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For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched the Miss Universe pageant every year. That is until Donald Trump opened his big mouth. I missed the last one due to that fool.

After airing on NBC for a dozen years, the network dissolved their partnership after Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants. The 2015 competition ended up airing on Reelz. It appears, the Miss Universe Organization has found a new home.

The Miss Universe telecast is one of the most-watched events in the world, with distribution in approximately 190 countries and territories. Naturally, it’s a sought-after commodity. FOX has stepped up and snagged the rights to air both Miss Universe and Miss USA.

“The Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants are iconic television events loved by generations of viewers around the world,” Fox president David Madden said in a statement. “We are very excited to partner with IMG and The Miss Universe Organization to infuse a fresh new energy into these perennial broadcast favorites.”

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Because of Donald Trump’s huge mouth, I missed this year’s Miss USA pageant. NBC which normally airs the annual event cut ties with The Donald after making racist remarks about Mexicans. Wise move on their part, but bummed I missed one of my favorite yearly guilty pleasures.

Thanks to Zap2It, I got to witness two contestants royally flub their answers during the always entertaining question round. Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan and Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia didn’t fail of epic proportions like Miss South Carolina Teen USA Caitlin Upton with her infamous ‘maps’ answer, but still very cringeworthy.

Check out their flubs below. Just in case you were wondering Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan walked away with the crown. What’s interesting about the Top 5 was three were of Latin descent. Definitely ironic given Trump’s recent remarks. Of course though, the leggy blonde won the tiara. LOL.

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Just days after Univision cut ties with Donald Trump, NBC is following suit. The peacock network announced it’s officially ending its relationship with the 69-year-old business tycoon. That means Celebrity Apprentice and both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will no longer air on the channel.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC . In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

Trump found himself in hot water after making comments he made about Mexican immigrants while declaring his candidacy for President of the United States. He pretty much called them rapists, drug dealers and other unsavory characters.

read his offending comments after the jump

Hell hath no fury like Donald Trump scorned. Former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin accused the 2012 Miss USA pageant was rigged. She claimed a fellow contestant allegedly saw a list containing the top five winners before they were officially announced. She resigned from her post and blasted the contest as “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy.”

Not surprisingly, The Donald filed a lawsuit against Monnin claiming defamation. Back in December, an arbitrator ruled in Trump’s favor and ordered the beauty queen to pay the Miss Universe organization $5 million. A figure reportedly lost from potential sponsors due to the allegations.

Monnin filed an appeal but just this week, a US District judge upheld the decision and ordered her to pay an additional $50,000 to cover the organization’s legal fees. OUCH. Not able to pay the debt, the former Miss Pennsylvania is accepting donations on her Facebook page.

Do you think Sheena should pay this much for her allegations? Since he’s rich enough, should Trump forgo receiving the judgement? Should the victory be enough for Donald? Sound off below.

This is going to sound extremely sad but I’m not ashamed. The ONLY thing I regret about spending a party-filled weekend in Portland was the fact I missed the Miss USA pageant. LOL, right? I’m not sure why, but I’m obsessed with the annual competition along with Miss Universe. The other pageants I don’t even bother with. Making me upset even more was the fact I missed watching an epic flub during the question portion of the night. I LIVE for a girl to ramble incessantly about a topic she’s clearly struggling with.

That’s exactly what happened to Miss Utah when she was asked by NeNe Leakes about the wage discrepancy between men and women despite doing the same job. Marissa Powell tried to answer the question by talking about a topic she was much more familiar with, but instead gave the world the now infamous “create education better.” While watching Powell calmly panic is entertaining enough, Miss Teen South Carolina 2007’s “maps” gibberish is still my all-time favorite.

Check out Powell’s second attempt at the “confusing” question below. She popped up on The Today Show with Miss USA winner Erin Brady for a quick interview. To Miss Utah’s credit, she answered it much better the second time round, but she’s also had two days to practice and receive some coaching. I’ve also embedded her disastrous first attempt along with Miss 2007 Teen South Carolina’s classic flub below.

check out her second attempt at the question after the jump

Miss Universe 2012: Did Your Favorite Win?

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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.

check out the Top 5 after the jump

Last night, the 2011 Miss USA Pageant took place in Las Vegas, hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen and E! News’ Giuliana Rancic. After an evening of beauty and hard-hitting questions (teehee), it was down to two women. Miss Tennessee (Ashley Elizabeth Durham) and Miss California (Alyssa Campanella). The two ladies divulged that they’re actually best friends, so the host noted that should the winner not be able to fulfill her duties as Miss USA, her best friend will.

After listening to the finalists answering the questions from the judges, I definitely agreed with the decision to have it down to these two as their answers were stronger. In the end, it was the gorgeous Miss California, better known as Alyssa Campanella that took the crown. Congratulations, Alyssa! The best part is always watching their reaction (or overreaction) to their win and she was no disappointment. Shaking and in tears, the 21 year old Miss USA took her first walk down the runway while her emotional, proud parents watched. Watch the crowning moment below.

Watch the crowning moment after the jump…

BEST.PAGEANT NEWS.EVER!!! My woof daddy Man Crush Andy Cohen has been tapped to co-host this year’s Miss USA pageant. I’m an out-and-proud beauty pageant junkie, so this bit of news excites me beyond belief. He’s a much better co-host than last year’s Curtis Stone which BTW, I never understood the fascination with.

Bravo exec Cohen who hosts all “The Real Housewives” reunions and “Watch What Happens Live!” has exhibited he can handle middle-aged crazy women vying for screen time. Hosting a show with 50 beautiful women on their best behavior should be a breeze. If you’ve ever seen him interact with the respective Housewives, he plays “guuuurlfriend” quite well. I wonder if he’ll showcase some of his awesome queeny ways on the show. I hope so.

find out his co-host and how you can pick a semifinalist after the jump

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