MUO President Paula Shugart gave Entertainment Weekly updates on the status of the pageants and Donald Trump as well
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In an interview
conducted by Entertainment Weekly (courtesy of Nina Terrero
) with the Miss Universe Organization, President Paula Shugart shared updates and clarifications about the never-ending issues surrounding her group. I will post excerpts from the said one-on-one. I’m sure you want to read the full article, so click HERE
Is there a chance that Trump might sell or relinquish his Miss Universe and Miss USA ownership?
You know, that certainly hasn’t been an indication. [Laughs] I think you’d have to ask him directly. I know he will always be forthcoming in his opinion.
What are your hopes going ahead regarding the pageants, in terms of your Hispanic viewership?
As you know, Hispanics traditionally have been big supporters of the pageant industry and are well represented among the current Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants.
All we can do is give the show that our fans have always liked. We’ve always had great fans in the Hispanic community. If somebody doesn’t want to watch us, that’s going to be their prerogative. All I can do in our current frame is operate, get the show on, and put it on for anybody that wants to see it. I certainly hope they’ll tune in. it will be a great show and it will be great for the contestants.
Regarding Miss Universe, has there been any conversation with Latin countries regarding next steps? Mexico recently announced that it won’t send a contestant to the 2016 Miss Universe pageant.
No, we haven’t at this point. We’re going to have to think in the long term and we’ll let all of that play out because we have to prioritize at this particular moment.
Televisa makes it official for Mexico’s non-participation in Miss Universe
No Miss Universe trip for Wendy Esparza
It’s now official. Based on the official statement above, Televisa has effectively pulled out of Miss Universe.
And that leaves Miss Mexico-Universe 2014 (or Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2014) Wendy Esparza without a contest to compete in during her reign (unless the national organizers find another contest for her).
Meanwhile, Donald Trump could be shaking his head furiously. Is this worth all the free publicity he constantly yearns for? Or will he make a grand-standing apology to the whole world at the right time and retract all the discriminating statements he unleashed prior? He is piling up “enemies” left and right.
Will an apology be even acceptable to everyone concerned? :-/
Is Donald Trump’s world starting to crumble? Or is everything just a big effing publicity stunt?
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With NBC Universal severing
its business relationship with Donald Trump after the latter’s unsavory remarks about Mexican immigrants, where will that leave his pageants in terms of being seen by millions? Back to live streaming? Or a less known cable channel perhaps. Oh, this is not good. At all.
While the other beauty competitions are scrambling to put their best foot forward to get the nod of broadcasters around the globe to air their respective events, here comes the biggest one alienating itself from the pack.
So where will Mr. Trump pick up the pieces from here? NBC Universal is a bigger opponent. Miss USA 2015 will be the first major casualty.
And notice the target month of Miss Universe indicated on the news article by CNN above. Another January playdate for the pageant? Oh, this is getting grim by the day. :-/
Meanwhile, guess whose eyes are twinkling and lips smiling from ear-to-ear in another part of the World.
Update: Now, Farouk Systems (makers of CHI) has also followed the exodus after withdrawing its major sponsorship with the Miss Universe Organization. Who will do the hair of the ladies now?
Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez (4th from left) having a good time with some of the already checked-in Miss USA 2015 delegates
Baton Rouge, Louisiana is abuzz with beautiful ladies nowadays. The delegates of Miss USA 2015 are in town and are gathered to compete for the crown that will give the winner the right to be the US representative to Miss Universe 2015 and become the successor of last year’s Nia Sanchez.
It’s still all sunny and amicable after arriving over the weekend. The candidates are still establishing their presence and sizing up opponents in the flesh. But give it roughly two weeks from now, the atmosphere will turn more fierce and exciting as the Preliminaries start kicking in and the Finals (on July 12) comes close to its much-awaited climax.
For now, let’s give them time to enjoy the Louisiana brand of hospitality. :-)
Some of the arriving state reps for Miss USA 2015
From migrant girl to beauty queen, Monika Radulovic's life is a good storybook read
Miss Universe Australia 2015 Monika Radulovic
There are two details that make the victory of Monika Radulovic as Miss Universe Australia 2015 more interesting. First, she is a migrant girl from Bosnia who has paid her dues growing up in New South Wales before finally claiming the biggest achievement in her life so far. Secondly, she is the first-ever winner of the national crown who has a status of ‘Engaged
‘. Yes, my dear readers, this 24 year-old is already engaged to be married to boyfriend Alesandro Ljubicic (a local contemporary artist
Love and marriage will need to wait a little longer, though. Monika will be busy preparing for Miss Universe 2015, as well as serving her reign in Australia. And in the event that she becomes the 3rd MU winner from Down Under, then the wait will be even longer. In an article from the Daily Telegraph:
“He is completely supportive, he is so supportive of everything I do,” she said.
Alessandro and Monika
“He wants this to be my moment and he is so busy with his own work, he is his own person and is extremely successful in his own right. He is a great partner all around.”
All in all, Monika signed up for a total commitment as Miss Universe Australia 2015. And she is not about to cut everything short. ;-)
The happiness in Monika's face is infectious
Will it really be Shanghai for Miss Universe 2015?
courtesy of Rob Whitworth
The buzz is getting louder that Miss Universe 2015 could have Shanghai as its host city. And with Miss World 2015 already confirmed for Sanya, it’s becoming more and more clear that China is likely to have the two biggest beauty pageants in the globe happening right in their own backyard.
While there is still this floating possibility of Bogota, Colombia seriously bidding to take charge of the 64th edition (owing to Paulina Vega being the reigning winner), the hype for the South American nation is not as strong as the former. A relatively distant 2nd to the Chinese city, in my opinion.
The Colombian capital of Bogota is also reportedly bidding to host the 64th edition.
And Donald Trump is keeping the real score close to his chest for now. Perhaps, it would be more wise to expect a big announcement come July 2 during the last five minutes or so of the Miss USA 2015 live telecast and right before the successor of Nia Sanchez will be elected.
So what say you, dear readers? :-)
Monika Radulovic is the new Miss Universe Australia!
Monika during her victory moment
For the second year in a row (and as I expected
), a repeater was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2015.
Monika Radulovic, who was also part of last year’s edition of Australia’s national finals for Miss Universe, got what she worked hard for and will now be Down Under’s representative to Miss Universe 2015. She effectively succeeded Tegan Martin (a repeater from 2013) who placed in the Top 10 in the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant held in Doral, Miami.
Monika was joined in the Top 5 by 1st Runner-Up Madeleine Cowe, 2nd Runner-Up Melissa Barnard, 3rd Runner-Up Chanel Stewart and 4th Runner-Up Tasha Ross.
Monika Radulovic being crowned by Tegan Martin
From all of us here at normannorman.com, big congratulations to you, Monika! :-)