No offense to Adelina Sotnikova, but even though she had higher technical content and skated better than she normally does, the overall quality of her skating paled in comparison to Yuna and Carolina. Yuna was way underscored, and Adelina was WAY over-scored, especially in the program components section (the scores for artistic presentation). If either Yuna or Carolina had fallen or made other significant errors, I would have been disappointed but not annoyed at Adelina winning. But even though they didn’t skate the best that they ever did, they were clearly better than Adelina. In my humble opinion, Yuna should have won the gold, Carolina should have won the silver, and at best Adelina should have won the bronze. Hell, I would have been fine with Carolina winning the gold medal.
NOTE: I don’t like making “resolutions” in the New Year. I end up not doing them. I prefer to make a list of things that I want to do in the New Year.
Ugh. Where do I begin?
Let’s start with the positives:
No one fell on their ass at any point in the telecast.
No one said anything extremely stupid during the final question round.
Miss Great Britain ended a 30-year drought for British women at Miss Universe. Do you remember around the turn of the millennium, when there were editions of Miss Universe that didn’t have a British entry?
Thomas Roberts and Melanie Brown looked pretty good and did as well as they could with the corny script. I do wish that they had taken their time more with announcing the winner.
Now, the negatives:
I watched the live telecast online earlier today, and even as Miss Venezuela got the crown (eventually), I was confused as hell at the results. It wasn’t until I returned from shopping hours later that I learned that, in fact, Maria Gabriela de Jesus Isler Morales had won, even though I felt like I had seen her look hundreds of times before in international pageants. At least Miss Brazil was a refreshing change of pace from the Michella Marchi clones that had represented Brazil at MU for a decade and a half. I can only conclude that part of Maria Gabriela’s win came from the fact that Telemundo was angling for a Latina winner after two consecutive years of Latin disappointment, with the Hispanoamerican massacre at Miss Universe 2011 (where none of the power Latinas made it past the round of 16 and the Venezuelan who DID represented the fly-by-night pageant country of Portugal) and further disappointment at Miss Universe 2012, when Miss Mexico wore that god-awful red knickers/dress and Irene Esser sounded like she had one too many eggnogs.
I cannot believe how deep the Agalarov family sunk their claws into this sucker. The dad owns Crocus City Hall, the contestants had a spa day at his joint, his wife Irina was a preliminary judge, and his son performed some really lame songs. My only relief in this regard was that neither Miss Azerbaijan nor Miss Russia placed.
Who won Miss Congeniality? Who won Miss Photogenic? Have they been discontinued?
Miss Great Britain made the top 10, but she should have gone further. I thought that she did a spectacular job throughout the competition. (Hell, I thought that Miss France and Miss Israel were robbed. I had them in my final five, along with Ariella, Amy, and Patricia.)
Of the final five, it SHOULD have been Miss Philippines and Miss Spain in the final two. I don’t know what the judges and MUO were smoking that could convince them that Ariella did not deserve at worst third place. Ariella actually ANSWERED her question. Maria Gabriela didn’t even answer hers.
There was a huge disconnect between the judges’ scores posted on-line and what actually transpired on stage. I don’t know what judging system they used. It would have made more sense to show the judges’ scores during the telecast and explain how everything would go down. I am still confused as hell.
I do wish that some reference had been made to Russia’s homophobic laws, even if was indirectly.
Aside from the set and a few Russian phrases, there was nothing to suggest that this was being held in Russia. They might as well have held this at the Russian Tea Room.
Do you think that if every participating country/territory at Miss Universe scheduled their preparations and pageants to coincide with Venezuela’s, the gap could narrow? I don’t hate Maria Gabriela, and I think that with time she will come into her own and look less like the latest Osmel Sousa factory creation that MUO practically has an (expletive) over, but I am jealous that she and her ilk have been able to have almost a year to get ready. What would happen if Miss USA, Miss France, Miss Philippines, and their ilk had a year to get ready for Miss Universe?
Even Miss World 2013, with its “whore contest” protests and results-show-as-opposed-to-performance-show emphasis, was a lot better than this.
I can’t seem to find enough time to blog these days.