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'Today's' Natalie Morales, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts to host 63rd annual Miss Universe Pageant

by jmaloni

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Tue, Dec 16th 2014 09:45 am

NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that "Today's" Natalie Morales and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts will host The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant, airing Sunday, Jan. 25 (8-11 p.m. ET), on NBC.

Weeks leading up to the pageant, the Miss Universe contestants will be hosted in Doral-Miami, Florida. The pageant will air live from the FIU Arena. IMG will be the executive producers of the three-hour event, which will simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo.

Morales and Roberts will take the stage for the first time together as co-hosts of the competition. Morales is the news anchor of NBC's "Today" show, and co-anchor of the show's third hour. She previously co-hosted the Miss Universe Pageant in 2010 and 2011. Roberts hosts MSNBC's "Way Too Early" and is a contributor to "Morning Joe." He returns to co-host the Miss Universe Pageant for a second time in a row. Roberts also previously hosted the 2014 Miss USA Pageant this past June.

 The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant will feature nearly 90 contestants from across the globe. They will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Gabriela Isler, 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.

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