NBC to televise 2012 Miss Universe Competitionby jmaloni
Telecast to be hosted by Andy Cohen (Bravo) and Giuliana Rancic (E! News)
NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Miss Universe President Paula M. Shugart have announced that the 61st annual Miss Universe Competition will air live on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino' s Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. The glamorous event will be broadcast on NBC from 8 to 10 p.m. in the U.S. with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.
Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of "E! News," will serve as hosts.
"The Miss Universe competition heads to Las Vegas for what will be another exciting show for our fans and contestants," Shugart said. "Andy and Giuliana are the perfect duo and the ideal hosts for this show. It's obvious they have a lot of fun on stage, which in turn makes it a great experience for the audience. We look forward to collaborating with them and our partners, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, on this worldwide telecast."
The Miss Universe telecast is televised in approximately 190 countries and was the No. 1 social media trending topic during last year's telecast. More than 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in for the live event. This also marks the first time that the Miss Universe telecast is part of NBC's holiday line-up.
Returning as host of Miss Universe, Cohen is the host and executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live," Bravo's late night, interactive talk show that features guests from some of Bravo's most popular series, as well as from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture. He is also the executive vice president of development and talent for Bravo where he oversees the development and production of more than two-dozen shows, including "Top Chef," "The Real Housewives" franchises and "The Millionaire Matchmaker."
Rancic is an anchor of "E! News" and co-host of E!'s popular "Fashion Police." She is also the executive producer/star of her hit Style Network reality show, "Giuliana & Bill." Rancic can also be seen co-hosting E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet" coverage of events such as the Golden Globes. While she has twice hosted the Miss USA competition, this marks the first time she hosts Miss Universe.
Located along the Las Vegas Strip, the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the newest member of Caesars Entertainment offering guests nearly three acres of casino entertainment. \
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