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Photo recap: Miss Universe 2015 preliminary competition

MANILA, Philippines – The preliminary competition of Miss Universe 2015 was held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 16 (Thursday, December 17 in Manila).

The preliminary competition is made up of the swimsuit competition and evening gown competition. 

The girls' scores for the swimsuit competition will be added up with their scores from the evening gown competition and closed-door interviews. The 15 girls with the highest scores will move on to the finals on December 20 (December 21 in Manila).

The event was judged by Erika Albies, Julio Caro, Zak Soreff, Nischelle Turner, Rocky Motwani, Erin Brady, and Keiko Uraguchi.

Let's have a look at what happened during the premilinaries:

Introductions

The preliminary competition was kicked off by all 80 ladies introducing themselves to the audience as they walked the stage in sparkling silver and gold dresses. 

Here are some screenshots of the girls during the introductory portion. 

 

The night was hosted by Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega and Nick Teplitz.

Swimsuit

 

The swimsuit competition was next, with the ladies walking the stage in colorful swimsuits as the hosts told the audience a little bit about them. 

Have a look at some screenshots of the swimsuit competition. 

It was said, for example, that this year's Miss Colombia is feeling a bit of pressure to win the 2015 competition because Miss Universe 2014 hailed from Colombia. 

Meanwhile, Miss Puerto Rico is currently on her last year of law school.  

Miss Singapore hopes to be an Oscar-winning actress, and has already starred in a show in her country. 

Miss Sweden is a vegetarian and plans to start her own company that will get children interested in health. 

Miss Thailand received a lot of cheers from the audience.

Uruguay is the youngest contestant in the competition, but says that shouldn't be a problem.

Evening gown

After a few short video presentations, it was time for the evening gown portion of the night. 

The girls walked the stage once again, but this time in sparkling long gowns with bold colors.

As they walked, the hosts also gave some fun facts about them. 

Japan, for instance, is the first bi-racial woman to represent her country in Miss Universe.

Mauritius has sold some of her artwork to raise money for charity.

Nigeria plans on writing a series of children's books. 

The end of the evening gown competition also ended the show. 

What did you think of the 2015 Miss Universe preliminary show? Let us know in the comments! – Rappler.com

All screengrabs are taken from the livestream via missuniverse.com

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