Just barely more than one month before the candidates’ arrival, it was reported that a Las Vegas shooting happened in a concert, killing two and injuring several dozens. According to reports, bullets ripped into a Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino concert packed with thousands along the Las Vegas Strip.
The Miss Universe 2017 final is announced to be hosted once again by the city of Las Vegas. The city has already played host to the most followed international beauty competition several times.
In 1991, Lupita Jones won the Miss Universe crown, the first victory for Mexico. This was followed in 1996 when the adjacent unincorporated town of Paradise, Nevada hosted the pageant won by Venezuela’s Alicia Machado.
The Miss Universe pageant came back to Las Vegas in 2010 won by Mexico’s Ximena Navarette. The city was again the host in 2012 when American Olivia Culpo won the crown, and in 2015 where the much-publicized mishap of Steve Harvey saw the crowning of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.
After much speculation and trips, the Miss Universe Organization has finally announced that the pageant will be back in Las Vegas. The final is scheduled on November 26 and will air live on FOX.
But hours ago, unnamed suspects used automatic gunfire and interrupted the Route 91 Harvest festival around 10 PM. Panicked concertgoers screamed and tripped over each other while trying to escape.
This incident could surely raise alarms over the security of the candidates expected to compete at Miss Universe. This news could also cause some last minute cancellations of their country’s participation over concerns over the safety of the beauty queens. This is on the heel that Miss Universe is expecting nearly 100 participants this year.
The pageant, however, will take place in The AXIS, Las Vegas. It was in 2010 that the Mandalay Bay Events Center serves as the finals’ venue. So that fact could a bit alleviate concerns of many pageant fans.
However, it should be worth noting that MUO isn’t a fledgling company. It is already a veteran in holding production of a big show like Miss Universe that security could never be taken for granted.
With that being said, The Pageantry believes that Las Vegas will again serve a great host of Miss Universe, as it has always been in the previous years. Pageant fans can only wish the safety of the candidates and that an exciting and entertaining edition will finally be pushed on November 26.