#RumorMill! Miss Universe 2018 in Manila on an Earlier Month?!?!

Just as we have posted last November 22nd, the top 16 semi-finalists of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant will be coming to Manila as tourism ambassadresses come December.

The latest update is that Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters with her runners-up will be joined by Iris Mittenaere and Raquel Pelissier to visit Manila. The pregnant Andrea Tovar is also expected to arrive (she is in her 3rd trimester and is expected to give birth around January/ February). The  girls will take part in various activities such as fashions shows, meet-and-greet and a gala event.
Our insiders have further told us that several members of the Miss Universe organization will be flying to Manila as well. It is also said that the possible hosting of the 2018 edition will be discussed in one of their meeting with the  Philippine tourism officials. One of our speculations is that the 2018 pageant might be moved to an earlier month in the summer.

So stay tuned as we will be keeping track of developments of the Miss Universe 2018 edition!


Miss Universe 2017 will be in Las Vegas! Plus More MU2017 Tidbits!

Guess whose pageant moles are right? I hate to say this but #IToldYouSo! Last September 24th, I posted on my Facebook account that the Miss Universe 2017 pageant would be held in splendid Las Vegas.

Finally after weeks of speculating, and back and forth of venues, we can finally rest easy as the MU pageant will be pushing through this year. From Manila to Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona, pageant fans held their breath for what seemed to be an eternity of waiting for the MUOrg to annouce its venue for this year’s pageant.
While there are no confirmed schedules yet, the pageant is rumored to run for more or less 16 days. Candidates are expected to arrive between the 5-8th of November. Preliminaries and the National Costume Show may fall between the 21st or 22nd of November.

Wait for further announcement on the official activities and schedules as Sash Factor will be covering the pageant once more in Las Vegas!

The Merry-Go-Around Venue for Miss Universe 2017

This year has been a merry-go-round ride when it comes to the venue and host country for the 2017 edition of the Miss Universe pageant. We have heard rumors of possible venues coming from different quarters and we all wait in bated breath for the official announcement from the MUOrg.

In recent years the Miss Universe competition has been having difficulties in finding a venue for the annual competition. It started in 2014 when for the first time in the pageant’s history, it was moved to January of the next year. In 2015, two MU pageants were held less than a year apart.
This year would be a repeat of that scenario as the 65th Miss Universe pageant was held earlier in January 2017. There was also a negotiation that took place to have it held this year in the Philippines come November. However, this didn’t push through as the Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism advised that due to peace and order situations in certain parts of the country.

Then it was being negotiated to have the pageant in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 50th US state was interested because it would have been the 20th anniversary of the Miss Universe victory of Brook Mahealani Lee.  This also failed to push through as the proposed venue could not support the required rigging and pageant equipment necessary for the finals.

But before these two possible venues were being discussed, it was already reported that Australia wanted to host the 2017 and 2018 editions. Perth was said to be the most likely venue as it already hosted the pageant way back in 1979 (where the notorious stage collapse took place). However, talks didn’t flourish and it is rumored that the budget constraints were an issue.
Then it is now discussed that the pageant will return to American soil as Phoenix, Arizona is said to be this year’s venue. The rumor was pervasive as a number of Latin pageant groups have already discussed November 26 as the airing date. It is said that the pageant is being scheduled to the Thanksgiving weekend to push for better television ratings as families would be spending their time at home.

Despite these numerous issues of finding a pageant venue, the Miss Universe pageant still generates much buzz online…whether the venue will be in Manila or pushed to the following year or if the reigning queen would have a full 12 month’s reign. The pageant still enjoys a lion’s share on the online buzz it creates and of the following of pageant fans around the world, er the universe rather…

Rumors! Miss Universe 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona!

Yes folks! It’s currently circulating over the web that the Miss Universe 2017 edition will be happening on November 26th in Phoenix, Arizona!

According to MV La Nueva Era, the next edition of the pageant will be held in the 5th most populous city in the United States. 
Additional rumors also has it that the candidates are expected to arrive in Phoenix between the 1st to the 5th of November where they will kick off the pre-activities that will culminate on the Thanksgiving weekend pageant finals. Preliminaries are rumored to be scheduled either on November 21st or on the 22nd.
UPDATE (9pm, August 30, 2017)
One of our pageant friends have advised us that some members of the Miss Universe Org are currently in Phoenix, Arizona. They are supposedly staying at one of the Marriot Hotel affiliates in Phoenix.
It is not clear whether their visit has something to do with the rumored Miss Universe pageant to be held there but it might be one of the reasons for their visit. Perhaps they might be in Phoenix inspecting possible finals venue or possibly finalizing talks about the city’s hosting duties. While no actual venue has yet been confirmed, it is speculated that the pageant might be looking at the Phoenix Symphony Hall or the Comerica Theatre. 

Hawaii Won’t be Hosting Miss Universe 2017!

It was a hushed rumor among pageant insiders that aside from the Philippines, Japan, Australia and Hawaii is considered to host the Miss Universe pageant. However, hosting in Hawaii wouldn’t push through due to the concerns of the pageant regarding the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.

“The Department of Enterprise Services was contacted by representatives of the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2017 regarding their interest in holding their next pageant, scheduled for November 2017, in the Neal S. Blaisdell Center arena. For the past two months we have worked closely with the pageant’s local and national representatives to accommodate their needs for the event and the days leading up to the actual show. As a result, we arranged for their use of the arena for two weeks and the concert hall for one week in November.
“In recent days, it was determined by the pageant that the arena’s structural capacity for suspending overhead equipment above the stage area was insufficient for the show’s needs and the Department of Enterprise Services was advised the organizers are no longer considering the arena or Honolulu for the site of the November pageant.
“However, arena weight capacity has not been a limiting factor for shows staged in that venue over recent years, for example Bruno Mars, WWE, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and more.

The pageant being held in Hawaii would have been a sort of 20th anniversary nod to Brooke Maahaelani Lee, the first Hawaiian Miss Universe, who won in 1997.
Arena concerns keep Miss Universe pageant from coming to Honolulu

Why Does the Miss Universe Org like to Keep Fans Guessing on Its Venue?

Veteran ABS-CBN reporter Mario Dumaual posted a video on his Instagram account asking where would the next Miss Universe pageant be.  Was he dropping hints where the pageant would be held?

In his post he said, “Chill time for #bbpilipinas universe rachel peters and other bb queens at media meet 😄@rachelpetersx for the crown, headed for miss u 2017 at Japan, Indonesia or Las Vegas?” While Las Vegas is the most likely venue this year, him mentioning Japan and Indonesia as possible host is something that fans can be excited about.

The Miss Universe pageant loves to really keep the anticipation up and drum up the hype where the next pageant going to be (even if it is the predictable and safety net of Las Vegas). It allows fans to speculate and drive the guessing game up until the final reveal. By the time that the venue is revealed, the hype has built up and will most likely be the buzz among pageant fans on social media. This is a smart way to market the pageant…
Another side of it is the problem of finding a suitable host country. Keeping things under wraps buys them time to finalize whichever country is supposed to host the pageant. And while all of these speculations whether Sydney, Australia or Manila, Philippines or Jakarta, Indonesia is supposed to host, the MUOrg are planning silently their next move. Even with the MUOrg having Las Vegas as the default venue, building such hype to develop without having to do much publicity online. 

If it were up to you, which country would you like to host the pageant this year?

Rumor Mill! Is San Miguel Corporation Sponsoring Miss Universe 2017?

Ever wondered why several Miss Universe 2016 candidates flew back to Manila during the time that the Miss Universe organization also visited the country?

Well it all has something to do with the rumor that San Miguel Corporation is said to be going for a sponsorship of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant in Manila (should it push through, which our moles say is likely). Come to think of it, the product endorsements, public activities and even charity visits of the girls are all tied up with SMC: the bar hopping activity, liquor endorsement shoots for Ginebra & San Miguel Beer, Petron Road Safety Ambassadors, even the Hope for Change International charity activity. If you look closely at the tee shirts that the girls wore, the San Mig logo is front and center.
So how would this spell for the Miss Universe pageant? Well it simply means that a global company like SMC is willing to shell out millions to sponsor the pageant, so it makes perfect sense that the MU 2017 edition can likely happen in Manila. 

With this development in the pageant, I am likely to believe that an announcement of the Miss Universe host country is just around the corner…