This year the Miss Universe 2017 pageant will be extremely different. The judging panel is not going to have celebrities like other years, this time titleholders from the past will determine the winner. Latinas that have confirmed their assistance are Lupita Jones (1991), Dayanara Torres (1993), Dayana Mendoza (2008) and Gabriela Isler (2013). Other ladies scheduled to appear are Armi Kuusela (1952), Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), Porntip Bui Simon (1988), Sushmita Sen (1994), Jennifer Hawkins (2004), Riyo Mori (2007) and Olivia Culpo (2012).
The 65th edition of Miss Universe will take place on Sunday, January 29 and will be hosted by Steve Harvey live from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. During the previous edition of the beauty pageant, Harvey ruined the biggest moment of the night by announcing the wrong winner. Instead of announcing Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as the new Miss Universe, the host announced Ariadna Gutierrez as the new beauty queen. Steve realized he had committed a mistake and and corrected the issue live, on-air as the world gasped in unison. The blunder proved to be huge in the ratings and a viral hit, hence why it was a no-brainer the "Family Feud" presenter would return for another year.
After the controversial moment Alonzo Wurtzbach reacted to the moment and said: "I am very sorry, I didn't take the crown from her and I wish her well in what ever she wants to pursue." For Gutierrez it was a little more difficult to break her silence after the embarrasing incident, but days later she finally did speak and said: "I want to thank each and everyone of you who have sent messages of support and strength. Every one of you has become an incredible human being in my book and I am the most fortunate and thankful for having the support not only from one country but from the whole entire world. Your destiny is written for you. And my destiny was this."
"I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes... Today because of that COLOMBIA and the LATIN COMMUNITY are being talked about in every corner of the world. I also want to congratulate the Philippines for their new Miss Universe __. The happiness that you must be feeling must be incredible. Life continues and in the future we will find out why things happen the way they happen. Thank you all for your LOVE SUPPORT and KINDNESS."