UPDATE: Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned Miss Universe 2017 on Sunday night. The stunning and poised Nel-Peters was tagged as the front runner (even by South Florida News 11!) before the live competition began.
South Africa’s contestant did not waiver when asked the final question about her best quality as she said confidence was her greatest trait. The soon-to-be-crowned Nel-Peters answered that she believes it is important for women to be sure of who they are.
Miss South Africa will have many opportunities to put her confidence to the test as she begins her one year reign as the new Miss Universe.
The following is our article from Sunday:
The 66th Miss Universe pageant is beyond fierce this year as 92 gorgeous, talented, intelligent women compete for the coveted title.
The competition is airing live on Fox. Hosted by Steve Harvey with backstage host Ashley Graham and a panel of six tough judges.
Ross Matthews, Lele Pons, Jay Manuel, Megan Olivi, Pia Wurtzbach, and Wendy Fitzwilliam have enviable task of “judging” the confidently beautiful contestants.
Commentary by Carson Kressley and Lu Sierra help viewers navigate through the three-hour live event held at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas.
Performances by multi-platinum pop-star Rachel Platten and the incomparable, eight-time Grammy Award winning Fergie should prove that this year’s Miss Universe Pageant is raising the bar.
Viewers can become part of the judging process by entering up to 10 votes either online at vote.MissUniverse.com or via Twitter with a tweet or retweet with your favorite contestant’s specific country (#Country).
Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was the early favorite according to word on the web. Other top hopefuls include Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Venezuela.
To find out if your favorite contestant takes home the crown, tune in to Fox or live stream the entire pageant on Fox.com.