Lea Salonga Set to Judge Miss Universe Pageant, 9/12

Source: BroadwayWorld.com

NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today the celebrities and experts who will judge at the 60th Annual “Miss Universe® Pageant,” which will be broadcast live from Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil on Monday, September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. A live Spanish simulcast will air on Telemundo.

The list of judges includes: Helios Castroneves, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500; Connie Chung, U.S. broadcast legend; Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian supermodel; Vivica Fox, actress & television producer; Adrienne Maloof, from Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”; Lea Salonga, Tony Award winner and actress; Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003.

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto, daughter of Brazilian legend Joao Gilberto, will perform her electronic bossa nova single “Close Your Eyes” during the evening gown portion of the competition. Meanwhile, Brazilian native pop singer Claudia Leitte will turn the heat up when she performs her new single “Locomotion” during the swimsuit competition.

As previously announced, Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC’s “Today” will host the “2011 Miss Universe® Pageant.” Joining them will be host of Style Network’s “How Do I Look” Jeannie Mai and Shandi Finnessy, Miss USA 2004, who will provide skybox fashion commentary throughout the LIVE telecast.

For the first time ever, fans in represented countries have been able to vote for their favorite contestant for an automatic spot into the semifinals at the 2011 Miss Universe® Competition. Fans can vote online at www.missuniverse.com or www.nbc.com. Online voting is taking place now through September 11 (9 pm ET).

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