Miss Universe Pageant 2015: Perez Hilton and Niecy Nash Added to Panel of Judges

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The Miss Universe 2015 Pageant is set to air on December 20, with Steve Harvey as its host. Perez Hilton and Niecy Nash just signed on to the panel of judges, along with Olivia Culpo and Emmitt Smith. The three-hour show will also feature live commentary from Roselyn Sanchez.

Airing live on Fox from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, this year's Miss Universe Pageant will feature performances from Seal, Charlie Puth, and The Band Perry.

Perez Hilton is beyond excited to be part of this year's Miss Universe Pageant.

This will be the first Miss Universe Pageant since WME-IMG acquired the The Miss Universe Organization from Donald Trump in September, following his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.

A new facet to this year's Miss Universe Pageant is viewer participation. Those watching the pageant on TV will have a say in who gets crowned. The Hollywood Reporter says, "Viewers are encouraged to score each contestant on a scale of one to 10 in the swimsuit, evening gown, and interview categories by voting on their computer or phone during the telecast.

Will you be checking out this year's Miss Universe Pageant contestants--along with judges Perez Hilton, Niecy Nash, Olivia Culpo, and Emmitt Smith on Sunday, December 20?

Might you take part in voting for your favorite contestant?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.