Miss USA Olivia Culpo crowned Miss Universe 2012

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo has been crowned Miss Universe 2012.

Culpo was crowned in front of a worldwide audience of approximately 1 billion viewers, live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The 61st Annual "MISS UNIVERSE Competition" was broadcast live on NBC with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.  

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island as the middle child of five. The 20 year-old comes from a family of avid musicians. Culpo and her siblings each play different instruments and she is an accomplished cellist.

Her other interests include watching movies, visiting museums, attending concerts, and making people laugh.

The last time Miss USA won the title of Miss Universe was in 1997.

Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens: Live," and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of "E! News," hosted the "2012 MISS UNIVERSE Competition." Jeannie Mai of Style Network's "How Do I Look?" provided behind-the-scenes commentary throughout the LIVE telecast. Three-time Grammy-Award winning band, Train, and Australian Singing and Dancing Sensation, Timomatic performed.

Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from nearly 90 countries and territories around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and personality interview.

Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes of Angola, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast.

The First Runner-Up, Miss Universe Philippines, Janine Tugonon will assume the duties of Miss Universe 2012 if the titleholder for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities.

Miss Universe Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third.

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