NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, President, Miss Universe Organization, today announced the celebrity judges for the 2009 Miss Universe® Pageant live on NBC and Telemundo on Sunday, August 23rd (9 PM ET).
The judges are: Dean Cain, actor and producer best known for his TV portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman; Colin Cowie, author/television personality/designer to the stars; Gerry DeVeaux, award-winning producer, songwriter and style guru; Farouk, Founder and Chairman of CHI Hair Care; Heather Kerzner, philanthropist and ambassador for Kerzner International and their resorts, including Atlantis, Paradise Island; Richard LeFrak, Chairman, President and CEO, LeFrak Organization; George Maloof Jr., professional sports mogul and hotelier; Valeria Mazza, international supermodel; Matthew Rolston, leading photographer and director; Andre Leon Talley, award-winning writer and editor; Tamara Tunie, actress, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”; and Keisha Whitaker,fashion maven and founder of the Kissable Couture lip gloss line.
“Access Hollywood” co-host Billy Bush along with “Celebrity Apprentice” star Claudia Jordan will host the live telecast of the 58th Annual Miss Universe Pageant from Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
As previously announced, international superstar Flo Rida will perform his hugely successful hits, “Right Round” and “Jump” as part of a two song medley during the Swimsuit Competition portion of the telecast. Included in the show will also be a performance by reality star Heidi Montag featuring her single “Body Language.” David Guetta and Kelly Rowland will set the tone for the Evening Gown portion of the pageant as they perform their hit single, “When Love Takes Over.”
Venezuelan native Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the 2009 Miss Universe telecast. During her reign, she has traveled the globe as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research and legislation. The newly crowned Miss Universe will go on to do the same.
Each contestant from more than 80 countries around the world will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2009. In recent years, the pageant has been viewed before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of approximately one billion viewers.
Donald J. Trump and Phil Gurin will again serve as Executive Producers for MISS UNIVERSE® 2009.
To purchase tickets for the telecast please visit: www.missuniverse.com or http://www.atlantis.com/promotions/missuniversetickets.aspx.