69th Miss Universe competition sets 2021 date

The Miss Universe organization announced on Thursday, March 4, that its 69th edition will take place in the city of Hollywood in Florida, USA, on Sunday, May 16, at 8 pm Eastern Time (Monday morning, May 17 in the Philippines).

The competition will air live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Further details, such as the program host for the planned 3-hour event, have yet to be announced by the organization.

In a statement to media, Miss Universe Organization head Paula Shugart said they "spent months planning and preparing safety precautions." The group said they will follow the guidelines set for the Miss USA 2020 competition in Memphis. They have yet to determine if a live audience will be present.

The announcement comes after a year-and-a-half delay. The organization scrapped its 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi, who was crowned in 2019, has worn the Miss Universe crown longer than anyone.

Rabiya Mateo, who won the Miss Universe Philippines competition in October 2020, will be the Philippines' representative in the pageant. – Rappler.com