Miss Universe Pageant 2014: Miss Colombia Wins the Crown

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The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant 2014 was broadcast live on NBC from the Florida International University campus of Doral-Miami this Sunday, January 25, 2015. Beautiful women from 88 countries around the world competed in the pageant, but only one of them could be declared Miss Universe 2014 at the end of the show and be crowned by Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler.

The Miss Universe Pageant 2014 was co-hosted by Thomas Roberts, the anchor of MSNBC Live, and Today show co-anchor, Natalie Morales. Nick Jonas, Prince Royce and Gavin DeGraw gave some terrific musical performances during the pageant. The judges were Manny Pacquiao, DeSean Jackson, Giancarlo Stanton, William Levy, Kristin Cavallari, Louise Roe, Lisa Vanderpump, Rob Dyrdek, Nina Garcia and Emilio Estefan.

The contestants will be competing in the three categories of Swimsuit, Evening Gown, and perhaps the toughest category, the Interview questions. This year, the five finalists will have to answer one of the interview questions that come from people who suggested the questions via social media at the Miss Universe Facebook page.

The top fifteen finalists on the Miss Universe Pageant 2014 were Miss Venezuela, Migbelis Castellanos; Miss Australia, Tegan Martin; Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell; Miss France, Camille Cerf; Miss Italy, Valentina Bonariva; Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega; Miss India, Noyonita Lodh; Miss Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa; Miss USA, Nia Sanchez; Miss Brazil, Melissa Gurgel; Miss Indonesia, Elvira Devinamira; Miss Spain, Desirée Cordero Ferrer; Miss Argentina, Valentina Ferrer; Miss Ukraine, Diana Harkusha; and Miss Netherlands, Yasmin Verheijen. The field was narrowed down, and then, with the final 15 one step closer to the crown, the Swimsuit portion of the competition was next.

The fans got to vote on the top five national costumes. Miss Germany, Miss India, Miss Indonesia, Miss Canada, and Miss Argentina’s costumes were the choices available to vote on. Later in the pageant, the winner was revealed: Miss Indonesia.

The city of Doral was featured, with Donald Trump and others talking about the attributes that make the city great. It is a vibrant, growing city, one that is experiencing a lot of growth. The city’s slogan is “Live, Learn, Work, Play,” according to Trump.

During the Swimsuit portion of the competition, Prince Royce sang two songs, Darte un Beso and Stuck on a Feeling, as the lovely contestants paraded about in their swimsuits. Miss Colombia wore a pink bikini, as did Miss Italy. Miss India was the next contestant announced, then Miss France. Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, followed her, then Miss Indonesia took the stage. After her, Miss Venezuela was called, and she got a lot of cheers from the audience, as did Miss Spain, who was the next one announced.

Then, Prince Royce began singing Stuck on a Feeling, which helped to break up the roll call of the Top 15. Miss Philippines was next, then Miss Argentina. Miss Jamaica got quite a lot of applause and cheers from the audience. Miss Ukraine followed, and after her, Miss Brazil walked onto the stage to enthusiastic cheers. Miss Netherlands was the next contestant introduced, then Miss Australia. Prince Royce finished singing Stuck on a Feeling, and then the co-host Natalie Morales said that the pageant was just moments away from narrowing the field down to the Final Ten contestants.

The Final Ten were Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell; Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega; Miss Ukraine, Diana Harkusha; Miss Argentina, Valentina Ferrer; Miss Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa; Miss Spain, Desirée Cordero Ferrer; Miss Netherlands, Yasmin Verheijen; Miss Venezuela, Migbelis Castellanos, Miss Australia, Tegan Martin; and Miss USA, Nia Sanchez.

During the Evening Gown part of the competition, as Nick Jonas sang, Miss Jamaica was the first contestant announced, in a drop-dead red evening gown. Miss Colombia was in a white gown, while Miss Ukraine wore a beautiful red gown. Miss Argentina’s gown was shimmering, and she was described as looking like a “glass of champagne,” while Miss Philippines had on a white gown. Nick Jonas then sang Teacher. Miss Spain’s gown was also white, and Miss Netherlands rocked a yellow evening gown. Miss Venezuela wore a shimmering red gown, and Miss Australia had a blue gown on. Miss USA was dressed in a red evening gown. Nick Jonas then sang his huge hit, Jealous, to close out the Evening Gown portion of the Miss Universe competition.

Then, the Final Five Miss Universe 2014 contestants were finally revealed. They were chosen by the judges. The first contestant announced was Miss USA, Nia Sanchez. The second woman was Miss Netherlands, who wanted to “save children from child prostitution.” Then, the third person named to the Top Five was Miss Ukraine. The fourth young lady to make the Final five was Miss Jamaica. Then, the fifth contestant announced was Miss Colombia.

The Interview portion of the Miss Universe competition was next. Miss USA had a question posed by Manny Pacquiao. He said “If you were given 30 seconds to give a message to the global terrorists, what would you say?” She answered she “would give a message of hope, love and peace,” to them.

Miss Netherlands had Giancarlo Stanton ask her a question. “What is the biggest change you would like to see for young women in the next generation?” She said she “would like to see child prostitution stopped.”

Miss Ukraine was asked by Lisa Vanderpump if she would like to see a portion of the competition removed. Miss Jamaica’s question was asked by Emilio Estefan. He asked “What can be done to get the number of women to experience violence in their lifetime down from 1 in 3?” She replied that “the people of the world should work together to get the number down.”

Rob Dyrdek asked Miss Colombia “What can women learn from men?” Part of her answer was “I believe that there are still men that believe in equality.”

Then, the question that was the Facebook one was read to the five finalists. “What is the greatest contribution of your country to the entire world?” Nia said that “We could give back to all of the other countries…”

Miss Netherlands replied that the Netherlands had a lot of art and history. Miss Ukraine’s reply was that right now, the most important contribution is to direct all of our energies to support our army and our people. We have to restore schools, kindergartens, and orphanages.”

Miss Jamaica’s answer was the music of people like Bob Marley, and the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt. Then, Miss Colombia answered that her people were a “persevering people.” She said that they “were world leaders in many different matters and I am quite proud to represent Colombia.”

Gavin DeGraw was the next singer to perform on the Miss Universe Pageant 2014. He sang Finest Hour and Fire. Miss USA walked onto the stage, followed by Miss Netherlands, then Miss Ukraine, as DeGraw sang. Then, Miss Jamaica was announced, and she was followed by the fifth contestant, Miss Colombia, who walked onto the stage.

Finally, it was time to announce the runner-ups and who would be named Miss Universe 2014. The fourth runner-up announced was Miss Jamaica. The third runner-up named was Miss Netherlands. The second runner-up was Miss Ukraine, and the first runner-up was Miss USA, while the winner of Miss Universe 2014 was Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Miss Universe Official Site
NBC Universal Media Village

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