13, not 12, finalists to be named at Miss Universe coronation


Posted at Jan 29 2017 07:56 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2017 06:50 AM

Seen during the 65th Miss Universe Long Gown Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on 26 January 2017. Voltaire Domingo, NPPA / Courtesy of Solar, LCS, MUO

MANILA -- The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has decided a day before the coronation to name top 13 finalists instead of 12 as originally announced as 213 million votes were cast by fans worldwide, MUO chief Paula Shugart said.

The change in format came after the pageant opened voting channels via the Miss Universe app and Twitter to fans.

"The online votes will be as if there is a 7th judge sitting there," Shugart said.

The top 6 will each be asked a different question sourced from an online agency based in the US, while there will only be one question for the top 3, Shugart said.

American television icon Steve Harvey will return as the events host along with model Ashley Graham, while Flo Rida and Boyz II Men will serenade the candidates as they sashay down the stage.

The 65th Miss Universe coronation will he held at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30.