89 women are competing in this Miss Universe 2012 pageant this year and we got a sneak peek at all of these gorgeous gals last night during the Miss Universe 2012 prelims that was streaming live on Ustream (there is a recording of the event here if you want to catch up!). For some reason the recording online only works on my phone, so that’s a little tip if you’re having trouble viewing the recording on your computer.
First off, I am so thrilled that Planet Hollywood is the home for Miss Universe this year. Being there for Miss USA for the past several years, it just feels like home.
If you’re wondering how I widdle down my top picks for the competition after watching prelims, it’s easy. I make a list of standout girls for intros, evening gown, and swim…then I see who pops up most often. This year there are 8 girls that were standouts in most if not all areas of competition: Australia, South Africa, Honduras, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, USA, Philippines, and Mexico.
To kick it off there were 14 standouts last night during intros. They were: Australia, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Honduras, Kosovo, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, USA, & Venezuela.
There was a lot of screaming into the mic for intros. It was aggressive. I didn’t like it. Loud and proud is great. Screaming is scary. I also want the girls to remember that any accents work in their favor. Play them up! There is really no hotter word than” MEH-HE-COOOOOE!”
A few reminders…hi-lo cut gowns are not as elegant or glamorous enough to win a title of this magnitude.
Standouts in Evening Gown were:
Stunning in red
Love the red lips!
White ball gown
Great Grecian look!
Red hot – the crowd went WILD!
A definite crowd favorite!
Light pink and heavenly!
Glamorous in gold!
She looks like our own Pageant Professor, Nicole Ortiz!
Olivia’s face is perfection; dress is amazing for the holidays…love love love
Such a sexy dress; blows my socks off!
For evening gown, there were a few falls, lots of teen gowns that didn’t belong on the stage, too many red lips, a lot of dresses that were hemmed too short, and a sea of yellow dresses.
As a contestant, you have to think to yourself as a contestant, “Ok there are almost 90 amazing women on stage…what can I do to stand out?” USA hit it out of the park with this.
Swim revealed a plethora of hot bods. There was lots of plastic surgery but for the most part it was tasteful and subtle. The girls wore the same Chinese Laundry sky-high heels that were featured at Miss USA this year.
The following rose to the top in their Kooey swimwear:
The only girl I didn’t see coming tonight was Honduras. She was a showstopper that I wasn’t expecting.
If I had to pick now, my top 5 would be USA, Kosovo, Mexico, South Africa, and Australia with Honduras and Philippines close behind.
All photos courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization; © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP