Monday, December 21, 2015

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was gloriously crowned Miss Universe 2015 in the coronation night held at The AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on Sunday, December 20, 2015 (December 21 8:00 am in the Philippines). Wurtzbach bested other 79 contestants from across the globe.

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez  won as 1st runner-up, while Miss USA Olivia Jordan clinched the 2nd runner-up spot.

Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega of Colombia crowned her new successor. This is the 3rd time Philippines has won the Miss Universe crown since its 42-year drought. Philippines won the crown first in 1969 (Gloria Diaz) and second in 1973 (Margie Moran).

Hosted by Steve Harvey, this is the 64th edition of the Miss Universe pageant carrying the theme, "Confidently Beautiful." Roselyn Sánchez served as the backstage correspondent. The coronation night also featured live performances of Charlie Puth, The Band Perry and Seal.

Charlie Puth

The Band Perry


The telecast judging panel was composed of Emmy Award-nominated actress Niecy Nash (SCREAM QUEENS, “Getting On”), celebrity entertainment mogul Perez Hilton, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo (USA) and football legend Emmitt Smith.

The Judges

For the first time ever, fans worldwide had a chance to vote for their favorite candidate who they thought deserving of the Miss Universe crown. With a virtual seat at the judging table (online votes are treated as the 5th judge), viewers voted on each contestant on a scale of one to ten in swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. Voted was done via using any desktop or mobile device during the live telecast.

 Miss Universe 2015 - Top 3 Finalists: 

1.  Philippines - Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

2.  Colombia - Ariadna Gutierrez

3.  USA - Olivia Jordan

The rest of the 77 contestants were the 6th judge. They voted backstage and chose who among the Top 3 should be Miss Universe 2015.

It's amazing to see the Philippine flags being waved at the audience while the Top 3 women were having their final look/ walk on stage. Seal performed one song for each contestant. In the giant LED screen background was shown the candidate's photo designed in broken glass/ mirror. Wow!

 Miss Universe 2015 - Top 5 Finalists: 

1.  France - Flora Coquerel
2.  Colombia - Ariadna Gutierrez
3.  Philippines - Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
4.  Australia - Monika Radulovic
5.  USA - Olivia Jordan

Here are the questions prepared for the Top 5 Finalists:

"Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country?"

"Having experienced terrorism first-hand, what is the best way for the government to combat this rising threat?"

"Australia is taking its first steps towards legalizing marijuana. Do you think that's a good idea and why?"

"Drug abuse is a serious social problem. What is the best way to handle this issue?"

"Few issues in the United States are more polarizing than gun ownership, what's your position on gun control?"

After the Q&A of Top 5 Finalists, here's the result of:
Global Audience Online Voting: Top 5 
(in order)
Philippines,  Colombia, Australia, USA, France

Miss Universe 2015 Crown
The Miss Universe 2015 crown was decorated with diamonds made in Czech Republic. The diamond crown, estimated to be worth US$300,000 was produced in the workshop of Czech company, DIC - Diamonds International Corporation (DIC). The whole production process of the diamond crown, from the first sketches to the production itself took approximately four (4) months. The shape of the crown is reminiscent of Manhattan skyline. Its production required the work of 10 people and the crown was made of 311 pieces of diamonds, 5 pieces of blue topaz, 198 pieces of blue sapphire, 33 pieces of crystal and 220 grams of gold. Total weight of the crown is 411 g.  (Source: Miss Universe website)

 Miss Universe 2015 - Top 10 Finalists: 

1. USA - Olivia Jordan
Professional actress who has appeared in television and film.
USA reached Final 15 for 59th time in 64 years; 51st Final 10 in 64 years (most of any country has reached); advanced to 36th Final 5 (#1 record).

2. Colombia - Ariadna Gutierrez
3-time national champion volleyball player.
Colombia reaches Final 15 for the 32nd time (Top 4 in history);
Reached 23rd Final 10 (3rd to USA & Venezuela);
 Only 2 countries have made it in the Final 10 more than Colombia - USA & Venezuela.

3. Japan - Ariana Miyamoto
1st bi-racial woman to repesent her country in Miss Universe.
Japan moved into its 1st Final 15 since 2008; 1st Final 10 since the country won in 2007.

4. Thailand - Aniporn Chalermburanawong
Studying social administration with plans to be social worker.
Thailand moved into 1st Final 15 since 2007; 1st Final 10 since 1988.

5. Australia - Monika Radulovic
Her family fled to Bosnia & Herzegovina during the Yugoslavian war.
Australia advanced to Final 15 for 7th time in 8 years;
Advanced to 7th Final 10 in 8 years and 15th time to advance to Final 10 in history; moved into 12th Final 5 (4th time in 6 years). 

6. Dominican Republic - Clarissa Molina
Moved to USA at 15, bullied for looking different.
Dominican Republic advanced to its 9th Final 15 and 9th Final 10 this year.

7. France - Flora Coquerel
Recently earned a degree in international trade.
France reached its Final 15 for 6th time in 7 years; 10th Final 10 this year; has moved into Final 5 only once in the 9 previous Final 10s; Won in the only and previous Final 5 (1953).

8.  Curacao - Kanisha Sluis
Studying biology and science, aspires to be a clinical chemical analyst.
Curacao advanced to Final 15 and Final 10 for the 1st time since 1997.

9.  Philippines - Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Growing up, supported her mom & sister with money earned from acting.
Philippines advanced to Final 15 for 19th time; advanced to 6th straight Final 10; reached 12th Final 5 in history.

10. Venezuela - Mariana Jimenez
Venezuela made its Final 15 for 41st time (2nd to USA); made it to 36th Final 10 (2nd to USA); only country to have back-to-back winners in Miss Universe (2008 & 2009).

Miss Universe Slovenia Ana Haložan
After the Top 10 finalists ramped on stage with their evening gown, Miss Universe Slovenia Ana Haložan was given the chance to walk on stage with her evening gown. She was honored in an emotional tribute demonstrating her strength and determination throughout her journey. Halozan suffered an accident when she arrived in Las Vegas, which resulted in hospitalization, preventing her from participating in registration activities, interviews and pictorials. The right side of her face became paralyzed. She was not present at the first official events but stayed in Las Vegas until the pageant was over. Halozan was supposed to be the 81st candidate but was not allowed to continue anymore due to her condition.

I hope that Miss Slovenia Ana Haložan will recover soon and can/will still compete again internationally.

After the Top 10 Evening Gown round, here's the result of:
Global Audience Online Voting: Top 5 
(in order)
Philippines, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Thailand, USA

 Miss Universe 2015 - Top 15 Semi-Finalists: 

Miss Belgium – Annelies Törös
Beligium advanced to 1st Final 15 since 2010.

Miss Brazil – Marthina Brandt
Brazil moved into its 34th Final 15, trailing only USA & Venezuela.

Miss Indonesia – Anindya Kusuma
Indonesia made into the Final 15 for 3rd straight year.

 Miss Mexico – Wendolly Esparza
Mexico made into the Final 15 for 8th time in 12 years.

 Miss South Africa – Refilwe Mthimunye
South Africa reached the Final 15 for 11th time since 1998.

After the Top 15 Swimsuit round, here's the result of:
Global Audience Online Voting: Top 5 
(in order)
Philippines, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Australia

Miss Thailand Aniporn Chalermburanawong

Best in National Costume: Top 5
Winner: Thailand – Aniporn Chalermburanawong
 Argentina – Claudia Barrionuevo
 China – Yun Fang Xue
 Nicaragua – Daniela Torres
 Panama – Gladys Brandao

Miss Congeniality: 
Miss Angola

Miss Photogenic: 
Miss New Zealand

Miss Universe 2015 Trivia:
  • Tallest Candidate: Miss Belgium Annelies Toros - 6'1"
  • Shortest Candidate: Miss Hungary Nikoletta Nagy - 5'5"
  • Oldest Candidates: Miss USA Olivia Jordan & Miss Cayman Islands Tonie Chislom - both age 27.
  • Youngest Candidates: Miss Albania Megi Luka, Miss Curacao Kanisha Sluis, Miss Gabon Ornella Obone, Miss Israel Avigail Alfatov, Miss Russia Vladislava Evtushenko, Miss Serbia Daša Radosavljević, and Miss Uruguay Bianca Sánchez - ALL age 19.
  • Most wins in Miss Universe 64-year history: USA - 8 times (1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997, 2012); Venezuela - 7 times (1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013); Puerto Rico - 5 times (1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006); Sweden - 3 times (1955, 1966, 1984); and Philippines - 3 times (1969, 1973, 2015).
  • Countries that withdrew this 2015: Egypt, Ethiopia, Guam, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos.
  • Countries that returned this 2015: Cayman Islands, Denmark, Montenegro, and Vietnam.

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