Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray to commentate for 71st Miss Universe in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, USA – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is set to be one of the backstage commentators for the 71st edition of the Miss Universe competition, to be held on January 14, 2023 at New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

In preparing for the commentating opportunity, Catriona has been reviewing past editions of the pageant and doing research so that she can give the role justice. However, she also wants to give herself space to be spontaneous since most of what she’ll be saying will be based on the actual performances during the night.

When asked about her thoughts on the competing queens, she shares that she thinks this is a really strong batch. However, she could only base her initial standouts on the preliminary performances as there doesn’t seem to be the usual “contestant profiles” online which would give a deeper glimpse into the character of every queen. “Aside from our own bet, the Philippines, I also see Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Venezuela performing well,” she enumerates.

Despite not having a lot of time for the usual outfit preparation, since her trip to Australia and the Holiday season coincided with the weeks leading up to the coronation night, she assures that her outfits are the right balance of sophistication and class.

When asked about what she’s looking forward to the most, she quips “seeing another journey unfold! It’s such a life changing evening (I should know!) And there’s always something magical about being part of that.”

As a winner herself, she shares her best piece of advice for the queens vying for the crown: “To enjoy every moment and be present.” “Because on the final night, you’ve already done all the preparation, so all you can do is enjoy yourself and savor every moment ‘cause it really goes by so fast,” she adds. 

Having gotten to engage in various speaking opportunities for the past years, Catriona shares that getting to challenge herself and becoming a part of someone’s journey are the things she enjoys the most in being a host. “I’ve always valued my skill as a communicator so I’m always happy when the opportunity to improve arrives.” 

As a beauty queen, Catriona Gray is best known as Miss Universe 2018 with the iconic lava walk. Outside of the world of pageants, she is also known as a passionate advocate and ambassador for various noble causes and a highly sought-after host, speaker, and endorser.

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