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Date Posted: 16:13:56 06/16/16 Thu
You can rewatch Miss U. Canada in full here:
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I will discuss the results below. Do not scroll down if you want to see the competition first.
This year's competition was held last Saturday. Curiously this MUC`s finale was held AFTER Miss USA and not before, as it is always the case.
This was certainly the year of veterans, I do not recall as many returning contestants in 9 or 10 years. We need to underline though that there is only one regional pageant (for Western Ontario) and other than that, any girl who is willing to pay to compete will compete in the finals. That means that the level of contestants or competition is not that high and there is not a lot of *new blood*.
There are always a lot of WTFs in Canadian results. Unfortunately, our is one of these countries that beauty is not the main consideration. As example, you may remember huge favorites Celina Toenz or Joanie Roy (both over 6 feet tall). in some of the past editions that did not make top 20 and never came back.
I did not see the prelims but this year seemed like a fairer judged pageant.
Top 20 Quarter Finalists:
Darya Khosravi, Richmond Hill, ON
Elizabeth Quan, Toronto, ON
Jillian Martin, Saskatoon, SK
Melinda Henderson, Thunder Bay, ON
Natalie Carriere, Iroquois Falls, ON
Ninela Sanchez, Mississauga, ON
Henderson had the worst body but qualified as a fast track winner. Khosravi was another fast track winner (out of 5). Carriere is the one with the most experience in here but I thought Elizabeth Quan, a multiracial delegate (Asian, Black and white) was the most striking and deserved to move to top 20. Jillian Martin is a gorgeous, tall blonde that is 6' feet tall and with some work on her figure could be a future winner.
Top 12 Semi-Finalists were:
Alexis Lopez, Oakville, ON
Brittany Michalchuk, Calgary, AB
Catherine Valle, Leamington, ON
Laura Guzman, Vancouver, BC
Natalie Zaiffdeen, Edmonton, AB
Sabrina Felice, Thunder Bay, ON
Sian Slingerland, Coquitlam, BC
A lot of experience in this group. Guzman, Michalchuk, Valle and Felice have tones of national experience but they lack in one department or the other, often in height or face. Even newbies like Zaiffdeer or Slingerland were not overly consistent. The biggest positive surprise was Alexis Lopez, a debutante that has a great bootylicious body and adequate interview skills. She deserved to make it further.
4th Runner-up: Zoe Bennett, Windsor, ON
This 18 years old blonde was also a debutante. Sonny Borelli who co-hosted the pageant is also a regional director for Western Ontario. She needs to work on interview a bit.
3rd Runner-up: Camila Gonzalez, Toronto, ON
This is the highest placed newbie of this competition. She delivered a worthy EG performance and was consistent enough. Personally, I would not put her in top 5 but do not think it was unjustified.
2nd Runner-up: Kesiah Papasin, Etobicoke, ON
Keshiah delivered a more sexed up performance than what we are used from her. This veteran has one more year of eligibility, though she never competed for two years in a row. I have a hint, she will come back next year.
1st Runner-up: Amber Bernachi, Amherstburg, ON
Amber has tones of experience. Just like Kesiah, she last competed two years ago and made top 12 then. This is her first top 5 finish but given all the improvements she made, it was deserved. She is a surefire favorite for the Miss International spot as Kesiah already went and she has experience in other pageants too, such as Miss Earth Canada 1st runner-up.
Miss Universe Canada 2016: Siera Bearchell, Moose Jaw, SK
This win was not a surprise at all and was justified. I believe she is the best Canadian girl to go to MU since Alice Panikian (and maybe Riza Santos). She only competed at MUC once before, being 1st runner-up to Riza. But she has competed in other pageants throughout Canada. Last year she competed internationally at Miss Supranational and ended up as 1st runner-up. Siera has great interview skills and personality that works well with MU org. She also rocks in swimsuit with nowadays trendy bootylicious look (though I would work a bit on more muscle definition) but even as it is now, I think Canada is heading to the semis. Interesting fact, she is from Saskatchewan and the last time that province sent a delegate to MU was in 1984!
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