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AAA Cup 2013
EGYPT MAKES CHANGE AT THE TOP!
Who could have seen it coming? For the first time in our international tournaments, the last two countries both had national leadership changes during the final round! Egypt's change has brought more tension and uproar -- but here's something perhaps all sides in that country can accept and celebrate. The Egyptian entry held on to win the 2013 Super-Hair AAA Cup, honoring outstanding hairstyles in Africa, Asia and Australasia!
Daniele Hamamdjian was born in Cairo, which is our frame of reference for tournaments. She's gone on to become a Canadian TV correspondent -- and of all places, she was in Greece on vacation when the championship final ended. Hamamdjian had a tight battle against Australian TV host Delta Goodrem, but claimed the deciding vote on the final Sunday for a 56-percent majority.
One key to Hamamdjian's success kept coming through in voter comments: "Daniele's hair looks sooo silky!" Another borrowed from The Bangles and recommended: "Walk like an Egyptian and do your hair like one, too!"
In another case of success for a first-time country in our tournaments, Vietnam was victorious in the Consolation Final. News anchor Betty Nguyen dominated South African host Jeannie D, capturing 78 percent support. "I could watch Betty every day," one voter confessed, "provided I could get up at 4 in the morning." Third place assures Vietnam a spot in Super-Hair World Cup IV, while South Africa stands outside the field awaiting interzonal qualifying.
After nearly two months of open nominations, we had a live draw for groups in our chat room 28 April. Then came six weeks of group play among 12 countries, with each country represented by only one outstanding head of hair. The three division winners and a "wild card" advanced to the playoffs....
EGYPT: DANIELE HAMAMDJIAN
Born in Cairo, this correspondent for CTV News in Canada came from behind to win a showdown Match 6 -- then held off Nguyen in the semifinals and won a hair-splitting Championship Final at the wire.
SOUTH AFRICA: JEANNIE D.
A co-host of the TV series Top Billing edged New Zealand for the "wild card" playoff spot, based on a better winning percentage.
Egypt 12 points, South Africa 10, Iran (Bahar Soomekh) 5, Angola (Leila Lopes) 0.
VIETNAM: BETTY NGUYEN.
She fled to the U.S. as Saigon fell, and now is a Crown Award-winning TV news anchor seen most recently on NBC.
Vietnam 12 points, New Zealand (Talia Bennett) 10, Pakistan (Yasmin Dar) 5, China (Liu Xuan) 0.
AUSTRALIA: DELTA GOODREM.
The host of her country's version of The Voice dethroned 2009 AAA Cup champ Elle MacPherson in national qualifying, then dominated her group and won a semifinal with ease -- but she met her match in the finals.
Australia 13 points, Lebanon (Rina Chibany) 8, Philippines (Fiona Gorostiza) 2, Japan (Shanelle Loraine) 0.
SUPER-HAIR NATIONAL RANKINGS - after the 2013 AAA Cup:
1 Belarus .. 2 Mexico .. 3 United States .. 4 Egypt.. 5 Australia
6 Spain .. 7 Colombia.. 8 Vietnam.. 9 England.. 10 Dominican Republic
11 Romania .. 12 Canada.. 13 Kuwait .. 14 Lithuania.. 15 South Africa
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