As we look at photos of Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere during her walk at the red carpet of the 70th Festival du Cannes wearing Jean Paul Gaultier and Messika jewelry, let’s go on a not-so-whimsical post about the possible host country of the 66th Miss Universe.
Initially, as in very late last year, rumors floated that Australia is interested in bidding to organize the next edition – right about the same time that the Philippines sealed the deal to tale charge of the 65th. And then, the talks died down without much funfare.After that, there were sound-offs online for Indonesia being considered for the job as well. And this is not such a remote possibility since the Miss Universe Organization maintains a good relationship with our Southeast Asian neighbor – with the reigning titleholders regularly crowning their Puteri Miss Indonesia (except Pia) and making a commercial for that Vitamin C drink.
There has been no progress in this part as well.
Somewhere in between, the possibility of bringing the pageant to Europe also became a topic of discussion by many, with Paris as potential focus with Iris as the current winner. But that did not see much of a wildfire effect.
So next in line would be the default host country of our favorite beauty pageant – the US. It could be Las Vegas or Los Angeles depending on where WME/IMG can wield its clout more effectively. And holding it in either cities would augur well for Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters considering the strong Fil-American support. This remains as a more stable option.
But there are also those who say that the 66th will return to the Philippines. The prospects of this happening are not very exciting on my part as an accredited media partner because it is way too soon to host again. Besides, the last edition was such a tough act to follow given the kind of overwhelming support given by the sponsors, organizers and practically the entire nation. But the commitment to do everything all over again is much of a stress-inducer to take with open arms.
If you had a say in all of these talks, dear readers, where would you really want the 66th Miss Universe be hosted? 🙂