There have been numerous rumors floating around regarding the 2020 edition of the Miss Universe pageant. Most of which are from various online sources. One thing is for sure, the pageant won’t be happening in 2020 and will be most likely to be called as the 69th Miss Universe edition in its publicity materials.
Here are several rumors that are most likely to happen:
1. Venue will be in the US– there are rumors that the pageant will happen in either Las Vegas or in Miami, it was let slip by Fred Mouawad that pageant will happen in the US so the likelihood that it will happen in other countries is quite slim. Earlier this year, we already posted the possibility of Miami as host only to have heard Las Vegas as an alternative should a hosting be not possible in Miami. With speculations that a Latina is ‘favoured’ to win the competition this year it makes good sense that the pageant is set in these two locations. Las Vegas has been a lucky venue for Mexican reps as Lupita Jones and Ximena Navarette won Miss Universe 1991 and 2010 respectively in Las Vegas. Miami on the other hand is a hub of the Latinos with the last latina winner, Paulina Vega of Colombia, winning in Doral, Miami.
2. Dates are Still Unconfirmed – the pageant is slated to happen during the 1st trimester of 2021 and this would happen sometime between the months of February to April. There have already been a ‘rumored schedule” going around online however this schedule is still debatable as National Directors did not receive such schedule. While pageant fans are hoping for the finals to happen sometime February, this might move depending on how the situation of the Covid19 is in the US. While it is hoped to have the pageant around middle of February, it is more likely that the pageant could happen a little later around March or April. The MUOrg is rumored to be having headaches due to the restrictions happening due to the pandemic. Announcements on dates and actual venue might happen anytime although it is more likely to expect official word around late January or February, as everyone is monitoring Covid situations in the US.
3. Lesser Number of Candidates this Year – if in 2018, the pageant saw it’s numbers swell to 94 candidates, it is very unlikely that this year they would breach 70-80. So far only 45 candidates have been confirmed to join and if by the end of December countries haven’t announced their candidates, the number is most like to be between 50 to 60 candidates for the 69th edition. National Directors are given a deadline to name their reps by end of the year or risk not be able to join at all. So expect more appointments to happen instead of crowned queens from competitions. For the first time since 1952, Germany will not be joining the MU pageant due to pandemic. It is also likely that more countries affected by the pandemic will follow suit as having a national pageant could drain them of financial resources they most likely to be in need of.
4. Pageant Social Distancing – this will still take place as Covid19 restrictions are still in place. Recently the state of California went on a lock-down due to the rising cases and deaths, so it is likely that the girls are going to observe social distancing even onstage. There is the possibility of the Miss USA finals staging to be repeated in Miss Universe is highly likely. And that would mean different microphones for each finalists during speaking rounds, batches of girls onstage for the introductions, no holding of hands for the final 2, etc… Social distancing measures would impact how live performances will be done and we might expect a “more austere” staging of the pageant than pageant fans are used to. Opening numbers could be pre-taped from various locations. Live performers might perform online/ separate venue to avoid too much people gathering in the venue. This applies to the audiences as well, so there won’t be a lot of tickets to be sold for fans to watch it live. It is likely that only close friends and families of the candidates and the national directors will be given tickets to watch the finals in person.
5. Pageant Format Changes – there might be changes in how the semifinalists are selected but the circulating 15-10-5 cuts might not be accurate. Until this is confirmed explicitly by the organization, it is best to be cautious of floating rumors. It is also rumored that the continental groupings is cancelled this year. That might not be the case as if they were to select 16 semifinalists they can do so with 4 each from the Americas, Asia-Pacific & Africa, Europe and Wildcards. That is why it is better to wait until further news can be confirmed regarding the pageant format. But what can be expected is the return of the paid online vote for a semifinal spot, so it might be 16 semi-finalists afterall. This has been something that is been floated among some insiders that the MUOrg has considered not to remove at all.
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6. New Owners – after the rumor that the Miss Universe pageant has been sold, it was made clear on an Instagram reply by MUOrg President Paula Shugart that Endeavor still owns MU. This came after names like Ryan Seacrest, Kind Kardashian, Chavit Singson and even Fred Mouawad was floated as the possible new owners of the pageant.
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That is what Miss Universe Puerto Rico National Director Denise Quinones has confirmed in an official statement on the MUPR website.
The Covid-19 Pandemic has made such disruption that the Miss Universe pageant is the second Alpha pageant to cancel their 2020 finals. Initial rumors circulated that the original pageant date eyed was on December 6th in the US but with the mounting cases of Covid-19 related deaths and infections in the US, this is probably for the best. It is rumored that Miami is to host the next MU edition sometime mid-2021. What is confirmed though is the cancellation of this year’s finals to next year.
This would make Zozibini Tunzi’s reign as one of the longest Miss Universe reigns alongside Leila Lopes, Gabriela Isler, Natalie Glebova and Pia Wurtzbach.
¨Unfortunately, this situation has affected all areas and our contest is no exception. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of all pre-candidates and our team. We have kept in touch with them to find out how they are and let them know that we will give them more information soon. So far, the Miss Universe organization has not offered an official statement about the international pageant or the selection process, however, they told us that the event will not be held this year and that they are evaluating dates probably for the first quarter of 2021. This will allow us to have more time for the selection and preparation of the candidate from Puerto Rico. As soon as we receive instructions from the Organization we will be able to evaluate the available options. We trust that, As we have done for the past years, the decision made will be positive for our representation. We appreciate all the interest, support and affection that our followers have expressed in this process. We will keep in touch to let you know the next details of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2020¨.
THIS JUST IN! Miss Universe 2020 will likely be on December 6th!
Despite the current CoVid-19 pandemic crippling the globe, the Miss Universe 2020 is still full steam ahead! According to some insiders the National Directors of the Miss Universe pageant have been informed by the Miss Universe organization that the TENTATIVE date for the 2020 pageant is on December 6th, Sunday. Our mole also said that the date might move a week earlier or later depending on securing a viable venue aside from a host city/ country.
It was said that information has been sent to the NDs that a candidate should be named by first of November this year. This was earlier confirmed in a Facebook live by Mexican ND & former Miss Universe, Lupita Jones. This would make October as the last month for national organizations to hold their pageants to select a representative.
The November 1st deadline was set for the national orgs as the national representatives should be filling up their Miss Universe candidate forms online before the said date. Everyone must note that aside from the online forms that the ladies have to fill up, they are also to submit some photo and video requirements to be used on the website and/ or live telecast.
Aside from the communications that each national pageant should have a representative by November 1st , every National Director have these three options in selecting a MU rep:
1. Elevate the 2019 1st runner up as the new queen – this option was already availed by the Señorita Panama organization by appointing last year’s 1st runner up, Carmen Jaramillo as the Panamanian representative to Miss Universe 2020.
2. Hold the national pageant upon lifting of each of the country’s respective Covid-19 quarantine/ lockdown – this option is the preferred option of the Mexicana Universal pageant as confirmed by Lupita Jones. Other countries are on a “wait and see” status on how their respective quarantines and lockdowns would play out.
3. Hold a casting with a panel of judges – since it is indicated int he MUOrg’s rules and regulations that a MU representative must be a ‘crowned winner’ of the national pageant, a smaller competition has been allowed for MU national franchise holders.
Currently no confirmed schedule is confirmed but it is speculated that the pageant might follow last year’s schedule of a week-long pageant (7-10 days). Organizers would not want to prolong the pageant in case that the pandemic is still creating havoc around the globe. Our moles also said that the rumored venue will be held in another US city that isn’t hugely stricken by the corona virus pandemic.
As of the moment, the org is planning contingency measures should the quarantine or lockdown take longer than usual. If the dreaded 2nd wave of the CoVid-19 virus strike and take a longer time to subside, there is a high possibility of moving dates and venues.