Miss Universe 2005

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Miss Universe 2005
NatalieGlebova Tiara.jpg
Date 31 May 2005
Presenters Billy Bush, Nancy O'Dell
Venue Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand
Broadcaster NBC
Entrants 81
Placements 15
Debuts Latvia
Withdraws Austria, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chinese Taipei, Estonia, Ghana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden
Returns Albania, Indonesia, Mauritius, Namibia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, US Virgin Islands, Zambia
Winner Natalie Glebova
Congeniality Tricia Homer
 U.S. Virgin Islands
Best National Costume Chananporn Rosjan
Photogenic Gionna Cabrera

Miss Universe 2005, the 54th Miss Universe pageant, was held at the Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand on 31 May 2005.

At the conclusion of the final telecast, Miss Universe Canada, Natalie Glebova was crowned Miss Universe 2005 by outgoing titleholder Jennifer Hawkins of Australia. She was the second Canadian to win the title, following Karen Dianne Baldwin who was Miss Universe 1982.

The top fifteen was dominated by contestants from the Americas and Caribbean, whilst the top five consisted entirely of women from these regions.

Host City[edit]

Thailand publicized its bid to host the pageant 10 July 2004, during a visit by Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004, to the country.[1] At the time, Chile, China and Greece were also being considered to host the event.[1] One month later, it was announced that Bangkok, Thailand had been informally selected to host the competition, at a cost of US$6.5 million.[2] The cost was to be funded by the Thai government in an attempt to boost tourism.[3] In October the proposal faced difficulties when the Thai government were slow to provide the promised funds, which discouraged prospective sponsors,[4] leading Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to become personally involved to make sure that plans were not derailed.[5] The organization awarded official hosting rights to the Matching Entertainment company in December 2004, after an unsuccessful attempt by a different company, Showcase Thailand 2005.[6]

In February 2005, after the Thai government confirmed plans to back the pageant, the Deputy Prime Minister refuted claims that the event would be held in Khao Lak, a resort town devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, but confirmed that Southern Thailand would host events prior to the final competition.[7]

2005 was the second time the pageant was held in Bangkok.[8] The city also hosted the Miss Universe 1992 competition, won by Michelle McLean of Namibia.


Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.


Final Results Contestant
Miss Universe 2005
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 15

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Thai Royal Silk Award

Order of announcements[edit]


Telecast judges[edit]


National pageant notes[edit]


Returning countries and territories[edit]

Did not compete[edit]


^ Cheryl Ankrah was originally crowned Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe but was dethroned after she was accused of not fulfilling her duties and becoming overweight.[10] Although Ankrah initially got an injunction to prevent another pageant being held, a Judge overturned that and a second Miss Trinidad and Tobago pageant was held.[10] The winner of the second pageant, who represented Trinidad & Tobago at Miss Universe, was Magdalene Walcott.


Miss Intercontinental 2005
  •  Egypt: Meriam George (Semi-finalist)
Miss Earth 2006
  •  Egypt: Meriam George (Top 8)
Miss Asia Pacific World 2013
  •  Egypt: Meriam George (1st Runner-up)

International broadcasting[edit]

These are some of the networks outside the United States (telecasted on NBC and Telemundo) that showed the 2005 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded earlier) in their respective countries and territories:

Note: In Latin America, TNT took the Miss Universe television rights for basic cable. However, this contract didn't affect the rights acquired for the traditional free-to-air networks, such as Brazil's Band, Colombia's Caracol TV, Mexico's Televisa or Venezuela's Venevisión.


  1. ^ a b "Thailand proposes to host next Miss Universe contest". Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies. 2004-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Thailand to host Miss Universe pageant in 2005". Agence France Presse. 2004-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Miss Universe pageant in Thailand to push tourism". Hindustan Times. 2004-08-11. 
  4. ^ Intarakomalyasut, Nondhanada (2004-10-23). "Thailand slow to fund Miss Universe 2005 event". Bangkok Post. 
  5. ^ "Miss Universe bid gets push from Thailand prime minister". Bangkok Post. 2004-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Matching Entertainment to host Miss Universe". fnWEB. 2004-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Govt denies plans to stage Miss Universe in tsunami resort". OANA. 2005-02-18. 
  8. ^ "TAT gears up for Miss Universe 2005". The Nation. 2004-08-18. 
  9. ^ a b c "Wright competes for crown". Jamaica Gleaner. May 26, 2005. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Brown, Loren (2005-03-21). "Trinidad's local Miss Universe franchise can hold new pageant to select replacement, judge rules". Associated Press. 

External links[edit]