The prestigious competition was hosted by Bret Michaels and Natalie Morales.
All the Filipino communities around the world were jubilating of the success of our contestant Miss Venus Raj from the Philippines after placing 4th runner-up. This is the only time that our country made it to the semi-finals/ finals since 1999 when Miriam Quiambao of the Philippines won 1st runner-up in the Miss Universe 1999. Raj was the only Asian who made it to the Top 10. She is so graceful and positive in her outlook that made her one of the judges' favorites.
Other winners: First Runner-up is Jamaica (Yendi Phillipps), Second Runner-up is Australia (Jesinta Campbell), and Third Runner-up is Ukraine (Anna Poslavska).
I am surprised that there were no commentators during the pageant and it only happened this time. I don't know why. For each round of the competition, this is also the only time that the scores of all the judges were not shown on screen, but only the average scores of each contestant. Normally, after each round of competition, the commentator/s or a co-host would show the ranking of all the women with their corresponding scores on the TV screen and say a few words about the turnout of the competition round.
There were nine (9) telecast judges: Chazz Palminteri, Chynna Phillips, Criss Angel, Evan Lysacek, Jane Seymour, Niki Taylor, Sheila E, Tamron Hall and William Baldwin. Then there were seven (7) preliminary judges: Basim Shami, BJ Coleman, Carlos Bremer, Corinne Nicolas, Louis Burgdorf, Natalie Rotman and Sadoux Kim.
To view the list of all the 83 Miss Universe contestants around the world, click here.
The following were eight (8) countries who withdrew participation from the Miss Universe 2010 competition: Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Estonia, Ethiopia, Iceland, Montenegro, Namibia, and Vietnam.
The following were eight (8) countries who returned to participate in the Miss Universe 2010 competition after last year's absence: Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Denmark, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, and US Virgin Islands.
Miss Universe 2010:
Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete
Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps
Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell
Miss Ukraine Anna Poslavska
Miss Philippines Venus Raj
Top 15 and their scores in the Swimsuit competition:
1. Puerto Rico - 8.44
2. Ukraine - 8.33
3. Mexico - 9.26 (Rank: #2)
4. Belgium - 7.57
5. Ireland - 8.78 (Rank: #4)
6. South Africa - 8.22
7. France - 7.58
8. Australia - 8.54 (Rank: #5)
9. Jamaica - 9.42 (Rank: #1)
10. Russia - 7.84
11. Albania - 8.22
12. Colombia - 7.64
13. Guatemala - 8.07
14. Czech Republic - 7.42
15. Philippines - 8.95 (Rank: #3)
Miss Universe 2010 - National Costume
Top 10 and their scores in the Evening Gown competition:
1. Ireland - 8.54
2. Albania - 8.69
3. Philippines - 8.71 (Rank: #5)
4. Jamaica - 8.88 (Rank: #3)
5. Mexico - 8.91 (Rank: #2)
6. Ukraine - 9.74 (Rank: #1)
7. Puerto Rico - 7.97
8. South Africa - 8.42
9. Guatemala - 8.28
10. Australia - 8.84 (Rank: #4)
Miss Universe 2010 - Semifinalist Soundtrack/ Instrumental Music
1. Ms. Congeniality - Australia (Jesinta Campbell)
2. Ms. Photogenic - Thailand (Fonthip Watcharatrakul)
3. Best in National Costume - Thailand (Fonthip Watcharatrakul)