After Sao Paulo’s hosting of Miss Universe 2011, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is now being approached by several countries (at least five) for the rights to take charge of Miss Universe 2012. I am listing down the three (3) strongest (and most likely to figure out in the final short list) applicants for the same:
Culturally rich city of Guadalajara in the pageant-loving country of Mexico
Luxurious resort Sun City in culturally diverse South Africa
Modern and sophisticated Santiago in the heart of prosperous Chile
Okay, so the three most eager host-applicants for Miss Universe 2012 are: 1) Guadalajara, Mexico, 2) Sun City, South Africa and 3) Santiago, Chile.
Personally, Guadalajara is a safe bet for MUO because of its sheer proximity to mainland US, expertise in handling big-time pageants and a smooth link with Telemundo in insuring that all Latin American countries stay in the loop all throughout the same. Besides, Mexico is known to have hosted a few of the more grandiose and successful editions of Miss Universe, specifically 1989, 1993 and 2007.
On the other hand, Santiago is a welcome choice if ever. The capital of Chile has not hosted Miss Universe or any grand slam pageant yet. However, their capability to handle all the logistics can be suspect (remember Miss Earth a few years back when the appointed organizers should have hosted but backed out near the last minute?). But then again, this rich city could pull it off with the right organizers and the steady backing of Donald Trump’s group. At any rate, everything is just so expensive here that luring pageant-loving but budget-travelling tourists to visit for a minimum of one week can be tricky.
And this brings us to the third option: Sun City in South Africa. If you ask me, this would be my easy pick among the three. For one, the opulent and exotic resort paradise – that can be reached after a two-hour drive from Johannesburg – has all the right qualities to make it an interesting host. The last time Miss Universe was held in this continent was in Namibia way back in 1995. So it’s high time that Donald Trump returns to the same. Aside from that, the reigning titleholder – Leila Lopes – comes from Angola so majority of Africa might just be encouraged to give their support one way or the other.
What are your thoughts, dear readers? 🙂