It's only a few hours wait before the world will get to know about the new Miss Universe of this year, the highly coveted title in the pageant world. The best of the best from 93 countries and territories will be participating in this year's beauty pageant, surpassing the previous record of 89 contestants in 2011 and 2012.
But among all these beautiful girls, Miss Philippines is one of the most favourite contestants in the Miss Universe 2017 beauty pageant. Fans along with the former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach are expecting Rachel Peters to bring the prestigious crown to Philippines.
Not only this, Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco has also backed Peters. "I believe Rachel can win," she told ABS-CBN News. "It's all about having the right mindset and being consistent."
Meanwhile, the experts also believe that Rachel Peters has a pretty good chance of winning the Miss Universe crown this year. Experts Marki Tejano (Sash Factor), Noli Berioso (OPBM Worldwide), Alvin Sebetero (Analyzing Pageants), and Adam Genato (Sash Factor) from online communities that analyse pageants globally told CNN Philippines Life that Peters has a huge support from her fans.
"The factors that may help her to win the crown? First is the fans ... The support of the fans boosts the candidates' energy to give their 100 percent ... Another factor is she's really well-trained. Her walk in the swimsuit [in the preliminaries] is sexy and yet not sexual. With her long gown, she was so elegant," Tejano told CNN.
"I want to say 100 percent but I think maybe 85 to 90 percent. The 10 percent would be ... it will still depend on her performance during the finals," Tejano added.
Sebetero said: "One of her strengths [is that] she can deliver in swimsuit and evening gown ... She was able to carry it very well and with confidence, and that's actually the strength naman of the Philippines, the evening gown and swimsuit performance."
When the experts were asked about the competitors of Miss Philippines, they said that Miss Venezuela, Miss Thailand, Miss Indonesia and Miss South Africa might give her a tough competition to win the coveted crown of Miss Universe 2017.
"For me, her biggest competitors in Miss Universe this year are Thailand, U.S.A, South Africa and Venezuela. These girls are also heavy favourites to win the title," Genato said.
The 66th Miss Universe beauty pageant is all set to be held on November 26 at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The event will witness Miss Universe 2016 winner France's Iris Mittenaere crown her successor.