It is somewhat ironic that the Miss Universe competition being held in Moscow, Russia this year will feature not only a swimsuit segment, but the winner of the crown will also get to wear, and be photographed in, a million dollar swimsuit. Since Miss World 2013 did not even have a swimsuit competition because of hard-line Muslim protests in Bali, Indonesia where the event was held, it feels like the organization wants to make up for that little setback.
Of course the main difference between the two events are the organizations that run them. Miss Universe, as well as Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are run by Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal as a joint venture. Miss World, on the other hand, is run by the late Eric Morley’s wife Julia and the United Kingdom based organization lacks the sheer aggressiveness of Trump. It would be very easy to imagine that the mogul would have barged ahead with the despised swimsuit event regardless of the “bad publicity.”
On November 1, 2013 television network NBC and Donald J. Trump and president of the Miss Universe Organization Paula M. Shugart released a statement that identified who the judges would be in the competition. The event will be held in Moscow and broadcast from Crocus City Hall in the city. The Miss Universe competition will air on NBC November 9 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
The judges list is made up of: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler; world famous Chef Nobu; gold medalist Tara Lipinski; Fox News’ Carol Alt; actress and supermodel Anne V; founder of Farouk Systems Inc Farouk Shami; the designer of U-Boat Watches Italo Fontana; and Russian popstar Philip Kirkorov.
Out of the judging panel, Steven Tyler will be the only judge to be tasked with double duty. Tyler will put on a performance during the competition. The press release promises an “exciting” evening of entertainment from the Grammy nominated Las Vegas rock band Panic! at the Disco and Azerbaijani singer-songwriter EMIN, who will be “kicking off” the competition on Saturday November 9.
Hosting duties will be taken care of by MSNBC Live anchor Thomas Roberts and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, who is an America’s Got Talent judge. The commentator for the evening will be Jeannie Mai from NBC’s Today Show.
86 countries will be represented in Miss Universe and each will compete in the swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories. Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo will crown the winner. It is the new crown holder who will pose in the “one-of-a-kind” million dollar swimsuit made of emeralds, rubies and diamonds by the Italian swimwear and lingerie designer Yamamay. The winner will be photographed in the suit the following day.
Contestants can be voted on by supporters via the Miss Universe Fan Vote sponsored by High 5 Games. Fans can help their favorites make it to the semifinals starting now through to November 8. Voting can be done by logging onto www.missuniverse.com or www.telemundo.com.
The Miss Universe Organization, which comprises Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal as a joint venture supports empowering women as role models to the global community. Focussing on health, leadership and beauty the organization partners with charities across the globe and they are dedicated to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women’s health issues.
The million dollar swimsuit will be “unveiled” during the Miss Universe contest. Each year, millions of viewers watch the international competition from countries all over the world. With this year’s addition of the emerald, diamond and ruby swimsuit and the photo shoot the day after the competition, the same amount of viewers may tune in for that if it is televised. The Miss Universe Competition will be on Saturday November 9 from 9 to 11 p.m. on NBC.
By Michael Smith