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It’s the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant and 92 contestants are hoping to win the crown. Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham are the hosts of the event with Fergie and Rachel Platten as the musical guests. But, let’s get down to what you’re really interested in … the winners. Check out the top 16 contestants as they are announced live. Twelve of these finalists were selected by the Miss Universe Organization and four were chosen by at-home voters as wild cards.
Africa and Asia Pacific
From Africa and Asia Pacific, the first contestant revealed was Miss Thailand. She has a Masters degree in marketing, has recorded an album and is a model. Next up was Miss Sri Lanka, who admitted that she has eight cats at home. She also revealed that she has a cat named Toothless. The next contestant to advance was Miss Ghana. She said that she hopes to laugh throughout the competition tonight. And, next up was South Africa. South Africa has only won the title of Miss Universe once. That wraps up the Africa and Asia Pacific category.
Following the first round of finalists, host Steve Harvey joked about a mistake he made in 2015, announcing the wrong contestant as the winner at the Miss Universe pageant.
When it comes to how the top 16 were chosen this year, the candidates were broken up into four categories, based on location – The Americas, Europe, Africa & Asia Pacific, and the Wild Cards. The wild card contestants were allowed to be from any of the other locations. Four women from each group were able to move into the finals.