The Miss Universe pageant usually has several big-name celebrities on hand to perform during the live competition and the 2019 pageant is no different. The Miss Universe organization announced Friday (Dec. 6) that Ally Brooke is headlining the pageant.
Brooke is best known for being one of the founding members of Fifth Harmony, an all-girl singing group created during the second season of the U.S. X Factor reality competition series. Brooke began establishing herself as a solo artist in 2017 when she was a featured artist on Lost Kings’ single “Look at Us Now.” In 2018, she was the lead artist on the singles “Perfect” featuring Topic and “Vamonos” featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam and Messiah.
In 2019, Brooke released “Low Key” featuring Tyga, which will be the first single off her upcoming as-of-yet untitled debut album. Other singles off that album include “Lips Don’t Lie,” “Higher” and “No Good.” She also recently finished in third place on the 28th season of Dancing With the Stars and is headed out on her Time to Shine tour beginning March 2020.
During the 2019 Miss Universe pageant, Brooke performed a medley of songs during the opening of the pageant, then later she performed a tribute to the late Mexican-American artist Selena during the evening gown competition. Selena was murdered in 1995 at the age of 23; Brooke performed a number of her hits, including her biggest hit “I Could Fall in Love.”
The 2019 Miss Universe pageant is being held in Atlanta this year, with the preliminary competitions (evening gown and swimwear) happening Friday evening. Over 90 countries are competing, with Bangladesh and Equitorial Guinea making their debuts in the Miss Universe pageant. This year also marks the return of Lithuania, Romania, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania; Lithuania has not competed since 2014, Sierra Leone has not competed since 2016, and the others have not competed since 2017.
Prior to the competition, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Zambia all withdrew from the competition for various reasons.
Steve Harvey is returning to host the pageant; the talk show host famously said the wrong name when he announced the winner in 2015, crowning Miss Colombia Adriana Gutierrez, who was actually the first runner-up, instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. Harvey eventually realized his mistake and had to apologize and fix the error live on television.
The debacle didn’t stop the Miss Universe organization from asking Harvey back, however. This year is his fifth consecutive year hosting. In 2019, he’ll be joined by Vanessa Lachey and Olivia Culpo to help with backstage interviews, plus Brooke and whatever other performers are announced. Past performers at the Miss Universe pageant include Ne-Yo, Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie, Rachel Platten, R&B group Boyz II Men, Flo Rida, Prince Royce, Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw, Charlie Puth, Tee Band Perry, Seal, Panic! at the Disco, and Steven Tyler.
The 2019 Miss Universe pageant airs live Sunday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on FOX.