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Miss Universe 2008
Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza2
Date 14 July 2008
Presenters Jerry Springer, Mel B
Entertainment Lady Gaga
Venue Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Broadcaster NBC, Telemundo
Entrants 80
Placements 15
Debuts Kosovo
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
Winner Dayana Mendoza
 Venezuela
Congeniality Rebeca Moreno
 El Salvador
Best National Costume Gavintra Photijak
 Thailand
Crown Convention Center, Nha Trang. venue for Miss Universe 2008
Participating Nations and Results in 2008.

Miss Universe 2008, the 57th Miss Universe pageant, was held at the Crown Convention Center in the Diamond Bay Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam on 14 July 2008.[1]

At the conclusion of the final competition, outgoing titleholder Riyo Mori of Japan crowned her successor, Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, as Miss Universe 2008.[2]

Eighty contestants competed in the event[3] 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.[4]

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.

Results[edit]

Placements[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 2008
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 15

Final competition scores[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Best National Costume

Order of announcements[edit]

Judges[edit]

Telecast judges[edit]

Background music[edit]

  • 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

Contestants[edit]

Country/Territory Contestant Age Height Hometown
Albania Albania Matilda Mecini 19 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Tirana
Angola Angola Lesliana Pereira[5] 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) M'banza-Kongo
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Athina James 18 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) St. John's
Argentina Argentina Maria Silvana Belli 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Villa Krause
Aruba Aruba Tracey Nicolaas[6] 20 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Oranjestad
Australia Australia Laura Dundovic[7] 21 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Sydney
The Bahamas Bahamas Sacha Scott[8] 19 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Nassau
Belgium Belgium Alizée Poulicek[9] 21 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Huy
Bolivia Bolivia Kate David[10] 19 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) San Ignacio de Velasco
Brazil Brazil Natálya Anderle[11] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Encantado
Canada Canada Samantha Tajik[12] 26 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Richmond Hill
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Rebecca Parchment[13] 26 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) West Bay
China China Ziya Wei[14] 25 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Chongqing
Colombia Colombia Taliana Vargas[15] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Santa Marta
Costa Rica Costa Rica María Teresa Rodríguez[11] 21 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Alajuela
Croatia Croatia Snježana Lončarević[16] 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Zagreb
Curaçao Curaçao Jenyfeer Mercelina[17] 19 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Willemstad
Cyprus Cyprus Dimitra Sergiou[18][19] 23 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Limassol
Czech Republic Czech Republic Eliška Bučková[20] 18 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Strážnice
Denmark Denmark Marie-Sten Knudsen 18 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Copenhagen
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Marianne Cruz 23 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Salcedo
Ecuador Ecuador Domenica Saporitti[21] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Guayaquil
Egypt Egypt Yara Naoum[22][23] 20 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Cairo
El Salvador El Salvador Rebeca Moreno[24] 22 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in) San Salvador
Estonia Estonia Julia Kovaljova 22 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Tallinn
Finland Finland Satu Tuomisto[25] 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Akaa
France France Laura Tanguy[26] 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Angers
Georgia (country) Georgia Gvantsa Daraselia 18 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Tbilisi
Germany Germany Madina Taher[27] 21 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Elmshorn
Ghana Ghana Yvette Nsiah[28] 21 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Accra
Greece Greece Dionissia Koukiou[29] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Athens
Guam Guam Siera Robertson[30] 18 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Yona
Guatemala Guatemala Jennifer Chiong[31] 25 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Quetzaltenango
Honduras Honduras Diana Gabriela Barrasa[32] 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Tegucigalpa
Hungary Hungary Jázmin Dammak[33] 24 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Budapest
India India Simran Kaur Mundi[34] 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Mumbai
Indonesia Indonesia Putri Raemawasti[35] 21 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Blitar
Republic of Ireland Ireland Lynn Kelly[36] 20 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Dublin
Israel Israel Shunit Faragi[37] 21 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Kiryat Tiv'on
Italy Italy Claudia Ferraris[38] 19 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Bergamo
Jamaica Jamaica April Jackson[11] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Ocho Ríos
Japan Japan Hiroko Mima[39] 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Tokushima
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Alfina Nassyrova[40] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Almaty
South Korea Miss Korea Sun Lee[41] 25 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Seoul
Kosovo Kosovo Zana Krasniqi[42][43] 19 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Prishtina
Malaysia Malaysia Levy Li Sun Lim[44] 20 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Terengganu
Mauritius Mauritius Olivia Carey[45] 19 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Vacoas
Mexico Mexico Elisa Nájera[46] 21 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Celaya
Montenegro Montenegro Daša Živković[47] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Nikšić
Netherlands Netherlands Charlotte Labee[48] 22 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Den Haag
New Zealand New Zealand Samantha Powell[49] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Paraparaumu
Nicaragua Nicaragua Thelma Rodríguez[50] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Chinandega
Nigeria Nigeria Stephanie Oforka[51] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Port Harcourt
Norway Norway Mariann Birkedal[52] 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Stavanger
Panama Panama Carolina Dementiev Justavino[53] 19 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Panama City
Paraguay Paraguay Giannina Rufinelli[54] 22 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) Luque
Peru Peru Karol Castillo[55] 18 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Trujillo
Philippines Philippines Jennifer Tarol Barrientos[56] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) San Mateo
Poland Poland Barbara Tatara[57] 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Łódź
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Ingrid Rivera[58] 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Dorado
Russia Russia Vera Krasova[59] 20 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Moscow
Serbia Serbia Bojana Borić 21 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Sremska Mitrovica
Singapore Singapore Shenise Wong[60] 26 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Singapore
Slovakia Slovak Republic Sandra Manáková[61] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Bratislava
Slovenia Slovenia Anamarija Avbelj[62] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Lukovica
South Africa South Africa Tansey Coetzee[63] 23 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Johannesburg
Spain Spain Claudia Moro[64] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Madrid
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Aruni Rajapaksha 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Kandy
Switzerland Switzerland Amanda Ammann[65] 21 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) Abtwil
Tanzania Tanzania Amanda Ole Sulul[66] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Arusha
Thailand Thailand Gavintra Photijak[53] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Nongkhai
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago Anya Ayoung-Chee[67] 26 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Maraval
Turkey Turkey Sinem Sülün[68] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Istanbul
Turks and Caicos Islands Turks & Caicos Angelica Lightbourne[69] 19 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) Providenciales
United Kingdom UK Lisa Lazarus[70] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Swansea
Ukraine Ukraine Eleonora Masalab[71] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Kharkiv
Uruguay Uruguay Paula Díaz[72] 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Ciudad de la Costa
United States USA Crystle Stewart[73] 26 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Missouri City
Venezuela Venezuela Dayana Mendoza[74] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Caracas
Vietnam Vietnam Nguyen Thuy Lam[75] 20 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Thái Bình

National pageant notes[edit]

Debut[edit]

  •  Kosovo In February 2008, Miss Universe organization president Paula Shugart announced that a Miss Kosovo would compete in Miss Universe 2008 in Vietnam.[76] 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.[77] In the end, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro competed without incident. Kosovo's Zana Krasniqi made it to the finals, finishing sixth place.

Withdrawals[edit]

Returning countries and territories[edit]

Replacements[edit]

Designations[edit]

  •  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.[81] 5 years later, Rodríguez would win Miss Spain Universe 2013 and would compete at Miss Universe 2013, placing as 1st. Runner-Up.

Crossovers[edit]

Contestants who competed at other beauty pageants:

New crown[edit]

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.[85][86][87]

Miss USA falls again[edit]

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.[88] She was eliminated after the Evening Gown Competition, finishing in eighth place.

Prizes[edit]

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.[89][90][91]

International broadcasting[edit]

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[edit]

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