Miss Universe 2021 venue is Eliat, Israel; Steve Harvey, Fox are back

Miss Universe 2021 will be held in Eilat, Israel in December 2021, the Miss Universe Organization announced on July 20, 2021. This will be the international beauty pageant’s 70th edition.

Eilat, the southernmost city of Israel, is a destination for tourists who enjoy freefall parachuting, birdwatching and camel tours. The city is home to the marine biology and research station Dolphin Reef, the ice skating rink and shopping mall Ice Mall, the Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve and the Timna Valley Park, which has the world’s oldest copper mines.

Israel has never hosted Miss Universe before. Currently, the country has 20 placements in the international beauty pageant.

Crowned on July 11, 1976 at the Lee Theatre in Hong Kong, Rina Messinger, 65, is the first and still the only Miss Universe from Israel. The most recent Miss Universe placement by an Israel candidate was in 2005 when Elena Ralph, 37, placed in the Top 10.


Steve Harvey, 64, will be back as the Miss Universe 2021 host. This will be the sixth time he is hosting the beauty pageant.

Fox is also back as the official broadcaster of the show. Hosted by Mario Lopez, 47, and Olivia Culpo, 29, Miss Universe 2020 was broadcast on FYI.

This marks the shortest reign of a Miss Universe titleholder. The 69th edition of the competition was delayed due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Zozibini Tunzi, 27, of South Africa reigned was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on December 8, 2019 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. She crowned her successor Andrea Meza, 26, of Mexico at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, USA on May 16, 2021.

As of July 21, 2021, there are 10 candidates confirmed to compete at Miss Universe 2021. Here is the list:

  1. Ina Dajci, 27, Albania
  2. Kedist Deltour, 23, Belgium
  3. Ora Antonia Ivaniševic, 20, Croatia
  4. Clemence Botino, 24, France
  5. Rafaela Plastira, 22, Greece
  6. Tuti Sejdiu, 19, Kosovo
  7. Deborah Hallal, 25, Mexico
  8. Chelsi Shikongo, 23, Namibia
  9. Luiseth Materan, 25, Venezuela
  10. Nguyễn Huỳnh Kim Duyên, 25, Vietnam

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