Miss Universe 2022 to Be Chosen This Saturday After Months of Delay

The 2022 Miss Universe is Set to be Crowned in New Orleans by Telemundo

The 2022 Miss Universe competition will soon have its winner declared in a grand ceremony to be broadcast in Spanish by Telemundo. Saturday, 13th January, the colorful event will be held in New Orleans (southern US).

The preliminary ceremony that took place on Wednesday, during which the contestants walked the runway in evening dress, national costume, and swimsuit was broadcast on YouTube. Although the scoring was not made public, it was known that the semifinalists have already been chosen; 16 this year, compared to 20 in the past. Among them are the representatives of Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia.

Leading the whole event is Thai transgender billionaire Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip ,owner of the famed media distribution emporium. This year, the Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic titles are back and a finalist will be chosen via popular vote on Miss Universe.com website.

The eventual winner will receive the crown called “Force for Good”, bedecked with 993 jewelry stones with a diamond base, a 45.14-carat sapphire on the highest part- valued at 5.3 million dollars (the most expensive Miss Universe crown in history). It was made by Mouawad, owned by Lebanese businessman Fred Mouawad.

The show will be hosted by model, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and the American broadcaster, Jeannie Mai. While the musical part is slated to be headlined by Big Freedia, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Amanda Shaw, Tank and The Bangas and Yolanda Adams, the jury will be a six-member powerhouse consisting of Big Freedia, Cuban journalist Myrka Dellanos, Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, American executive Sweta Patel, Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam, actress/journalist Emily Austin, and O Skin Med Spa’s CEO Olivia Quido.

This particular Miss Universe pageant was postponed to avoid competing with the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. Despite the delay, the title winner will not hold the title of Miss Universe with the shortest reign in history- that record still belongs to Mexican, Andrea Meza, who held it for just seven months in 2021.

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