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2012 Miss Universe Pageant relocates to Las Vegas from Dominican Republic

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The top five contestants of the Miss Universe Pageant: Miss Philippines 2010 Venus Raj, Miss Ukraine 2010 Anna Poslavska, Miss Jamaica 2010 Yendi Phillipps, Miss Australia 2010 Jesinta Campbell and Miss Mexico 2010 Jimena Navarrete at Mandalay Bay on Aug. 23, 2010.

The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant

John Legend performs at the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant at Mandalay Bay on Aug. 23, 2010. Launch slideshow »

The 2012 Miss Universe Pageant on Dec. 11 was moved today from the proposed location of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Las Vegas, but no news yet as to where it will be headquartered, although Planet Hollywood has played host to recent Miss America and Miss USA Pageants, while the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant was at Mandalay Bay.

The move, which I first tweeted about around 5:30 p.m., might mean that our hometown events executives are footing a $6 million site fee to help defray costs of contestants, staff, hotels, transportation, meals and more for the extraordinary logistics involved in the two-hour NBC telecast to more than 100 countries.

The telecast date of Donald Trump’s pageant clashes with the final big event of the our year, the PRCA National Bullriding Finals from Dec. 6-15. Officials say that although the Dominican Republic wanted to boost tourism with the pageant, it couldn’t come up with the $6 million because of its current economic crisis.

The Miss Universe Pageant was here in 2010 when Mexican beauty Jimena “Ximena” Navarrete won the title. Real estate mogul Donald also has held his Miss USA Pageant here at Planet Hollywood for the past few years, with Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo the reigning Miss USA.

More details about the location and a timetable of events for the Miss Universe Pageant are expected Thursday.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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