The 2013 Miss World pageant is just hours away, when 127 contestants will compete for the crown in one of the largest international shows.
Miss World will be held this year in Bali, Indonesia, but the pageant location came with a bit of controversy. It was initially supposed to be held in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, a populous Muslim nation. However, the organization decided to relocate the pageant to the resort destination of Bali after Islamic conservatives denounced the pageant.
The Jakarta Post reported that objections came from “both the government and Islamic conservatives” regarding the attire – bikinis and form-fitting evening gowns – worn during the pageant. Though the contestants in the pageant will wear sarongs this year over bikinis, organizers and the Indonesian government chose to relocate the pageant amid security and safety concerns in fear of threats or attacks.
Despite the controversy, Miss World will proceed on Saturday with nearly 130 countries participating with contestants in the pageant.
So if you couldn’t make it to Bali to see the show live, you can still join in to cheer on your favorite contestant from the comfort of your own home.
This year, Miss World will be broadcast on television in nearly 150 countries. In the United States, the pageant will air on TV on E! beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for the channel or consult the channel list on the Miss World website for viewing information in other countries.
The pageant can also be watched via live stream directly on the Miss World website. Follow this link to the Miss World 2013 Final live stream.