NBC Sets International Judging Panel for 'Miss Universe 2005' Broadcasting Live From Bangkok, Thailand (May 30, 9-11pm ET)

All Star Panel Includes Carson Kressley (Bravo's 'Queer Eye for the Straight

Guy'), Kevin Bright (Executive Producer of NBC's 'Friends' and 'Joey') and

World Renowned Chef Jean Georges Vongrichten

May 17, 2005, 01:00 ET from Miss Universe Organization

    NEW YORK, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Bangkok, Thailand is gearing up to play
 host to contestants from more than 80 countries around the globe for the 54th
 annual MISS UNIVERSE(R) competition. The show will be broadcast live on NBC
 and Telemundo from the Impact Arena and Convention Center on May 30th, 2005
 from 9-11pm ET and around the world to a potential audience of close to a
 billion viewers.  "Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell co-host.
     Miss Universe 2005 will be chosen by an international judging panel which
 includes: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's, Carson Kressley; Executive
 Producer of NBC hit shows including "Friends" and "Joey", Kevin Bright; "Days
 of Our Lives" Star, Bryan Dattilo; Vice President, Global Cosmetics and
 Marketing, Procter & Gamble, Anne Martin; Hair Stylist to the stars, Louis
 Licari; World-Renowned Chef and former Bangkok resident, Jean Georges
 Vongerichten; Danish Model Heidi Albertsen, Supermodel Cassie Lewis; Telemundo
 Latin Superstar, Mario Cimarro; Model and Former Miss Ukraine Universe,
 Alexandra Nikolayenko; Executive Vice President, Director, Boon Rawd Brewery
 Co., Ltd, Chutinant "Nidnoi" Bhirombhakdi and Miss Universe 1988 from
 Thailand, Porntip "Bui" Nakhirunkanok Simon. Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell
 and Billy Bush, who recently co-hosted the Miss USA 2005 competition in
 Baltimore, Maryland will team up again to emcee the worldwide event.
     "Thailand is world-class tourist destination which is ready to play host
 to the Miss Universe pageant and the thousands of international travelers from
 over 80 different nations who will converge on the country over the next three
 weeks," said Paula Shugart, Miss Universe Organization President.  "We are
 excited to show our contestants, judging panel, fans and the television
 viewers this incredible country and all it has to offer."
     Chelsea Cooley, Miss USA 2005, will represent the United States as she
 competes with women from all corners of the globe for the coveted title of
 Miss Universe 2005. Chelsea, a North Carolina native, is a student at the Art
 Institute of Charlotte, where she is majoring in fashion marketing.  After
 fulfilling her pageant duties as Miss USA, she will return to complete her
 degree and continue pursuing her dream of working with a major clothing
 designer.  Australian native Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004, will
 participate in the evening's show and crown her successor.
     The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS
 USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) competitions, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC
 partnership. Utilizing its global grass roots infrastructure, the Miss
 Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS Awareness and
 women's health and reproductive issues by forging relationships with
 organizations committed to research and education, such as the Global Health
 Council, Gods Love We Deliver and the United Nations Population Fund's
 Face-to-Face Campaign.

SOURCE Miss Universe Organization