Published: Tuesday 21 November, 2017

WATCH Miss Universe 2017 Preliminary Competition (FULL REPLAY)

It’s finally here! The Miss Universe 2017 preliminary competition held in Las Vegas a few hours ago. As you all know, the preliminary competitions is an all-important part of the Miss Universe competition because this will determine the Top 20 or Top 15 semifinalists which will be announced during the pageant finals on November 26 (November 27 in Manila).

Rachel Peters during the Miss Universe 2017 preliminary competition

Miss Philippines Rachel Peters during the Miss Universe 2017 preliminary competition. (Instagram/theqrownph)

The Miss Universe 2017 preliminary competition will have three parts: the introduction of the candidates, the swimsuit competition and the evening gown competition. Scores from these sections will be combined with scores from the one-on-one interview with the preliminary judges held earlier this week.

Who do you think will advance to the next phase of the competition? Based on predictions from a number of websites online, it seems Miss South Africa is the top favorite at present. Candidates from Russia, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela are also up there. For the Asian beauties, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia are not to be left out?

How will these Miss Universe 2017 contestants fare in the preliminary competition? Watch the videos below to find out.

Just one question before we proceed: Why has the preliminary competition been scaled down? It used to be held at the big stage in years past. What happened? Budget constraints?