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Jerry Springer, Melanie Brown to host Miss Universe

The 2008 Miss Universe pageant — which will air live from Nha Trang, Vietnam, on July 13 — will be co-hosted by Jerry Springer and Melanie Brown.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Jerry Springer and Melanie Brown will co-host the 2008 Miss Universe pageant, which will air live from Nha Trang, Vietnam, on July 13.

Springer, 64, is host of NBC's "America's Got Talent," and Brown, 33, is a special events correspondent for "Access Hollywood." (Brown is also known as Mel B of the Spice Girls.)

The pageant will be televised on NBC and the network's Spanish-language channel Telemundo. (Telemundo is a division of NBC, which is owned by the General Electric Co.)

Contestants representing 80 countries are judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

Riyo Mori, a dancer from Japan, won the 2007 Miss Universe contest in Mexico City. She has traveled the globe as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research and legislation.