NBC To Air Miss Universe 2012 on December 19

The 61st Annual Miss Universe pageant will be happening on December 19th from 8 – 10 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be held in Las Vegas.

The announcement was made October 23, 2012 by NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Miss Universe President Paula M. Shugart that the 61st Annual MISS UNIVERSE® Competition will air live on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’ s Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. The glamorous event will be broadcast on NBC from 8-10 p.m. ET in the United States with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo. Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” will serve as hosts.

Last year, the pageant aired in September, drawing its lowest rating (1.6/4) ever and down 16% from 2010. Miss Universe, which is televised in almost 200 countries, is joint venture between Donald Trump and NBCUniversal.

Located along the Las Vegas Strip, the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the newest member of Caesars Entertainment offering guests nearly three acres of casino entertainment. More than 80 contestants from around the world will land at the hotel and spend nearly three weeks participating in various activities leading up to the telecast. They will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2012. Angolan-beauty Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast.

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