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89 women to compete in Las Vegas for Miss Universe

L-R: Miss Thailand 2012 Nutpimon Farida Waller, Miss Venezuela 2012, Irene Sofi­a Esser Quintero and Miss Sweden 2012, Hanni Beronius during rehearsals ons Saturday, December 15th at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 89 Miss Universe Contestants will compete for the Diamond Nexus Crown on the LIVE NBC Telecast of the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant set for 8:00 PM ET on December 19, 2012. AFP / MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION / DARREN DECKER

LAS VEGAS—Women from around the world are preparing to don evening gowns, show their interview skills and strut in swimsuits on Wednesday (Thursday morning in Manila) in hopes of becoming the next Miss Universe.

Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola will crown her successor during the competition featuring 89 contestants at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

The panel of 10 judges includes singer Cee Lo Green, Pablo Sandoval of the World Series champion Giants, “Iron Chef” star Masaharu Morimoto, and US Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings.

The 61st annual Miss Universe show will also feature performances by the band Train and Australian singer Timomatic.

The Miss Universe Organization is co-owned by NBC and Donald Trump. The pageant is returning to Las Vegas after being held in Sao Paulo last year.

Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic are returning to host.

The group of contestants from six continents was expected to be cut to 16 soon after the start of the show based on preliminary competitions.

Organizers had considered holding the contest in the popular Dominican Republic tourist city of Punta Cana, but Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart said that country’s financial crisis proved to be too much of an obstacle.

The diverse group of contestants spent the past two weeks in Las Vegas, where they posed in hardhats at a hotel ground-breaking, took a painting lesson, and pranked hotel guests by hiding in their rooms.

On the eve of the pageant, the Miss Universe Organization announced it had won a defamation suit against a woman who claimed this year’s Miss USA contest, also owned by Trump, was fixed.

The winner of the Miss USA crown goes on to represent her country in the Miss Universe contest.

Contestants cannot have been married or have children. They must be younger than 27 and older than 18 by Feb. 1 of the competition year.

The pageant started as a local revue in Long Beach, California, organized by Catalina Swimwear. It is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant.


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  • tristanism

    “Women to compete in Las Vegas for Miss Universe”

    Wala na talagang maisip na ibang headline?

    ——

    Ayun, an hour later, binago din. Typo lang pala.

  • mabyrik

    For more than 50 years, only women compete in Miss Universe contest. Using the above title is redundant, ridiculous, stupid and has double meaning. I wonder what intention the author of the article wishes to convey since it is silent on transgender, or gay issues or whatever.
    Ah, journalism daw. 

    • tristanism

      Binago na ang title. Typo lang siguro. (which makes our comments weird)

  • geminimind

    Beauty Pageant and all the beauties galore have something in common and that is to promote Peace and Harmony among all nations and it’s people.The native beauty of each one brings about togetherness regardless of politics,religion,ethnicity,language for a common good and for everybody to watch,see and appreciate what they came for and come about. 
    May the Peace and joy be with everybody and to those who cannot see the beauty and warmth of Christmas.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    “women to compete in Las Vegas for Miss Universe”? What? Walang bading? Walang trasngender?



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