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Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Universe Pageant

  • Premiered: 
    July 9, 1960
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: pageant

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1952, young women from around the world compete for the title of Miss Universe. The first pageant, held in Long Beach, CA from June 23-29, featured 30 contestant from the United States, foreign nations and U.S. territories, with daily radio coverage on KGER that included interviews with various contestants. On the last night of that inaugural event, 10 semifinalists from Finland, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, United States and Uruguay vied for the title, with Finland's Armi Kuusela wearing the crown by the end of the night. The pageant was first nationally televised on July 9, 1960, when it was broadcast live on CBS from the Miami Beach Convention Hall Auditorium in Miami Beach, FL. CBS remained the television home of the MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT through 2002, after which NBC aired the pageant from 2003-2014. FOX has broadcast the event since 2015.
Hosted by Steve Harvey with Olivia Culpo and Vanessa Lachey serving as backstage hosts, the 68th Annual Miss Universe Competition aired live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 7-10pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on FOX. The event features women representing more than 90 countries competing in multiple categories, and results in the reigning Miss Universe, Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, crowning her successor.

The selection committee includes: Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega; Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori; Miss America 2018 Cara Mund; Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart; Venezuelan actress Gaby Espino; Sazan Hendrix, American businesswoman and social media personality; and Bozoma Saint John, American businesswoman and marketing executive.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: Miss Universe Competition


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  • IMPACT Arena (2018 Dec) - Bangkok Thailand
  • Mall of Asia Arena (2017 Jan) - Manila Philippines
  • Tyler Perry Studios (2019 Dec) - Atlanta, Georgia USA