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Miss Universe 2018
IMPACT Arena.jpg
Impact, Muang Thong Thani, the main venue of the coronation night of Miss Universe 2018
Date17 December 2018[a]
Presenters
EntertainmentNe-Yo
VenueImpact, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi Province, Thailand
Broadcaster
Entrants94
Placements20
Debuts
Withdrawals
Returns
WinnerCatriona Gray
 Philippines
Best National CostumeOn-anong Homsombath
 Laos
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Miss Universe 2018, the 67th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 17 December 2018[a] at IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand.[1][2] Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa crowned her successor Catriona Gray of the Philippines at the end of the event.

The show was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey and supermodel Ashley Graham, while television personality Carson Kressley and runway coach Lu Sierra provided commentary and analysis throughout the event.[3] American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo performed during the competition.[4]

Contestants from 94 countries and territories participated in this year's pageant, surpassing the previous record of 92 contestants in 2017.[5] Angela Ponce of Spain became the first openly transgender contestant to compete for the Miss Universe title.[6][7]

Background

Location

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden venue for national costume round.

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) was in talks to host the Miss Universe 2018 competition in China. Negotiations collapsed after the Chinese refused to broadcast the pageant live, due to the large time difference between China and the United States. Afterwards, the MUO opened negotiations with the Philippines, after they had previously hosted 2016.[8]

In April 2018, then-Secretary of Tourism Wanda Tulfo Teo spoke with President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte regarding the possibility of hosting the pageant in Boracay in November 2018, which by then will be newly rehabilitated after being closed to tourists for six months.[8] On 6 May, Tulfo-Teo announced that the Philippines had a "90% chance" of hosting the pageant and also disclosed that the tourism department would be looking for sponsors, since the LCS Holdings Inc. of Chavit Singson, the major sponsor of the Miss Universe 2016 had declined financing the 2018 pageant.[9] On 18 May 2018, Tulfo's successor Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced that the country dropped the hosting bid due to budget constraints and other concerns. Romulo-Puyat also pointed out that the Philippines had hosted the pageant recently, and had no reason to do so again so soon.[10]

On 31 July 2018 it was announced by MUO President Paula Shugart, in a live press conference at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, that the 2018 pageant would be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 December. The city has hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1992 and 2005. Current Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, alongside with two former Miss Universes Apasra Hongsakula (Miss Universe 1965) and Natalie Glebova (Miss Universe 2005), participated in the announcement.[11]

Results

Miss Universe 2018 participant countries and territories.
Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2018
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 5
Top 10
Top 20

Pageant

Format

Unlike in recent years, the contestants were trimmed down to 20 semifinalists, compared to 16 in 2017 and 13 in 2016. The initial semifinalists were selected through a closed-door interview and a preliminary competition held several days before the coronation night. The continental format, introduced in the 2017 edition, remained—consisting of five semifinalists from Europe, five from the Americas, five from Africa and Asia-Pacific and five wildcards, regardless of continental grouping. The top 20 were then tasked to give an opening statement—a 15-second statement about the contestant—to the judges and viewing public, after which, the judges narrowed the semifinalists down to the top 10 who competed in both swimsuit and evening gown portions. This was the first time in which the initial semifinalists did not all compete in the swimsuit competition. After the two segments, judges decided the top five to compete in the preliminary question and answer portion. Then, judges further cut down to the top three. The top three participated in the final word and final look portions, and the judges chose Miss Universe 2018 and her two runners-up.

For this edition, there was no online voting component for viewers at home.[12]

Judges

The seven judges for both the preliminary competition and the final telecast will be an all-female panel which includes:[13]

Contestants

94 contestants competed for the title.

Country/Territory Delegate Age Hometown Continental Group
Albania Albania Trejsi Sejdini[14] 18 Tirana Europe
Angola Angola Ana Liliana Avião[15] 24 Andulo Africa & Asia-Pacific
Argentina Argentina Agustina Pivowarchuk[16][designations 1] 22 Buenos Aires Americas
Armenia Armenia Eliza Muradyan[17] 25 Vagharshapat Europe
Aruba Aruba Kimberly Julsing [18] 20 Wayaca Americas
Australia Australia Francesca Hung[19] 24 Sydney Africa & Asia-Pacific
The Bahamas Bahamas Danielle Grant[20] 23 Nassau Americas
Barbados Barbados Meghan Theobalds[21] 27 Christ Church Americas
Belgium Belgium Zoé Brunet[22][replacements 1] 18 Namur Europe
Belize Belize Jenelli Fraser[24] 27 Belize City Americas
Bolivia Bolivia Joyce Prado[25] 21 Santa Cruz Americas
Brazil Brazil Mayra Dias[26] 27 Itacoatiara Americas
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands A’yana Keshelle Phillips[27][designations 2] 23 Sea Cows Bay Americas
Bulgaria Bulgaria Gabriela Topalova[28] 22 Plovdiv Europe
Cambodia Cambodia Nat Rern[29] 22 Kampong Cham Africa & Asia-Pacific
Canada Canada Marta Stepien[30] 24 Windsor Americas
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Caitlin Tyson[31] 24 Bodden Town Americas
Chile Chile Andrea Díaz[32] 27[33] Santiago Americas
China China Meisu Qin[34][designations 3] 24 Anshan Africa & Asia-Pacific
Colombia Colombia Valeria Morales[36] 20 Cali Americas
Costa Rica Costa Rica Natalia Carvajal[37] 28 San Jose Americas
Croatia Croatia Mia Pojatina[38] 23 Nova Gradiška Europe
Curaçao Curaçao Akisha Albert[39] 23 Willemstad Americas
Czech Republic Czech Republic Lea Šteflíčková[40] 20 Prague Europe
Denmark Denmark Helena Heuser[41][designations 4] 22 Copenhagen Europe
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Aldy Bernard[42] 23 Laguna Salada Americas
Ecuador Ecuador Virginia Limongi[43] 24 Portoviejo Americas
Egypt Egypt Nariman Khaled[44] 22 Hurghada Africa & Asia-Pacific
El Salvador El Salvador Marisela de Montecristo[45] 26 San Salvador Americas
Finland Finland Alina Voronkova[46] 23 Helsinki Europe
France France Eva Colas[47][replacements 2] 22 Bastia Europe
Georgia (country) Georgia Lara Yan[49] 25 Telavi Europe
Germany Germany Celine Willers[50] 25 Munich Europe
Ghana Ghana Diata Hoggar[51] 25 Tefle Africa & Asia-Pacific
United Kingdom Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers[52] 25 Birmingham Europe
Greece Greece Ioanna Bella[53] 22 Veria Europe
Guam Guam Athena Su McNinch[54] 20 Mangilao Africa & Asia-Pacific
Guatemala Guatemala Mariana García[55] 19 Guatemala City Americas
Haiti Haiti Samantha Colas[56] 26 Port-au-Prince Americas
Honduras Honduras Vanessa Villars[57] 20 Santa Bárbara Americas
Hungary Hungary Enikő Kecskès[58][designations 5] 21 Budapest Europe
Iceland Iceland Katrín Lea Elenudóttir[60] 19 Reykjavík Europe
India India Nehal Chudasama[61] 22 Mumbai Africa & Asia-Pacific
Indonesia Indonesia Sonia Fergina Citra[62] 26 Bangka Belitung Africa & Asia-Pacific
Republic of Ireland Ireland Grainne Gallanagh[63] 24 Buncrana Europe
Israel Israel Nikol Reznikov[64] 18 Afula Africa & Asia-Pacific
Italy Italy Erica De Matteis[65] 24 Rome Europe
Jamaica Jamaica Emily Maddison[66] 19 Saint Andrew Americas
Japan Japan Yuumi Kato[67] 22 Aichi Africa & Asia-Pacific
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Sabina Azimbayeva[68] 18 Almaty Europe
Kenya Kenya Wabaiya Kariuki[69] 22 Nairobi Africa & Asia-Pacific
South Korea Korea Ji Hyun Baek[70] 21 Daegu Africa & Asia-Pacific
Kosovo Kosovo Zana Berisha[71] 24 Suhareke Europe
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Begimay Karybekova[72][designations 6] 20 Bishkek Africa & Asia-Pacific
Laos Laos On-anong Homsombath[75][designations 7] 23 Vientiane Africa & Asia-Pacific
Lebanon Lebanon Maya Reaidy[76] 23 Tannourine Africa & Asia-Pacific
Malaysia Malaysia Jane Teoh[77] 21 Penang Africa & Asia-Pacific
Malta Malta Francesca Mifsud[78] 22 Żejtun Europe
Mauritius Mauritius Varsha Ragoobarsing[79] 28 Flacq Africa & Asia-Pacific
Mexico Mexico Andrea Toscano[80] 20 Manzanillo Americas
Mongolia Mongolia Dolgion Delgerjav[81] 27 Ulaanbaatar Africa & Asia-Pacific
Myanmar Myanmar Hnin Thway Yu Aung[82] 22 Yangon Africa & Asia-Pacific
Namibia Namibia Selma Kamanya[83] 21 Windhoek Africa & Asia-Pacific
Nepal Nepal Manita Devkota[84] 23 Gorkha Africa & Asia-Pacific
Netherlands Netherlands Rahima Dirkse[85] 25 Rotterdam Europe
New Zealand New Zealand Estelle Curd[86] 27 Auckland Africa & Asia-Pacific
Nicaragua Nicaragua Adriana Paniagua[87] 23 Chinandega Americas
Nigeria Nigeria Aramide Lopez[88] 21 Lagos Africa & Asia-Pacific
Norway Norway Susanne Guttorm[89] 22 Karasjok Europe
Panama Panama Rosa Montezuma[90] 25 Alto Caballero Americas
Paraguay Paraguay Belén Alderete[91] 24 Asunción Americas
Peru Peru Romina Lozano[92] 21 Bellavista Americas
Philippines Philippines Catriona Gray[93] 24 Oas Africa & Asia-Pacific
Poland Poland Magdalena Swat[94][replacements 3] 27 Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski Europe
Portugal Portugal Filipa Barroso[96] 19 Setúbal Europe
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Kiara Ortega[97] 25 Rincón Americas
Russia Russia Yulia Polyachikhina[98] 18 Cheboksary Europe
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Angella Dalsou[99] 24 Castries Americas
Singapore Singapore Zahra Khanum[100] 23 Singapore City Africa & Asia-Pacific
Slovakia Slovakia Barbora Hanová[101] 24 Lučenec Europe
South Africa South Africa Tamaryn Green[102] 24 Paarl Africa & Asia-Pacific
Spain Spain Angela Ponce[103] 27 Seville Europe
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Ornella Gunesekere[104] 26 Mount Lavinia Africa & Asia-Pacific
Sweden Sweden Emma Strandberg[105] 22 Hallstahammar Europe
Switzerland Switzerland Jastina Doreen Riederer[106] 20 Spreitenbach Europe
Thailand Thailand Sophida Kanchanarin[107] 23 Bangkok Africa & Asia-Pacific
Turkey Turkey Tara De Vries[108] 20 Istanbul Europe
Ukraine Ukraine Karyna Zhosan[109] 23 Odessa Europe
United States United States Sarah Rose Summers[110] 24 Omaha Americas
United States Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands Aniska Tonge[111] 27 Charlotte Amalie Americas
Uruguay Uruguay Sofía Marrero[112][designations 8] 18 Canelones Americas
Venezuela Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez[113] 19 Barcelona Americas
Vietnam Vietnam H'Hen Niê[114] 26 Cư M'gar District Africa & Asia-Pacific
Zambia Zambia Melba Shakabozha[115] 23 Lusaka Africa & Asia-Pacific

Notes

First transgender contestant

Miss Spain, Ángela Ponce, was the first openly transgender Miss Universe contestant.[6][7][116] The organizers tweeted that this made it a historic night for the pageant.[6] She failed to make the Top 20.[117] The rules were changed to allow transgender women to compete after the Miss Universe organization, owned at the time by the future US President Donald Trump,[6] was criticized in 2012, and threatened with legal action,[6] for initially disqualifying Jenna Talackova from their Miss Canada contest after discovering she was transgender.[6][118][119]

Debuts

Returns

Last competed in 2015:

Last competed in 2016:

Designations

  1. ^ ARGENTINA – Agustina Pivowarchuk was appointed as "Miss Universe Argentina 2018" after a closed door casting call took place. by Endemol Argentina and TNT Latin America, national franchise holder in Argentina.
  2. ^ BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – A'yana was appointed to represent the British Virgin Islands at Miss Universe 2018 pageant, by Alessia Hamm, the franchise holder of Miss Universe in the BVI after the upcoming pageant canceled due to lack financial support. A'yana placed as the 2nd Runner-up at the Miss British Virgin Islands 2017.[citation needed]
  3. ^ CHINA – Qin was appointed to represent China at Miss Universe 2018 pageant, by Yue-Sai Kan the President of Miss Universe China pageant after the 2017 winner, Qiu Qiang has been dethroned from her title along with the 1st Runner-up. Qin crowned the 2nd Runner-up at the Miss Universe China 2017 pageant.[35]
  4. ^ DENMARK – Helena Heuser was appointed as "Miss Universe Denmark 2018" after Lisa Lents acquired the Miss Universe franchise in Denmark. Helena was Miss World Denmark 2016 and competed at Miss World 2016..
  5. ^ HUNGARY – Enikő Kecskès was appointed as "Miss Universe Hungary 2018" after a closed door casting call took place by the new national organization.[59]
  6. ^ KYRGYZSTAN – Some sources differ as to whether Karybekova was the winner of a pageant[73] or simply appointed to the role.[74]
  7. ^ LAOS – On-anong Homsombath was appointed to represent Laos at Miss Universe 2018 pageant, by Hongkham Souvannavong (TV Lao HD) the President of Miss Universe Laos pageant after the 2018 edition of the pageant winner will have one year preparation to upcoming Miss Universe 2019. Homsombath crowned the 1st runner-up at the Miss Universe Laos 2017 pageant.[citation needed]
  8. ^ URUGUAY – Sofia Marrero was appointed to represent Uruguay at Miss Universe 2018 pageant after a casting call took place, organized by "Escuela de Modelos y Actitud - EMA Models", the franchise holders for Miss Universe in Uruguay.

Replacements

  1. ^ BELGIUM – Zoe Brunet was appointed as Miss Universe Belgium 2018 to represent Belgium after Miss Belgium Organization decided to send the original winner of Miss Belgium 2018 Angeline Flor Pua only to Miss World 2018 so as to avoid scheduling conflicts. Brunet was the 1st Runner-up at the Miss Belgium 2018 pageant.[23]
  2. ^ FRANCE – Eva Colas was appointed as Miss Universe France 2018 to represent France after Miss France Organization decided to send the original winner of Miss France 2018 Maëva Coucke only to Miss World 2018 so as to avoid scheduling conflicts. Colas was the 1st Runner-up at the Miss France 2018 pageant.[48]
  3. ^ POLAND – Magdalena Swat was appointed as Miss Universe Poland 2018 to represent Poland after Miss Polonia Organization decided to send the original winner of Miss Polonia 2017 Agata Biernat only to Miss World 2018. Magdalena was a runner-up of Miss Polonia 2017.[95]

Withdrawals

  •  Austria – The local franchisee returned the license to Miss Universe Organization.[120]
  •  Ethiopia – No national pageant was held.[121]
  •  Guyana – Guyana will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Miss Universe pageant, according to the most recent franchise holder Jyoti Hardat, who says the country is being barred because of the "nasty emails" and "death threats" sent to the Miss Universe Organisation in the ensuing controversy over last year’s delegate.[122]
  •  Iraq – No national pageant held nor contestant designation announced.
  •  Romania – No national pageant held nor contestant designation announced.
  •  Slovenia – Due to internal problems at the local franchise, the Miss Universe Slovenia 2018 has been canceled.[123]
  •  Tanzania – No national pageant was held.[124]
  •  Trinidad and Tobago – The local franchisee announced that the national contest will not be held this year. In the same statement it was also announced that no other form of local selection would be held and also no candidate would be sent to Bangkok . This was contrary to previous reports stating that Martrecia Alleyne, the first runner-up at National Pageant in 2017 was appointed as Miss Universe Trinidad & Tobago 2018.[125]

Observations

  •  Sierra Leone – Marie Esther Bangura arrived too late to register due to delayed trip and visa problems. She was welcomed by the pageant organizers and was given the chance to attend the show in the audience. She also confirmed that she would compete in 2019 instead.[126]

Note

  1. ^ a b The event was held at 07:00 local time (UTC+07:00); for the Americas, the day was still 16 December in their local times.

Crossovers

Contestants who previously competed or will be competing at other international beauty pageants:

Miss World
Miss International
Miss Earth
Miss Globe International
Miss Teen International
Nuestra Belleza Latina
Reina Hispanoamericana
Reinado Internacional del Café
Miss America

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