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Miss Universe 2014: Hosts Natalie Morales and Thomas Roberts Announced; Contest Date & Schedule - News Updates

Dec 18, 2014 03:38 PM EST

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Since 2012, December has been among the most awaited times of the year for beauty pageant enthusiasts as the annual Ms. Universe contest has been held at this time of the year. This year, however, some changes have been made, and the prestigious contest is set to take place on January 25, 2015. And among the latest news on the event is that it will be hosted by two promising TV news personalities: "TODAY's" Natalie Morales and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts. The announcement was made Tuesday by Mr. Donald Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization.

This will be the first time that Morales and Roberts will collaborate as co-hosts of the pageant which will take place in Doral-Miami, Florida and will air live from the FIU Arena. However, both are not new to the task as both have had their share of hosting stints of the said beauty contest.

Morales, news anchor of NBC's "Today" show, has previously co-hosted the Miss Universe Pageant in 2010 and 2011, while Roberts, MSNBC's "Way Too Early" host and contributor to "Morning Joe", has co-hosted the show last year. This will be his back-to-back Ms. Universe hosting task. Roberts also previously hosted the 2014 "Miss USA Pageant" last June.

IMG will be the executive producers of the three-hour event, with Steve Mayer as the Executive Producer. The much awaited gala, which will simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo, will begin at 7:00 PM/6:00CT with a special produced by the network, "Camino a la Corona".

The live dubbing in Spanish will be carried out by Raúl González and Rashel Diaz .

The evening coronation will take place next January 25 at 8:00 PM/7:00CT from the city of Miami, rewarding the most beautiful woman in the Universe that will replace the current title-holder Venezuelan Gabriela Isler.

"The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant" will feature nearly 90 contestants from all over the world and will gracefully and graciously compete for the crown to be passed over by Isler.

The candidates will be judged in three categories namely, swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

Miss Universe 2013 will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. The "Miss Universe Pageant" is distributed to approximately 190 countries and territories.

One of the notable add-ons in the competition is the selection of one of the sixteen semifinalists by TV viewers via online voting. This was introduced in 2011.

Among the winners in the past five years are Stefanía Fernández of Venezuela (2009), Ximena Navarrete of Mexico (2010), Leila Lopes of Angola (2011), Olivia Culpo of USA (2012), and Gabriela Isler of Venezuela (2013). 

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a partnership between Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal.

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