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Top 10 Semi-finalists: District of Columbia, Hawaii, and Michigan
Miss America 2008: Kirsten Haglund (Miss Michigan)
First runner-up: Nicole Rash (Miss Indiana)
Second runner-up: Elyse Umemoto (Miss Washington)
Third runner-up: Hannah Kiefer (Miss Virginia)
Fourth runner-up: Jessica Jacobs (Miss North Carolina)
Top 8 Finalists: Melissa Chaty (Miss California), Christina Thompson (Miss Wisconsin), and Molly Hazlett (Miss Texas).
Top 10 Semifinalists: Diana Reed (Miss Iowa) and Leah Massee (Miss Georgia).
Top 16 Quarterfinalists: Crystal Garrett (Miss South Carolina), Grace Gore (Miss Tennessee), Katie Bailey (Miss Arkansas), Kylie Williams (Miss Florida), Jill Stevens (Miss Utah - "People's Choice" semifinalist), and Kimberly Morgan (Miss Mississippi).
Miss Teen USA 2008 Results:
Miss Teen USA 2008: Stevi Lauren Perry, Miss Arkansas Teen USA
First Runner Up: Brittany Pjetraj, Miss South Carolina Teen USA who will assume the duties of Miss Teen USA 2008 if for some reason she cannot fulfill her responsibilities.
Second Runner Up: Julia Dalton, Miss North Carolina Teen
Third Runner Up: Lindsey Evans, Miss Louisiana Teen USA
Fourth Runner Up: Shareece Laree Pfeiffer, Miss Idaho Teen USA
Top 15 Semifinalists (Competed in swimsuit and evening gown):
Courtney Parker, Miss Alabama Teen USA
Ashley Stainton, Miss Arizona Teen USA
Taylor Atkins, Miss California Teen USA
Danielle Rose Scimeca, Miss Colorado Teen USA
Jillian Leigh Wunderlich, Miss Florida Teen USA
Caroline Lunny, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA
Courtney Morgan, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA
Taylor Gorton, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA
Elliot Griffin, Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA
Megan Leigh Myrehn, Miss Virginia Teen USA
Miss Photogenic Teen USA(TM) Award: Sana, Idnani, Miss New York Teen USA. The general public voted at missteenusa.com for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera.
Miss Congeniality Teen USA(TM) Award: Elizabeth Hollomon, Miss Mississippi Teen USA. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate's peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.
Thoughts: Due to limited coverage of the pageant, PB decided not to predict the pageant. There was no predictions' list nor PB's Miss Teen USA 2008 winner. It is such a pity that the pageant is not broadcasted on NBC this year... Miss Arkansas Teen USA is indeed a great choice. She is only her state's third semifinalist since 1985! The Carolinas continue to be strong and both states made the top 5 for the second consecutive year! North Carolina even better, three top 3 finishes in three years! Idaho placed only for the second time since the state won in 1989 thanks to Brandi Sherwood (future Miss USA 1997) and so as Louisiana (after Shelley Hennig won in 2004, the host of the pageant too).
There was no top 10 this year and 10 other states were named in the top 15. New Hampshire (like Idaho) also recorded their 2nd semifinalist in the 26 year pageant. Congratulations!
Although Miss New York Teen USA and Miss Mississippi Teen USA did not place, both delegates won Miss Photogenic (voted at ) and Miss Congeniality respectively. This is only New York's first Miss Photogenic award and Mississippi has a record, three Miss Congeniality awards (tying South Carolina) for the most Congeniailty awards. It is also the second consecutive Miss Congeniality award the state has won. Congratulations to all the winners!
Los Angeles, CA – The Miss America Organization and TLC announced today that Entertainment Tonight co-anchor and correspondent Mark Steines will host the 2008 Miss America Live! airing from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). The two-hour HD event airs as the finale to MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK, a four-part special designed to prep the 52 hopefuls for a renewed competition that will redefine what it takes to be Miss America, a relatable “it girl” who can connect with today’s modern woman.
From small town Iowa to the red carpets of Hollywood, Emmy-winning journalist Mark Steines has established himself as one of the most trusted and charismatic figures in entertainment news today with his sincerity and signature charm.
Art McMaster, President and CEO for the Miss America Organization stated, “Mark is the perfect choice to host our event. We know that his dedication and commitment to the Miss America program will shine through, and given the fact that Mark is married to one of our most beloved Miss America’s, Leanza Cornett, he already offers a great appreciation for the show.”
“Mark has been at the forefront of television entertainment news for over a decade, interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest names,” said President and general manager of TLC Angela Shapiro-Mathes. It’s only natural that he would host one of television’s biggest events featuring America’s next generation of celebrities.”
Steines has garnered numerous journalistic honors and accolades, such as four Emmy nominations resulting in three Emmy wins. He was awarded with a National Iris Award for outstanding reporting and garnered national recognition by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Steines was also named one of People Magazine’s “Sexist Men in 2004.”
Also an actor, Steines has appeared on such television shows as “CSI: NY,” “Half & Half,” “Suddenly Susan” and “The Practice” as well as in Sony Pictures NIXON, among others. He recently lent his voice to the hit Disney Channel cartoon “Handy Manny” opposite Wilmer Valderrama, and has performed on stage in an Alhambra Theater production of “Barefoot in the Park.”
The Miss America Organization and TLC have teamed Grammy Award-winning producer Anthony Eaton and Emmy Award-winning director Bruce Gowers to helm the 2008 Miss America Live! event.
2008 Miss America Live! Puts the Spotlight On National Judges
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Live from Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, on TLC
Atlantic City, NJ, January 3, 2008– 2008 Miss America Live! promises to be an exciting event with the announcement of the strikingly diverse panel of national judges. This year’s panel of seven esteemed judges includes a legendary Olympic athlete, an edgy fashion designer, Hollywood’s hottest casting director, the editor of a trendy magazine, a successful entrepreneur, one of CNN’s most popular newscasters and today’s favorite fitness trainer. They will evaluate the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will be premiering live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 26, 2008 8:00PM ET live/PT tape-delayed, exclusively on TLC. Plus, this year America will get to play the part of judge as TLC introduces Miss America: America’s Choice, an online competition designed to choose the 16th finalist.
The judges were announced by Sam Haskell, Chairman of the Board for the Miss America Organization (MAO), Art McMaster, President and CEO of MAO, and Anthony Eaton, Producer of 2008 Miss America Live! This year’s panel of judges is comprised of experts in each of the fields that a young woman must excel in, in order to be named Miss America. Miss America must be beautiful, talented, intelligent and well-spoken, a leader, have a commitment to her community, be contemporary in her style and fashion - a relatable and individual ‘it girl’ who can connect with today’s modern woman, as well as being physically fit. To determine who will be Miss America 2008 the following panel of judges has been selected:
From the Field of Beauty and Fashion - Trace Ayala – This Memphis-born fashion designer is the co-founder of William Rast denim with his childhood friend, Justin Timberlake. Ayala designs comfortable and stylish denim with quality fabrics and a well-designed fit.
From the Field of National Press defining today’s “It Girl” - Sarah Ivens – Ivens is the Editor-in-Chief of OK! Magazine, which under her key direction has become America's fastest-growing publication and one of the most successful magazines specializing in celebrity news.
From the Field of Community Service - Jackie Joyner-Kersee – Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, Joyner-Kersee is the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the seven disciplined event heptathlon. Since retiring from competition, Joyner-Kersee has devoted herself to giving back to her community. As Founder and Chairperson of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, she spearheaded fundraising efforts to collect more than $12 million to build a safe haven for young people.
From the Field of Talent – JASON La PADURA – This native New Yorker is the casting genius behind the Disney Channel phenomenon “High School Musical” and will soon begin work on the feature film, “High School Musical 3.” He is currently casting the NBC hit “Heroes” and CBS’ “Cane.”
From the Field of Fitness - Kim Lyons – As a star of NBC’s hit show, “The Biggest Loser,” Lyons exemplifies fitness. Lyon’s first book will be published in January 2008. She is also featured in the bestselling The Biggest Loser Cookbook, and “The Biggest Loser” Workout DVDs.
From the Communications/Interview Field - Robin Meade – As the lead news anchor for Headline News’ morning show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” she has anchored the network’s coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before joining CNN, Meade worked at NBC Chicago where she covered the 1996 Olympics, which included reporting on the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Meade is a former Miss Ohio who competed in the 1992 Miss America Pageant. She is the recipient of two Emmy Awards.
From the Field of Leadership Development - James Arthur Ray – Ray is the President and CEO of James Ray International, a multi-million dollar corporation dedicated to teaching individuals to create wealth in all areas of their lives: financially, relationally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. He has been featured on Extra, The Today Show, Larry King Live, and the Oprah Winfrey Show for The Secret.
This year, America has the opportunity to select a surprise 16th pageant finalist with Miss America: America’s Choice, an online competition that allows viewers to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant. Fans can vote by visiting beginning on Friday, January 4, after the first episode of TLC’s new reality special, MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK and through the final episode on Saturday, January 26 (3am EST). The contestant with the most votes, who is not already included as a top 15 finalist, will be chosen as “America’s Choice,” and be revealed during the MISS AMERICA LIVE! finale.
MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK premieres January 4, at 10 PM (ET/PT) and airs consecutive Friday nights leading up to the MISS AMERICA LIVE! finale on January 26. Hosted by Michael Urie, the four-part series is designed to get these 52 state winners to forget everything they’ve learned in “pageant schools” over the years…the walk…the talk…the hairspray…and prepare them for the final competition to select Miss America 2008…the relatable “it girl” who can connect with today’s modern woman.
- This year marks the 3rd year the pageant will be held in Las Vegas. The pageant will be broadcasted on TLC for the first time after the Organization failed to renew it's airing contract with ABC and CMT.
- Miss Alaska previously competed at Miss USA 2004. Miss Oregon competed at Miss Teen USA 2000, and Miss Rhode Island (representing Connecticut) and Miss Tennessee (representing Mississippi) competed at Miss Teen USA 2002. Only Miss Rhode Island, Ashley Bickford made the top 10 at Miss Teen USA. The pageant also had two future Miss USAs competing (Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner of Kentucky - 2nd runner up and Miss USA 2007, Rachel Smith of Tennessee - 9th place and Miss Photogenic).
- Miss America is decreasing in popularity due to it's image of being a old pageant. A reality tv show will feature 52 delegates (50 states, DC, and US Virgin Islands) and how they are transformed to make the pageant a modern pageant.
- This year will be the first year since 2004 where are more than 10 semifinalists. The internet viewers may vote online at for their favorite contestant. That contestant will join 15 others chosen in the prelimaries and will make up the top 16.
Courtesy of The Borneo Post Online
SIBU: Her beauty, talent, intelligence and politeness have earned Priyanka Shah from Mumbai, India the title Miss Tourism Pageant 2007 at the World Grand Final here Thursday evening.
The 24-year-old beauty, spotting vital statistics of 33-26-37 beat 29 other beauties to take home the cash prize of RM10,000.
First runner-up was Andrea Vidal, 20 from Venezuela (35-26-37) who was made RM5,000 richer, and second runner-up Lauryn Maree Eagle, 19 of Australia (34-27-35) who took home RM3,000.
Besides the main title, eight subsidiary titles which carry RM1,000 prize money each were also given away by the organisers - Sibu Development Council, The State Ministry of Tourism, and Alaric’s Productions Company.
Miss Permai Jaya went to South Korea’s Yea Bin Jeong, 23 (33-25-36) who also captured the title of Miss Talent, and Aline Avancini, 25 (33-26-35) of Brazil who also had two titles to her credit - Miss Riveria and Miss Best Costumes. Priyanka also won the Miss Desa Ilmu title, Colombia’s Claudia Milena Molina Torres, 22 (37-25-37) Miss Best Evening Gown and 25-year-old Veranika Shytsikava (36-25-37) of Belarus Miss Charity. Malaysia’s Penelope Ling, 18-year-old Sibu lass (33-28-37) was named Miss Friendship.
At a press conference after the crowning ceremony, Priyanka told journalists that apart from being active in sports (she was the captain of India netball team which participated in the Asian Youth Championship in Kuala Lumpur 2005), and had a professional degree (degree in engineering working as a telecommunication and electronics engineer in Mumbai), she was also fluent in many languages, among them Hindi, Madhrati, Marvani, Gujarati, Punjabi, German and English.
“I also speak a little Malay which I just picked up,” she said.
Minister of Urban Development and Tourism Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh had the honour to crown Priyanka, Andrea and Lauryn, while Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, Sibu Municipal Council chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King, and joint organising committee chairmen Vincent Goh and Chieng Buong Toon took turn to crown winners of the subsidiary titles.
Alaric Soh of Alaric’s Production Company, chief executive officer of Sarawak Tourism Board Gracie Geike, deputy Resident Ismail Mohamad Hanis, and community leaders were among those present at the function.
Thirty countries represented at the pageant were host Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia, South Korea, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Botswana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Serbia, Tunisia, Russia, America, Chinese Taipei, Macau, Hong Kong, Colombia, Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Australia and China.
An at least four-day delay in submitting the items for testing could have affected the outcome, said Abigail Marrero, spokeswoman of the island's Forensic Science Institute.
Pageant officials could not be reached Friday for comment, or to explain why the items had not been turned over to forensic experts sooner.
Miss Puerto Rico Universe winner Ingrid Marie Rivera was composed while strutting before pageant judges last week, but backstage stripped off her clothes and applied ice bags to her face and body as she swelled and broke out in hives. She beat 29 rivals to win the crown nonetheless.
"We noted that when she finished applying makeup and went to get on stage, she began to get red in the face, on the back and shoulders — everywhere she had applied makeup."
Organisers of a beauty pageant in Puerto Rico are investigating a case of sabotage after a contestant's dress and make-up were covered with pepper spray.
Ingrid Marie Rivera beat 29 pageant rivals to become the 2008 Miss Universe contestant, despite breaking out twice in hives - a red swollen rash.
Ms Rivera remained composed onstage before the judges, but backstage she applied ice packs to her face and body.
Her clothing and make-up later tested positive for pepper spray.
"We thought at first it was an allergic reaction, or maybe nerves," said pageant spokesman Harold Rosario.
"But the second time, we knew it couldn't have been a coincidence."
The pageant organisers said they hoped to catch whoever was responsible for the prank but have not involved the police.
The pageant also saw the theft of Ms Rivera's bag - which contained her dresses, make-up and credit cards - and the last day of the competition was postponed after a bomb threat.
Ms Rivera admitted that she had considered dropping out of the contest. "At one point I said, 'Am I a masochist?'"
"But I said: 'I am with God and this is my goal, regardless of the results.'"
Ms Rivera won Miss World Caribbean in 2005, and local media had predicted she would win the Puerto Rican pageant.
Her rivals complained she was too experienced and should be disqualified.
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Miss Ingrid Rivera of Darado is crowned by Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2007, Uma Blasini as the new Miss Puerto Rico Universe.
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008, Ingrid Rivera with her crown and sash.
The delegates in gowns.
Yesterday the Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008 pageant was held. In the end, big favorite Ingrid Rivera of Dorado won the title. Miss Rivera will represent Puerto Rico at Miss Universe 2008 to be held in May 2008 in Vietnam. Standing at 1.75 m and currently 24 years old, Miss Rivera was also Miss Global Queen 2003 and Miss World Caribbean 2005 and 2nd runner up at Miss World 2005. She is the only the 3rd woman so far to carry both the Miss Puerto Rico World and Miss Puerto Rico Universe titles. She is so far the #1 favorite to win the Miss Universe crown and pageant fans expect her to follow the footsteps of Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1992 who also was a finalist at Miss World. A little note, Ingrid has the same last name as Zulekya Rivera, Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006 and Miss Universe 2006. Can Ingrid follow the footsteps of Zulekya? Best of luck Ingrid and congratulations to all winners!
2nd runner up: Taiwan Lee Yan-Jin
Top 6 Finalists:
Australia Jane Lundmark
Ecuador Xiomara Paulina Camacho Villavicencio
Uruguay Claudia Rossina Vanrell Escalante
Top 12 Semi-finalists:
China (Beijing) Liu Xiao-ou
Malaysia Suzanne Loh Lih Fan
Moldova Alexandra Betiu
Romania Alexandra Nicoleta Beldiman
United Kingdom Sophie Elizabeth Jones
Venezuela Yorayma Kathrin López Cerón
Miss Friendship: Australia
Miss Photogenic: China
Best In Long Gown: Taiwan
Best National Costume: Thailand
Best Skin: United Kingdom
Miss Disco Queen: Taiwan
Orlando, FL - August 12, 2007 - Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen Caitlin Brunell walked the runway as the third Miss America's Outstanding Teen on Saturday night in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. This historic crowning moment marked her first steps on a journey that will take her across the country promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, community involvement and healthy living for our nation's youth.
Through an official partnership with the US Dream Academy, Brunell will help improve the outlook of America's young people by increasing literacy through creative mentoring. She will also continue work on her personal platform “Caitlin’s Closet”, a program that aims to make special gowns and dresses available to those that are unable to afford them.
Interesting note: Miss Brunell is the daughter of Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell. With Miss Brunell's win, Virginia is the first state to place in the top 3 for two consecutive years. Oklahoma on the other hand continues their streak by placing in the semifinals for the third time in a row. No other state has placed two or more times. Congratulations to all the delegates!
First Runner Up
Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen
Second Runner Up
Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen
Third Runner Up
Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen
Mary Jane Hobgood
Fourth Runner Up
Miss Kentucky's Outstanding Teen
Top Ten Finalists:
Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen Bishara Dorre
Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen Jamie Butemeyer
Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen Jasmine Sharee Murray
Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen Alexandra Milbrath
Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen Morgan Jackson
Fourteen countries vied for the coveted title of Miss Teen World 2007 in Queensland, Australia off the Gold Coast. The lovely contestants was graciously hosted by Sea World Resort for an entire week.
They had a fun-filled week jam pack of activites and got a chance to learn different cultures, languages, and their ways of living. The girls that competed came from around the world ages 14-19 years of age. They competed in Swimwear, Evening Gown, Interview, and on stage interview. Talent was an optional division and wasn't a requirement for the title.
A panel of 8 judges selected vibrant 15 year old Emily Guiturrez from Puerto Rico as the new Miss Teen World, and the sensational Ashley Moser, 15 year old from United States came in First Runner-Up, along with Cali Tanner, 17 years old from Cananda placing second. Fashion TV provided highlights and coverage of the pageant. The pageant was held at Fratelli's Restaurant by the waterfront.
Other Awards: Miss Talent- Bahamas, Best in Costume- Puerto Rico, Miss Congeniality- United States, Miss Photogenic - Siberia, Best in Swimsuit- Siberia.
The event was attended by several ministries of Congo and a few national and international beauty queens, such as Miss France 2006, Alexandra Rosenfield, Miss Côte d'Ivoire, Miss Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire), Miss Gabon and Misses Congo 2005 and 2006. Katissia will represent Congo at Miss World 2007 in Warsaw, Poland.
Miss Estonia Universe 2007 crowned:
On March 6th, 2007, 20 year old Victoria Azovskaya was crowned Miss Estonia Universe 2007. Standing at 181 cm (almost 6 feet), she is confirmed to represent Estonia at Miss Universe 2007. The first runner up was Julia Tjulinova and the second runner up was Marleen Pärkmaa.
Miss Universe Canada 2007:
21 year old Igna Skaya, a model standing at 5'11" was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2007. She won the crown over 57 delegates over Canada. First runner up was Ramona Amiri, former Miss World Canada 2005 and top 15 semifinalist at Miss World 2005. Had she won over Igna, she would have represented Canada at Miss Universe this May, but she is currently 26 years old so she cannot reapply next year. Second runner up was Tereza Schmied; 3rd runner-up was Samantha Tajik, and the 4th runner-up was Laura Salazar. Completing the top 10 finalists, were Serene Aandahl, Jane Gingera, Stefanie Listro, Jessica Trisko and Meghann Turnbull. The top 15 semifinalists included: Sun Bains, Simran Singh, Giuiana Borelli, Isabelle Grastin, and Ashley Bursey. Shannon Baker took home the Best Hair award, while Laxmi Navkar was named Miss Congeniality; Giuliana Borelli was named Miss Photogenic, Leah Milne won the People's Choice Award, and Tereza Schmied was awarded the CHIO Swimwear award. Former Miss Universe Canada 2005 and Miss Universe 2005, Natalie Glebova was a judge. Igna will now represent Canada at Miss Universe 2007 in hopes of winning Canada's third Miss Universe.
On Saturday, February 24, 2007, the new Ceska Miss 2007 (Miss Czech Republic Universe) was crowned. The winner is 20-year old Lucie Hadasova. She stands 178 cm (5`10") and will now represent Czech Republic in Miss Universe 2007
The first runner up was Eva Ceresnakova, who will go on to compete at Miss Earth. The second runner up was Lilian Sarah Fischerova.
Special guests at the pageant were Czech-born (and former wife of Donald Trump) Ivana Trump and reigning Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera.
Miss San Francisco Chinatown - #9 Louisa Liu (from SF/Berkeley)
2nd Runner up - #3 Amy Ng (Seattle)
3rd Runner up - #7 Heidi Sun Woan (California)
4th Runner up - #4 Sonia Tam (Hawaii)
Miss Talent - #10 Winsy Dong (New York)
MISS USA 2007® PAGEANT TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON NBC
FROM THE KODAK THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd
New York, NY – January 16, 2007 - Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that Los Angeles, California will host the 56th Annual Miss USA Competition where Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast. The competition makes a return to Los Angeles after airing the last two years live from Baltimore, Maryland. The celebrated show will air live from the Kodak Theatre on Friday, March 23rd on NBC.
"We are excited to announce that the 2007 Miss USA show will be broadcast from the Kodak Theatre in the famed 'glamour capital’ of the world, Hollywood," said Shugart. "The greater Los Angeles area is a fantastic tourist destination and we look forward to seeing the numerous friends, families and fans that will visit during the three week pageant period."
Miss USA travels the nation as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, education, research, and legislation. Each contestant from 50 states and the District of Columbia will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.
The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageants, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Gilda’s Club, Miss USA is armed to educate women today.
The Wilshire Grand Los Angeles Hotel is the official Host Hotel of Miss USA 2007.
Miss America 2007 Results:
Winner: Miss Oklahoma, Lauren Nelson
1st runner up: Miss Texas, Shilah Phillips
2nd runner up: Miss Georgia, Amanda Kozak
Top 3: Misses Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.
3rd runner up: Miss Mississippi, Laryn Foshee
4th runner up: Miss Alabama, Melinda Toole
Top 5: Misses Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Top 10: Misses Georgia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Utah, Hawaii, Washington, and California.
Miss Congeniality: Miss Alabama
Miss America Smile: Miss Missouri
Quality Of Life Winner, 1st runner up, and 2nd runner up: Misses Rhode Island, Arizona, and Alabama. Finalists include Misses Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, and Virginia.
The Miss America 2007 pageant was held in Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood & Casino yesterday. Only for the second time was the pageant held outside of Atlantic City and also broadcasted on CMT. In the end, 20 year old Lauren Nelson of Oklahoma was crowned the 82th Miss America. She succeeded Miss Oklahoma 2006 and Miss America 2006, Jennifer Berry. It is extremely rare to see two consecutive winners from the same state. This is the 3th time only, with the first time being 1935 to 1936 where Henrietta Leaver and Rose Coyle of Pennsylvania both won. The second time was in 1959 and 1960 where Mary Ann Mobley and Lynda Lee Mead of Mississippi both won. First runner up went to Miss Texas, Shilah Phillips who was also the first American American Miss Texas. Second runner up went to Amanda Kozak of Georgia. Interestingly, Georgia and Oklahoma was both in the top 3 last year. Once again Miss America proved to be safe for both states. With this win, Oklahoma has produced 6 winners and has placed non stop from 2002 to 2007. Third runner up and fourth runner up was Miss Mississippi and Miss Alabama. Miss Alabama was also voted Miss Congeniality and was 2nd runner up for the Quality Of Life award. The top 10 was completed by Misses California, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington. Former Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004, Sarah French won the Miss America Smile award. Interestingly she represented the state of Missouri at this year's pageant as she moved to Missouri. Even though she failed to place at both pageants, she also took Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 2004, meaning two awards at both pageants. Miss Nelson will travel around the US and visiting schools and work with charity groups over the upcoming year.
Harder, 20, has informed the Miss Universe Organization, which oversees the pageant. Her first runner-up, Erin Abrahamson, will step in to compete as Miss New Jersey in the Miss USA pageant March 23 in Los Angeles.
"It was my decision to resign due to the situation," Harder, a graduate of Camden Catholic High, told us in an interview yesterday. It's against the rules of Miss USA to compete while pregnant.
Harder says she and live-in boyfriend Gregg D'Antonio, 28, are expecting their baby in "late summer." They are planning to wed, but are taking things "one step at a time," Harder said. D'Antonio owns Trig Snowboarding, a snowboarding apparel company.
Harder is part of the CW Philly 57 Crew, appearing on air, and also working as a Channel 57 (WPSG-TV) community ambassador. She was crowned Miss New Jersey USA in October in what was her first beauty pageant.
This has been an unusual year for the Miss USA organization. Last month, Miss Nevada Katie Rees was dethroned after photos of her exposing her breasts and kissing another girl popped up on online gossip sites. And last month, Miss USA Tara Conner entered rehab at Wernersville's Caron Foundation after admitting to underage drinking, after media reports surfaced about her alleged drug and alcohol abuse and sexual indiscretions.
"This isn't another scandal. This is a baby; this is a life," Harder said when asked if she was worried her pregnancy would be treated as scandal, in light of Rees and Conner. Harder says being a mom "is a title I have always wanted and will always cherish."
Harder began her modeling career while in high school, where she was a National Honor Society student. She moved to New York after graduating in 2004 to work as a model. She's traveled to Japan and appeared in ads for Pepsi and Versace, among others. She'll be cheering for Abrahamson to represent New Jersey in the Miss USA pageant in March. Abrahamson, 22, is a senior at Montclair State, and also an aspiring singer. The Miss Universe Organization could not be reached for comment.
"Katie Rees has been relieved of her duties as Miss Nevada USA 2007," said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Organization, which owns the pageant and others.
Rees' dismissal comes two days after Miss USA Tara Conner was allowed to keep her tiara when she admitted underage drinking at New York bars and agreed to go into rehab and undergo drug testing.
Pageant officials couldn't immediately provide a telephone number for Rees and said they didn't know when the photos of her were taken.
Shugart made the decision to jettison Rees, but pageant co-owner Donald Trump supported it, said Miss Universe Organization spokeswoman Lark-Marie Anton.
Trump, who co-owns Miss Universe with NBC, gave Conner a second chance after meeting with her Tuesday. Trump said Conner, 21, was a good person with a good heart and deserved to keep her title.
"I think Tara is going to be the great comeback kid," Trump said during his televised announcement, with a teary-eyed Conner by his side.
Apparently, there will be no comeback for Rees, whose reign was truncated because of the photos.
Rees has appeared as Miss Nevada USA at charity events such as the Goodie Two Shoe Giveaway, at which underprivileged students received free shoes, backpacks and school supplies.
Shugart said first runner-up Helen Salas will assume the title and compete at the next Miss USA pageant on March 23 in Los Angeles.
Helen was also Miss Nevada Teen USA 2004 and 2nd runner up at Miss Teen USA 2004. This is the second time a winner was replaced by it's 1st runner up, first in 2005 where Sloan Bailey resigned due to personal reasons.
Miss USA 2007 delegates:
All of the 52 delegates for Miss USA 2007 are selected. There will definitely be some tough competition, as many delegates previously competed at Miss America and Miss Teen USA. First is Misses Alaska, Florida, and Mississippi. All three competed at Miss America. Alaska in 2003 and Florida and Mississippi in 2005. All three did not place, but Jenna Edwards of Florida received a preliminary swimsuit award.
Misses Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia previously competed at Miss Teen USA. Miss New York USA, Gloria Almonte and Miss North Carolina USA, Erin O' Kelley both competed at Miss Teen USA 2001. Gloria placed really high, 1st runner up and Erin did not place. Gloria has a very high chance to become the 5th Miss USA from New York. In the 2002 group is Misses Minnesota, Tennessee, and Virginia USA. Minnesota and Tennessee made the top 10 in the finals, where Tennessee's Rachel Smith came in the 9th, just a spot ahead of Minnesota. In the 2003 batch is Misses Idaho, Indiana, and Missouri USA. Out of them three only Miss Indiana USA, Jami Stallings made the top 15. Lastly, Miss Texas USA, Magan Ellis and Miss Nevada USA, Helen Salas competed at the 2004 pageant. Both made the top 15, where Helen placed as 2nd runner up.
Also held on October 27th was the Miss Europe 2006 pageant. 33 nations around Europe competed for the crown. In the end, Miss France, Alexandra Rosenfeld, also a participant at Miss Universe 2006 won the crown. She was crowned by the raining Miss Europe, Shermaine Sharivar from Germany, who also was a participant at the Miss Universe 2004 pageant. First runner up went to the home nation, Ukraine. Spain took 3rd, where Miss Poland, Katarzyna Borowicz took 4th, Katarzyna have also competed at Miss World 2004 and Miss Earth 2005, where she took 4th runner up and 3rd runner up respectively. Miss Belarus finished 5th. The top 12 were Misses Armenia, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Moldova, Norway, and Switzerland. Norway have also competed at Miss International 2005 with Miss Sweden. Other familar faces in the pageant were Misses Albania and Hungary which competed at Miss World 2005. Misses Great Britain and Iceland competed at Miss World 2006. Last but not least was Miss Greece who also represent Greece at Miss Universe 2006. Congratulations to all the winners and semifinalists.
Wins Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competition
Orlando, FL - August 20, 2005 - Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen Maria DeSantis walked the runway as the second Miss America's Outstanding Teen on Saturday night in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. This historic crowning moment marked her first steps on a journey that will take her across the country promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, community involvement and healthy living for our nation's youth.
Through an official partnership with the US Dream Academy, DeSantis will help improve the outlook of America's young people by increasing literacy through creative mentoring. She will also continue work on her personal platform of getting teens involved in the fight against cancer.
DeSantis, a 17-year-old Staten Island resident, attends Staten Island Technical High School. She studies AP courses in math, Russian, chemistry, English and macroeconomics in the most rigorous high school on Staten Island.
When Bermudez Romero was declared the winner of the competition and crowned with the $29,000 replacement crown, competition organizer David Marmell burst onto the stage and demanded that the transmission be temporarily interrupted.
Then the order was given on the public address system “Guards, close the auditorium exits. There has been a mistake. The finale will be reshot. The winner is Russia.”
The crowning of Arzhakovskaya was filmed with only about ten competitors on the stage and catcalls from the audience. The delegates dumped the ribbons or sashs on the floor. Anyway, I though the judges chose the right winner. Mrs. Russia was truly beautiful. What I saw was Alan announced the top 12 semifinalists, which 10 were the preliminary winners and 2 were the ''Miss World fast track winners.'' The delegates competed at cooking and hockey for the 2 covered spots. Mrs. Finland and China took it. What is unknown however is how Mrs. Kenya made the top 5 and take 3rd runner up because she failed to make the top 12 cut. If she is included there are 13 semifinalists.
Here is the results courtesy of the Mrs. World 2006 site:
Winner: Mrs. Russia, 1st runner up: Mrs. Costa Rica, 2nd runner up: Mrs. Finland, 3rd runner up: Mrs. Kenya, 4th runner up: Mrs. China, 5th runner up: Mrs. Poland.
Top 12: Mrs. America, Guyana, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, and Ukraine.
Best Costume: Mrs. Russia, Most Original Costume: Mrs. Kenya, Mrs. Congeniality: Mrs. Bolivia.
Crowning video courtesy of MSHK Beauties: .
Looks like the woman made the mistake, not Tickle. What chaos indeed! You have to hear Mrs. Norway curse and Mrs. New Zealand scream. Embrassing... I get now why the contestants and audience do not react when Mrs. Costa Rica was crowned and Mrs. Russia won. Many people couldn't understand English. That's why. However, didn't Tickle feel unusual when they crowned Costa Rica instead of Russia? He just saids nothing...
IN THE NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES "FINDING MISS AMERICA" PREMIERING IN JANUARY 2007
JUDGES TO SELECT TOP EIGHT FINALISTS
CMT VIEWERS TO CHOOSE ADDITIONAL SEVEN FINALISTS
TO COMPETE IN THE 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT
SERIES TO SHOWCASE THE PAGEANT PRELIMINARIES
INCLUDING THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN JUDGES INTERVIEWS
NASHVILLE, TN and ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - April 1, 2006 - The road to becoming Miss America just took another twist as CMT and the Miss America Organization announce FINDING MISS AMERICA - a seven episode documentary series that follows the 52 Miss America finalists through the preliminary competitions prior to the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. The series will air in the days leading up to the two hour Pageant, which is scheduled to premiere live in January 2007 on CMT.
For the first time in the Pageant's 85-year history, viewers will be given the opportunity to cast their votes via phone and CMT.com for their favorite contestants, thereby determining finalists to compete in the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. In addition, viewers will get an inside look at the crucial, never-before-seen judges interview portion of the preliminary competition.
"One of our goals with last year's Pageant was to give viewers the opportunity to really get to know these contestants and root for their favorites," said Paul Villadolid, vice president, programming and development, CMT. "With the creation of this documentary series, viewers are now introduced to these contestants like never before, and are able to vote for seven of their favorites to make the finals. Now, in addition to their talent and smarts, personality will play a huge role in determining these finalists."
"This is a great change in direction for the continued evolution of the Miss America Organization," said Art McMaster, president/CEO of the Miss America Organization. "While we deeply value and honor our organization's traditions, we believe that this series will only increase viewer interest while showcasing the talents and character of these amazing women."
"These young women are educated, compassionate and beautiful and it's about time that viewers are finally able to see the hard work and dedication that goes into becoming Miss America," said Phyllis George, Miss America 1971 and member of the Miss America Organization Board.
The series will begin with each of the Miss America contestants traveling to the Pageant's host city in the Fall of 2006, where they will be divided up by random order into seven groups. Each of the seven episodes of the docu-series will focus on one particular group, as they live together and compete in the preliminary competitions -- evening wear, swimwear, talent and the one-on-one judges interviews, which have been previously conducted behind closed doors. At the end of the preliminary period, judges will tally their votes and secretly select the top eight finalists to be revealed live at the 2007 Pageant.
FINDING MISS AMERICA will begin airing in January 2007, in the days leading up to the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. At the end of each episode, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant via phone and CMT.com. Both viewer and judges selections will be announced live during the Pageant telecast, with 15 finalists advancing. The judging of the 15 finalists will follow the same established rules as in years past.
Villadolid adds: "This series will reflect the type of original programming that CMT does so well -- positive, heartfelt storytelling. FINDING MISS AMERICA will reveal the sacrifice and character of these accomplished contestants."
FINDING MISS AMERICA will be produced by Julie Pizzi and Patty Ivins at PB&J Television. The one-hour, seven episode series will be executive produced by Paul Villadolid and Nicole Zien for CMT.
Article courtesy of the Miss America Organization. Also congratulations to CMT for having the highest ratings for Miss America (It broke the ratings for the annual CMT Music Country Awards!).
Only family and close friends had known she was sick.
"Chat kept her illness a secret to avoid a media circus. Also, she didn't want the public to see her in such a state," said Rene Salud, her fashion designer, friend and mentor.
Salud said even he didn't know Silayan had fallen ill until a year after the cancer was diagnosed.
"It came to me as a great shock," he told the Inquirer in a phone interview yesterday. "I wished I could do something to help her."
Silayan died at around 8 p.m. at St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City, according to her mother Antonietta Rivera.
The daughter of the late actor Vic Silayan, Chat is survived by her husband Mike Bailon and children Victor Anthony, Timothy and Michaela.
Her remains lie at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City. Interment is set for Saturday at the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque City.
"Chat died in her sleep," her mother said. "She didn't seem to be in pain. Mike had told me the night before that Chat wanted to see me. When I arrived the next day at 4:30 p.m., she was asleep. I thought of waking her up but changed my mind because I decided it was better for her to rest. Now I wish I did wake her up--at least she'd have known that I was around."
"I know for a fact that she suffered a lot because of the cancer," Ledesma recalled. "But she was very courageous because she was certain that she would go to heaven."
The last time she saw Silayan, the singer said, was six months ago. "At the time, I had heard she was already in a bad way, but there she was at the mall with her family. I think they were going to see a movie."
Rivera said her daughter had started feeling pains in the abdomen and lower back two years ago, but that the actress, a health buff, had brushed off those symptoms, saying they were probably just the result of a rigid exercise regimen.
Finally, Rivera recounted, Silayan was alarmed when she passed blood in her urine and stool. She went for a checkup then, the mother said.
Her daughter had insisted that discussions about her illness be kept to a minimum, Rivera added.
"Michael was her faithful companion throughout this battle," she said. "Even while we accepted that death came to everyone sooner or later, we were all hoping for a miracle for Chat."
Along with other Born Again Christians like Ledesma and Coney Reyes, Silayan had taken an active part in the presidential campaign of Bro. Eddie Villanueva--founding director of the Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide--in 2004. -By Marinel R. Cruz, Inquirer
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