Miss Universe 2017 Live will be the 66th Miss Universe pageant, to be held on 26 November 2017. The event is scheduled to be held at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
7 pm EST on November 26 on FOX
While Americans stuff their faces this Thanksgiving, the Miss Universe Competition returns this weekend to the AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the pageant’s 66th edition.
The Miss Universe Organization said the online voting will end on Saturday, November 25, one day before the finals which will be held at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To vote online, visit vote.missuniverse.com. One can vote 10 times per day for their favorite contestants. Just click “Confirm Votes” to make them count.
Voting can also be done via Twitter. Send in a tweet or submit a retweet with #MISSUNIVERSE including the country of the specific contestant as hashtag (#COUNTRY). Take advantage by retweeting.
And come Sunday night, the betting money is on South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters to be wearing the Miss Universe 2017 crown.
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has Nel-Peters at 4-1 to win the competition, meaning a $100 wager nets the correct gambler $400 should the South African top the 92-entrant field. Covers.com also think the 22-year-old beauty is the lady to beat, the sports betting outlet listing her even shorter at 3/1.
Bettors at online book Bovada feel otherwise. They’re putting money on Miss Thailand, which has shortened 25-year-old Maria Poonlertlarp’s odds to make her the favorite. Her 4-1 line is followed by Nel-Peters at 9-2, or +450.
Other favorites at Bovada include Colombia (5-1), and Philippines, Venezuela, Australia, and Canada (10-1).
Nel-Peters has a business management degree from South Africa’s North-West University. She says her biggest motivation comes from her half-sister who has a disability.
Plenty of Long shots
The Miss Universe Competition will begin on Sunday by revealing who viewers voted into the Top 16. The semifinalists will then walk the runway in swimsuit or athletic wear “displaying her dedication to a healthy lifestyle.” They include candidates from Slovenia, Zambia, and Tanzania, who are all at 275-1.
Subsequent rounds dwindle the finalists down to just three, who are then asked the exact same question before the six judges pick a winner. Oddsmakers believe there are dozens of ladies who have little to no chance of making the seminal round.
There’s also much speculation that the judges won’t go for a two-peat in France. Current Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere’s successor as Miss France is at 90-1.
So what makes a good Miss Universe candidate? The organization says, “A contestant must be confident. She must be able to demonstrate authenticity and articulate her ambitions as a titleholder.”