The government of the Dominican Republic has declined Miss Universe’s proposal to host the pageant in the Caribbean country this year, according to sources terra.com and eldeber.com.bo. Allegedly, MUO had asked for USD 16 million, which the Dominican government saw as an absurd amount of money.
A few days ago, Magaly Febles, the Dominican national director for Miss Universe, told the press that the Dominican Republic would host the Miss Universe pageant in December. Now such information has been denied.
Miss Universe has been struggling to find a venue for this year’s pageant. For the first time in history, the pageant had to be moved to December. There were also talks about South Africa hosting Miss Universe this year, but negotiations failed.
Days ago, Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero had published a similar article in which it stated the pageant could go back to The Bahamas. It also might end up in Vegas again!
The Miss Universe Organization has not commented on this matter.
photo: Magaly Febles during press conference