Archive | October, 2013

2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Judges are Announced!

29 Oct

On October 29, 2013, The Miss Universe Organization announced the 7 preliminary judges for the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition that will be held on November 5th at 10pm MSK. The Preliminary Competition showcases each of the 86 Miss Universe Contestants as they compete in Swimwear and Eveningwear. The event will be streamed LIVE on from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

Click here to read the bios on the Preliminary Judges.

Preliminary Judges

Remember to rate your favorite contestant; the winner will move on to the semifinals. Click here to vote.

The 2013 MISS UNIVERSE Fan Vote Official Launches

28 Oct

New York, NY, October 28, 2013 – The 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Fan Vote sponsored by High 5 Games launches October 28 and is open through November 8. During this time, fans will be able to rate the 2013 Miss Universe contestants. Fans with a valid email address can vote for their favorite contestant at or The winning contestant will earn a spot in the semifinals. The competition will air on November 9th at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The worldwide event will take place at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

This November, “Crowning Moment” will debut exclusively on High 5 Casino as the first slot game stemming from a partnership with the Miss Universe Organization. This Super Stacks game will feature real images and videos of the crowning moments from prior Miss Universe® Competitions, as well as a mystery symbol to represent the 2013 titleholder, which will be updated to reflect Miss Universe® 2013 shortly after her crowning moment. To learn more about High 5 Games, the official sponsor or the vote, please visit

To learn more about the 2013 Miss Universe contestants and their road to the crown, please visit

Press Inquiries: Jackie Shahinian,, (646) 249.3162; Dara Busch, (212) 843-8079.

Fan Vote Promo

Fadil Berisha Fashion Photos are Released

28 Oct

During the Registration and Fitting process at the Crocus Expo Center for the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition in Moscow, Russia, Fashion Photographer Fadil Berisha shot all 86 contestants. The theme of this year’s photography centered around the new line of YAMAMAY FOR MISS UNIVERSE swimwear and faux fur. Yamamay and the Miss Universe Organization recently announced an exclusive partnership in which a Miss Universe swimwear collection will be created and distributed by the Italian swimwear and lingerie maker. The new swimwear collection will be available in all Yamamay stores both in Italy and abroad as well as online. Additionally, the future Miss Universe 2013 will star in the advertising campaign to promote the “Yamamay for Miss Universe” 2014 Summer Collection, a reflection of the glamour and style associated with the two brands.

Click here to view the photos!


The making of the official music video for Amor by EMIN

26 Oct

Check out the behind the scenes look at the making of the official music video for Amor by EMIN featuring Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo. Learn more about the inspiration of the song as well as the video.


Click here to purchase the song in iTunes.

Take a tour of Crocus City Hall, the home of Miss Universe 2013

23 Oct

The countdown for the 2013 Miss Universe Competition has officially begun. The contestants have been arriving to Moscow, Russia over the past few days and have begun their Registration and Fitting Process. The venue for this year’s show is more or less the homebase for the 87 contestants. Crocus City Hall will showcase the November 5th – Preliminary Show and the November 9th – Final Competition. “This will be one of the biggest and most beautiful Miss Universe events ever,” said Donald Trump. “It is only fitting that the world’s most iconic and premier beauty contest will take place in Russia’s most premier venue, Crocus City Hall,” he added. Crocus City Hall is a flexible and multi-faceted venue, located in the 3rd pavilion of Crocus City in Moscow, Russia.The venue was opened on the 25th of October 2009 by the well-known entrepreneur Aras Agalarov.


Crocus City Hall is a unique multifunctional music venue in Russia with a seating capacity of more than 7000. The arena is equipped with a state-of-the-art acoustic system, conformed to the world class standards.

Just in a few years Crocus City Hall has become one of the most prestigious venues in the whole country as evidenced by the names of artistes on it’s stage and non-stop performance schedule.


The uniqueness of Crocus City Hall is first of all based on its engineering design. Venue-transformer can be adjusted to the event of any type: from the world superstar’s concert to a boxing night, from a children’s show to even an ice-skating show.

The arena is designed to have a stadium or an intimate performance atmosphere depending on the type of the show. Best technical equipment in the country is one more competitive advantage to accomplish this. That’s why promoters choose Crocus City Hall to bring such artistes like Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Sting, Sade, Ringo Starr, Scorpions, Robert Plant, Pet Shop Boys, Joe Cocker, Seal, Jamiroquai, Lana Del Rey and many others.


To learn more about Crocus City Hall or to purchase tickets for the 2013 Miss Universe Competition, please click here.

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2013 Miss Universe Contestants Arrive in Moscow

22 Oct

The countdown is definitely on as Miss Universe 2013 candidates starts to arrive in Moscow City for the pageant’s 62nd edition. As of Oct. 21: candidates from Ukraine, Poland, Thailand, Romania, Namimbia, Israel, Finland and Myanmar are the early birds of the competition. Read more here.

Check out the official Miss Universe photo galleries. Click here to view.


2013 Miss Universe Pageant Host and Muscial Talent Announcement

18 Oct

Miss Universe Organization announces Thomas Roberts (“MSNBC LIVE”) and Mel B (“America’s Got Talent”) as hosts for the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition.

Grammy Nominated Panic! at the Disco and international recording artist EMIN are set to perform on the November 9th Broadcast from Moscow, Russia.

Hosts & Talent

NEW YORK, NY – October 17, 2013 – NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that Thomas Roberts and Mel B will host the 62nd Annual Miss Universe® Competition airing Saturday, Nov. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) from Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The global event will also air with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

Thomas Roberts is an award-winning journalist and host of “MSNBC Live” at 11a.m. weekdays. Roberts also serves as a fill-in host and contributor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and NBC’s “Today.” He received a 2002 Emmy-nomination for his work on the documentary “Parvo Puppies” and also received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2001 for a documentary he produced titled “When Parents Don’t Pay.”

Melanie Brown recently appeared as a member of the NBC family as a judge on the eighth season of the hit summer show “America’s Got Talent.” The global superstar, known best to audiences as “Mel B” of the Spice Girls, is a chart-topping musical artist, actress, author and television personality. Mel B’s brazen persona was at the core of the Spice Girls’ worldwide success, racking up worldwide record sales of $55 million. Recently Mel B returned to her musical roots with her first single in almost a decade, “For Once in My Life.” She previously hosted the MISS UNIVERSE® Competition when it was held in Vietnam in 2008.
Panic! At The Disco is set to perform during the MISS UNIVERSE broadcast. They recently released their fourth studio album, “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album features the single “Miss Jackson (feat. LOLO),” which debuted at #9 on the iTunes Top Singles Chart. Since its release, the official video has reached over 5.5 million YouTube views. The Grammy-nominated group’s 2005 double-platinum “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out“ featured the global smash “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Panic! At The Disco is set to tour Europe in November and will embark on a national US headline tour in January.

International recording artist EMIN will also take the stage during the pageant. EMIN spent much of this year traveling the globe promoting his hit single “Amor,” which has already been released in Russia, Great Britain, his native Azerbaijan and is set for wide release this year. The reigning Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is also featured in the popular music video that has had more than 4.5 million views on YouTube since its release. EMIN will debut “In Another Life,” the new single from his upcoming CD, for worldwide release in early 2014.

MISS UNIVERSE Veteran commentator, Jeannie Mai, also returns to take viewers behind-the-scenes to engage with contestants, talent and fans throughout the telecast. Mai is best known as the host of Style Network’s two-time Emmy Award-nominated makeover series “How Do I Look?” and is also recognized for her fashion segments on NBC’s “Today.”

This will be the first time in the pageant’s 62-year history that the competition will be held in Russia. Barry Adelman of dick clark productions (dcp) will be returning as executive producer of the pageant, which marks his third year producing the show. The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is broadcast in approximately 190 countries and an estimated 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2013. Culpo will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast.

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