On January 26, 2017, 7 pm in Manila, the Miss Universe 2016 preliminary competition will be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Eighty-six contestants are competing in evening wear and swimwear during the preliminary competition of the 65th Miss Universe pageant this year. Media reports said a separate closed-door interview with the candidates will also be part of the competition.
The event will be hosted by current Miss Universe titleholder, Pia Wurtzbach, and actor Derek Ramsay. The event will take place at Mall of Asia Arena, which has seen acts perform inside like 2NE1, Mariah Carey, The 1975, 5 Seconds of Summer, Aerosmith and many more.
The preliminary competition will help determine the Top 12 candidates, instead of a Top 15, who will go on to compete on Monday, January 30.
From the Top 12, the Top 9 are determined by averaging the scores of the judges and the fans’ votes after the swimsuit segment.
The Top 6 are then determined by averaging the judges’ and fans’ votes after the evening gown segment.
The Miss Universe 2016 Preliminary Competition will be broadcast live at the MissUniverse.com official live streaming channel 6am ET (7pm Manila time). The two-hour event is also available to stream online via the Miss U app and official Facebook page.
TV 5 will telecast the preliminiaries on two dates – January 28 and January 29.