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Miss Universe 2016
Date30 January 2017[a]
Presenters
Entertainment
VenueSM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
BroadcasterInternational:
Official broadcaster:
Entrants86
Placements13
Debuts
  • Sierra Leone
Withdrawals
  • El Salvador
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
Returns
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Guam
  • Iceland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Namibia
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • United States Virgin Islands
WinnerIris Mittenaere
 France
CongenialityJenny Kim[2]
 South Korea
Best National CostumeHtet Htet Htun
 Myanmar
PhotogenicLindita Idrizi
 Albania[2]
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Logo of Miss Universe 2016, the 65th edition of the pageant.

Miss Universe 2016 was the 65th Miss Universe pageant, held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines on 30 January 2017.[a][3] This was the second time in the history of the competition that the pageant skipped an entire year, following the 2014 pageant which was held in January 2015.[4]

At the end of the event, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines crowned Iris Mittenaere of France as Miss Universe 2016. It was France's first victory in sixty-three years, and the second victory of the country in the pageant's history.[5][6]

Contestants from eighty-six countries and territories competed in this year's pageant. The competition featured Steve Harvey as host, and supermodel Ashley Graham as the backstage host.[7][8] American entertainers Flo Rida and Boyz II Men performed in this year's pageant.[9][10]

Background

SN Mall of Asia Arena, the venue for Miss Universe 2016.

Location and date

The Miss Universe Organization was in talks to host the Miss Universe 2016 competition in the Philippines. Discussions began when Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach met with then-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Although Duterte was open to having the pageant hosted by the Philippines, he did not want the government to pay the expense of doing so.[11][12] About two weeks after the meeting, the Department of Tourism named the Philippines as the host country. According to Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart, the Philippines is the organization's top choice for hosting the pageant. However, other countries were being considered, according to a spokesperson for the department.[12]

Despite the statement made by the Department of Tourism, the decision to hold the pageant in the Philippines is not yet final, and over the next few months, the Miss Universe Organization changed its mind several times on the matter. Initial reports did not disclose the reasons for the breakdowns in negotiations, but a report linked the Organization's concerns with Duterte's controversial remarks regarding U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as his plans to separate ties between the Philippines and the United States. These statements were not received well by WME/IMG. Another statement by Duterte, in which he said he would be glad to kill as many drug addicts as Adolf Hitler killed Jews during the Holocaust led to WME CEO Ariel Zev Emanuel to cancel the talks. Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson, chairman of the LCS Group, sent representatives, including some Jewish friends, to the United States to persuade Emanuel to maintain his interest in a Philippines-hosted event. Duterte's apology for his Holocaust-related remark helped in the renegotiation. Also helpful was Singson's offer to add women-empowerment programs to the pageant.[13][14]

In September 2016, according to then-Secretary of Tourism Wanda Tulfo-Teo, the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay was announced to be the main venue of the pageant.[15] The Philippine Arena was the other venue considered by the Department of Tourism, but the organization disapproved due to "security reasons".[16][17]

The final decision was made by the Miss Universe Organization on 3 November 2016, when Wurtzbach revealed via video message that the Philippines will be the host.[4] The pageant will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on 30 January 2017.[18] On 16 November, the collaboration agreement was signed, and the pageant's official website and Facebook page were launched on the same day.[18][19]

Host and performers

On 3 November 2016, the Miss Universe Organization confirmed that Steve Harvey would host the 2016 edition. Initially, then-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hesitation on Harvey hosting the event due to Harvey announcing the wrong winner at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. However, due to Harvey's five-year contract with Miss Universe, Harvey remained as host.[20] In response to Duterte's remarks, then-Secretary of Tourism Wanda Tulfo-Teo proposed the idea of having a Filipino woman co-host the event.[21] On 15 December 2016, plus-sized model Ashley Graham confirmed the news that she has been selected to be the backstage host of the pageant.[22] On 19 January 2017, Flo Rida was announced as a guest performer.[23]

Selection of participants

Contestants from eighty-six countries and territories were selected to compete in the pageant. Eight of these delegates were appointees to their titles after being a runner-up of their national pageant or an audition process or other internal selection, while four were selected to replace the original dethroned winner.[24]

Stephanie Geldhof, the first runner-up of Miss Belgium 2016, was appointed to represent Belgium after Lenty Frans, Miss Belgium 2016, decided to compete at Miss World 2016 due to conflicting schedules with the Miss Belgium 2017 pageant slated for January 2017.[25][26] Jenny Kim, the first runner-up of Miss World Korea 2015, was appointed by the Miss Universe Korea Organization after the Miss Korea organization relinquished the franchise.[27] Kushboo Ramnawaj was appointed by the Miss Estrella Mauritius Organization after the Miss Mauritius organization relinquished the franchise.[28] Yuliana Korolkova, the first runner-up of Miss Russia 2016, was appointed as Miss Universe Russia 2016 after Yana Dobrovolskaya, Miss Russia 2016, decided to compete at Miss World 2016 due to the conflicting schedules of the two pageants.[29]

Paula Schneider, Miss Bolivia 2015, originally was supposed to represent Bolivia in Miss Universe 2016. However, due to personal reasons, Schneider resigned as Miss Bolivia 2015, thus barring her from competing in Miss Universe. Due to this, Antonella Moscatelli, Miss Bolivia 2016, took the responsibility as the representative of Bolivia in Miss Universe 2016.[30][31] Regina Valter, Miss Universe Kazakhstan 2015, originally was supposed to compete in Miss Universe 2016 after her withdrawal in 2015. However, Valter was disqualified after getting married. Due to this, Darina Kulsitova, Miss Universe Kazakhstan 2016, replaced Valter as the representative of Kazakhstan in Miss Universe.[32] Brenda Jimenez, the first runner-up of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016, was crowned the new Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016 after Kristhielee Caride, the original winner, was dethroned due to dismissive behaviour.[33][34] Đặng Thị Lệ Hằng, the second runner-up of Miss Universe Vietnam 2015, was appointed as the representative of Vietnam to Miss Universe after Ngô Trà My, the first runner-up of Miss Universe Vietnam 2015, refused to compete and got married.[35]

The 2016 edition saw the debut of Sierra Leone[36] and the returns of Barbados, Belize, Guam, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malta, Namibia, Romania, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and the United States Virgin Islands.[37] Malta last competed in 2001, Barbados and Belize last competed in 2007, Iceland last competed in 2009, US Virgin Islands last competed in 2011, Namibia and Romania last competed in 2013, while the others last competed in 2014. El Salvador, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, Montenegro, and Serbia withdrew. Adela Zoranic of Montenegro and Bojana Bojanic of Serbia withdrew from the competition due to unknown reasons.[38][39] El Salvador, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, and Lebanon withdrew after their respective organizations failed to hold a national competition or appoint a delegate.

Results

Miss Universe 2016 participating countries and territories.

Placements

Placement Contestant
Miss Universe 2016
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
Top 6
Top 9
Top 13

§ – Voted in the Top 13 by viewers

Special awards

Awards Contestant
Best National Costume
Fan Vote Winner
Flawless of the Universe
Miss Phoenix
Hiyas ng Phoenix
Miss Congeniality
Miss Phoenix Smile
Miss Photogenic

Pageant

Format

The Miss Universe Organization introduced several specific changes to the format for this edition. The number of semifinalists was reduced to thirteen— the lowest since 2002. The results of the preliminary competition— which consisted of the swimsuit and evening gown competition, and the closed-door interview, determined the twelve semifinalists. Internet voting returned, with fans being able to vote for another delegate to advance into the semifinals, making the number of semifinalists thirteen.[43][46] The thirteen semifinalists participated in the swimsuit competition, with nine advancing in the competition for the evening gown competition. Six finalists advanced to participate in the question and answer portion, while three finalists advanced to participate in the final question and the final walk.[47][48][49]

Selection committee

Contestants

Eighty-six contestants competed for the title.[51][52]

Country/Territory Contestant Age[b] Hometown
Albania Albania Lindita Idrizi[53] 20 Elbasan
Angola Angola Luísa Baptista[54] 21 Cuando Cubango
Argentina Argentina Estefanía Bernal[55] 21 Buenos Aires
Aruba Aruba Charlene Leslie[52] 24 Oranjestad
Australia Australia Caris Tiivel[56] 23 Perth
Austria Austria Dajana Dzinic[57] 21 Vienna
The Bahamas Bahamas Cherell Williamson[58] 24 Nassau
Barbados Barbados Shannon Harris[59] 22 Bridgetown
Belgium Belgium Stephanie Geldhof[26] 19 Aalst
Belize Belize Rebecca Rath[60] 23 Dangriga
Bolivia Bolivia Antonella Moscatelli[61] 21 Santa Cruz
Brazil Brazil Raissa Santana[62] 21 Umuarama
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands Erika Creque[63] 22 Road Town
Bulgaria Bulgaria Violina Ancheva[64] 21 Sofia
Canada Canada Siera Bearchell[65] 23 Moose Jaw
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks[66] 25 West Bay
Chile Chile Catalina Cáceres[67] 26 Santiago
China China Li Zhenying[68] 21 Shanghai
Colombia Colombia Andrea Tovar[69] 23 Quibdó
Costa Rica Costa Rica Carolina Rodríguez[70] 27 Alajuela
Croatia Croatia Barbara Filipović[71] 19 Zagreb
Curaçao Curaçao Chanelle de Lau[72] 21 Willemstad
Czech Republic Czech Republic Andrea Bezděková[73] 21 Prague
Denmark Denmark Christina Mikkelsen[74] 24 Copenhagen
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Rosalba García[75] 24 Maimón
Ecuador Ecuador Connie Jiménez[76] 21 Ventanas
Finland Finland Shirly Karvinen[77] 24 Helsinki
France France Iris Mittenaere[78] 23 Lille
Georgia (country) Georgia Nuka Karalashvili[79] 25 Tbilisi
Germany Germany Johanna Acs[80] 24 Eschweiler
United Kingdom Great Britain Jaime-Lee Faulkner[81] 27 Sheffield
Guam Guam Muñeka Taisipic[82] 19 Yona
Guatemala Guatemala Virginia Argueta[52] 22 Jutiapa
Guyana Guyana Soyini Fraser[83] 26 Georgetown
Haiti Haiti Raquel Pélissier[84] 25 Port-au-Prince
Honduras Honduras Sirey Moran[85] 26 El Progreso
Hungary Hungary Veronika Bodizs[86] 24 Budapest
Iceland Iceland Hildur María Leifsdóttir[87] 24 Kópavogur
India India Roshmitha Harimurthy[88] 22 Bangalore
Indonesia Indonesia Kezia Warouw[89] 25 Manado
Israel Israel Yam Kaspers Anshel[90] 19 Herzliya
Italy Italy Sophia Sergio[91] 24 Naples
Jamaica Jamaica Isabel Dalley[92] 20 Montego Bay
Japan Japan Sari Nakazawa[93] 23 Shiga
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Darina Kulsitova[32] 19 Semey
Kenya Kenya Mary Esther Were[94] 27 Nairobi
Kosovo Kosovo Camila Barraza[95] 23 Pristina
Malaysia Malaysia Kiran Jassal[96] 20 Subang Jaya
Malta Malta Martha Fenech[97] 27 St. Julian's
Mauritius Mauritius Kushboo Ramnawaj[28] 26 Rivière Du Poste
Mexico Mexico Kristal Silva[98] 25 Ciudad Victoria
Myanmar Myanmar Htet Htet Htun[52] 24 Yangon
Namibia Namibia Lizelle Esterhuizen[99] 20 Windhoek
Netherlands Netherlands Zoey Ivory[100] 23 Almere
New Zealand New Zealand Tania Dawson[101] 24 Auckland
Nicaragua Nicaragua Marina Jacoby[102] 21 Matagalpa
Nigeria Nigeria Unoaku Anyadike[24] 22 Lagos
Norway Norway Christina Waage[103] 21 Nes
Panama Panama Keity Drennan[104] 26 Panama City
Paraguay Paraguay Andrea Melgarejo[105] 22 Villarrica
Peru Peru Valeria Piazza[106] 26 Lima
Philippines Philippines Maxine Medina[107] 26 Quezon City
Poland Poland Izabella Krzan[108] 21 Olsztyn
Portugal Portugal Flávia Brito[109] 23 Vilamoura
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Brenda Jiménez[110] 22 Aguadilla
Romania Romania Teodora Dan[111] 27 Bucharest
Russia Russia Yuliana Korolkova[29] 22 Orsk
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Hawa Kamara[36] 26 Freetown
Singapore Singapore Cheryl Chou[112] 20 Singapore
Slovakia Slovakia Zuzana Kollárová[113] 25 Bratislava
Slovenia Slovenia Lucija Potočnik[114] 25 Maribor
South Africa South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene[115] 24 Mkhondo
South Korea South Korea Jenny Kim[27] 23 Seoul
Spain Spain Noelia Freire[116] 24 Ciudad Real
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Jayathi De Silva[117] 26 Colombo
Sweden Sweden Ida Ovmar[118] 21 Luleå
Switzerland Switzerland Dijana Cvijetić[119] 23 Gossau
Tanzania Tanzania Jihan Dimachk[52] 20 Dar es Salaam
Thailand Thailand Chalita Suansane[120] 22 Samut Prakan
Turkey Turkey Tansu Sila Çakir[121] 21 Istanbul
Ukraine Ukraine Alena Spodynyuk[122] 19 Kyiv
United States United States Deshauna Barber[123] 27 Washington, D.C.
Uruguay Uruguay Magdalena Cohendet[124] 22 Artigas
United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter[125] 27 Saint Croix
Venezuela Venezuela Mariam Habach[126] 21 El Tocuyo
Vietnam Vietnam Đặng Thị Lệ Hằng[35] 23 Đà Nẵng

Notes

  1. ^ a b The event was held at 8:00 am Philippine Standard Time (UTC+08:00); for the Americas, this was January 29 in their local times.[1] Despite being held in 2017, the event was known as Miss Universe 2016 for marketing purposes.
  2. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant

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