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
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
To purchase tickets for the telecast visit: www.ticketmaster.com.mx
SOURCE The Miss Universe Organization