Miss Universe 2003
|Miss Universe 2003|
|Date||June 3, 2003|
|Presenters||Billy Bush and Daisy Fuentes|
|Entertainment||Bond and Chayanne|
|Venue||Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama|
|Debuts||Serbia & Montenegro|
|Withdraws||British Virgin Islands, Chile, Ghana, Honduras, Iceland, Kenya, Northern Marianas, Portugal, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Yugoslavia|
|Returns||Argentina, Barbados, Belize, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei.|
Antigua & Barbuda
|Best National Costume||Amelia Vega
Miss Universe 2003, the 52nd Miss Universe pageant, was held at Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama on June 3, 2003. 71 delegates from around the universe competed for the crown. At the conclusion of the final night Amelia Vega of the Dominican Republic was crowned as the new Miss Universe 2003 by Miss Universe 2002, Justine Pasek of Panama.
Panama hosted the pageant for the second time. In 1986, Panama hosted the Miss Universe Pageant for the first time, the pageant final was held at ATLAPA Convention Center, in Panama City.
This was the first Miss Universe edition to be aired on NBC.
|Miss Universe 2003|
|Best National Costume|
Order of announcements
- Entertainment: Chayanne - "Torero"
All music by Bond.
- Opening Number: "Victory"
- National Costume Presentation: "Gypsy Rhapsody "
- Placement Number: "Allegretto"
- Evening Gown Competition: "Shine", "Strange Paradise", "Libertango"
- Swimsuit Competition: "Fuego"
The following celebrities judged the final competition.
- Audrey Quock - International supermodel.
- Roberto Cavalli - Fashion designer.
- Peter Reckell - American soap opera actor.
- Matthew St. Patrick - Actor from Six Feet Under.
- Fernanda Tavares - International model.
- Richard Johnson - New York Post columnist.
- Deborah Carthy-Deu - Miss Universe 1985 from Puerto Rico
- Amelia Marshall - African American actress.
- María Celeste Arrarás - Telemundo host.
- British Virgin Islands - Bethsaida Smith did not compete at Miss Universe 2003.
- Iceland - Manuela Ósk Hardardóttir withdrew due to illness.
- Northern Marianas - Kimberly Castro did not compete at Miss Universe 2003.
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- Manuela Osk Hardarsdottir of Iceland withdrew from the pageant, when dehydration caused by the weather prevented her from competing in the Preliminaries. She stayed in Panama until the pageant was over, joined by her boyfriend.
- In terms of regional representation, this was one of the most balanced top fives in recent years, with delegates from Africa (South Africa), the Asia-Pacific Region (Japan), Europe (Serbia & Montenegro), South America (Venezuela), and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic) all making the top five. Something similar would happen in 2010.
- India's Nikita Anand failed to place, breaking the 11 year Indian streak of placing in the Top 10 from 1992 to 2002 which produced 2 winners (1994-Sushmita Sen,2000-Lara Dutta), a 1st runner up (1995-Manpreet Brar), a 2nd runner up (1992-Madhu Sapre) and a 4th runner up (2001-Celina Jaitley).
- Angola and Serbia & Montenegro placed in the semi-finals for the first time.
- Venezuela, South Africa, Canada, and Panama were the only countries in this year's semi-finals who were also called out in last year's semi-finals.
- As for the other semi-finalists, Japan last placed in 1988, Namibia in 1992, Czech Republic in 1993, the Dominican Republic in 1995, Peru in 1996, both Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago in 1998, and both the USA and Greece in 2001.
- Alexsandra Vodjanikova of Germany went on to win Top Model of the World 2007 in Egypt. She changed her last name and won with the name of Alessandra Alores.
- Due to China's obstruction, Taiwan was forced to change her sash label to Chinese Taipei. However, pageant organizers allowed Szu-Yu Chen to use the Taiwan sash while off of the stage, but the Chinese Taipei sash while on stage.
- For the first time, scores are not revealed to public viewers.
- Algeria was supposed to debut this year but due to dissatification it withdrew
These are some of the networks outside the United States (telecasted on NBC for the first time) that showed the 2003 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded earlier) in their respective countries and territories:
- "Beauty queen renamed". Taipei Times (Taipei, Taiwan). MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia. May 23, 2003. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- Lim Kuan Chiang (June 2, 2003). "They’ve got the looks". MediaCorp (Singapore). Retrieved 2010-09-19.
- Double sash at Miss Universe 2003 Taiwan-Info.de Retrieved 2010-09-19. Picture of Szu-Yu Chen with the Chinese Taipei and Taiwan sashes.