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Alright, it’s about time for me to start my build up to Miss Universe 2008 in Vietnam. Here’s a gorgeous contestant, who I think should definitely be in the semi finals. She’s fresh-faced and an absolute delight judging from her wonderful smile.

Does she have what it takes? Take a look for yourself!

Can’t wait to see her at Miss Universe 2008This is more cheeseyCheck out her paper crown

Miss Italia on the rightMiss Italia celebrates her birthday on TV

And if you want to email Silvia and drop her a friendly “Buon giorno!”, email her here!


We have just over two hours to go before our live coverage of Miss Universe 2007 begins on this show. As a run-up, here are some things to note about this year’s competition.

The hosts of the show are Vanessa Minillo and Mario Lopes. Vanessa was teen Miss USA 1998 and host an MTV show Total Request Live. She is an entertainment reporter with Entertainment Tonight. Mario was in a sitcom Saved by the Bell, and was the celebrity dancer in season 3 of dancing with the stars. Neither has done this before, so be kind!

The judges are

  • Miss Universe 1953 Christiane Magnani Aleman
  • Mexican actor Mauricio Islas
  • NBC’s “Heroes” James Kyson Lee
  • NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” briefcase model Lindsay Clubine
  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Dave Navarro
  • Olympic figure skating champion Michelle Kwan
  • Fashion designer Marc Bouwer
  • “Project Runway” judge and Elle magazine fashion director Nina Garcia
  • Former Miss Universe (1993) Dayanara Torres.

There might be 16, not 15 semi-finalists are reported earlier. Rumors surface of a tie. And you do know that those rumors are always a good thing!

Here’s a picture of the stage and some of the girls in their Tadashi outfits.

Stage at Miss Universe 2007

So think Victoria Secrets show circa November 2006, and you’ll have a good idea of the level of energy this show might have.

Don’t be too harsh on the musical acts. They do their best.

My favorites are Italy and Korea. I’d also be happy with USA, Japan, or Thailand winning the title and I think they can!

Miss Korea Honey Lee in national costume

The month-long love fest between Miss Korea Honey Lee and Globalbeauties continues right up to the final hours of the Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City. What’s not to love about Honey Lee. She’s one of the most adorable and beautiful candidates ever to have graced the runways of the Miss Universe pageant.

Honey Lee walked away with most of Globalbeauties’ special awards, and this is what they have to say:

Honey Lee of Korea has swapped most GB special awards in this year’s Miss Universe pageant and appears as the #1 favorite for the crown. Some pageant historians go as far as saying that she is one of the most perfect beauties to have ever stepped on a Miss Universe stage. Second place went to Miss Venezuela, another huge favorites who is close to perfection.

See the complete results HERE.”

With Miss Korea and Miss Japan in hot contention for the title, along with Misses USA, Italy, Venezuela, and Thailand, it’s anyone’s guess who will win the coveted title of Miss Universe 2007 pageant. Stay tuned to this blog to get live commentary of this evening’s pageant starting from 9pm EST.

Ines Ligron is the national director of the Miss Japan pageant, and she’s on the ground in Mexico City schmoozing with the girls, the media, and other pageant officials. She has this to say about Miss Japan Riyo Mori’s chances:

“Everybody expect Japan to win, it is very exiting to be here.

The show ill be incredible this year, with a runway like the Victoria Secret fashion show in New York. The lighning is speactacular. Riyo will shine on the stage, she is very ready for tomorrow. Many delegates themselves are telling her that she is going to be the winner tomorrow!!

After seeing the delegates personally and on stage, talking to them, I made my choice as follow:



It is indeed very exciting, as we reveal all the sizzle, sparkle, and dazzle of the Miss Universe finals tonight on this blog. Don’t forget to tune in at 9pm for live commentary on all the glamour and excitement of the 2007 Miss Universe pageant.

Miss Japan Riyo Mori

So we’re down to crunch line. It’s 9 hours to the live telecast and who will be Miss Universe 2007 top 15 line up. Who are the Miss Universe 2007 favorites for the title?

Top 5 – Miss Korea, Miss USA, Miss Italy, Miss Japan, Miss Guatemala

Miss Korea Honey LeeMiss USA Rachel SmithMiss Italy Valentina Massi

Miss Japan Riyo MoriMiss Guatemala Alida Boer

Top 10 – Miss Venezuela, Miss Tanzania, Miss Slovenia, Miss Thailand, Miss Paraguay

Miss Venezuela Ly JonaitisMiss Tanzania Flaviana MatataMiss Slovenia Tjasa Kokalj

Miss Thailand Farung YuthithumMiss Paraguay Maria Jose Maldonaldo Gomez

Top 15 – Miss Angola, Miss Spain, Miss Estonia, Miss Serbia, Miss Greece

Miss Angola Micaela ReisMiss Spain Natalia Zabala ArroyoMiss Estonia Viktoria Azovskaja

Miss Serbia Teodora MarcicMiss Greece Doukissa Nomikou

The ones that can also make and impact:

Miss Peru, Miss Mexico, Miss Bolivia, Miss Russia, and Miss South Africa

Miss Peru Jimena EliasMiss Mexico Rosa Maria Ojeda CuenMiss Bolivia Jessica Jordan Burton

Miss Russia Tatiana KotovaMiss South Africa Megan Coleman

So these are my 20 favorites, and I think that I should have a pretty good hit rate and that a lot of these girls will end up as Miss Universe 2007 top 15 candidates. I will providing live commentary for the two hours of the show. Just check back here for updates.

Now that we’ve seen a lot of pictures of the candidates competing at the presentation show, here are some of my favorites that I think have a great chance at entering the top 15. And we start with….

Miss Italy – Valentina Massi

Miss Italy, Valentina Massi, in swimsuit

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It’s clear that Miss Italy, Valentina Massi, cannot take a bad picture. Her body is phenomenal, her walk elegant. That yellow gown also goes so well with her skin tone. It’s a difficult color to wear, but she pulls it off spectacularly. She’s in the Top 5 for me.