Contestants vie for Miss Universe crown in Miami on Sunday

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The 22-year-old Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, triumphed over Miss USA Nia Sanchez in the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. (Video: AP)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega participtaes in the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 25: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega onstage during The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Miss Columbia Paulina Vega walks the runway during the Miss Universe Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/FilmMagic)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 25: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega onstage during The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega (L) is crowned Miss Universe 2014 by Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler (R) during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega participtaes in the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
(L-R): Miss France Camille Cerf; Miss India Noyonita Lodh; miss italy Valentina Bonariva; and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega pose on stage during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega poses on stage during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Paulina Vega,Gabriela Frankova and Ivana Misura participates in Miss Universe - Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Miss Columbia Paulina Vega participates in Miss Universe - Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - JANUARY 14: Paulina Vega,Gabriela Frankova and Ivana Misura participates in Miss Universe - Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Atlantico department's contestant Paulina Vega walks the runway in the evening gown competition of the Miss Colombia beauty pageant in Cartagena, Colombia, on November 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Eitan Abramovich (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlantico department's contestant Paulina Vega reacts as she is being crowned Miss Colombia 2013 in the evening gown competition of the Miss Colombia beauty pageant in Cartagena, Colombia, on November 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Eitan Abramovich (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 25: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2015 onstage during The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant at Florida International University on January 25, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
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MIAMI (AP) - A new Miss Universe will be crowned Sunday night in Miami, with participants from 88 countries taking part.

The contestants were narrowed to 15 during Wednesday's preliminary competition, but the results won't be announced until the live show, which airs at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

"Today Show" personality Natalie Morales is hosting the show. And before Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, crowns the next winner, viewers will hear a performance from singer Nick Jonas.

The women have been participating in events around Miami from a golf outing to a Zumba class in the past two weeks.

"All of the contestants are really beautiful souls and we've gotten to get to know each other during the 20 days and we've become great friends," said Miss Egypt Lara Debbane. "We're excited and we're going to support each other."

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Miss Venezuela Migbelis Lynette Castellanos has tremendous support and pressure locally and back home. The Miami suburb of Doral, which is hosting the women during their stay, is also known as "Doralzuela" for its many Venezuelan residents. Three of the last six Miss Universe titles have gone to Venezuela, where beauty pageants are big business.

"I'm feeling good and I'm feeling this moment is mine," Castellanos said.

Miss USA Nia Sanchez says she's looking forward to the often-dreaded interview portion. She's been running practice questions all week with her roommate Miss Australia Tegan Martin.

"Interview is the best place to connect with the judges. Miss Universe is not a runway model. I can look good onstage all I want but if I can't talk to somebody I'm not going to be a good Miss Universe," Sanchez said.

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega says "Every girl has different reasons why they are participating, but my reason, it's because it will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only care about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person."

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Contestants vie for Miss Universe crown in Miami on Sunday
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss USA Nia Sanchez participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Myanmar Sharr Htut Eaindra participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Mauritius Pallavi Gungaram participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Sweden Camilla Hansson participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Curacao Laurien Angelista participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Trinidad & Tobago Jevon King participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Russia Yulia Alipova participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss St. Lucia Roxanne Didier-Nicholas participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Ecuador Alejandra Argudo participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Japan Keiko Tsuji participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Lithuania Patricija Belousova participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Guatemala Ana Luisa Montufar participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Finland Bea Toivonen participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Thailand Pimbongkod Chankaew participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss British Virgin Islands Jaynene Jno Lewis participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Peru Jimena Espinosa participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Brazil Melissa Gurgel participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)

Miss Canada, Chanel Beckenlehner, poses for the judges, during the national costume show during the 63rd annual Miss Universe Competition in Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Bolivia Claudia Tavel participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss France Camille Cerf participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss El Salvador Patricia Murillo participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Bulgaria Kristina Georgieva participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Guyana Niketa Barker participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Great Britain Grace Levy participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Czech Republic Gabriela Frankova participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Germany Josefin Donat participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss China Yanliang Hu participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Paraguay Sally Jara participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Norway Elise Dalby participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Korea Yoo Yebin participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Haiti Christie Desir participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Guam Brittany Mesa-Bell participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Honduras Gabriela Ordonez participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Israel Doron Matalon participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show and National Costume Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
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