Steve Harvey returns as the host of the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant and it all goes down tonight from 7 – 10 p.m. ET in USA time. However, with 92 contestants from around the world competing, viewers from across the globe will be tuning in. Last year, the official Miss Universe website provided a list of what networks and TV channels the event will air on in different countries. But, this year, the list should still hold true since the pageant will be featured on the FOX network in the United States. The rundown for other countries is this:
Angola – Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao, S.A.
Australia – Seven Network
Cape Verde – Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao, S.A.
Colombia – RCN
Dominican Republic – TELEMICRO
Guineau Bissau – Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao, S.A.
Japan – FOX
Mozambique – Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao, S.A.
Nicaragua – INTRASA
Panama – MEDCOM
Portugal – Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao, S.A.
Principe – Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao, S.A.
Sao Tome – Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao, S.A.
Model Ashley Graham will serve as this year’s backstage correspondent again and performers at the event include Fergie and Rachel Platten. For a glimpse into what you can expect to see with the contestants this year, check out the National Costume Show the contestants participated in via the below video.
When Steve Harvey hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 2015, he had a major slip-up when he announced the wrong name as the winner. It was about a minute before the mistake was correct. As a result, Miss Colombia was crowned and walked to the edge of the stage in tears as she took in what she thought was her big win. Unfortunately, it was not her victory. About a minute after the incorrect announcement was made, Harvey came back to the front of the stage to reveal his error. Miss Philippines was the actual winner, which made for one of the most cringe-worthy moments in live television history. Miss Colombia’s crown was then removed and placed on the head of Miss Philippines. Harvey immediately took to Twitter to acknowledge his mistake, taking responsibility for the mishap. the Miss Universe Organization also posted an apology, which was put on Instagram and Facebook as well as Twitter.
The apology read, “The excitement of Live TV was evident tonight on the Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live votes tabulated. Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia, Miss Universe Philippines, their families and fans. We congratulate Miss Philippines as Miss Universe 2015.” After the incident, backstage, both Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines were asked to make comments about the mistake Steve Harvey had made. Both women fought through their tears as they gave their opinions. Runner-up Miss Colombia said that “everything happens for a reason” and that she wanted to thank all her fans who voted for her. Actual winner, Miss Philippines, joked with Miss USA that the crowning was very unconventional and very “2015.”