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Miss Universe 2013: Updates On Pageant Favorites; Philippine's Arida Slams Latinas On Inability To Speak Well In English During Q&A?

By Staff Writer | October 21, 2013 04:32 PM EDT

Erin Brady, Miss Universe USA 2013
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Updated October 21, 2013 23:25 EDT

The Miss Universe was first held in 1952 in Long Beach, California. There about 80-100 representatives from different countries worldwide.The Miss Universe Organization is currently operated and managed under Donald J. Trump on a joint-venture with NBCUniversal (Source: www.missuniverse.com/info/faq)

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This year the competition will. be held on the 9th of November. NBC will air the pageant live for the US to watch by 8pm EDT. Telemundo will also air the show live same time as NBC's. The host for this year will be Thomas Roberts and Melanie Brown. Thomas Roberts was chosen due to his stint as a multi-awarded journalist, Melanie Brown on the other hand is currently known for her recent gig as a 'America's Got Talent' panel judge. Jeannie Mae will take-over as Miss Universe's commentator and give exclusive updates from behind-the-scens. EMIN;s 'Panic At The Disco' was booked to perform for the said event.


Thomas Roberts (right) will host Miss Universe 2013, seen here with Donatella Versace Credit: @thomasaroberts via Instagram

Let's face it there were countries who haven't won this most coveted beauty title, and there are countries who boasts to have snagged the crown more than once, and even on consecutive streaks. Amongst Asian countries India have bagged the title more than once and Philippines comes in at a close second - though most of the time they only end up as runners-up. Latin countries are not to be taken lightly as well. The contenders and pagent favorites from the South Americas are namely (in no particular order) Mexico, Puert Rico, Colombia, and Venezuela. Africa is not far behind when it comes to snagging the title, countries who bagged the title in the past or almost came close to bringhing it home were Angola, Aruba and Botswana.

Read also: Things To Know About Miss Universe 2013

Unfortunately Latinas or rather Latin countries appear to have been made an unfortunate reference (made in poor if not bad taste) by the Philippine's representative Ariella Arida during one of her interview. She was quoted to have said, "... Latinas can't even complete a sentence ... in English..," in defense of her being criticised by detractors of not being able to speak fluently in English herself. (Read the entire report of her statement here) She chose not to have a translator during the Q&A segment shjould she reach that far on the pageant.

The Miss Universe 2013 beauty pageant will be held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow Russia on Nov. 9, 2013. Current title holder Olivia Culpo will turn-over her the crown.

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