Miss Universe 2008
|Miss Universe 2008|
|Date||July 14, 2008|
|Presenters||Jerry Springer, Mel B|
|Venue||Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang, Vietnam|
|Withdraws||Barbados, Belize, Bulgaria, Guyana, Lebanon, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Zambia|
|Returns||Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, UK, Vietnam|
|Best National Costume||Gavintra Photijak
Eighty contestants competed in the event which was broadcast and distributed globally via NBC in English and Telemundo in Spanish to TV outlets in more than 180 countries. The pageant was watched by a live audience of 7,500 and nearly a billion television viewers worldwide.
This is the first major USA-based television production to take place in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. This is also the first time that the Miss Universe pageant was broadcast in 1080i High-definition. This pageant was held in a contemporary Communist state for the first time as well.
The final presentation show was on July 8, the dress rehearsal on July 13, and the live telecast on July 14. Most activities were held successively in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sai Gon), Ha Noi, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ha Long and finally Nha Trang.
Jerry Springer, tabloid talk show host and host of NBC's America's Got Talent, and Melanie Brown, a.k.a. "Scary Spice", member of the UK pop group Spice Girls and host of TLC's The Singing Office, presented this year's competition. Lady Gaga performed her hit single "Just Dance" for the first time in television and for an international audience too.
- 1 Results
- 2 Judges
- 3 Areas of competition
- 4 Background music
- 5 Contestants
- 6 National pageant notes
- 7 Crossovers
- 8 Prizes
- 9 International broadcasting
- 10 History of Contest
- 11 References
- 12 External links
|Miss Universe 2008|
Final competition scores
|Best National Costume|
|Miss Funny Falls|
Order of announcements
- Donald Trump, Jr. - Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization; eldest son of Miss Universe co-owner Donald Trump.
- Nadine Velazquez - actress on NBC's My Name Is Earl.
- Roberto Cavalli - Italian fashion designer.
- Jennifer Hawkins - Miss Universe 2004 from Australia
- Joseph Cinque - President of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
- Ishaa Koppikar - Bollywood actress.
- Louis Licari - Celebrity Hairstylist.
- Taryn Rose - Footwear designer.
- Nguyễn Công Khế - Editor-in-Chief of Vietnamese newspaper Thanh Nien.
Areas of competition
Prior to the final telecast, all contestants competed in swimsuit and evening gown during the preliminary competition. They also participated in interviews with the judges.
During the final competition, the top fifteen contestants (based on their preliminary scores) competed in the swimsuit competition, and the top ten (based upon individual swimsuit scores) competed in evening gown. The final five contestants (based upon individual score from evening gown) participated in a final round of on-stage interviews, before the runners-up were announced and the new Miss Universe named.
This was the second year since 2002 that the judges' average scores were shown on television.
Official Special Awards
The Miss Universe Organization awarded two special prizes for the activities of Miss Universe 2008: Miss Congeniality the traditional and the award for Best National Costume. The latter award was won by costume powerhouse nation: Thailand. This year there was no Miss Photogenic award, which in recent years was decided by a free vote on the Internet, and had been won continuously for Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
Unofficial Special Awards
The organization and Vietnamese sponsors awarded three other awards within the activities of Miss Universe 2008: the first given to the ten best national costume, the second the candidate who looked best Vietnamese traditional dress called ao dai, and the third the candidate that his approach was the best in a swimsuit during a show made for that purpose. Note that these awards are external to the Miss Universe Organization, but delivered in activities approved by it. Not recorded in the historical record of the event, as they are unique and exclusive prizes for this edition.
Best in Swimsuit
This special award was granted on July 2 to the candidate who looked better in a swimsuit during a show made for this purpose. The 80 candidates paraded in their swimsuits divided into different groups.
Charming Áo dài
This special award was granted on June 24, the candidate who looked best in ao dai, the Vietnamese National Costume. The 80 candidates paraded in ao dai's designed for 8 Vietnamese designers recognized the costumes concocted especially for this night.
Awards national costumes
On 22 June, 80 candidates showed attire representative of their nation, either a costume or a representative of fantasy creation. They paraded before a panel of judges headed by the Miss Universe 2007, Riyo Mori and directors of the company Uni Corp, and the sponsoring companies and organizations in Vietnam. The candidates filed into nine groups of nine candidates in alphabetical order by the name of your country (in English). The best national costume of each group was named as a semifinalist, adding the group costume of the host country, leaving the following as winners:
- Mika, "Love Today" — background music used for the Opening and Presentation of National Costumes
- Lady Gaga, "Just Dance" — performed live during the Swimsuit Competition
- Robin Thicke, "Magic" — background music used during the Evening Gown Competition
|Albania||Matilda Mecini||19||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Tirana|
|Angola||Lesliana Pereira||20||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||M'banza-Kongo|
|Antigua & Barbuda||Athina James||18||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||St. John's|
|Argentina||Maria Silvana Belli||19||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Villa Krause|
|Aruba||Tracey Nicolaas||20||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Oranjestad|
|Australia||Laura Dundovic||21||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||Sydney|
|Bahamas||Sacha Scott||19||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)||Nassau|
|Belgium||Alizée Poulicek||21||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Huy|
|Bolivia||Kate David||19||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||San Ignacio de Velasco|
|Brazil||Natálya Anderle||22||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Encantado|
|Canada||Samantha Tajik||26||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Toronto|
|Cayman Islands||Rebecca Parchment||26||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||West Bay|
|China||Ziya Wei||25||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Chongqing|
|Colombia||Taliana Vargas||20||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Santa Marta|
|Costa Rica||María Teresa Rodríguez||21||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Alajuela|
|Croatia||Snježana Lončarević||24||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Zagreb|
|Curaçao||Jenyfeer Mercelina||19||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Willemstad|
|Cyprus||Dimitra Sergiou||23||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||Limassol|
|Czech Republic||Eliška Bučková||18||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Strážnice|
|Denmark||Marie-Sten Knudsen||18||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||Copenhagen|
|Dominican Republic||Marianne Cruz Gonzalez||23||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Salcedo|
|Ecuador||Domenica Saporitti||19||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Guayaquil|
|Egypt||Yara Naoum||20||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Cairo|
|El Salvador||Rebeca Moreno||22||1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)||San Salvador|
|Estonia||Julia Kovaljova||22||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Tallinn|
|Finland||Satu Tuomisto||21||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Akaa|
|France||Laura Tanguy||20||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Angers|
|Georgia||Gvantsa Daraselia||18||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Tbilisi|
|Germany||Madina Taher||21||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Elmshorn|
|Ghana||Yvette Nsiah||21||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Accra|
|Greece||Dionissia Koukiou||22||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Athens|
|Guam||Siera Robertson||18||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Yona|
|Guatemala||Jennifer Chiong||25||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Quetzaltenango|
|Honduras||Diana Gabriela Barrasa||22||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Tegucigalpa|
|Hungary||Jázmin Dammak||24||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Budapest|
|India||Simran Kaur Mundi||22||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Mumbai|
|Indonesia||Putri Raemawasti||21||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Blitar|
|Ireland||Lynn Kelly||20||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Dublin|
|Israel||Shunit Faragi||21||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Kiryat Tiv'on|
|Italy||Claudia Ferraris||19||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Bergamo|
|Jamaica||April Jackson||19||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Ocho Ríos|
|Japan||Hiroko Mima||21||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Tokushima|
|Kazakhstan||Alfina Nassyrova||20||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Almaty|
|Korea||Sun Lee||25||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Seoul|
|Kosovo||Zana Krasniqi||19||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Prishtina|
|Malaysia||Levy Li Sun Lim||20||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Terengganu|
|Mauritius||Olivia Carey||19||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Vacoas|
|Mexico||Elisa Nájera||21||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||Celaya|
|Montenegro||Daša Živković||19||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Nikšić|
|Netherlands||Charlotte Labee||22||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Den Haag|
|New Zealand||Samantha Powell||21||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Paraparaumu|
|Nicaragua||Thelma Rodríguez||19||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Chinandega|
|Nigeria||Stephanie Oforka||20||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Port Harcourt|
|Norway||Mariann Birkedal||21||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Stavanger|
|Panama||Carolina Dementiev Justavino||19||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Panama City|
|Paraguay||Giannina Rufinelli||22||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)||Luque|
|Peru||Karol Castillo †||18||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||Trujillo|
|Philippines||Jennifer Barrientos||22||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||San Mateo|
|Poland||Barbara Tatara||24||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Łódź|
|Puerto Rico||Ingrid Rivera||24||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Dorado|
|Russia||Vera Krasova||20||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Moscow|
|Serbia||Bojana Borić||21||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Sremska Mitrovica|
|Singapore||Shenise Wong||26||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Singapore|
|Slovakia||Sandra Manáková||20||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Bratislava|
|Slovenia||Anamarija Avbelj||20||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Lukovica|
|South Africa||Tansey Coetzee||23||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Johannesburg|
|Spain||Claudia Moro||22||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Madrid|
|Sri Lanka||Aruni Rajapaksha||24||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Kandy|
|Switzerland||Amanda Ammann||21||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Abtwil|
|Tanzania||Amanda Ole Sulul||21||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Arusha|
|Thailand||Gavintra Photijak||21||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Nongkhai|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Anya Ayoung-Chee||26||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Maraval|
|Turkey||Sinem Sülün||19||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Istanbul|
|Turks & Caicos||Angelica Lightbourne||19||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)||Providenciales|
|UK||Lisa Lazarus||20||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Swansea|
|Ukraine||Eleonora Masalab||19||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Kharkiv|
|Uruguay||Paula Díaz||19||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Ciudad de la Costa|
|USA||Crystle Stewart||26||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Texas|
|Venezuela||Dayana Mendoza||22||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Caracas|
|Vietnam||Nguyen Thuy Lam||20||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Thái Bình|
National pageant notes
- Kosovo In February 2008, Miss Universe organization president Paula Shugart announced that a Miss Kosovo would compete in Miss Universe 2008 in Vietnam. Montenegro and Serbia had already announced that they would boycott the pageant if Kosovo participated. As Vietnam and Kosovo do not have diplomatic relations, the Vietnam government considered disallowing such participation since it opposes Kosovo's independence. In the end, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro competed without incident. Kosovo's Zana Krasniqi made it to the finals, finishing sixth place.
Returning countries and territories
- France - Laura Tanguy, Miss Pays de Loire and second runner up to Miss France 2008, replaced Valérie Bègue, who was banned by Miss France organization after suggestive photos appeared in the media shortly after her crowning. Her first runner-up, Miss New Caledonia Vahinerii Requillart, decided to not compete in Miss Universe because she wanted to continue studying.
- Russia - Vera Krasova, 2nd runner-up to Miss Russia 2007, replaced Ksenia Sukhinova, who already won Miss World 2008
- Egypt - Yara Naoum was appointed to represent Egypt. She was the 2nd runner-up in Miss Egypt 2007 national pageant.
- Spain - Claudia Moro was appointed as the representative of her country after Patricia Rodriguez, Miss Spain 2008, couldn't participate because she did not meet the minimum age requirement by the Miss Universe Organization.
Contestants who competed at other beauty pageants:
For Miss Universe 2008 a new crown was unveiled. The 18k white and yellow gold crown was designed by CAO Fine Jewelry in association with Rosalina Lydster specifically for the event. With over 1,000 precious stones, including 44 carats (8.8 g) of diamonds, the crown has a value of $120,000 (USD). The design of the crown is highly symbolic. Vietnam is symbolized in the yellow gold, representative of the country's healthy economy, and in the crane, with represents the spirit and culture of Vietnam. Other colors stand for inspiration and feeling, while the depicted heart is meant to reflect faith, hope and unity. The curving patterns of the stones are a tribute to every country, reflecting growth. The crown will only be awarded as part of the contest this year, the original Mikimoto design was to be awarded again next year but Diamond Nexus Labs designed the crown instead.
Miss USA falls again
Miss USA, Crystle Stewart, slipped and fell down the stairs during the Evening Gown competition. This was the second year in a row that a Miss USA delegate fell during Evening Gown. This is also the first time in pageant history a contestant fell down during the Evening Gown competition in two consecutive pageants, from the same country, or from any country. Miss USA 2007, Rachel Smith, fell during Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico, and received boos after she made the Top Five contestants. After Stewart fell, she encouraged the audience to applaud by clapping her hands. She was eliminated after the Evening Gown Competition, finishing in eighth place.
Dayana Mendoza receives a prize package which includes cash, a one-year contract promoting Miss Universe, world travel, a rent-free, prestigious New York City apartment, a gift bag stuffed with free designer shoes, dresses and beauty products, a stipend for a 2-year course at the New York Film Academy. Mendoza was spent her year-long reign traveld the world to lecture on humanitarian issues and promote education regarding HIV/AIDS, the official platform of the Miss Universe Organization.
These are some of the networks outside the United States (telecasted on NBC and Telemundo) that showed the 2008 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded earlier) in their respective countries and territories:
History of Contest
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