NBC will broadcast the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant live on Saturday, November 9, at 9pm EST (that’s 5am in Moscow), where celebrity judges including two supermodels will score pageant titleholders from around the globe in interviews, swimwear, and evening gown modeling, to select a new Miss Universe.
Sitting on this year’s judging panel will be American supermodel Carol Alt, and Russian-born supermodel Anne V, along with celebrity fashion designer Marc Bouwer, and Aerosmith front man (and former American Idol judge) Steven Tyler, also scheduled as a performer at the 62nd annual beauty pageant.
Co-hosting are MSNBC Live host Thomas Roberts, and Melanie Brown, better known as Mel B of the Spice Girls, who has been hitting the judging circuit herself on America’s Got Talent and Britain & Ireland’s Top Model.
Viewers who can’t wait for Saturday’s main event can watch the Miss Universe Pageant preliminaries live on Tuesday, November 5 at 11am EST (that’s 8am here in LA), where contestants will compete in evening gown and swimsuit competitions before a separate judging panel featuring Miss Canada 2010 Elena Semikina, and E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles of Los Angeles.
Saturday’s telecast will feature 16 semifinalists competing for the crown - the top 15 contestants based on preliminary competition scores, and, for the third year in a row, a 16th semifinalist chosen by fans via online voting.
For the past two weeks, all 86 contestants representing their respective countries have been in Moscow preparing for competitions, rehearsing, and attending a host of special events. They even modeled on the runway for designer Tony Ward during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.
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The reigning Miss USA, Erin Brady, the first Miss Connecticut to represent the United States at Miss Universe, hopes to follow in the footsteps of her predecessor, Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island, who took her national title all the way to the Miss Universe crown last December at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
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