust the Puerto Rican ladies to deliver when it really matters, and Estefania is proof that Puerto Rico is indeed a powerhouse in Miss Universe.

Rounding up the Top 5 for now is Romania’s Bianca Tirsin. Since winning her national crown, Bianca has been consistent in always looking the best in whatever occasion. No wonder, looking fashionable and classy is such a walk in the park for her in Florida. She exudes that winning glow and youthful charm that we’ve seen before in her Miss International and Miss Supranational stints. She is also fluent in English, which makes it even easier for her to enter the final cut!

Also worth keeping an eye on are Rabiya Mateo of the Philippines and Mariangel Villasmil of Venezuela. These two delegates from the powerhouses of Asia and Americas are definitely giving the rest of the candidates a run for their money. Both well-trained and exuding the Miss Universe glow, we expect these two ladies to make it far in the competition.

Australia’s Maria Thattil and Brazil’s Julia Gama are the balls of sunshine in the competition. Both very friendly, their radiant personalities are just shining through. But beyond that, these two knows how to work it when it matters the most so watch out!

And finally, in 10th place is the stunner from Thailand, Amanda Obdam. Pageant experts from across the globe agree that she is a beauty to contend with. She has the best outfits and has prepared well for the competition. However, there are moments when Amanda is losing steam (must be the training fatigue?). She needs to up her game, and we are confident she will deliver in the prelims.

Check out the full list of our Fifth Hot Picks below:

1 India, Adline Castelino
2 Mexico, Andrea Meza
3 Puerto Rico, Estefanía Soto
4 South Africa, Natasha Joubert
5 Romania, Bianca Lorena Tirsin

6 Philippines, Rabiya Mateo
7 Venezuela, Mariángel Villasmil
8 Australia, Maria Thattil
9 Brazil, Julia Gama
10 Thailand, Amanda Obdam

11 Peru, Janick Maceta
12 Vietnam, Nguyễn Trần Khánh Vân
13 France, Amandine Petit
14 Nepal, Anshika Sharma
15 Costa Rica, Ivonne Cerdas

16 Myanmar, Thuzar Wint Lwin
17 Bolivia, Lenka Nemer
18 Iceland, Elísabet Hulda Snorradóttir
19 Argentina, Alina Luz Akselrad
20 Great Britain, Jeanette Akua
21 Cambodia, Sarita Reth

22 Jamaica, Miqueal-Symone Williams
23 Chile, Daniela Nicolás
24 Spain, Andrea Martínez
25 Russia, Alina Sanko
26 Colombia, Laura Olascuaga
27 Czech Republic, Klára Vavrušková
28 Curacao, Chantal Wiertz
29 Portugal, Cristiana Silva
30 Nicaragua, Ana Marcelo
31 Cameroon, Kossinda Angele
32 Indonesia, Ayu Maulida Putri
33 Belize, Iris Salguero
34 Finland, Viivi Altonen
35 Canada, Nova Stevens