The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) recently announced that it is eyeing an all-female panel of judges composed of former Miss Universe titleholders for the Miss Universe pageant to be held in the Philippines. It will be the 65th installment of the pageant, with the coronation night set on January 30, 2017.
The idea about having an all-female panel of judges was disclosed by MUO president Paula Shugart in an interview on the sidelines of the Miss Universe kickoff event at Conrad Hotel Manila last Friday, December 9.
"Because it's an anniversary show we're looking at all [former titleholders] or an all-woman panel. I definitely want a lot of titleholders incorporated in the show," Shugart was quoted as saying by the Philippine News Agency.
Meanwhile, reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach expressed excitement that the pageant will be held in the Philippines after over 20 years. The Philippines already hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice: in 1974 and 1994.
Wurtzbach revealed that even after she passes the Miss Universe crown to her successor, she will still have commitments with the organization.
"I'll be working closely with Miss Universe after my reign. I'm going back to New York. A lot of my commitments go past my reign," Wurtzbach said.