Miss South Africa crowned Miss Universe 2019
Ninety contenders from all around the world came together on Sunday for the crowning of the new Miss Universe.
The 68th annual Miss Universe competition was once again hosted by Steve Harvey at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Ga, with Olivia Culpo (Paradise City) and Vanessa Lachey (BH90210) serving as backstage correspondents during the night.
The candidates were narrowed down to 20 semifinalists in the midst of a closed-door competition which took place before Sunday’s three-hour live event. Following a series of other pageant-style events – including the strongly popular swimsuit and evening gown rounds – 2019s Top10 was presented: France, Colombia, Iceland, Indonesia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru South Africa, Thailand, and the United States.
See this year’s behind the scenes photos here.
However, just one of those fortunate ladies could wear the crown of last year’s winner, Catriona Gray, who announced her successor at the end of the night.
And this is what the final results look like: Sofia Aragon from Mexico took third place, while Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson took second, leaving Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa as the official choice for Miss Universe 2019. You can watch her crowning in the video below:
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 9, 2019
Before 2019’s winner was announced, Harvey told the audience, “This is always a tough moment for me,” talking about the time he mistakingly announced the wrong Miss Universe 2015. The rightful winner of that contest was Pia Alonzo Wurtzback from the Phillippines, but Harvey made the mistake to announce Arianda Gutierrez from Columbia as the winner.
After realizing he made a mistake, of course, Harvey apologized, but his legendary flub will always be remembered.
Sunday’s show also featured a guest performance by Ally Brooke, a former Fifth Harmony member currently pursuing a solo career.
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