99 women from around the world will be competing (from what I understand, there were originally 105, but Egypt, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Slovenia, Turks & Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands all withdrew for unknown reasons). Here are the contestants, going by their lingerie glamshots, evening gowns, swimsuits, and my personal favorite, national costumes.
If Angola thought they had any shot at repeating their win from last year, they probably threw it away with Angola's national costume - though I do wonder just how they're going to show it on live television.
Speaking of national costumes, Miss China has the best one by far. She looks like a walking Ming vase and is working the hell out of that dress.
Miss USA's costume looks great, for once. The Statue of Liberty is overdone, but I really like what they did with it this year.
Really, all of the East Asian's national costumes look wonderful in one way or another. I have to give a particular shoutout to Miss Malaysia, who's costume makes her look like an version of the Evil Queen in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'.
On the other side of the coin, you can really tell who didn't try:
Miss Great Britain, who looks like a female version of Captain Britain or a rejected Spice Girl.
Miss Italy AND Miss France, whose costumes are literally a white minidress with a flag in their respective colors attached to it.
Miss Ireland, who looks like a slutty cast member of Riverdance.
Miss Denmark, which... you got to see it for yourself.
Miss Guam, who has a belt made of bread rolls around her waist. No, seriously.
The judges are your usual odd mix of celebrities, which includes:
Celebrity Stylist and former bitch of Rachel Zoe, Brad Goreski
Music superstar and "The Voice" mentor, Cee-Lo Green
Rising Latin star Diego Boneta
Olympic Beach Volleyball champion Kerri Walsh-Jennings
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto
'Noted Fashion Photographer' Nigel Barker
San Francisco Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval
Mr. Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick
Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarette
I can't imagine who would win this year, but between the Latin American countries (who must be steaming after having none of their candidates making the Top 5 last year), China (who had the contest virtually wrapped up last year until their candidate blew it in a spectacular fashion coming across as haughty and entitled during the final question), or even the U.S.A (who hasn't been much of a factor in recent contests, and who hasn't won the crown since Brook Lee in 1997), I think this is going to be one of the most competitive pageants in recent history.
ETA: Fixed National Costumes link. Thanks for pointing it out, Ohwell.
Edited by Dbrain2004, Dec 18, 2012 @ 6:12 AM.