I don’t know what the world Donald Trump was thinking when he decided to hold the Miss Universe pageant one week before Christmas. The whole holiday theme and set just felt a bit odd. For me, the pageant belongs in the spring or summer. Trump’s people seriously need to knock some sense into him. I swear he’s getting a bit more senile in his old age. In his defense, he probably thought airing it at this time might benefit the show’s ratings. Last year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show scored boffo ratings. They’re practically the same show but with more clothing ;)

The Christmas trees and snowflakes were the least of his worries, the beauty pageant was probably the worst produced Miss Universe I can recall. From the audio glitches in the beginning and the awful pre-recorded segments, it was one big snooze fest. Thankfully, I taped it and watched the entire 2 hour pageant in just 30 minutes.

Once again Andy Cohen (my silver fox crush) and Giuliana Rancic hosted the event, with Jeannie Mai serving as fashion correspondent. A few of the notable celebrity judges included Nigel Barker (glad to see he’s been busy since ANTM), Lisa Vanderpump (my fave RHOBH), Scott Disick, Brad Goreski, Diego Boneta and Kerri Walsh Jennings to name a few. On deck to perform were Train and Nigerian-born Aussie singer Timomatic.

Overall, this year’s Top 5 were a decent bunch. That said, I was a little bummed, my early favorite, Miss South Africa, only made the Top 10. Speaking of Africa, this was the first time since 2002 that no black candidates made the semifinals. They didn’t even win one of the special awards. Best National Costume went to Miss China and Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic went to Miss Guatemala and Miss Kosovo respectively. Check out this year’s Top 5 below.

Miss Universe 2012 Top 5

4th Runner-Up (Brazil – Gabriela Markus)

This photo doesn’t do her dress justice. This was gorgeous and really flattered her. The detailing gave the illusion of a really small waist. Her answer to the final question kinda blew, so her placing is well-deserved.

3rd Runner-Up (Australia – Renae Ayris)

If I could’ve swapped Miss Australia for another blond, I would’ve placed Miss South Africa in her place. Not to be picky, but I didn’t think she was all that pretty. Pretty slamming body though, which is why she probably kept advancing, especially after the swimsuit round.

2nd Runner-Up (Venezuela – Irene Esser)

If you ever want to enter a Miss Universe pool, always bet on Miss Venezuela to make the Top 10 if not higher. They really take their pageants seriously down there. Personally, I thought this dress was heinous. Her black number during the preliminaries was far more gorgeous.

Runner-Up (Philippines – Janine Tugonon)

For the third consecutive year, the Miss Philippines rep made the Top 5. Sadly, once again my homeland failed to snatch the crown. I thought this year might be it when Janine answered her question eloquently and brilliantly, especially since it was a difficult question. It had something to do with if Miss Universe should know how to speak English. She handled it perfectly. Plus, I love the whole arm limp thing she kept doing.

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo

Her Miss USA win was marred with a bit controversy due to some those in the organization saying it was fixed. I wonder if the same will follow her win here. At 5’5″ Culpo is one of the shortest Miss Universes in the history of the pageant. The second she walked out with that Miss Universe bun hairstyle, I knew she was the one to beat. I have to give her credit for working out that gown. Flipping it at every chance, really was dramatic in a good way. It was very Gone With The Wind but with a lot of cleavage showing.

Did you watch Miss Universe? Did the right woman win? Do you think the mostly-American judging panel factored in a Miss USA win? Sound off below.