Miss Universe 2009
|Miss Universe 2009|
|Date||August 23, 2009|
|Presenters||Billy Bush, Claudia Jordan|
|Entertainment||Flo Rida, David Guetta, Kelly Rowland, and Heidi Montag|
|Venue||Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas|
|Withdraws||Antigua & Barbuda, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago|
|Returns||Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Guyana, Iceland, Lebanon, Namibia, Romania, Sweden, Zambia|
|Best National Costume||Diana Broce
Miss Universe 2009, the 58th Miss Universe pageant, was held at the Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island, in Nassau, Bahamas on August 23, 2009. It was the first back to back victories in Miss Universe history: Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela, was crowned Miss Universe 2009 by outgoing titleholder and fellow Venezuelan Dayana Mendoza. 84 countries and territories competed for the title and the pageant was broadcast live on NBC and Telemundo. On August 22, Jewel Selver representing Turks & Caicos withdrew from the pageant due to illness (dehydration). Only 83 contestants competed in the final on August 23.
This crowning moment made the Guinness World Record in Miss Universe pageant's history. 
- 1 Host selection
- 2 Results
- 3 Judges
- 4 Background music
- 5 Presentation show
- 6 Final show
- 7 Contestants
- 8 National pageant notes
- 9 Crossovers
- 10 Prizes
- 11 International Broadcasters
- 12 Ratings in the United States
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Donald Trump had intentions on holding the 2009 pageant in Dubai, but backed out due to the political instability regarding relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and also for religious reasons. Croatia was interested in hosting Miss Universe 2009 but they backed out of the project due to economic problems related to the current global economic crisis. In July, investor Jonathan Westbrook tried to get Australia to host Miss Universe 2009 but his efforts were in vain as the possible venues were not interested. Then, for the first time, the Bahamas became the official host of the Miss Universe pageant. The presentation show, rehearsals, dress rehearsal and the grand finale took place at the main convention ballroom (3650 capacity) of Atlantis Paradise Island, the Imperial Ballroom.
|Miss Universe 2009|
Final competition scores
|Best National Costume|
Order of announcements
- Dean Cain – Actor and Producer.
- Tamara Tunie – Actress, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit".
- Colin Cowie – Author, Television Personality and Designer to the Stars.
- Valeria Mazza – International Supermodel.
- Matthew Rolston – Leading Photographer and Director.
- Richard LeFrak – Chairman, President and CEO LeFrak Organization.
- Andre Leon Talley – Award-winning Writer and Editor.
- Heather Kerzner – Philanthropist and Ambassador for Kerzner International and Resorts.
- Farouk Shami – Founder and Chairman of CHI Hair Care.
- Keisha Whitaker – Fashion Maven and Founder of the Kissable Couture Lip Gloss line.
- Gerry DeVeaux – Award-winning Producer, Songwriter and Style Guru.
- George J. Maloof, Jr. – Professional Sports Mogul and Hotelier.
These were the judges for the preliminary competition:
- Mark Wylie – Best Buddies Talent Executive.
- Adriana Ching – Licensed attorney and a former real estate developer avid philanthropist.
- Todd Winston – Veteran of the hospitality industry and Vice President of Sales at Creative Promotional.
- Rosalina Lydster – Fashion designer for celebrities.
- Tiza Tjokroadisumarto – Director of Retail Operations for Michael Kors.
- Corinne Nicolas – President of Trump Model Management.
- David Friedman – Last Call with Carson Daly Executive Producer.
- Steven Schillaci – Talent Producer for many hit shows including American Idol.
- Mario Mosley – Hollywood Choreographer of Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off.
- Sarah Markantonis – Ambassador of Kerzner International Bahamas.
- Opening Number
- "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas, "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston
- Fashion Shoot Presentation
- "Body Language" by Heidi Montag (Live performance)
- Swimsuit Competition
- "Right Round" and "Jump" by Flo Rida (Live performance)
- Evening Gown Competition
- "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland (Live performance)
This marks the first time the Miss Universe preliminary competition was streamed online to a worldwide audience via Ustream and the Miss Universe website.
At the Preliminary Competition all contestants competed in the Swimsuit and Evening Gown categories as part of the selection for the top 15 finalists who will be revealed during the beginning of the two-hour live telecast of the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant live on NBC and Telemundo on Sunday, August 23.
The Preliminary Competition was hosted by Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza and Local Bahamas radio personality Ed Fields. London based singer Anthoney Wright performed his hit song "Wud if I Cud" during the competition.
This marked the first time the Miss Universe live telecast was introduced by Donald Trump.
84 contestants pre-taped the national costume introduction including Turks & Caicos – Jewel Selver. Top 15 were announced, followed by Dayana Mendoza sharing about her experiences as Miss Universe 2008. The Top 15 semi-finalists competed in the Swimsuit competition which Top 10 finalists completed in the Evening Gown competition. The televised audiences could see the judges' average combined scores. Before announcing the finalists, there were two special awards – Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic were given. Both were claimed by candidates from Asia - Wang Jingyao of China and Chutima Durongdej of Thailand. Dayana Mendoza revealed that the new Miss Universe crown was the "Peace" model. The Top 5 finalists completed in the final question round. The 4 runner-ups were announced first, followed by the new Miss Universe 2009 – Stefanía Fernández.
The live telecast was hosted by Access Hollywood, Billy Bush and Celebrity Apprentice Claudia Jordan. For the first time, special guest – Heidi Montag performed her first official single Body Language during the Top 15 fashion shoot presentation. When Flo Rida performed during the Top 15 swimsuit competition, and David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland performed during the Top 10 evening gown competition.
The pageant was also historically significant, using Skype for the first time for the final question. Mayra Matos representing Puerto Rico was asked by Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori from Japan via Skype.
|Albania||Hasna Xhukiçi||21||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Fier|
|Angola||Nelsa Alves||22||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Luanda|
|Argentina||Johanna Lasic||23||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||Buenos Aires|
|Aruba||Diane Croes||22||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Oranjestad|
|Australia||Rachael Finch||21||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Townsville|
|Bahamas||Kiara Sherman||26||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Freeport|
|Belgium||Zeynep Sever||20||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Brussels|
|Bolivia||Dominique Peltier||22||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Cochabamba|
|Brazil||Larissa Costa||25||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Natal|
|Bulgaria||Elitsa Lubenova||19||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Dve Mogili|
|Canada||Mariana Valente||23||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Richmond Hill|
|Cayman Islands||Nicosia Lawson||26||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||George Town|
|China||Wang Jingyao||18||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Qingdao|
|Colombia||Michelle Rouillard||22||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Popayán|
|Costa Rica||Jessica Umaña||21||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Moravia|
|Croatia||Sarah Ćosić||20||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Split|
|Curaçao||Angenie Simon||24||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Willemstad|
|Cyprus||Kielia Giasemidou||20||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Nicosia|
|Czech Republic||Iveta Lutovská||26||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||Třeboň|
|Dominican Republic||Ada Aimée de la Cruz||23||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||Villa Mella|
|Ecuador||Sandra Vinces||19||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Portoviejo|
|Egypt||Elham Wagdi||26||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Cairo|
|El Salvador||Mayella Mena||21||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||San Salvador|
|Estonia||Diana Arno||25||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||Tallinn|
|Ethiopia||Melat Yante||19||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)||Addis Ababa|
|Finland||Essi Pöysti||19||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||Jyväskylä|
|France||Chloé Mortaud||19||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Bénac|
|Georgia||Lika Ordzhonikidze||19||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Tbilisi|
|Germany||Martina Lee||24||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Meinerzhagen|
|Ghana||Jennifer Koranteng||23||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Accra|
|Great Britain[a]||Clarissa Cooper||27||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||London|
|Greece||Viviana Campanile Zagorianakou||19||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Athens|
|Guam||Racine Manley||24||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Dededo|
|Guatemala||Lourdes Figueroa||21||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Guatemala City|
|Guyana||Jenel Cox||19||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Georgetown|
|Honduras||Bélgica Suárez||23||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Tegucigalpa|
|Hungary||Suzann Budai||21||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||Budapest|
|Iceland||Ingibjörg Egilsdóttir||24||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Austurland|
|India||Ekta Chowdhry||23||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Delhi|
|Indonesia||Zivanna Letisha Siregar||20||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Jakarta|
|Ireland||Diana Donnelly||20||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Dublin|
|Israel||Julia Dyment||20||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Haifa|
|Italy||Laura Valenti||25||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Arezzo|
|Jamaica||Carolyn Yapp||25||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Montego Bay|
|Japan||Emiri Miyasaka||25||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Tokyo|
|Korea||Ree Na||23||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)||Seoul|
|Kosovo||Marigona Dragusha||18||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Pristina|
|Lebanon||Martine Andraos||19||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)||Byblos|
|Malaysia||Joannabelle Ng||21||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Kota Kinabalu|
|Mauritius||Anaïs Veerapatren||23||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||Curepipe|
|Mexico||Karla Carrillo||21||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Guadalajara|
|Montenegro||Anja Jovanović||20||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Podgorica|
|Namibia||Happie Ntelamo||20||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||Katima Mulilo|
|Netherlands||Avalon-Chanel Weyzig||19||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Zwolle|
|New Zealand||Katie Taylor||22||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Auckland|
|Nicaragua||Indiana Sánchez||22||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Managua|
|Nigeria||Sandra Otohwo||20||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Asaba|
|Norway||Eli Landa||25||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Stavanger|
|Panama||Diana Broce||23||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Las Tablas|
|Paraguay||Mareike Baumgarten||19||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Asunción|
|Peru||Karen Schwarz||25||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Lima|
|Philippines||Bianca Manalo||22||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Parañaque City|
|Poland||Angelika Jakubowska||20||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Lubań|
|Puerto Rico||Mayra Matos||20||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Cabo Rojo|
|Romania||Elena Bianca Constantin||20||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Piatra-Neamt|
|Russia||Sofia Rudieva||18||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Saint Petersburg|
|Serbia||Dragana Atlija||22||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Belgrade|
|Singapore||Rachel Kum||24||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Singapore|
|Slovak Republic||Denisa Mendrejová||23||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Bratislava|
|Slovenia||Mirela Korač||22||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)||Ljubljana|
|South Africa||Tatum Keshwar||25||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||Durban|
|Spain||Estíbaliz Pereira||23||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||Santiago de Compostela|
|Sweden||Renate Cerljen||21||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Staffanstorp|
|Switzerland||Whitney Toyloy||19||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Yverdon|
|Tanzania||Illuminata James||24||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||Mwanza|
|Thailand||Chutima Durongdej||23||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||Bangkok|
|Turkey||Senem Kuyucuoğlu||18||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)||Izmir|
|Turks & Caicos[b]||Jewel Selver||23||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)||Grand Turk|
|Ukraine||Kristina Kots-Gotlib||26||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||Donetsk|
|Uruguay||Cintia D'ottone||21||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Montevideo|
|USA||Kristen Dalton||22||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||Wilmington|
|Venezuela||Stefanía Fernández||19||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Mérida|
|Vietnam||Võ Hoàng Yến||21||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Zambia||Andella Chileshe Matthews||21||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Ndola|
a Great Britain changed name to UK in 2008; this year changed back to Great Britain, which was last used in 2000.
b Turks & Caicos: Jewel Selver withdrew from the competition 24 hours before the final claiming she was suffering from dehydration.
National pageant notes
Returning countries and territories
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Kazakhstan: Olga Nikitina did not compete in Miss Universe for lack of sponsoring from her country.
- Northern Marianas: Sorene Maratita, Miss Marianas Universe 2009, did not compete in Miss Universe 2009 due to lack of sponsorship and funding. She only competed in Miss International 2009.
- Sri Lanka: Faith Landers did not participate in Miss Universe 2009 despite being announced that she would.
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Ronique Dellimore did not compete in Miss Universe 2009, although the press in her country announced that she would.
- Trinidad & Tobago: Peter Elias, the franchise holder for Trinidad & Tobago has confirmed that the Caribbean nation did not send a delegate to Miss Universe 2009 due to lack of sponsorship. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago was informed by Peter Elias in 2008 that it was difficult for him to find sponsorship and that he would no longer be able to fund the girls. The Government aware of this announced that this competition is for private investment and not Government investment.
- Egypt - Elham Wagdy was appointed to represent Egypt. She was the 1st runner-up in Miss Egypt 2005 national pageant.
Bolivia – Peru dispute
On August 1, 2009 Bolivian officials stated that it could present a legal challenge to the organizers of Miss Universe due to the planned use of a typical Diablada costume by the Peruvian candidate Karen Schwarz. Pablo Groux, Bolivian minister of Culture, said that any use of the costume by Schwarz in the contest would be an unlawful appropriation of Bolivian heritage and threatened to bring the case to the International Court of Justice. El Comercio, a Peruvian newspaper, mentioned that this is not the first time the diablada costume is shown in the contest and that it was María Josefa Isensee, a Chilean, that first used it in the Miss Universe contest. The Peruvian foreign minister José Antonio García Belaúnde said that since the diablada dress is of indigenous Aymara origin it can not be considered exclusive of any of the countries where Aymaras lives.
Some of the delegates participated in other competitions:
- Miss Universe 2009
- The official Crown of Miss Universe 2009 designed by Diamond Nexus Labs
- Jewelry designed by Diamond Nexus Labs
- A year long salary as Miss Universe
- A shoe wardrobe from Nina Footwear
- A year’s worth of hair care products and tools from Farouk Systems
- A swimsuit wardrobe from BSC Swimwear Thailand
- An assortment of Love Collection video cameras from DXG USA
- An evening gown wardrobe by Carlos Alberto Haute Couture
- A 6 day/5 night vacation for two at Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas with air travel accommodated by JetBlue Airways
- A Skype kit featuring a laptop computer with webcam, speakers and a one year Unlimited World plan to talk to friends and family
- A collection of ultra light-weight, fashion fresh Heys USA Inc. luggage
- Luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses
- A 2-year scholarship from the New York Film Academy valued at more than $100,000
- Personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon
- Modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha
- Casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization
- Extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners
- Access to various New York city events including movie premieres and screenings, Broadway shows and launch parties
- Consultation with stylist Billie Causieestko and access to a personal appearance wardrobe
- Professional media/public relations representation by Rubenstein Public Relations and Planet PR in New York City
- Dermatology and skincare services provided by Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher
- Professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD
- 1st Runner-up
- $3000 cash award
- Gift from Diamond Nexus Labs
- 2nd Runner-up
- $2000 cash award
- Gift from Diamond Nexus Labs
- 3rd Runner-up and 4th Runner-up
- $1000 cash award
- Gift from Diamond Nexus Labs
- Top 10 and Top 15
- $500 cash award
- Special awards winners
- $1,000 cash award
- Gift from Diamond Nexus Labs
- All contestants
- An assortment of Farouk Systems hair care products
- Swimsuit from BSC Swimwear Thailand
- Designer shoes from Nina Footwear
- Fashions by Carlos Alberto Haute Couture
- A Luxe collection video camera from DXG USA
- An assortment of items from Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
- A Skype starter pack including a headset and a One year unlimited World Plan
- Cosmetics from Kryolan professional make-up
These are some of the networks outside the United States (telecasted on NBC and Telemundo) that showed the 2009 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded earlier) in their respective countries and territories:
Ratings in the United States
In the United States, the Miss Universe telecast (by NBC) grew from the first half of the show to the fourth and final, increasing in rating by 73% among audiences ages 18 to 49 (from 1,5/4 to a 2,6/7). The second hour of the pageant beat combinated ratings from ABC (which aired a new episode - "Rubicon" - from now-cancelled sci-fi series Defying Gravity) and CBS (which aired a rerun of Cold Case episode "Libertyville"), ratings in adults, men and women ages 18 to 34 and 18 to 49.
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