As the Miss Universe beauty pageant kicks off in few hours, India’s Nayonita Lodh will have to compete 87 other contestants from all over the world to get the top honour and it remains to be seen whether she will make it to the first 10 and then the top 5 before cuising into the top honour.
Going by the experience of Indian contestants in the last one decade, hardly anyone could make it to the top 5 in the pageant more because of the insufficient training to instill confidence. Even the popular vote by fans remained lukewarm in India, owing to the time difference and lack of promotion in the Indian media.
The event is being held at the Florida International University, Miami-Doral in Florida and by Indian timing, it will be Monday morning 5:30 AM when the event kicks off. While Zee Cafe TV channel will telecast the event live, for those interested in watching it online can click HERE.
Judges include Kristin Cavallari, a TV personality, William Levy, also a TV actor, Lisa Vanderpump of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Manny Pacquiao, the famous Filipino legislator and world boxing champion, and Louise Roe, a Fashion Journalist.
The preliminary round that includes swimsuit, evening gown, and interview categories had been held on Jan. 21. This year’s top favourites include candidates from Colombia, Mexico, India, the United States, Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Philippines.
In fact, the candidates from Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela and the Philippines were the top 5 favourites and India’s Nayonita is not among them, nor Indian-origin contestants Rathi Menon from Singapore and Pallavi Gungaram from Maritius.
The event will be hosted by Natalie Morales and Thomas Roberts, the former is the news anchor of NBC’s “Today” show and the latter is MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” and is returning as co-host for a second time in a row.