Miss Universe 2016 predictions: Mariam Habach vs Raquel Pelissier

The 65th edition of Miss Universe will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 30, 2017. A total of 86 women are vying for the title as the successor of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, 27, of the Philippines.

Based on the available videos, photos and information online, I and my colleague Erica Diaz Mendoza Lao scored the candidates separately then we combined our scores. Here are our predictions:

7th crown for Venezuela?

by Jillianina Estevez

Representing Venezuela, Maritza Sayalero, Irene Saez, Barbara Palacios, Alicia Machado, Dayana Mendoza, Stefania Fernandez and Gabriela Isler won Miss Universe in 1979, in 1981, in 1986, in 1996, in 2008, in 2009 and in 2013, respectively. I predict that the country will win its ninth crown this year. Here are my Top 10 candidates:

  1. Mariam Habach (Venezuela)
  2. Andrea Tovar (Colombia)
  3. Siera Bearchell (Canada)
  4. Kristal Silva (Mexico)
  5. Valeria Piazza (Peru)
  6. Kezia Warouw (Indonesia)
  7. Mary Esther Were (Kenya)
  8. Chalita Suansane (Thailand)
  9. Raquel Pelissier (Haiti)
  10. Brenda Jimenez (Puerto Rico)


1st crown for Haiti?

by Erica Diaz Mendoza Lao

Haiti has yet to have a Miss Universe crown. I believe the country will win its first one this year. Here are my Top 10 candidates:

  1. Raquel Pelissier (Haiti)
  2. Raissa Santana (Brazil)
  3. Isabel Dalley (Jamaica)
  4. Mary Esther Were (Kenya)
  5. Lindita Idrizi (Albania)
  6. Deshauna Barber (USA)
  7. Mariam Habach (Venezuela)
  8. Siera Bearchell (Canada)
  9. Chalita Suansane (Thailand)
  10. Andrea Tovar (Colombia)


CONAN Daily’s predicted Miss Universe 2016 winners

I and Erika combined our scores. We neither did a deliberation nor made adjustments. Based on our combined scores, we predict that these candidates will make it to the Top 10 but will not move to the Top 5:

  • Valeria Piazza (Peru)
  • Kristal Silva (Mexico)
  • Chalita Suansane (Thailand)
  • Isabel Dalley (Jamaica)
  • Raissa Santana (Brazil)

We predict that these will be the winners:


Andrea Tovar (Colombia)

predicted Miss Universe 2016 fourth runner-up


Mary Esther Were (Kenya)

predicted Miss Universe 2016 third runner-up


Siera Bearchell (Canada)

predicted Miss Universe 2016 second runner-up


Raquel Pelissier (Haiti)

predicted Miss Universe 2016 first runner-up


Mariam Habach (Venezuela)

predicted Miss Universe 2016

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