Congratulations to Miss Mexico! She was beautiful and didn't make a mistake the entire night, nor did she the entire time she was in Vegas.
-Natalie Morales rocked it, as usual. She is a great host.
-Bret Michaels... um, not so much. He held the microphone like a singer, which I can forgive since he is a singer. But, he was absolutely horrendous. Couldn't stay on track and sucked at reading the teleprompter.
-You had me at John Legend.
-Viva Elvis was pretty dang cool, too.
Top 15 Recap:
-Shocked that USA didn't make it given that MUO picks 6 of the semifinalists. I think it was only the 4th time ever that Miss USA hasn't made the cut. I wonder if that affected ratings. Also fairly shocked that New Zealand didn't make it. Huh when Belgium made it. Cursed when Philippines took the last spot in the top 15.
-Seven Europeans made the cut. Four were immediately eliminated after being four of the most boring contestants to walk the stage in swimsuit. The most unfortunate casualty was Russia, who was just stunning.
-Jamaica and Mexico had the highest scores followed by Philippines and Ireland. I may or may not have drooled every time Ireland graced the stage. She is just stunning.
-Belgium, France, Russia, Czech Republic and Colombia missed the cut with swimsuit scores in the 7s. Scoring was pretty low all night.
-I curse loudly and freqeuntly when Ireland is called first in the top 10. Judges are notorious for grossly underscoring the first few contestants, and grossly underscored she was. 8.548!? Were we watching the same girl? Her EG and performance were perfect.
-Jamaica's gown is embarassing, but I love her and decide I want her to win since it's clear Ireland won't be advancing. Curse again.
-What in God's green earth was Puerto Rico wearing? A beautiful girl who got lost in her gown. This was not the same gown she intended to wear (as evidenced by her video description of the gown), so I'm not sure what happened.
-Australia is adorable, but not facially beautiful enough to be in the top 5, yet she makes it through. I am okay with that, becuase I adore her.
-Philippines. Ugh. I just did not like this girl. Her presentations were fine, but I've mentioned before that I visit pageant message boards, and Filipino fans are voracious!
-Ukraine looks beautiful in her Sherri Hill gown that Morgan Woolard wore for evening gown pictures at Miss USA, but also a little old.
-Mexico is great all night, but is also kind of safe and boring.
-I think about mixing a drink, since Ireland didn't make it. Decide to put my big girl panties on and suck it up.
-Mexico, Jamaica, Australia, Ukraine and Philippines advance.
-Top 5 questions are no dodgeballs, and every girl did well except Philippines. Pageant Patty to the nth degree. Australia gave a great answer about the freedom to choose what you wear, regardless of religion. Jamaica hit the ball out of the park with her answer to the question, "Do you believe the death penalty should be allowed?" or something to that affect. She said that no human has the right to take another's life and only our Creator has that right. Her answer honestly brought tears to my eyes. It was a beautiful answer, whether or not you believe in a higher power, which I do. I don't recall Mexico or Ukraine's answers at the moment, but they were both good.
4th RU - Philippines
3rd RU - Ukraine
2nd RU - Australia
1st RU - Jamaica
Miss Universe 2010 - Mexico
Besides Bret Michaels as the host (who gave that guy a microphone to emcee), the show was great. There were a few technical glitches in the beginning, which I would assume they fixed for the West Coast broadcast. My biggest disappointment was that I didn't see my favorite pageant fans on TV! Several of them were able to attend, and I was thoroughly jealous. But then I reminded myself that I'll be flying to Greece in one week, and I felt much, much better. :)