Photo taken in Eilat, Israel
“70TH MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION®” TO AIR LIVE FROM EILAT, ISRAEL IN DECEMBER 2021, ON FOX
Legendary entertainer Steve Harvey returns to host the 70th anniversary celebration.
NEW YORK, NY (JULY 20, 2021) – The Miss Universe Organization, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the city of Eilat today announced that the 70th MISS UNIVERSE® competition will air live from Eilat, Israel in December 2021. The 70th MISS UNIVERSE Competition will once again be hosted by legendary entertainer Steve Harvey on FOX.
“Israel has been on our shortlist of host countries for a number of years due to its rich history, beautiful landscapes, myriad of cultures and appeal as a global tourist destination,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “As we sought an impressive location for our 70th anniversary celebration, it became clear through our conversations with acting Mayor Lankri and the Israeli Ministry that Israel has the resources and demonstrated the commitment to host MISS UNIVERSE in December. We look forward to deepening our commitment and creating meaningful cultural conversation, connection and understanding through this partnership.”
“The city of Eilat, together with our partners at the Ministry of Tourism, are delighted and proud to host the Miss Universe events and accommodate the 70-year celebrations in Eilat,” said Eli Lankri, acting mayor of Eilat. “The new Ramon Eilat Airport has, without a doubt, served as the foundation for Eilat’s opening up to new international opportunities, and the city is ready and willing to host contestants from over 90 countries.”
The three-hour event will feature women representing countries and territories across the globe competing in multiple categories, including personal statement, swimsuit, evening gown and interview, ending with Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowning her successor. Meza, a former software engineer, has advocated for women’s equality during her reign.
“Being the only Miss Universe crowned during the COVID-19 pandemic has made my reign unforgettable,” said Meza. “I hope that the world takes the vaccine as soon as it is available so that, come December, as many people as possible can join the 70th anniversary celebration in Israel.”
In the weeks ahead of the competition, contestants will get to explore the rich history and culture of Israel, with visits to notable locations, including the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and those throughout the host city of Eilat. Additionally, Meza is set to visit Israel later this summer to begin to explore the country in which she will give up her title.
“We in Israel are delighted to host the 70th anniversary celebrations of the iconic Miss Universe pageant—an event celebrating women’s empowerment, optimism, tolerance and desire for excellence, which crosses every geographical and national border,” said Yoel Razvozov, Israel’s Minister of Tourism.
The show will air in nearly 160 countries and territories across the globe. In the U.S., FOX will be the English-language broadcaster, while Telemundo will be the special’s Spanish-language home. This deal was negotiated and executed by Israeli producer Tali Eshkoli and Los Angeles-based producer Assaf Blecher who will also serve as producers for the show on the Israeli side.