Miss Universe 2010 to Crown Winner Monday Night

By Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
August 23, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

MISS UNIVERSE 2010: Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez (2nd R) from Venezuela and 2010 Miss Universe contestants pose during the contest's swimsuit event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 21. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
MISS UNIVERSE 2010: Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez (2nd R) from Venezuela and 2010 Miss Universe contestants pose during the contest's swimsuit event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 21. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Universe 2010 pageant will crown its new beauty queen Monday night at a 12,000-seat sports and entertainment complex in Las Vegas. The event will air live at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC and Telemundo.

Hosted by NBC correspondent Natalie Morales and rocker Bret Michaels, the event will showcase 83 contestants from six continents in evening gowns, swim suits, and quick-thinking interviews before a star-studded panel of judges at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez, who earned Venezuela's title two consecutive years, will crown her successor at the pageant.

Venus Raj, a 22-year-old representing the Philippines, has received the highest rating at 3.55 out of 5 on the official website from web users. She is followed by Bolivia’s Claudia Arce Lemaitre at 3.08 and Venezuela’s Marelisa Gibson at 2.98. Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih is vying for the crown for the United States.

The competition first started in 1952 as a local “bathing beauty” competition in Long Beach, California held by Catalina Swimwear, according to the pageant’s website.

Tickets are still available for the award ceremony, ranging from $95.60 to $373.

Helena Zhu