With simulcast on Zee Studio and Zee Trendz; the event goes live on Tuesday, 13thÂ Sept, at 6:30 am.
September 9, 2011:
Zee CafĂ© presents the glamorous 60th annual Miss Universe pageant, featuring some of the world's most talented and beautiful women.Â Miss Universe 2011 will be aired live exclusively in India on Zee CafĂ©. Miss Universe 2011, the 60th anniversary of theÂ Miss Universe pageant, will be held at theÂ Credicard Hall, in SĂŁo Paulo,Brazil on September 12, 2011. Ximena Navarrete of Mexico will crown her successor. Contestants fromÂ 89 countries and territories will be up for the title, surpassing the previous record of 86 contestants inÂ 2006.
Miss Universe will additionally be simulcast on Zee Studio and Zee Trendz. Zee CafĂ© has roped inÂ Aaj tak, Radio City, 160by2, Fun Cinemas and Whats on India as partners for promotion of the beauty pageant. In the first of its kind initiative, Zee CafĂ© has created a special on airÂ prequelÂ as a lead on to the main event,Â calledÂ Diaries of a Diva. The segment would start off with the Indian representative for Miss Universe last yearÂ Ushoshi, interviewingÂ Sushmita Sen and sharing her experiences .The segment would also cover a day in the life ofÂ Vasuki, Indiaâs representative for Miss Universe this year. It would focus on her daily grooming before the event.Interview with a panel of grooming experts and designers. Experts likeÂ Dr. Nirmal Shetty â Hair expert , Dr. Trasi â Skin expert , Dr. Gaba â Dental Expert , Pooja Makhija â Deitician and Nutrition expert, Nupur and Israar â Fitness Expert , Kryolan â Make-up Expert could be seen grooming Vasuki for the day. Designers likeÂ Rajat Tangiri , Neeta Lulla , Shantanu and Nikhil Â and Manjiri Jindal are all out with their master pieces to ensure Vasuki is at her bestâŠZee CafĂ© is also runningÂ on air contest. The website hosts a microsite for Miss Universe where people could send in their pictures. The lucky winner would get a chance to be groomed by the experts.
Speaking on the occasionÂ Anurag Bedi, Business Head- Zee Cafe, said, âItâs a proud moment for us to be associated with Miss Universe 2011. We are associated with many prestigious awards and Miss Universe is another feather on our hat. We have always ensured that we provide our viewers with content that our audience demands; Miss Universe 2011 is another step in that direction.â
The jury panel of Miss Universe 2011 comprises ofÂ HĂ©lio Castroneves, Connie Chung, Isabeli Fontana, Vivica A. Fox, Adrienne Maloof, Lea Salonga, and Amelia Vega. The show would be presented byÂ Natalie Morales, Andy Cohen, Jeannie Mai and Shandi Finnessey.
For the first time in the pageantâs history, candidates' supporters 16 years of age or older âmay vote online up to 10 times per e-mail address per day." Online voting began last August 19 and will end on September 11 atÂ www.nbc.com andÂ www.missuniverse.com. The winner of the online voting will gain an automatic spot into the semifinals of the pageant.
The contestants representing 89 countries around the world will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.