(CNN) Dozens of pageant winners from around the world will gather in New Orleans this Saturday night…
(CNN) Dozens of pageant winners from around the world will gather in New Orleans this Saturday night to compete in the 71st Miss Universe pageant.
This is what you need to know about the most famous international beauty pageant and how to watch it:
84 women will compete in New Orleans
A total of 84 contestants will gather at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans this Saturday, according to the Miss Universe website.
Unfortunately for fans hoping to catch a last-minute flight to Louisiana, tickets for the 11 am dress rehearsal and the 7 pm competition are already sold out, according to TicketMaster.
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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement on the Miss Universe website that she was “honored” to host the pageant.
“The City of New Orleans and the Miss Universe Organization share common values tied to celebrating inclusion, culture and the empowerment of women,” Cantrell said in the statement.
“Former Miss Universe delegates and winners have become surgeons, diplomats, politicians and business leaders, all championing social causes that are important to them. Hosting this event demonstrates the significant global impact that an international city like New Orleans has on the world’s tourism and cultural scenes,” she continued.
“We are honored to host the 71st annual Miss Universe pageant and show people around the world why New Orleans is the best in the world for hosting major events, festivals, conferences and conventions with a culture that is absolutely unmatched.”
The contest includes personal statements, in-depth interviews, typical costumes, and swimsuit and evening dress contests.
Miss Colombia, Maria Fernanda Aristizabal parades the 71st Miss Universe National Costume Competition at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center on January 11, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit Josh Brasted/Getty Images)
The final winner will be chosen by a selection committee made up of Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete, musician Big Freedia, model Mara Martin, Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam, actress and model Emily Austin, skin care entrepreneur Olivia Quido, host and journalist Myrka Dellanos, author and VP of Marketing and Merchandising for Roku Sweta Patel, Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan and Marketing Executive Kathleen Ventrella.
The current Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu, will be in charge of crowning her successor
The competition closes with the reigning Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu, crowning her successor. Sandhu was the first female representative from India to win the Miss Universe title in 21 years.
Sandhu clinched the title in southern Israel at the end of 2021. Eighty women participated in the competition, which was hosted by comedian Steve Harvey.
Sandhu is a strong advocate of menstrual equity, inspired by her mother’s career as a gynecologist, according to the Miss Universe website. She is also an actress and advocate for women’s rights and fights for climate change awareness.
Jeannie Mai Jenkins and Olivia Culpo will host this year’s competition
Television host and stylist Jeannie Mai Jenkins will host this year’s Miss Universe Competition alongside Olivia Culpo, who won Miss Universe in 2012.
“The only thing better than hosting the Miss Universe pageant tomorrow night is my lip syncing,” Jenkins wrote Friday, in an Instagram post in which she simulated singing a song.
Additionally, musicians Big Freedia, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Amanda Shaw, Tank and the Bangas and Yolanda Adams will be performing at the competition this year, according to an Instagram post from the official Miss Universe account.
Miss Spain, Alicia Faubel, walks on stage during the 71st Miss Universe National Costume Competition at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center on January 11, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)
Where to watch the competition
For the first year in the pageant’s history, Roku Channel will be the official channel of the Miss Universe competition in the United States. In recent years, the competition typically aired on Fox.
Fans hoping to watch the crowning ceremony of the new Miss Universe live will be able to do so on Roku.com, Roku TVs and the Roku app at 6 pm CST (7 pm ET).
As on other occasions, Mexicans will be able to see the grand final of Miss Universe 2022 from 7 pm (Central Mexico time) through local media, although they will be able to support their candidate through all Telemundo platforms, which will broadcast the contest in Spanish
In the case of Spain, due to the time difference, the contest will be possible from 02:00 in the morning from Saturday to Sunday, January 15.
In addition, the competition can be seen live from anywhere in the world on the Miss Universe YouTube channel.
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