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Miss Universe 2012
Olivia Culpo 2012.jpg
Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo
Date December 19, 2012
Presenters Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Jeannie Mai
Venue PH Live, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Broadcaster NBC, Telemundo
Entrants 89
Placements 16
Debuts Gabon, Lithuania
Withdraws Egypt, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Slovenia, Turks & Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands
Returns Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Namibia, Norway
Winner Olivia Culpo
United States USA
Congeniality Laura Godoy
 Guatemala
Best National Costume Ji Dan Xu
 China
Photogenic Diana Avdiu
 Kosovo

Miss Universe 2012, was the 61st Miss Universe pageant, and was held on December 19, 2012, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.[1] Leila Lopes from Angola crowned her successor Olivia Culpo from the USA at the end of this event.[2]

Miss Universe 2012 results

Eighty-nine countries and territories participated in the 2012 pageant, which was transmitted live in participant countries and territories by NBC, Telemundo and the international broadcasters. The pageant was viewable on-demand on computers via NBC.com and mobile devices via NBC's mobile app.[3]

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, Miss Universe 2012 official venue

Host city[edit]

Miss Universe had been struggling to find a venue for this year’s pageant. In March 2012, it was announced that the pageant would be moved to December because the broadcaster NBC could not broadcast the pageant at the same time as the 2012 Summer Olympics and the United States presidential election.

It was rumored that Guadalajara, Mexico, Margarita Island, Venezuela, Sun City, South Africa, and Jakarta, Indonesia were to host the competition. But, in August 2012, the Dominican government received a proposal from the Miss Universe Organization to host the competition on December 11. The Dominican Republic had once hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 1977 in Santo Domingo. The Miss Universe Organization was considering hosting the final night at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Punta Cana. However, The Dominican government said that the country was not able to provide any kind of financial assistance to the pageant.

Finally, in September 2012, it was confirmed by the Miss Universe Organization that the 2012 Miss Universe pageant would take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 19. It was the fourth time the Miss Universe pageant was held in Las Vegas, the other three times being in 1991, 1996 and 2010.[4]

Preliminary competition[edit]

The top 16 announced during the live show were chosen by a separate panel of judges who viewed all 89 contestants during a preliminary competition held a week before the coronation of Miss Universe 2012. The show was hosted by stage director and choreographer of the show Michael Schwandt, Chet Buchanan and Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes and was webcast worldwide on the official Miss Universe website via UStream and also on Xbox Live across North America. The show was divided into three major parts:

Day 1

  • Contestants introduction
  • Swimsuit preliminary competition
  • Evening gown preliminary competition

Day 2

  • National costume competition

Results[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 2012
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 16

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Best National Costume

Best in National Costume[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Winner
Top 10

Order of announcements[edit]

Judges[edit]

Final telecast[edit]

[5]

Preliminary competition[edit]

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Background music and performances[edit]

Contestants[edit]

The following 89 women competed for the title of Miss Universe 2012:

Country/Territory Contestant Name Age Height Hometown
Albania Albania Adrola Dushi[10][11] 19 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Rrëshen
Angola Angola Marcelina Vahekeni[12][13] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Ondjiva
Argentina Argentina Camila Solórzano[14][15] 23 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Tucumán
Aruba Aruba Liza Helder[16] 23 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Oranjestad
Australia Australia Renae Ayris[17][18] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Perth
The Bahamas Bahamas Celeste Marshall[19][20] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Nassau
Belgium Belgium Laura Beyne[21][22] 20 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Brussels
Bolivia Bolivia Yessica Mouton[23][24] 24 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Santa Cruz
Botswana Botswana Sheillah Molelekwa[25][26] 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Gaborone
Brazil Brazil Gabriela Markus[27][28] 24 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Teutônia
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands Abigail Hyndman[29][30] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Road Town
Bulgaria Bulgaria Zhana Yaneva[31][32] 23 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Sofia
Canada Canada Adwoa Yamoah[33][34] 26 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Calgary
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Lindsay Japal[35][36] 24 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Georgetown
Chile Chile Ana Luisa König[37][38] 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Santiago
China China Xu Jidan[39][40] 22 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Shanghai
Colombia Colombia Daniella Álvarez[41][42] 24 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Barranquilla
Costa Rica Costa Rica Nazareth Cascante[43][44] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Alajuela
Croatia Croatia Elizabeta Burg[45][46] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Vrbanja
Curaçao Curaçao Monifa Jansen[47][48] 19 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Willemstad
Cyprus Cyprus Ioánna Yiannakoú[49] 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Paphos
Czech Republic Czech Republic Tereza Chlebovská[50][51] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Krnov
Denmark Denmark Josefine Hewitt[52][53] 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Esbjerg
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Dulcita Lieggi[54][55] 23 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Santo Domingo
Ecuador Ecuador Carolina Aguirre[56][57] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Guayaquil
El Salvador El Salvador Ana Yancy Clavel[58][59] 20 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) San Salvador
Estonia Estonia Natalie Korneitsik[60][61] 23 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Tallinn
Ethiopia Ethiopia Helen Getachew[62][63] 22 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Addis Ababa
Finland Finland Sara Chafak[64][65] 22 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Helsinki
France France Marie Payet[66][67] 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Saint-Denis
Gabon Gabon Channa Divouvi[68] 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Ngounié
Georgia (country) Georgia Tamar Shedania[69] 20 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Zugdidi
Germany Germany Alicia Endemann[70][71] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Hamburg
Ghana Ghana Gifty Ofori[72][73] 24 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Accra
United Kingdom Great Britain Holly Hale[74][75] 22 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Llanelli
Greece Greece Vasiliki Tsirogianni[76][77] 24 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Thessaloniki
Guam Guam Alyssa Cruz Aguero[78][79] 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Barrigada
Guatemala Guatemala Laura Godoy[80][81] 24 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Guatemala City
Guyana Guyana Ruqayyah Boyer[82][83] 22 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Georgetown
Haiti Haiti Christela Jacques[84][85] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Petion-Ville
Honduras Honduras Jennifer Andrade[86][87] 24 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) Tegucigalpa
Hungary Hungary Agnes Konkoly[88][89] 25 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Budapest
India India Shilpa Singh[90][91] 23 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Samastipur
Indonesia Indonesia Maria Selena[92][93] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Semarang
Republic of Ireland Ireland Adrienne Murphy[94][95] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Dublin
Israel Israel Lina Makhuli[96] 19 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Haifa
Italy Italy Grazia Pinto[97][98] 24 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Catania
Jamaica Jamaica Chantal Zaky[99][100] 24 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Port Antonio
Japan Japan Ayako Hara[101][102] 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Sendai
South Korea Korea Lee Seong-hye[103][104] 24 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Seoul
Kosovo Kosovo Diana Avdiu[105][106] 19 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Mitrovica
Lebanon Lebanon Rina Chibany[107][108] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Zahle
Lithuania Lithuania Greta Mikalauskyte[109] 19 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Šiauliai
Malaysia Malaysia Kimberley Leggett[110][111] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Penang
Mauritius Mauritius Ameeksha Dilchand[112][113] 26 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Curepipe
Mexico Mexico Karina González[114][115] 21 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Aguascalientes City
Montenegro Montenegro Andrea Radonjic[116][117] 20 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Podgorica
Namibia Namibia Tsakana Nkandih[118][119] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Windhoek
Netherlands Netherlands Nathalie den Dekker[120] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Amstelveen
New Zealand New Zealand Talia Bennett[121][122] 26 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Auckland
Nicaragua Nicaragua Farah Eslaquit[123][124] 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) La Concepcion
Nigeria Nigeria Isabella Ayuk[125][126] 26 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Ikom
Norway Norway Sara Nicole Andersen[127][128] 20 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Oslo
Panama Panama Stephanie Vander Werf[129][130] 26 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Panama City
Paraguay Paraguay Egni Eckert[131] 25 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Luque
Peru Peru Nicole Faverón[132][133] 24 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Iquitos
Philippines Philippines Janine Tugonon[134][135] 23 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Bataan
Poland Poland Marcelina Zawadzka[136][137] 23 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Malbork
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Bodine Koehler[138][139] 20 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) San Juan
Romania Romania Delia Duca[140][141] 26 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Brasov
Russia Russia Elizabeth Golovanova[142][143] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Smolensk
Serbia Serbia Branislava Mandić[144][145] 21 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Čurug
Singapore Singapore Lynn Tan[146] 24 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Singapore
Slovakia Slovak Republic Ľubica Štepanová[147][148] 24 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Prievidza
South Africa South Africa Melinda Bam[149][150] 23 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Pretoria
Spain Spain Andrea Huisgen[151][152] 22 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Barcelona
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sabrina Herft[153][154] 25 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Colombo
Saint Lucia St. Lucia Tara Edward[155][156] 25 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Marisule, Gros Islet
Sweden Sweden Hanni Beronius[157] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Goteborg
Switzerland Switzerland Alina Buchschacher[158][159] 21 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Bern
Tanzania Tanzania Winfrida Dominic[160][161] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Dar es Salaam
Thailand Thailand Farida Waller[162] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Krabi
 Trinidad & Tobago Avionne Mark[163][164] 23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Champ Fleurs
Turkey Turkey Çağıl Özge Özkul[165][166] 24 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Ankara
Ukraine Ukraine Anastasia Chernova[167][168] 19 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Kharkov
Uruguay Uruguay Camila Vezzoso[169][170] 19 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Artigas
United States USA Olivia Culpo[171][172] 20 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) Cranston
Venezuela Venezuela Irene Esser[173][174] 21 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Rio Caribe
Vietnam Vietnam Diễm Hương Lưu[175][176] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Ho Chi Minh City
  1. This column lists the respective contestant's age as shown on the Miss Universe official website.

Pageant notes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Returns[edit]

Last competed in:

Withdrawals[edit]

Replacements[edit]

  •  Canada: Sahar Biniaz was replaced by Adwoa Yamoah, the 1st runner-up of Miss Universe Canada 2012 because the original winner, Sahar, had to withdraw due to a foot injury.[33]
  •  France: Delphine Wespiser due to Miss Universe 2012 conflicting with Miss France 2013, which was held on 8 December. She was replaced by Marie Payet, the 2nd runner-up of Miss France 2012.[66]

Designations[edit]

  •  Aruba: Liza Nerelyn Helder was appointed as "Miss Universe Aruba 2012" after Marinus Wegereef, acquired the franchise and became the new national director of Miss Universe in Aruba.[181]
  •  Curaçao: Monifa Jansen was appointed to represent Curaçao after she couldn't compete in 2011 because she didn't meet the minimum age requirement.
  •  Denmark: Josefine Hewitt was appointed as "Miss Universe Denmark 2012" after a casting call took place.
  •  Germany: Alicia Endemann was appointed as "Miss Universe Germany 2012" by Kim Kotter, national director of Miss Universe in Germany.
  •  Haiti: Christela Jacques was appointed as "Miss Universe Haiti 2012" after a casting call took place.
  •  Lithuania: Greta Mikalauskyte was appointed to represent Lithuania. She was the 1st runner up at the Miss Lithuania 2012 pageant.
  •  Netherlands: Nathalie den Dekker was appointed as "Miss Universe Netherlands 2012" by Kim Kotter, national director of Miss Universe in the Netherlands. She previously competed at Miss World 2012, where she placed in the Top 15.
  •  Peru: Nicole Faverón was appointed as "Miss Universe Peru 2012", she was the 1st runner up at the Miss Peru 2011 pageant.
  •  Serbia: Branislava Mandic was appointed to represent Serbia. She was the 2nd runner up at the Miss Serbia 2011 pageant.
  •  Vietnam: Luu Thi Diem Huong was appointed to represent Vietnam by Unicorp. The permission was granted by the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam, which authorizes the international representation of the nation in events of any kind. Luu Thi Diem Huong recently got divorce, and she was married in 2011. She lie to Unicorp in order to compete at Miss Universe. Miss Vietnam Luu Thi Diem Huong is the first Miss Vietnam who married but compete at Miss Universe.

Crossovers[edit]

Contestants who previously competed or will compete at other beauty pageants:

Miss World
Miss International
Miss Earth
Miss Supranational
Miss Tourism Queen International
Miss Globe International
Miss Intercontinental Pageant
Miss United Nations
Miss Tourism International
Miss Teen International
Miss United Continent
Miss Atlántico Internacional
Miss Italia Nel Mondo
Reina Hispanoamericana
Nuestra Belleza Latina 2009
  • 2009:  Honduras: Jennifer Andrade (7th Runner-up)
Miss Caraïbes Hibiscus
Reinado Internacional del Transporte
Ford Supermodel of the World
Elite Model Look
Supermodel Internacional

International broadcasters[edit]

Internet[edit]

  •  Canada and  USA – Xbox Live (Preliminary, National Costume & After Party) (required Live Gold membership)
  • Worldwide – Ustream (Preliminary, National Costume)

Television[edit]

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