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Lea Salonga Chosen as Miss Universe 2011 Judge

Miss Universe Organization, spearheaded by its President Paula M. Shugart and NBC Universal head Donald J. Trump, announce this year's list of celebrities and experts who will decide on who should be crowned as Miss Universe 2011.

Amongst the 7 prestigious and well-respected names to sit in the judges panel is Philippines' award-winning international theater actress Lea Salonga.

Lea will be joined by Helio Castroneves, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500; Connie Chung, US broadcast legend; Isabeli Fontana, Brazilian supermodel; Vivica Fox, actress and television producer; Adrienne Maloof of Bravo's hit series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; and Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003.

Lea, who started her international career when she played Kim in the hit stage musical Miss Saigon in 1989, now becomes the 5th Pinoy to sit as judge in the 60 years history of the most celebrated beauty pageant there is.

Other well-respected Pinoy personalities to sit as Miss Universe judge were former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Carlos P. Romulo in 1974; International Filipino designer and Founder of The Natori Company Josie Cruz-Natori in 1989; Singer Kuh Ledesma in 1991; and Chinese-Filipino businessman Dr. Emilio T. Yap in 1994.

The 60th Miss Universe pageant will be hosted by Andy Cohen of Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live and Natalie Morales of NBC's The Today Show.

Jeannie Mai of Style Network's How Do I Look and Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessy. will be the anchor hosts.

Expected to performs in the pageant night are Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto and Brazilian native pop singer Claudia Leitte.

Miss Universe 2011 will be held at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12. And will be telecast live in the Philippines via ABS-CBN.