The Miss USA 2013 pageant was the 62nd event, held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Outgoing titleholder, Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether of Maryland, crowned her successor after the 50 state delegates and the District of Columbia competed for the prestigious title, televised live on NBC and webcast on Xbox Live.
Viewers were able to become a part of the event and interact with the pageant via Twitter, Xbox SmartGlass and Zeebox. Xbox Live's webcast also featured poll questions that were tabulated in real-time during the pageant. Fans were able to vote for their favorite contestant through the Miss USA website and the winner of the fan vote was Top 6 semifinalist, Miss Texas - Alexandria Nugent.
Pennsylvania - Jessica Billings
Ohio - Kristin Smith
Texas - Alexandria Nugent [People Choice]
WINNER USA Connecticut - Erin Brady
The 2013 Miss Universe Pageant will take place in MOSCOW RUSSIA on November 6th, 2013.
Miss USA Pageant
Behind the Scenes of the Miss USA Pageant
Date: Saturday, June 15
Streamed Live from 9:00 – 9:30 pm PT
Title: Behind the Scenes at the Miss USA Pageant
Event Link: Google+ Hangout
Featuring: Miss North Carolina USA, Miss Louisiana USA, Kandee Johnson, Pageantry magazine's Carl Dunn and Paige Clark. Kandee Johnson will teach make-up tricks and tips.
Jeanni Mai will receive questions from random fans and will present them to the distinguished panel.
Erika Harold, who won the 2003 Miss America pageant, announced Tuesday she's mounting a Republican primary challenge to Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois. Rodney Davis has come under fire in recent months for his less than conservative voting record.
Making her announcement by video, Harold said she was "blessed to have had some incredible opportunities," including her year-long tenure as Miss America, along with her degree from Harvard Law School, which her website says she financed thanks to scholarships from her pageant win.
"Our lives are defined not by the titles we earn but rather by the service we render," Harold says in the video. "At each point in my life, I've sought to serve, whether it was defending religious liberties as an attorney, preventing youth violence and bullying as Miss America, or doing prison ministry as a volunteer."
Since receiving her law degree, Harold has worked as a lawyer in Illinois. She served on President George W. Bush's "W Stands for Women" steering committee during his 2004 re-election bid, and spoke at that year's Republican National Convention.
Miss Idaho USA, Marissa Wickland, has her hair worked on by a CHI stylist during Registration & Fitting in Las Vegas.
Women competing for the Miss USA 2013 crown arrived in Las Vegas June 1 for two weeks of rehearsals, photo shoots and media events prior to the June 16 pageant.
Before they begin rounds of events that range from a line dancing and country hairdo contest to paddle board races, contestants will be fitted for gowns and swimsuits, as well as enjoy the care of professional skin care and cosmetics technicians.
Final competition will be broadcast live on NBC on June 16 at 9 p.m. ET on the East Coast, with a tape-delayed broadcast at 9 p.m. PT for people on the West Coast.
The event will be at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Winner of the pageant will represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2013 Pageant later this year.
The Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. pageants are co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal.
Contestants for Miss USA 2013 are:
Mary Margaret McCord of Alabama
Melissa “Lissa” McKinney of Alaska
Rachel Massie of Arizona
Hannah Billingsley of Arkansas
Mabelynn Capeluj of California
Amanda Wiley of Colorado
Erin Brady of Connecticut
Rachel Baiocco of Delaware
Jessica Frith of the District of Columbia
Michelle Aguirre of Florida
Brittany Sharp of Georgia
Brianna Acosta of Hawaii
Marissa Wickland of Idaho
Stacie Juris of Illinois
Emily Hart of Indiana
Richelle Orr of Iowa
Staci Klinginsmith of Kansas
Allie Leggett of Kentucky
Kristen Girault of Louisiana
Ali Clair of Maine
Kasey Staniszewski of Maryland
Sarah Kidd of Massachusetts
Jaclyn Schultz of Michigan
Danielle Hooper of Minnesota
Paromita Mitra of Mississippi
Ellie Holtman of Missouri
Kacie West of Montana
Ellie Lorenzen of Nebraska
Chelsea Caswell of Nevada
Amber Faucher of New Hampshire
Libell Duran of New Jersey
Kathleen Elizabeth Danzer of New Mexico
Joana Nosuchinsky of New York
Ashley Mills of North Carolina
Stephanie Erickson of North Dakota
Kristin Smith of Ohio
Makenzie Muse of Oklahoma
Gabrielle Neilan of Oregon
Jessica Billings of Pennsylvania
Brittany Stenovitch of Rhode Island
Megan Pinckney of South Carolina
Jessica Albers of South Dakota
Brenna Mader of Tennessee
Ali Nugent of Texas
Marissa Powell of Utah
Sarah Westbrook of Vermont
Shannon McAnally of Virginia
Cassandra Searles of Washington
Chelsea Welch of West Virginia
Chrissy Zamora of Wisconsin
Courtney Gifford of Wyoming
Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan and two “Miracle Children” serving as ambassadors for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “flipped the switch” today to light the Empire State Building in yellow and red to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary.
Miss America 2013, who is the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, was joined by Miss New York 2012 Shannon Oliver alongside Molly and Bryce, children who had both been treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, in celebrating the special day.
The New York City skyline will shine in CMN Hospital colors from sunset this evening until 2 a.m. tomorrow to help raise awareness for the urgent charitable need of children’s hospitals in New York and across North America.
E! News personality Giuliana Rancic has hosted the Miss USA pageant for the past two years and will be returning in 2013 -- this time, flanked by a singing heartthrob loved by the teens.
Donald Trump's Miss USA organization announced Tuesday (May 21) that Nick Jonas, of the singing trio The Jonas Brothers and Disney television show "Jonas L.A.," has been tapped to co-host the 2013 Miss USA pageant alongside Rancic.
The pageant, now in its 62nd year, will take place live from Las Vegas on June 16, which will also feature a performance by the brothers Jonas. Nick's brother Joe Jonas was on the judges panel for the 2012 event.
The Miss America Organization and ABC announced today that Chris Harrison will once again host the “2014 Miss America Competition” live from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Harrison has been the host of the live telecast for the last four years, and this year, Lara Spencer, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America will co- host. The 2013 Miss America broadcast drew ABC’s biggest non-sports audience in the time slot, reaching million of new viewers nationwide. Chris first hosted the iconic broadcast on ABC in 2004, returned in 2010 for Miss America's 90th anniversary.
“It is an honor to come back to host Miss America as it returns to Atlantic City,” said Chris. “Hosting Miss America is one of the most iconic hosting jobs in television so I am thrilled to host it on this historic return home. I am extremely pleased to see the pageant return in September and to be a part of this tremendous television event with Lara.”
Chris began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City and quickly ventured into entertainment television. In 1999, he landed HGTV's Designer's Challenge, which was one of the network's highest rated shows. In 2001, he became host of ABC's hit romance/reality series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Chris also hosts ABC's reality show, Bachelor Pad, an all-star reunion from previous seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He has hosted the live television coverage of the final championship rounds of The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee on ABC, co-hosted ABC's 2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!, and hosted Road to the 60th Primetime Emmy ® Awards, ABC.com's daily coverage leading up to the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards.
“We’re thrilled that Chris will host the 2014 Miss America Competition as we return to Atlantic City with our friend and co-host, Lara Spencer who also served as a national judge for our pageant in 2012”, said Sam Haskell, III, Board Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization. “Chris has done a wonderful job for us over the years and we're excited to have him return for another incredible television event with Lara who understands the significance of our program and the young women who compete each year.”
Lara was named lifestyle anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America in 2011. She was previously the show’s National Correspondent from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, she began hosting The Insider. She also hosted three primetime TV specials for CBS. Lara began her career in the NBC Page Program. Her first reporting job was at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN. From there, she began reporting on her home turf for News 12 Long Island. From 1995 to 1999, Lara was a reporter and anchor for WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News” in NYC covering breaking stories and hosted, “Life Around Here with Lara Spencer.” She moved to GMA the following year. In 2003, Lara became host of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, while working for GMA, and then The Insider. Lara is an antique hunter and interior designer and authored the New York Times bestseller, I Brake For Yard Sales. Lara also created and executive produces two HGTV shows, and is the creator and EP of It’s Worth WHAT??.
The Miss Universe Organization is calling on all Miss USA fans to let their voices be heard during the 2013 MISS USA® Competition by casting a vote for their favorite contestant through the 2013 Miss USA Fan Vote presented by Optx rhode island. The fan vote begins May 15 at 12 p.m. ET and ends June 15 at 12 p.m. ET. The lucky winner will earn a spot in the semifinals at the 2013 MISS USA® Competition which will air LIVE from Las Vegas on NBC Sunday, June 16 (9 p.m. ET) from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Fans with a valid email address can vote for their favorite contestant at www.missusa.com up to 10 votes per day from his/her email account. Additionally, fans can vote through the vote icon on the official Miss USA Facebook page and through URLs in the contestant’s twitter bio. To learn more about Optx rhode island, the official sponsor for the vote, please visit www.optxrhodeisland.com.
To learn more about the 2013 Miss USA contestants and their road to the crown, please click here.
Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry received a special honor during her trip to Italy this month when Pope Francis gave her baby bump a blessing.
The Roman Catholic actress, who is expecting her third child with director husband Alejandro Monteverde, arrived in Rome as a special guest of the Papal Foundation, an American organization which supports the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis, who was elected to the position in March after Benedict XVI resigned, placed his hand on the star's pregnant belly to give a special blessing.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Ali wrote:
"We had an opportunity to have a private audience with the Pope and meet him one on one! Words cannot describe..." and added, "Words cannot describe the overwhelming sense of gratitude I have for this experience for my baby and for my family."
For the first time since 2005, the Miss America Pageant is returning to its original home in Atlantic City.
The iconic pageant, which began in 1921, returns to Atlantic City Sunday, September 15th, broadcast to a national Television audience on ABC TV.
The Miss America festivities will run 13 days and include three days of preliminary competitions at Boardwalk Hall and the beloved “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Saturday, September 14th.
This year, The Parade will be produced by two time EMMY Award winning producer John M Best and his team from JM Best Entertainment and Under the Sun Productions. The team successfully produces The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in D.C., The National Memorial & July 4th Parades in D.C., The Chicago Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and the beloved 6ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. JM Best Entertainment along with the Parade Committee is currently accepting applications for the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade.
Please go to http://www.missamerica.org/news/parade.aspx for information and applications to participate. Corporations, community groups, marching bands, and other parade groups are invited to complete and submit an application for consideration.
The Parade form deadline is June 15, 2013.
The Parade will be a two hour event on the two mile long famed Atlantic City Boardwalk. The Parade will be a celebration that will lead into the final night of the Miss America 2014 Competition live on ABC in Atlantic City in the historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 15.
Miss America’s president and CEO Art McMaster stated.“This September, we will be proud to showcase Atlantic City and Miss America together on network television. Miss America has evolved into a national pastime and our organization enables over 12,000 young women to participate in our scholarship program each and every year. We know that the country will embrace our return to our birthplace and experience a new and very relevant Miss America,”
Check the Miss America web site for ticket information.
NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 2013 MISS USA® Competition will air LIVE from Las Vegas on NBC Sunday, June 16 (9 p.m. ET) from PH Live in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
“The MISS USA Competition is one of the most anticipated live events of the year,” said Mr. Trump. “Teaming with Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been a successful formula that enables us to produce one of the best shows year after year.”
“Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is proud to partner with the Miss Universe Organization in hosting this spectacular event for the sixth year in a row,” said David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “The MISS USA Competition is one of the most exciting events of the year, so it’s only fitting that one of the most exhilarating resorts on the Strip serve as host.”
The 2013 MISS USA® Competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The show concludes with one contestant ultimately being crowned Miss USA 2013.
“We are pleased to welcome the 62nd Annual MISS USA Competition back to Las Vegas,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “The history and pride of the MISS USA Competition combined with the strength and excitement of the Las Vegas brand create a winning combination.”
Last year’s telecast concluded with Olivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island USA, being crowned Miss USA 2012. After Culpo won the title of Miss Universe last December, first runner-up Nana Meriwether, Miss Maryland USA, assumed the role of Miss USA 2012.
The MISS USA telecast now reaches approximately 90 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.missusa.com.
Photo by Jenn Cady
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie welcomed back the return of the world’s most famous scholarship competition for young women to its New Jersey birthplace, Atlantic City. Governor Christie announced the date for the beloved pageant will be Sunday, September 15! The official announcement was made with theThe Miss America Organization along with Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Atlantic City Alliance and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
Miss America’s return to her home in Atlantic City, New Jersey will be a 13 day event following Labor Day weekend and will include three nights of Preliminary Competitions that will take place on September 10, 11 and 12 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. This historic return to Atlantic City will be a monumental event complete with the much anticipated Miss America "Show Us Your Shoes Parade" that will be held on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 14.
Sam Haskell, III, Chairman of the Board for The Miss America Organization stated, “We are so excited to announce the date and sincerely thank Governor Chris Christie and the State of New Jersey and Atlantic City for their help in bringing Miss America home. We look forward to creating an incredible new era for our organization as we return to Atlantic City on September 15th live on ABC! We are now looking forward to creating the most exciting television event ever for Miss America’s return home with the support of our network partner ABC - we know it will be a spectacular television event.”
“This September, we will be proud to showcase Atlantic City and Miss America together on network television. Miss America has evolved into a national pastime and our organization enables over 12,000 young women to participate in our scholarship program each and every year. We know that the country will embrace our return to our birthplace and experience a new and very relevant Miss America,” stated Miss America’s President and CEO Art McMaster.
Tickets for the Miss America 2014 Competition will be on sale soon. Watch for the on sale date in May by visiting the Miss America Organization’s website: www.missamerica.org
Nebraskans will get a chance Friday, March 1st, to meet the 2011 Miss America at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln.
“Nebraska's Miss America: Teresa Scanlan,” an exhibit of her gowns and other pageant materials, will be on display through Sept. 3. The museum will host an opening reception from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m., as a part of Lincoln Downtown Association's First Friday Artwalks event.
Teresa Scanlan will speak and mingle with museum visitors at 6:30 p.m.
“I wouldn't miss it for the world,” Scanlan said. “It's very important for me to be there.”
Teresa is a native of Gering, Nebraska, and a graduate of Scottsbluff High School. She was 17 years old when she was crowned Miss Nebraska in North Platte in 2010 and won the national title in Las Vegas in January 2011.
Shaila Sabt, a Bahraini model, has officially been nominated for Miss Universe 2013. She becomes the first Arab Gulf country woman to take part in the world-wide beauty pageant.
The 23-year old was previously crowned as “Bahrain’s Top Model 2010” during a six-month-long event where an audience voted for who they wanted to be crowned the top model. A panel of referees was responsible for the screening, assortment and vote counting.
There have been other Arab nominees for Miss Universe. In 2012, Lebanese-Australian beauty Jessica Kahawaty won third place in the Miss World 2012 competition, as a representative of Australia. Among other beauty contestants with Lebanese heritage, Rima Fakih won the 2010 Miss USA title, becoming the first Arab-American and the first Muslim to win that title.
Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, 26, and British-born American football defensive end for the New York Giants Osi Umenyiora, 31, are engaged after a whirlwind romance.
The NFL player of Nigerian ancestry proposed to his Angolan girlfriend on Tuesday 12th February while on vacation in Europe. Osi and Leila met in September 2012 during New York Fashion Week.
New Jersey's Acting Governor, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, along with the Miss America Organization's Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell, III and President & CEO, Art McMaster joined Atlantic City officials from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Atlantic City Alliance and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority announced that the Miss America organization, the world’s largest provider of scholarships to women, will bring the pageant back to its home where it first began on the beaches of Atlantic City in 1921. Simultaneously, the Miss Organization announced a new three year deal with their network partner, ABC.
In 1921, no one could have imagined that a contest in Atlantic City created to extend the summer season for tourists, would become one of America's most beloved and recognized traditions for over ninety years. The Miss America Organization has evolved into the world's largest scholarship program offering over $45 million each year to young women across the country to help them realize their educational dreams.
Welcoming the organization back home, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno said, "For decades, the Miss America Organization has awarded scholarships to thousands of young women to help further their goals of higher education and achieve their dreams. New Jersey is proud to once again host the Miss America Pageant here in Atlantic City. We are confident that Atlantic City's famous boardwalk and variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues will showcase the city's vibrancy and attraction to the participants and many visitors that will attend the Miss America Pageant every year."
Sam Haskell, III, Miss America Organization’s Chairman of the Board stated, "We are so very proud to bring Miss America back to her birthplace in Atlantic City. We are grateful to Governor Christie and his staff for helping make this possible. Throughout the decades, Miss America has evolved into an organization that enables over 12,000 young women to enter and participate in our scholarship program each and every year. Today, Miss America remains an iconic symbol, and our roots have always stayed connected to Atlantic City. Our proud heritage is rich in history, having been named by USA Today as one of the Top Ten pieces of Americana remaining in our great country today. We now look to the future as we prepare for our most exciting television event ever for Miss America with the support of our network partner ABC. The return to Atlantic City will allow us to showcase our Miss America events where it all began almost 93 years ago."
The Miss America Organization's President, CEO Art McMaster stated, "We are grateful to the Governor of New Jersey, and the Lt. Governor who along with the agencies in Atlantic City came together to create a mutually beneficial partnership to welcome back Miss America. This is a monumental milestone for our organization to return to the Jersey shores where MISS AMERICA began. As we depart Las Vegas, we sincerely thank our friends at Planet Hollywood who have hosted us for the last eight years and the City of Las Vegas, who helped us to achieve OUR best television ratings last January. We will now build on that success and begin a new era by returning the tradition to Atlantic City."
Details of the 2014 Miss America Competition will be announced shortly, and plans are now underway for the September event live in the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Award winning television producer, Anthony Eaton and his company, Tall Pony Productions who have produced the live event in Las Vegas for the last six years, will produce Miss America 2014 in Atlantic City live on ABC.
Besting a field of 52 fellow contestants (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), 23-year old Mallory Hytes Hagan has been crowned Miss America 2013.
Mallory's updated classic one shoulder white gown in the evening wear competition, and modern tap dance rendition to James Brown's "Get Up Off Of That Thing" impressed the judges.
In the interview competition, Mallory answered that she does not believe armed guards should be implemented in schools post-Newton. "Don't fight violence with violence" she declared while urging for more education about guns.
The final 5 top scoring delegates:
Winner: Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan
First runner-up: Miss South Carolina - Ali Rogers
Second runner-up: Miss Oklahoma - Alicia Clifton
Third runner-up: Wyoming - Lexie Madden
Fourth runner-up: Miss Iowa - Mariah Cary
Mallory's hometown is Brooklyn and she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Her platform issue is child sexual abuse prevention and she plans to obtain a degree in cosmetics and fragrance marketing, with an eye toward a career in global cosmetics marketing.
Miss Universe 2012 was the 61st Miss Universe pageant, and was held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leila Lopes from Angola crowned her successor Olivia Culpo who claimed victory over a field of 89 countries and territories participating in this year's pageant broadcast live by NBC and Telemundo across the globe. This marks the 8th Miss Universe title for the United States since the Pageants inception in 1952. The telecast hosted by Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic featured live performances by Train and Timomatic throughout the event.
Croatia - Elizabeta Burg
Kosovo - Diana Avdiu
India - Shilpa Singh
Peru - Nicole Faverón
Poland - Marcelina Zawadzka
Turkey - Çağıl Özge Özkul
South Africa - Melinda Bam
Mexico - Karina González
Russia - Elizabeth Golovanova
Hungary - Agnes Konkoly
France - Marie Payet
WINNER USA Olivia Culpo
1st runner-up Philippines - Janine Tugonon
2nd runner-up Venezuela - Irene Esser
3rd runner-up Australia - Renae Ayris
4th runner-up Brazil - Gabriela Markus
The preliminary and national costume shows were also webcasted on the official Miss Universe website and on Xbox Live. Shamcey Supsup, third runner up from Miss Universe 2011, hosted the official web content.
The producers of The Price is Right owe Brandi Cochran, a former model on the television game show and Miss USA 1997, more than $7.7 million in punitive damages for discriminating against her after a pregnancy, a jury has decided.
The judgment released Wednesday came one day after the panel found the show's producers discriminated against Brandi Cochran. They also awarded her nearly $777,000 in actual damages.
Brandi, 41, won the Miss Idaho USA title and represented her state at Miss USA 1997. She became first runner up to eventual Miss USA, Brook Mahealani Lee. Brandi then assumed the Miss USA title when Lee was crowned Miss Universe 1997 in Miami. She held the titles of Miss Idaho Teen USA and Miss Idaho USA. To date, Brandi is the only woman to have held the titles of both Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.
She said she was rejected when she tried to return to The Price is Right in early 2010 after taking maternity leave. The jury agreed and determined that FremantleMedia North America and The Price is Right Productions owed her more than $8.5 million in all.
"I'm humbled. I'm shocked," Cochran said after the jury announced its verdict. "I'm happy that justice was served today not only for women in the entertainment industry, but women in the workplace."
"We believe the verdict in this case was the result of a flawed process in which the court, among other things, refused to allow the jury to hear and consider that 40 percent of our models have been pregnant and other important evidence to our defense," FremantleMedia said in a statement to E! News before the punitive verdict came down.
"We expect to be fully vindicated after the matter has been reviewed and stand behind executive producer Mike Richards and the staff of The Price is Right."
The defense said during the trial that the producers were simply pleased with the five models working with host Drew Carey at the time and Cochran's pregnancy had nothing to do with her firing.
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