CaribWorldNews, NASSAU, Bahamas, Thurs. Aug. 20, 2009: Tickets for Saturday night`s Miss Universe pageant in the Bahamas are going slowly, reports indicate.
Associated Press reports indicate ticket sales for the 2009 Miss Universe pageant have been slow, prompting a special promotion Wednesday.
Kerzner International President, George Markantonis, who also owns the Atlantic Hotel where the pageant is being held, said in a brief statement Wednesday that tickets were still available.
Prices for tickets range from $175 to $750 for the finals on Sunday night.
The Bahamas, like many Caribbean nations, has seen a dip in tourist arrivals amidst the global economic recession and it was hoped the pageant would have helped to boost sagging numbers. Contestants from more than 80 countries around the world will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2009.
In recent years, the pageant has been viewed by an estimated worldwide viewing audience of one billion viewers.
The celebrity judges this year are Dean Cain, actor and producer best known for his TV portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman; Colin Cowie, author/television personality/designer to the stars; Gerry DeVeaux, award winning producer, songwriter and style guru; Farouk, Founder and Chairman of CHI Hair Care; Heather Kerzner, philanthropist and ambassador for Kerzner International and their resorts, including Atlantis, Paradise Island; Richard LeFrak, Chairman, President and CEO, LeFrak Organization; George Maloof Jr., professional sports mogul and hotelier; Valeria Mazza, international supermodel; Matthew
Rolston, leading photographer and director; Andre Leon Talley, award-winning writer and editor; Tamara Tunie, actress, `Law & Order: Special Victims Unit`; and Keisha Whitaker,fashion maven and founder of the Kissable Couture lip gloss line.
`Access Hollywood` co-host Billy Bush along with `Celebrity Apprentice` star Claudia Jordan will host the live telecast of the 58th Annual Miss Universe Pageant from Paradise Island.
While international superstar Flo Rida will perform his hugely successful hits, `Right Round` and `Jump` as part of a two song medley during the Swimsuit Competition portion of the telecast. Included in the show will also be a performance by reality star Heidi Montag featuring her single `Body Language.` David Guetta and Kelly Rowland will set the tone for the Evening Gown portion of the pageant as they perform their hit single, `When Love Takes Over.`
Venezuelan native Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the 2009 Miss Universe telecast.