Nassau, Bahamas – Organizers of the Miss Universe pageant are pleased with their partnership with The Bahamas. “Based on the comments that we’ve received, they are very pleased with the way that everything is going,” said Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Senator the Hon Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace. “In fact, the organizers said this has been the most organized event they have ever had and they are crediting it not only to the Ministry but also to the corporate partners involved in this venture.”

The Bahamas is hosting the 58th annual Miss Universe Competition featuring 84 of the world’s most beautiful women. It airs live from Atlantis, Paradise Island on August 23 on NBC and Telemundo. Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Competition, said having the competition here epitomizes the qualities that are unique to The Bahamas. “Paradise,” she said. “There is no better name for the beauty of The Bahamas and this island.

“The worldwide telecast will highlight the warmth, beauty and hospitality of the islands of The Bahamas as well as the world renowned Atlantis Resort.” Her organization, she said, has had “a wonderful working relationship” with the Bahamas and Atlantis for many years. “I’m very excited that this global event will take this partnership to a whole new level,” she said.

Added Minister Vanderpool-Wallace: “The people of The Bahamas are proud and excited at the opportunity to host some of the most beautiful people in the universe in some of the most beautiful islands in the universe. “This feels like the perfect match. We look forward to showcasing the hospitality of our people, the clarity of our waters, the vibrancy of our music, dance, food and spirit.” The reigning Miss Universe, Venezuelan, Dayana Mendoza, has traveled the world as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research and legislation. Contestants will be judged in three categories swimsuit, evening gown and the interview.

The competition will be hosted by Billy Bush, co-anchor of ‘Access Hollywood’ and Claudia Jordan of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and ‘Deal or no Deal.” International artists, Flo Rida will perform his hits ‘Right Round’ and ‘Jump’ during the swimsuit segment. There will also be a performances by reality star Heidi Montag featuring her single ‘Turn ya head’. David Guetta and Kelly Rowland will sing their hit single ‘When love takes over’ during the evening gown segment. Donald Trump and Phil Gurin will serve as Executive producers.