GAVIN DEGRAW JOINS MUSICAL LINEUP FOR "THE 63RD ANNUAL MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT"
Emilio Estefan, Nina Garcia and Deshawn Jackson Round Out Judging Panel for the Live Telecast Sunday, Jan. 25 on NBC (8-11 p.m. ET)
NEW YORK- Jan. 22, 2015 - NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today the full lineup of performers and judges for "The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant," airing Sunday, Jan. 25 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The Miss Universe contestants have been hosted in Doral-Miami, Fla., and the pageant will air live from the Florida International University Arena. The pageant will also simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo.
Multi-platinum selling and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw will perform his hit songs "Fire" and "Finest Hour" from his new album "Finest Hour: Best of Gavin DeGraw" during the pageant's final look. He joins previously announced performers Nick Jonas and Prince Royce.
The final group of judges to join the Miss Universe panel includes:
· Emilio Estefan, 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician and producer
· Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire Magazine, "Project Runway" judge and fashion industry expert
· DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins wide receiver and return specialist
The panel also includes:
· Manny Pacquiao, "Fighter of the Decade," eight-division world champion and Filipino congressman
· Kristin Cavallari, TV host and shoe designer
· William Levy, TV and film actor and People En Espanol's 2012 "Sexiest Man Alive"
· Lisa Vanderpump, star of "Vanderpump Rules" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
· Louise Roe, fashion journalist, author, host of "Plain Jane" on MTV International and the upcoming TLC fashion series "Style by Jury"
"TODAY's" Natalie Morales and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts will host this year's pageant while Jeannie Mai takes viewers backstage and behind-the-scenes. IMG will be the executive producers of this year's show.
This year fans will be able to ask the Top 5 contestants a final question. Fans can submit their question in the comments section of the official post that will be pinned to the top of the Miss Universe Facebook page. Question submissions will end the act before the final question in the live telecast. Questions will only count if they are posted on that specific post.
"The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant" will feature 88 contestants from across the globe. They will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. The Miss Universe beauty pageant is distributed to approximately 190 countries and territories.
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ABOUT MISS UNIVERSE
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture which uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be "Confidently Beautiful." The MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R), and MISS TEEN USA(R) beauty pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss Universe's official cause to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS education and prevention around the world, please visit: www.missuniverse.com.
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