There’s no clear favourite for outright winner of Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines. So it’s going to be a thriller in Manila of a different kind.
For the uninitiated we’ve got some insights about the pageant and will assess the main contenders before you place your bets.
Some Background on the Miss Universe Competition
The competition goes back to the 1950s when the California textile manufacturer Pacific Knitting Mills founded the competition as an international expansion of the new Miss USA pageant.
Fast forward to the 90s and Trump buys it up before selling the operating company to WME/IMG in 2015. Now the finale pulls in international TV ratings that put major sporting events to shame.
Miss Universe Today
Apart from where replacements have stepped in, the competitors were all winners of their national beauty pageants in 2016.
There are 86 women competing for the 2016 crown, so if you’re thinking of betting on Miss Universe 2016 and are new to the pageant you could probably do with some insight about the favourites.
Worth Keeping in Mind
When you see the list of front-runners for Miss Universe 2016 you’ll notice that many are from South and Central America. There’s nothing coincidental about this as eight of the last ten winners have been from the American continent.
It’s something to consider if you’re thinking of placing a bet on the competition. Anyway, here’s a rundown of the contenders:
Valeria Piazza (Peru) 6/1
It’s a head-scratcher to know why punters are backing some contenders for Miss Universe 2016 so fervently, while the outsiders like Miss India and Miss Finland are adrift at 200/1.
But with the joint lowest price, Valeria Piazza comes with pageant-winning experience, having picked up the Miss Model of the World award in China in 2014.
Andrea Tovar (Colombia) 6/1
Joint-favourite is the delegate from Colombia, The funny thing about this is that Miss Colombia was the unfortunate contender who was falsely announced as the winner by host Steve Harvey in 2015.
It took him two minutes to realise his mistake before he intervened in one of the most awkward scenes ever witnessed on TV.
If Google searches are an indicator, Andrea has got as good a chance as any, as only Mexico’s Cristal Silva (8/1) and Puerto Rico’s Brenda Jiménez (8/1) have been searched for more.
Lenty Frans (Belgium) 13/2
Just behind is Miss Belgium, and there’s a reason she’s got a great chance of ending up outright winner of Miss Universe 2016. When you look at the ages of previous winners, most were crowned at 18 or 20 years old.
Lenty is 19, making her the youngest of the top ten favourites. She hasn’t been searched for as much as the other main contenders, but her low odds combined with her age make her one to look out for.
Who Will Be Crowned Miss Universe 2016?
That’s the top three, and six of the remaining top ten are all from Latin America, including Bolivia’s Antonella Moscatelli (7/1) and Marina Jacoby (15/2), so you can see a pattern emerging.
You can place bets with Paddy Power until Monday 30th January.