LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – Last September, Donald Trump sold the entire stock of the Miss Universe Organization to WME/IMG.
The new pageant owner has already made significant changes beginning with this year’s pageant which culminates with the crowning of the new Miss Universe tonight at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Among the changes:
- The pageant has a new television broadcast home — FOX
- WMC/IMG has reduced the number of celebrity judges from the usual 10 to just 4 (Emmy Award-nominated actress Niecy Nash, celebrity entertainment mogul Perez Hilton, 2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and football legend Emmitt Smith)
- Television viewers will be able to vote for their favorite candidate in real time, and results will help determine the winner. (In the past, viewers and netizens could vote but only for Miss Photogenic, Best in National Costume and 16th finalist spot)
- Viewers will also have the opportunity to ask the final question on pageant night
Beginning with the 2016 pageant, however, WMC/IMG announced that it will implement a ‘no makeup’ rule, meaning that contestants will not be allowed to wear any makeup.
“We believe in natural beauty, inside and out,” WMC/IMG said, “so our goal would be to find the most beautful woman in the universe sans cosmetics.”
The Miss Universe Organization is also reportedly considering additional pageant rules, including having all contestants wear the exact same evening gown for the competition.