The host for the pageant again was Steve Harvey, who made several jokes about his 2015 mistake, when he pronounced the wrong person as that year’s winner.
The top 5 contestants selected after the evening gown portion, were Miss South Africa, Venezuela, Thailand, Jamaica and Colombia.
Advancing to the top 3 were Miss Jamaica, Colombia and South Africa. After answering one question each, Jamaica’s Davina Bennett was made the third runner up, Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez was the second runner-up, while Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters emerged as Miss Universe 2017!
Nel-Peters was a favorite throughout the night, she described how she survived a carjacking by fighting back against her attacker and used that terrifying experience to help other women, and spoke out about issues such as equal pay.