Trump Fixes Miss Universe, Picks 6 Finalists

Wants to make sure prettiest girls make cut
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2009 7:06 AM CDT
Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, left, reacts as Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, also of Venezuela, places the Miss Universe 2009 sash on her at the end of the Miss Universe beauty pageant in Nassau,...   (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump fixes part of the Miss Universe pageant to make sure the prettiest girls don't get cut too soon, the competition's choreographer tells Guanabee. "It’s just kind of common knowledge that he picks six of the top 15 single-handedly," says Michael Schwandt. Before the show, The Donald has all the girls lined up, in alphabetical order, looks them over, and has an assistant take notes.

"It’s a lot of work to get these girls that don’t speak English in alphabetical order," Schwandt  notes. "It’s kind of the last thing anybody wants to do but we have to do it." Why? "His reason for doing so, as he told me and he’s told the girls before, is that he left it all up to preliminary judging in the past and some of the most beautiful women, in his opinion, were not in the top 15 and he was kind of upset about that. And he decided that he would pick a certain number and let the judges pick a certain number."