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Subject: An "under the radar" semi-finalist?


Author:
Doot
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Date Posted: 09:38:24 03/07/20 Sat

Who is an MUO contestant who made the cut but who never got enough appreciation?

One contestant I always really liked was Nicaragua, Xiomara Blandino, at Miss Universe 2007. That was a somewhat weird pageant for me, but I always thought Xiomara was a breath of fresh air. I didn't love her evening gown, but I was still really taken with her.

She is called into the Top 15 at around 1:25 in this video.



Which "forgotten" semi-finalists stand out to you?

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[> Subject: I will stick with 2019. Albania. What a loss! Still puzzled she didnt make it farther.


Author:
eloise
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Date Posted: 10:04:29 03/07/20 Sat


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[> [> Subject: Though Albania may not be considered “under the radar” by some so I will add Ecuador in 2013. I loved her.


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eloise
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Date Posted: 10:05:32 03/07/20 Sat

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[> [> [> Subject: Literally SUCH a good choice. She was incredible to me. Maybe the hardest body of the decade, and her final question was the best of a rough group.


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Constanza Baez
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Date Posted: 13:13:06 03/07/20 Sat


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[> [> [> Subject: Ecuador was definitely not on my radar all night during that pageant. At first I didn't quite get her, but by the end of the pageant I understood why she did so well.


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Doot
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Date Posted: 14:11:25 03/07/20 Sat

Ecuador was definitely not on my radar all night during that pageant. At first I didn't quite get her, but by the end of the pageant I understood why she did so well.

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[> Subject: She was the token non-sash Telemundo favor. Countries like Chile, Costa Rica, Paraguay etc. were always thrown in to add Latina fillers in there.


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And their performances were always commensurate.
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Date Posted: 16:34:38 03/07/20 Sat


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[> Subject: Through the years, there were a lot on my list. My answers are based from the previous decade and I selected just one in each category. I think Great Britain was under appreciated and should have moved into the top 5 in 2013 (replacing Brazil). Belgium was under appreciated in 2015 and should have moved into the top 10 (replacing Japan).


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MLB
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Date Posted: 20:14:47 03/07/20 Sat


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[> Subject: Rozanna Purcell Miss Irlanda 2010


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paco (ok)
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Date Posted: 22:40:42 03/07/20 Sat


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[> [> Subject: She was my Miss Universe. Totally robbed of a Top 5 placement.


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Groove (NSI)
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Date Posted: 09:45:13 03/09/20 Mon


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[> Subject: Costa Rica 2011. And Canada’s placement should have been given to Brazil in 2016.


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Alyssa’s Pinoy Fan
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Date Posted: 05:42:59 03/08/20 Sun

Costa Rica 2011. And Canada’s placement should have been given to Brazil in 2016.

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[> Subject: Amy Willerton, Great Britain 2013 should’ve won the whole damn thing (as well as above-mentioned Roz Purcell).


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Groove (NSI)
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Date Posted: 09:49:14 03/09/20 Mon


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[> [> Subject: another beautiful European ANGELA MARTINI Albania, besides Elizabeta Burg Coracia, Desiré Cordero Spain just to mention a few


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paco
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Date Posted: 00:55:40 03/10/20 Tue


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[> [> [> Subject: I adored Angela Martini. Here butt was killer. I was so bummed she didn't advance to the Top 5.


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Groove
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Date Posted: 15:32:30 03/20/20 Fri


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[> Subject: I'll add 3 more: (1) Telma Sonhi (Angola '04), one of my soft spots that year. I was thrilled when she made it! I'll never forget her close-up on the MU site. She was a very under-the-radar delegate throughout her stay in Ecuador but had the most endearing personality and lovely smile. Her aura reminded me of Yulia Lemigova (USSR '91). Loved her!! (2) Elena Ralph (Israel '05), who flew completely under the radar for me. I remember noticing her beautiful face in her Fadil shot, but I didn't have her on my list. Well, was I surprised! I loved her energy and natural beauty. She could easily have made the next cut, but the top 5 were very deserving. (3) Laura Goncalves (Portugal '11), a sentimental favourite. I noticed her early on for her stunning face and excellent communication skills but had her bubbling under after prelims. Again, I was very surprised during finals! She definitely deserved more appreciation and will always be remembered as Portugal's first semi-finalist at MU.


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MDS
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Date Posted: 04:49:20 03/25/20 Wed


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