Thursday, 20 December 2012

Miss Universe 2012 is USA!

20-year old Olivia Culpo is the new Miss Universe! She brought USA's 8th crown after they won in 1997. Culpo was both crowned Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012 in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. She will travel around the world during her reign.

Top 5: Brazil, USA, Australia, Philippines and Venezuela
1st Runner Up is Philippines' Janine Tugonon who gave a confident answer and stage-owning performance, 2nd Runner Up is Irene Esser from Venezuela who was lively and showed an amazing catwalk, 3rd Runner Up is Renae Ayris of Australia who wore a very fashionable evening gown and 4th Runner Up is Brazil's Gabriela Markus who was stunning as well.

Completing the Top 10 are: France, Hungary, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. Top 16: Croatia, Kosovo, India, Peru, Poland and Turkey. Unfortunately, the winner of the global fan vote wasn't revealed out of the 16.

The show started with the 89 delegates in colorful Sherri Hill dresses strutting their catwalks along the stage of Planet Hollywood. Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Andy Cohen who twice partnered before were introduced. The Top 16 semifinalists were next announced. Surprises were India, Hungary and Turkey while favorites from Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Georgia failed to make it. Next was the Swimsuit Competition, the candidates competed wearing 2-piece swimsuits from Kooey Australia. Top 10 were announced then the evening gown competition. Train performed their 3 hit singles which gave the perfect musical score for the Evening gown competition. Top 5 finalists were announced, then the most important final question.

Leila Lopes made her final walk and the Crowning moment happened. Kosovo won Miss Photogenic, Guatemala won Miss Congeniality and China won Best in National Costume. Jeannie Mai gave some commentaries throughout the telecast of the pageant.

More photos from the Finals soon!