Miss Universe could be crowned in Israel as early as this December, according to an Israeli daily publication.
Representatives of the Miss Universe Organization have met with Israeli producers in New York and have secretly visited the Jewish state, Israel Hayom reported on Aug. 10. The interest comes on the heels of the success of Eurovision in Tel Aviv this year.
Hosting Miss Universe would be more complicated than Eurovision — all 41 of the participating Eurovision countries had diplomatic relations with Israel. More than 100 countries participate in Miss Universe, including several mostly Arab countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Their participation in a pageant in Israel would require special visas and security approvals.
In addition, approval of such an event would have to wait until after national elections in September when government ministries can be involved in the planning process and a budget can be approved.
Nearly 600 million people watched the last Miss Universe pageant. By comparison, Eurovision in Tel Aviv had about 200 million viewers.
Marcy Oster writes for the JTA international news agency and wire service.