Vanessa Minnillo and Mario Lopez to Host Miss Universe(R) 2007, Live From the National Auditorium in Mexico City on NBC, Monday, May 28, 9-11 PM ET

NBC's "Heroes" James Kyson Lee, Rocker Dave Navarro, Dallas Cowboys

Quarterback Tony Romo, and World and Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Michelle Kwan, Among the Celebrity Judges

May 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Miss Universe Organization

    NEW YORK, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanessa Minnillo, "Entertainment
 Tonight" correspondent and former Miss Teen USA (1999), will join "Dancing
 With the Stars" semi-finalist and "Extra" weekend correspondent Mario
 Lopez, to co-host NBC'S broadcast of MISS UNIVERSE(R) 2007 live from the
 National Auditorium (Auditorio Nacional) in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday,
 May 28 at 9:00p.m. ET/delayed PT.
     Celebrity judges include NBC's "Heroes" James Kyson Lee, NBC's "Deal or
 No Deal" briefcase model Lindsay Clubine, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony
 Romo, rocker Dave Navarro, World and Olympic figure skating champion
 Michelle Kwan, celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, fashion designer Marc
 Bouwer, "Project Runway" judge and Elle magazine fashion director Nina
 Garcia, and former Miss Universe (1993) Dayanara Torres.
     Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006, will crown her successor at the
 conclusion of the telecast. Each contestant from over 75 countries around
 the world will be judged in three categories, swimsuit, evening gown and
 personality interview.
     Puerto Rico native, Zuleyka Rivera, has traveled the world this year as
 an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research, and legislation. At the
 beginning of her reign, Zuleyka was appointed International Ambassador for
 the Latino Commission on AIDS and took a public HIV/AIDS test at Alianza
 Dominicana in Washington Heights, NY. She participated in an AIDS Awareness
 Tour and traveled the world to countries like Mumbai and India showing her
 support. On World AIDS Day, Ms. Rivera commemorated the day with the
 Honorable Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York and in
 February, at the request of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
 she addressed the audience at the "Messages of Peace" concert on the
 HIV/AIDS pandemic at the United Nations.
     "I have learned more in the past year then I could have ever imagined,"
 said Zuleyka Rivera. "I have met many people from all around the world and
 I hope I helped them to make a difference in their fight against HIV/AIDS.
 As I crown my successor, I am confident that she will continue the mission
 of the Miss Universe Organization and work to eradicate this pandemic."
     The Gurin Company returns for the fifth year to produce the pageant
 with veteran television writer and executive producer Phil Gurin. Gurin
 will also serve as executive producer and is the co-creator of the upcoming
 NBC primetime game show, "The Singing Bee."
     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
 Universal partnership. Utilizing its global grass roots infrastructure, the
 Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by
 focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. By forging
 relationships with organizations committed to research and education such
 as: the Latino Commission on AIDS, Global Health Council and God's Love We
 Deliver, Miss Universe is armed to impact women today. For more information
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SOURCE The Miss Universe Organization