First contested in 1952, the Miss Universe pageant crowned Finland’s Armi Kuusela as its inaugural winner.
The 69th edition of the Miss Universe competition will take place in late 2020, with Zozibini Tunzi crowning the new winner. The 2020 edition will see the debuts of Uganda and the return of Ghana, who hasn't competed since 2018.
Miss Universe 2020 Winners Odds & Picks
Miss Universe 2020 was due to be held in the Phillippines with the date of the pageant taking place on May 3, 2020, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. However, due to the novel COVID-19 virus, the event has been postponed for the time being. The winners' odds are still available and are subject to change. The odds were last updated on September 18, 2020:
Last year's competition went to Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, with the 5ft 8" 26-year old shining out above all the other contests. As we look at the 2020 competition, there is so much talent to choose from among a competitive pool of participants.
With the competition less than a month away, everyone is wondering who's going to be crowned this year. The oddsmakers fancy Miss Thailand to come out on top at odds of 2.25, the contest from Thailand is the clear favourite. Thailand hasn't won the competition for long many years now. We'd have to all the way back to 1988, or even further to 1965 when Thailand was last crowned champions.
The Miss Universe pageant attracts contestants from nations across the globe, with past winners from almost every country you can think of the competition is always fierce.
The oddsmakers have Miss Colombia coming in at second-favourite to be crowned champion. Colombia has seen recent success in the competition, winning back in 2016 and way back in 1958. But with judges tending to favour nationals associated with the U.S., Colombia could be in with a good opportunity.
2019 Miss Universe Results
The most recent, the 2019 Miss Universe, was won by the South African candidate Zozibini Tunzi. Her victory marked South Africa's third win in the competition, having recently won it in 2017.
Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine. I am #MissUniverse2019. pic.twitter.com/gMkjmVCabo
Carole Morris, the second Miss USA to be crowned Miss Universe when she won in 1956, is also the lone Miss Iowa to have won the Miss USA contest.
Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, owned the pageant from 1996-2015 when he sold it to WWE/IMG.
Trump was in the middle of one of the pageant’s major controversies in 2002. He fired Russia’s Oxana Fedorova for not fulfilling her duties as Miss Universe and replaced her with runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama.
Past winners who’ve gone on to make a name for themselves include 2004 Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins, who hosts Australia’s Next Top Model. Miss Universe 1980 Shawn Weatherly went into acting and appeared in the Police Academy movies and on the original Baywatch series. Laura Dutta, Miss Universe 2000, became a Bollywood star in her native India.
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Unlike many events available for wagering purposes, competitions like Miss Universe don’t tend to be placed on the front burner when it comes to the latest news and trends within the proceedings.
Successful wagering on Miss Universe or any among this type of pageant competition is going to require a bit more effort and digging for information on the part of the bettor to seek out the Miss Universe betting odds.
But the reward will be that you’ll be more informed of the goings on within the competition, and that can provide the betting edge leading to a winning wager.
Seek Out Pageant Insight
On the surface, wagering on Miss Universe might seem to be a crapshoot to the novice bettor.
Most years, there are more than 80 competitors in the event. All of them are first-time entrants, so unlike sporting events, there’s no real track record to take into account when assessing potential winners.
However, there are insights that can be gleaned to enable a bettor to narrow down the field.
For instance, while the majority of contestants will have won their way into the competition, some nations choose their representative from casting calls, or simply appoint a winner. The chances of these competitors beating out pageant-hardened veterans is unlikely.
Pageant Planet (@pageantplanet on Twitter) is an established site that tracks the pageant industry and stays on top of the news and trends within the industry. It’s a great place to learn the background of Miss Universe competitors and how they earned their way into the event. On YouTube.com, the aptly-named Miss Universe Predictions, delivers exactly what its title promises. There are breakdowns on each year’s competition and regularly-updated coverage of the contenders and odds, with predictions on the outcome.
Study Miss Universe Odds
As the event draws nearer, the leading online sportsbooks will begin to list future book odds on who will be crowned the next Miss Universe.
Pay attention to these Miss Universe top picks. While pageants may not seem like a big deal to some, sportsbooks put just as much emphasis on setting the entertainment odds as they would for any betting market.
As with any betting line, oddsmakers do not enter into their prognostications lightly. Much research will be put into the potential outcome. Generally, they’ve got a pretty fair handle on the contenders, and the winner will come from among the top favorites.
Miss Universe In Entertainment Media
As the No. 1 pageant on the planet, Miss Universe draws blanket coverage from the leading entertainment magazines, websites and television shows.
Publications like People Magazine, web pages such as Radar Online and television shows including Entertainment Tonight and E! Entertainment are all reliable sources for Miss Universe news. And don’t forget the pageant’s official web page, MissUniverse.com.
And The Winner Is . . .
Perhaps the most infamous moment in Miss Universe betting historyvictimized bettors who’d backed Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez to win the 2015 pageant at odds of 7.50. Host Steve Harvey originally announced to a worldwide TV audience that Gutierrez was the winner.
In fact, she was the first runner-up. Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines, the co-favourite at 6.50, was the winner. Harvey was forced to quickly backtrack and correct his announcement.
Miss Universe Top Picks
Historically, there’s been a significant leaning toward Eastern Hemisphere countries when selecting Miss Universe winners.
Over the first seven decades of Miss Universe competition, eight different countries from North, Central and South America produced multiple Miss Universe pageant winners.
The United States
The United Statesrepresentative is always a contender. Two of the first five and three of the first nine Miss Universe winners were Americans. It’s a rare occurrence when the USA entrant isn’t through to the semifinals and usually, are one of the last six left standing on stage when the winner is announced.
Venezuela is another strong performer. The Venezuelans were the first country to produce back-to-back Miss Universe winners when Danaya Mendoza was crowned in 2008 and Stefania Fernandez in 2009.
Puerto Rico is a nation that always seem to deliver a competitor who will rank among the challengers in the Miss Universe betting odds.
In recent years, Colombia has emerged as a Miss Universe powerhouse. The Colombian entrant can never be counted out when it comes time to consider where to place a Miss Universe wager.
Canada has also produced multiple Miss Universe winners. In 1982, Karen Baldwin became the first Canadian to wear the Miss Universe crown.
Sweden is the most prominent of the European nations in the annals of Miss Universe competition.
South Africa has contributed multiple Miss Universe champions.
The country to watch from the Western Hemisphere is the Philippines. The women of this nation are always highly considered among the Miss Universe top picks, for a valid reason. They deliver the goods. The odds are pretty solid that you’ll find the contender from the Philippines still standing on stage as the winner is about to be presented the crown.
Watch Dayanara Torres and the 1993 Miss Universe contestants during the evening gown portion of the competition! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/NlJxUcq1F6