Early buzz is saying that the format for the 69th Miss Universe will be tighter – less of the talkies or speech component – and with the removal of the continental grouping for the Top 21. Except for the winner of the online popularity voting, the remaining slots for the first cut will go to the ladies with the twenty (20) highest preliminary scores. This is something that I really prefer to be fair to everyone. The Asians and the Latinas are so strong that they should not be limited to just a few slots each.
The Top 21 will take part in the Swimsuit Competition (no opening speeches), but only the Top 10 will do the Evening Gown Round. A Top 5 will follow for the Q&A where 4 runners-up and the new Miss Universe will be crowned.
I guess this should make more of us happy.