Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Preliminary presentation night of Miss Universe 2008

The first official competition of Miss Universe 2008 took place on July 9 at the Crown Convention Center in Nha Trang. Though referred as the preliminary or presentation night, it was the semi-final of Miss Universe 2008. All the 80 contestants showed off their beauty and charm. The 15 candidates to enter into the final round were chosen from here. The names of these fifteen contestants will be announced on July 14th. The event was also memorable because the Crown Convention was opened for the first time to the people.

Eighty contestants appeared in swimwear and night gowns. Aside from the host contestant, Miss Vietnam, when Miss Venezuela, Miss South Kroea and Miss Colombia appeared on the stage, the audience cheered for them. Correspondents were allowed to take photos of the contestants for five minutes.

Broadcast in more than 170 countries Miss Universe is one of the most popular and most respected beauty pageants in the world. This is the 57th Miss Universe contest. Fifty years ago, the whole thing started as a bathing beauty contest at Long Beach, California. The event was organized by Catalina Swimwear. In 1996, Miss Universe was acquired by Donald J. Trump, the billionaire real-estate businessman. This year, a new crown has been designed.

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