Miss Universe 2012 Is Miss USA Olivia Culpo [PHOTOS]

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In front of a worldwide audience of approximately 1 billion viewers, Miss USA, Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The 61st Annual Miss Universe Competition was broadcast live on NBC with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

Culpa was attending Boston University when she won the Miss USA title. The musically inclined pageant winner has played cello for 13 years and also sings and plays the piano.

Miss Universe contestants from more than 80 countries were judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown, and interview. The competition was televised in 190 countries around the world. 

Olivia was asked if she’d done anything she’d never do again. She said, “I’d like to start off by saying that every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you’ll learn from it. That’s just life. But something I’ve done I’ve regretted is probably picking on my siblings growing up, because you appreciate them so much more as you grow older.”

Judges including The Voice star Cee Lo Green, Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Kerri Walsh, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump made the final decision.