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Beauty queens arrive for 71st Miss Universe Competition in US

Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi (Facebook)

All roads lead to New Orleans, Louisiana in the US as candidates for the 71st Miss Universe Competition are expected to arrive beginning Jan. 3.

Eighty-five contestants from various continents will compete in this year’s pageant to be held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center on Jan. 14 (Jan. 15, Manila time). Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu of India will crown her successor at the end of the show which will be broadcast live from around the world.

The schedule of arrivals, registration, and fittings for opening number apparel will be held from Jan. 3-5.

On Jan. 6, the girls are expected to attend the Orientation Day.

On Jan. 11, the candidates will take part in the preliminary competition. The preliminary judges will select the Top 20 girls based on swimsuit, evening gown and preliminary interviews. But the results will be announced during the finals.

Prior, the girls will also participate in the National Costume Competition.

Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi wearing a pair of Bragais shoes, the official footwear of the 71st Miss Universe Competition (Facebook)

Tickets to the finals of the 71st Miss Universe Competition have been sold out in December, as announced by Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, CEO of JKN Global Group, new owner of the Miss Universe Organization, on Facebook.

The Miss Universe Organization has ended its five-year deal with popular American broadcast personality Steve Harvey as it revealed that a female host will be announced for the pageant.

“Among the changes in the move: Steve Harvey, who had hosted for five years as part of the pageant’s deal with Fox (with the exception of 2021, when that pact was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic), also won’t be back. According to Miss Universe Organization CEO Amy Emmerich, a new host — expected to be a female — will be announced in the coming weeks,” read the article for Variety, an international entertainment website.

In October, JKN, a Thai-owned media and content conglomerate, announced the acquisition of the MUO from IMG.

Changes at the Miss Universe Competition continues as the pageant will allow mothers and wives to compete later this year.

Presently, the pageant rule states that only single women aged 18 and 28, who have never been married or had children are allowed to apply.

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