GRAMMY(R) AWARD-WINNING AND ICONIC R&B GROUP BOYZ II MEN TO PERFORM AT "MISS UNIVERSE(R)," AIRING LIVE SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, ON FOX
JUDGES LINEUP ANNOUNCED
PLUS, FANS TAKE A VIRTUAL SEAT ON THE "MISS UNIVERSE(R)" JUDGES PANEL; GLOBAL FAN VOTE NOW UNDERWAY
Four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men will perform at MISS UNIVERSE, airing LIVE from the Philippines Sunday, Jan. 29 (7:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The legendary musical act, known for their smooth harmonies, holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 64 million albums sold.
Additionally, the first round of judges, who will help crown the next Miss Universe and offer one lucky woman the chance to hold the title, include:
· Dayanara Torres: Former UNICEF ambassador; writer, singer, model, actress and former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico.
· Sushmita Sen: Bollywood actress, philanthropist and champion of women's rights in India; founder of I AM Foundation and first ever Miss Universe from India.
· Leila Lopes: First Miss Universe from Angola and former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Desertification currently working with various charitable organizations in Africa.
· Mickey Boardman: Editorial Director and advice columnist for PAPER magazine.
· Cynthia Bailey: Former model and founder of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, a modeling and fashion school dedicated to helping young women achieve their dreams; current cast member on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
· Francine LeFrak: Emmy(R) and Tony Award-winning producer, social entrepreneur, women's empowerment activist and founder of Same Sky, an initiative that provides training and employment to HIV+ women survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.
Plus, now through January 28, the voting window is open for fans to vote for their favorite contestant and help her earn a spot in the Top 12. Fans are able to vote up to 10 times per day per registered account via vote.missuniverse.com, the official MISS U APP, on Twitter by using #MissUniverse and the country specific hashtag found on the voting site, or by downloading the new mobile messaging app, Vodi. Fans will have the opportunity to continue voting during the telecast. For each round of the competition, viewers will have 10 votes to distribute amongst the semi-finalists, ultimately allowing them to help choose the winner of MISS UNIVERSE. For the first time ever, the semi-finalists will be grouped into a Top 12, 9, 6 and 3, allowing viewers to learn more about the contestant's accomplishments, interests and objectives as Miss Universe. Please visit MissUniverse.com for official rules and more information on voting periods.
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