The Miss Universe 2016 pageant will air on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 live from Pasay City, Philippines with 86 beautiful contestants from all over the world competing for the crown. The 65th annual pageant will be broadcast live from the SM Mall of Asia Arena beginning at 8 a.m. Philippines Standard Time.
This will be the first edition of the Miss Universe pageant under the new owners, WME/IMG, and will be the first aired by Fox and Azteca.
“Family Feud” host Steve Harvey and American lingerie model for the plus-size clothing store Lane Bryant Ashley Graham will host the show with musical guests Flo Rida and Boyz II Men slated to perform.
Twelve judges, including Miss Universe winners Dayanara Torres, Sushmita Sen, and Leila Lopes, will narrow down the competition to 12 finalists and then pick the winner from among them. The rest of the judges are fashion magazine editor Mickey Boardman, television star Cynthia Bailey, as well as social entrepreneur Francine LeFrak.
The Top 12 are chosen based on their performance during the three days of preliminary events; consisting of interviews, the swimsuit presentation, the evening gown competition, and global online fan voting.
Some of the finals judges were also judging in the preliminary competition last Friday. Included in the list of preliminary judges are Torres, Bailey, LeFrak, former journalist Rob Goldstone, president of the People’s Choice Awards Fred Nelson and Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori.
The preliminary competition of Miss Universe 2016 kicked off in Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, with Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina and 85 other candidates taking part in the contest’s swimsuit and evening gown portions.
The semi-finalists will be announced during the pageant’s coronation night on Monday in Manila.
Pia Wurtzbach of Philippines will crown her successor at the end of the event.
Miss Universe 2016 Live Streaming and Coverage Info
Watch the 2016 Miss Universe pageant via satellite this Monday (January 30), 8:00 AM on ABS-CBN, Fox Azteca, Solar Entertainment, GMA Network and TV5.