Indo-Asian News Service
December 20, 2012 09:23 IST
Shilpa Singh lost in the finals
India's 12-year-long dry run at the Miss Universe continued with Shilpa Singh losing out in the finals of the 2012 beauty pageant here on Wednesday. Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned the new Miss Universe.
The 23-year-old Bihar-born girl entered the top 16 of the Miss Universe competition being held at Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip, but failed to enter the top 10 slot. The software engineer and dancer competed with more than than 80 beauty queens from around the globe for the Diamond Nexus Crown.
Olivia Culpo took the crown from Leila Lopes of Angola after strutting in a purple and blue bikini and a red velvet gown. In the final stages of the competition, she answered a question about her regrets by saying she wished she hadn't picked on her siblings.
Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero was placed third.
Andy Cohen of the Bravo network and Giuliana Rancic returned to host the pageant, which was back in Las Vegas after being held in Sao Paulo last year.
The panel of 10 judges included singer Cee Lo Green, "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
Contestants from 89 countries on six continents spent the past two weeks in Sin City, where they posed in hardhats at a hotel groundbreaking, took a painting lesson, and pranked hotel guests by hiding in their rooms.