Major changes are in store for the upcoming 2014 season of "Nuestra Belleza Latina," the beauty pageant reality show on Univision. Giselle Blondet, the host of the project since its inception, is exiting the program according to sources close to the production. Blondet's place will be covered by Chiquinquirá Delgado, the former "Despierta America" morning talk show host and current presenter of "Mira Quien Baila" dancing competition. No word on why the Spanish-language network is making these changes as the competition is their highest rated show with no signs of a dwindling audience.
Other changes taking effect next season is the inclusion of former Miss Universe title holder, Zuleyka Rivera, who will join the judging panel. Julián Gil, who was one of the judges, announced earlier this month that he would no longer be part of the 8th season of the show. "It was years of dreams, happiness and satisfactions. It is not a goodbye, but a see you later," the actor said in a statement. "'Nuestra Belleza Latina' will always be a fundamental part of my career. I am very grateful to Univision and the producers of the show." It has been confirmed that Lupita Jones will return, but the faith of the always controversial Osmel Sousa has yet to be decided.
The "Nuestra Belleza Latina" changes could be in anticipation of a similar show airing next season on the Telemundo rival network, titled "Miss Latina USA." This show will be produced in association with Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Organization, with the winner vying for an actual place in the Miss Universe competition. The NBCUniversal-owned network has not announced a host or start date for the show. Blondet's exit from the show comes as a surprise as she was a staple of the program. Univision has not announced if the Puerto Rican actress and presenter will be part of another project or if she is exiting the network. What do you think of the changes for the 8th season of Nuestra Belleza Latina?