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Miss USA 2009, Kristen Dalton
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4/21/09:
 
Okay before the Miss USA 2009 pageant comes to an end, below are the final results for the pageant again.
 
Miss USA 2009 Results:
Winner: North Carolina
1st runner up: California
2nd runner up: Arizona
3rd runner up: Utah
4th runner up: Kentucky

Top 10 (6th to 10th): Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, and West Virginia

Top 15 (11th to 15th): Virginia, Minnesota, Georgia, Idaho, and Connecticut

Special Awards:
Miss Congeniality: Wyoming
Miss Photogenic: West Virginia
 
Final Competition Scores:
Swimsuit:
4. Kentucky: 8.963
6. Arkansas: 8.704
3. California: 9.033
8. West Virginia: 8.475
1. North Carolina: 9.198
15. Connecticut: 7.797
9. Tennessee: 8.442
14. Idaho: 7.800
3. Arizona: 9.092
13. Georgia: 7.946
5. Utah: 8.851
12. Minnesota: 8.150
7. Texas: 8.548
10. South Carolina: 8.402
11. Virginia: 8.199
 
Evening Gown:
3. Arizona: 9.189
2. California: 9.275
9. South Carolina: 8.335
4. Kentucky: 9.047
5. Utah: 8.849
1. North Carolina: 9.470
8. Arkansas: 8.419
6. Texas: 8.694
10. West Virginia: 8.296
7. Tennessee: 8.576
 
Legend:
Orange: Leader at that competition
Black: Eliminated from the top 15
Gray: Eliminated from the top 10
 
Many pageant fans and newspaper readers must have read the "controversial" answer Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean said.
 
PB's comments: Indeed to some degree, Carrie's answer was not presented eloquently and thus costed her the crown. However if a person was on Carrie's position and perspective, that question was hard to answer. Whatever answer she gave, it would have affected her placement and her reputation.
 
Carrie did not give up her thoughts, beliefs, and morals for the Miss USA crown. As a pageant fan myself, I have to say the answer wasn't that bad. I agree with her in some points (We do live in a land that we can choose same sex/opposite sex marriage) SINCE we can vote on it right? Other countries such as Afghanistan for example, do not allow this. Americans are very fortunate already.
 
Next celebrity judge Perez Hilton had NO reason to be so offended. He has bad excuses unfortunately to support why he cursed at Carrie and why she is a "*****." He even made a video to support his decision on why Carrie lost and why she is ignorant. That is unacceptable, as a celebrity and as a human being, people need to respect others... It is indeed a wrong decision to choose him as a judge.
 
Next, one of the judges, Miss Rhode Island USA 1997, Claudia Jordan stated in a radio interview (news from United States of Beauty forum) that she voted for Miss Arizona USA, Alicia Blanco to win. She said others did too, however a large group of judges also wanted Carrie (California) to win. Miss North Carolina USA, Kristen Dalton won as she received the most votes to be second, third runner up. Another words, Kristen won as her average final score (ballot) was higher than California and Arizona. This is indeed one thing that I do not know... Nevertheless Kristen is beautiful, intelligent, and has the fresh Miss USA look. She will do well at Miss Universe and if in any chance she wins, then Carrie will become the new Miss USA. Then Perez Hilton will have the chance to get her crown lol. 
 
Lastly, here is one of the lastest articles on the controvery answer. Below is also a video of her answer. View it all now:
 
 

As a judge for Miss USA or for any pageant, he/she must act appropriately. Unfortunately, Mr. Hilton did not (i.e. as seen in the videos above). He is a disgrace and shame to Hollywood. He ruined a woman’s lifetime chance for being Miss USA. Hopefully Americans can see the truth under the controversy and gossip. May the crisis end soon. Lastly is an article of Carrie’s response on the Today show for the controversy answer.

 

PB supports Carrie 100%!

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4/20/09:
 
Miss USA 2009 Results:
Winner: North Carolina
1st runner up: California
2nd runner up: Arizona
3rd runner up: Utah
4th runner up: Kentucky

Top 10 (6th to 10th): Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, and West Virginia

Top 15 (11th to 15th): Virginia, Minnesota, Georgia, Idaho, and Connecticut

Special Awards:
Miss Congeniality: Wyoming
Miss Photogenic: West Virginia
 
Final Competition Scores:
Swimsuit:
4. Kentucky: 8.963
6. Arkansas: 8.704
3. California: 9.033
8. West Virginia: 8.475
1. North Carolina: 9.198
15. Connecticut: 7.797
9. Tennessee: 8.442
14. Idaho: 7.800
3. Arizona: 9.092
13. Georgia: 7.946
5. Utah: 8.851
12. Minnesota: 8.150
7. Texas: 8.548
10. South Carolina: 8.402
11. Virginia: 8.199
 
Evening Gown:
3. Arizona: 9.189
2. California: 9.275
9. South Carolina: 8.335
4. Kentucky: 9.047
5. Utah: 8.849
1. North Carolina: 9.470
8. Arkansas: 8.419
6. Texas: 8.694
10. West Virginia: 8.296
7. Tennessee: 8.576
 
Legend:
Orange: Leader at that competition
Black: Eliminated from the top 15
Gray: Eliminated from the top 10
 
Comments: Miss North Carolina USA, Kristen Dalton was a good choice. She dominated the scores and answered the final question well. Beauty does run in the family, her sister was 2nd runner up at Miss Teen USA 2008 and her mother was Miss North Carolina USA 1982! She will do well at Miss Universe with her blonde hair, blue eyes, sweet look, and facial look. First runner up was PB's Miss USA 2009, Carrie Prejean (California). She stood a good chance for the crown until that final question... It ruined her chances. However being first runner up does not mean that she cannot continue California's one winner in every decade streak. If Kristen wins Miss Universe, she will become California's 6th Miss USA.
 
Second runner up was a surprise... Miss Arizona USA. I do not know how she managed to do so well... Maybe her background helped her. Utah was third runner up, another shocking placement. Kentucky answered the final question with a great answer. However she was fourth runner up, hard to believe. Similar to Miss Mexico Universe 2008?
 
In the top 10, Arkansas should of changed her gown. Like I stated earlier, it will cost her. Indeed it did... Texas's Brooke Daniels tried her best. She finished sixth, a great finish already. Tennessee, no comment for her. South Carolina and West Virginia rounded off the top 10, South Carolina I thought should of placed 10th overall. As for the top 15 semifinalists, I don't know how Idaho, Georgia, and Connecticut made it. I had some doubts on Minnesota making it and thus place her as darkhorse/alternate. But no idea how Idaho made it (MUO pick).
 
As for delegates that failed to place: Hawaii, I have no idea how she did not make it. She had lots of confidence and her interview was good. The frontrunner eventually got unplaced. New York's exclusion was a surprise too... She has a intelligent mind, very suitable for the Miss Universe Organization. She had a strong preliminary performance, do not know how Tracey fail. Vermont had a fresh look too, so as Kansas. Illinois also did quite well but also did not make it. Worthy to note: This is the first time since 1994 that NO former Miss Teen USA contestants made the first cut. I thought Rhode Island and DC fared quite well... And lastly Miss Delaware USA was very bold and brave to film the "Delaware Curse" video. However it did not come to her advantage as Delaware was never called out... When will the curse end?
 
Overall PB predicted 8 of 15 semifinalists with 3 alternates/darkhorses making the cut too. The four that were not in our top 26 list was: Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, and Minnesota. Nevertheless, PB correctly predicts again that a contestant will win the evening gown competition (Miss NC USA was awarded PB's Best In Evening Gown award) and she went on to win tonight's evening competition just like Oklahoma last year. Congratulations to all the winners and contestants. Job well done!
 
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4/19/09:
 
PB's Miss USA 2009
After reviewing all the contestants, it was hard to choose PB's Miss USA 2009. PB reviewed all the delegates and finally chose the winner. PB's Miss USA 2009 is Miss California USA 2009, Carrie Prejean! Congratulations!
 
Here are the final predictions for Miss USA 2009:
Winner: California
1st runner up: Arkansas
2nd runner up: New York
3rd runner up: North Carolina
4th runner up: Utah  
 
Top 10 Finalists (6th to 10th place): Hawaii, Texas, Rhode Island, Kansas, and Virginia
 
Top 15 Semifinalists (11th to 15th place): Vermont, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Delaware
 
Darkhorses/Alternates (16th to 26th place): Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Washington, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin
 
Special Awards:
Miss Photogenic: Wisconsin or Utah
Miss Congeniality: New York
 
This list was very hard to determine. All of the delegates seem strong and it can be anyone's game. PB thinks Miss California USA can win due to her modelling background, great interview skills, and look. She can continue the one winner in every decade streak for California. Many do not have Miss Arkansas USA as a favorite due to her gown. However her smile, catwalk, and look seems to be strong. If she changes into a better gown after making the top 10, she may take it all. New York, not a big favorite of many but I think she can make it into the top 5. Her gown and presentation was very good. She can possibly make it like Leah Leviano last year and do well in interview. Very intelligent girl.
 
Next on the top 5 list is Miss North Carolina USA. She has a great gown, great beautiful look. Very safe bet. However her age may come to her disadvantage into not winning but hey there are winners who were very young (18). She has a possibility! Lastly PB thinks Utah will be fifth. She has the looks and gown. However PB did not think her interview on missusa.com was the best and thus she is fifth.
 
Hawaii has lots of confidence and a bright red gown. If she gives better poses, she can make the top 5. If she does, then watch out for her... Texas is always a powerhouse at Miss USA and Brooke seems prepared too. However her preliminary performance was not the best and PB think she will not continue the consecutive win. Rhode Island, a semifinalist from Miss Teen USA 2002 (the class to produce two Miss USAs - Tara Conner and Rachel Smith). She knows how to work it on stage despite her height. You never know, maybe she will win like Tara Conner! Kansas, favorite for many pageant websites. She seems to have the height and her gown presentation was not bad. She will make the cut. Lastly in our top 10 is Miss Virginia USA. She has a great gown but let's see if she will make the first cut.
 
Vermont, a beautiful contestant and her performance was spectacular in the preliminaries. Miss USA always have some surprises, she maybe one of them! District of Columbia's Nicole White changed a lot since Miss Teen USA. She had a great gown and presented it well. Next is Tennessee... she did not choose a wow gown like her previous titleholders but her height and interview may bring her in. Kentucky is next on our list. She has a fresh look, young, and stunning. She seems a safe bet. Lastly in our top 15 is... Miss Delaware USA. A surprise indeed, she did not perform her best in the preliminaries. However watching "The Delaware Curse" Video: , PB decided to risk a stop for her. She seemed to command attention from internet fans and since MUO decided to allow this video to post, then very likely she will be one of six MUO and Mr. Donald Trump's choices. Maybe the Delaware Curse will end tonight!?, who knows??
 
In our darkhorses/alternates list, PB chose the delegates above. Illinois seemed to work it in the preliminaries, she may sneak into the top 15. Arizona also did quite well and maybe one of MUO's choices. South Carolina... did not impressed PB much but she seems to be a favorite so she may make it. Nebraska's gown was the best but she worked it. Maybe she will continue her semifinalist win at Miss Teen USA. The others all have chances too. However surprises are guaranteed in Miss USA so except one, two, or maybe three contestants making the top 15 but not on our list.
 
PB wishes all the ladies the best. May the best girl!
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Regional Miss USAs announced:
This is the second year that PB names four new regional Miss USAs. Last year, none of the regional Miss USAs made the top 5. This year, PB has faith that some or possibly all of the winners will make the top 5. All the contestants are split into four groups as follows:
 
West:
 
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

North-East:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Mid-West:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

South:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
After much consideration, PB names the following contestants as the brand new regional Miss USAs:
 
 
PB's Miss East USA 2009: Miss New York USA, Tracey Chang
 
 
PB's Miss West USA 2009: Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean
 
 
PB's Miss South USA 2009: Miss Arkansas USA, Chanley Painter
 
 
Lastly, PB's Miss Mid-West USA 2009: Miss Kansas USA, Courtney Courter
 
PB's Viewers' Choice for Miss USA 2009
Who is your favorite delegate to win Miss USA 2009? [1344 votes total]

Miss Alabama USA, Rachel Philippona (33)
   2%
Miss Alaska USA, Jessica Nolin (5)
   0%
Miss Arizona USA, Alicia-Monique Blanco (19)
   1%
Miss Arkansas USA, Chanley Painter (19)
   1%
Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean (163)
   12%
Miss Colorado USA, Patrice Williams (9)
   1%
Miss Connecticut USA, Monica Pietrzak (29)
   2%
Miss Delaware USA, Kate Banaczak (2)
   0%
Miss District of Columbia USA, Nicole White (4)
   0%
Miss Florida USA, Anastagia Pierre (26)
   2%
Miss Georgia USA, Kimberly Gittings (31)
   2%
Miss Hawaii USA, Aureana Tseu (52)
   4%
Miss Idaho USA, Melissa Weber (10)
   1%
Miss Illinois USA, Ashley Bond (5)
   0%
Miss Indiana USA, Courtni Hall (6)
   0%
Miss Iowa USA, Chelsea Gauger (9)
   1%
Miss Kansas USA, Courtney Courter (8)
   1%
Miss Kentucky USA, Maria Montgomery (23)
   2%
Miss Louisiana USA, Lacey Minchew (12)
   1%
Miss Maine USA, Ashley Underwood (7)
   1%
Miss Maryland USA, Gabrielle Carlson (7)
   1%
Miss Massachusetts USA, Alison Cronin (5)
   0%
Miss Michigan USA, Lindsey Tycholiz (2)
   0%
Miss Minnesota USA, Erica Nego (10)
   1%
Miss Mississippi USA, Jessica Lauren McRaney (6)
   0%
Miss Missouri USA, Stacey Smith (1)
   0%
Miss Montana USA, Misti Vogt (1)
   0%
Miss Nebraska USA, Meagan Winings (5)
   0%
Miss Nevada USA, Georgina Vaughan (6)
   0%
Miss New Hampshire USA, Christy Dunn (4)
   0%
Miss New Jersey USA, Kaity Bettina Rodriguez (28)
   2%
Miss New Mexico USA, Bianca Matamoros-Koonce (8)
   1%
Miss New York USA,Tracey Chang (28)
   2%
Miss North Carolina USA, Kristen Dalton (18)
   1%
Miss North Dakota USA, Kelsey Erickson (1)
   0%
Miss Ohio USA, Natasha Vivoda (8)
   1%
Miss Oklahoma USA, Lauren Lunday (7)
   1%
Miss Oregon USA, Sylvie Tarpinian (2)
   0%
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Lindsey Nelsen (3)
   0%
Miss Rhode Island USA, Alysha Castonguay (9)
   1%
Miss South Carolina USA, Stephanie Smith (15)
   1%
Miss South Dakota USA, Jessica Rowell (1)
   0%
Miss Tennessee USA, Kristen Motil (21)
   2%
Miss Texas USA, Brooke Daniels (47)
   3%
Miss Utah USA, Laura Chukanov (86)
   6%
Miss Vermont USA, Brooke Werner (16)
   1%
Miss Virginia USA, Maegan Phillips (14)
   1%
Miss Washington USA, Tara Turnure (3)
   0%
Miss West Virginia USA, Jessi Pierson (19)
   1%
Miss Wisconsin USA, Alexandra Wehrley (491)
   37%
Miss Wyoming USA, Cynthia Pate (0)
   0%
 
Congratulations to Miss Wisconsin USA, Alexandra Wehrley. She lead the votes from the second week to the end. Can she end up winning NBC's voting for Miss Photogenic?
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4/18/09:
 
PB's Miss USA 2009 Awards Update:
Earlier Miss Arkansas USA won PB's Best In Official Portrait. Next Miss Virginia USA won the Best In Evening Gown Portrait. After PB ranked each delegate in their swimsuit portraits and preliminary performances, four new award winners are determined. First is PB's Best In Swimsuit Portrait:
 
 
 
Miss Arkansas USA, Chanley Painter (9.532) won this award. Her great body and catwalk also allowed her to win the Best In Swimsuit award (9.553). Congratulations! She will definitely score high in the swimsuit competition tomorrow. Coming from behind for swimsuit portrait: Kentucky (9.476), Colorado (9.474), New York (9.463), and Utah (9.254). For Best In Swimsuit second to fifth place is: New York (9.308), Colorado (9.219), Kentucky (9.185) and Utah (9.137). Next is PB's Best In Evening Gown:
 
 
Miss North Carolina USA, Kristen Dalton (9.133) wins this round! Her blue evening gown selection was very smart. The gown matches her blonde hair and her presentation of the gown allowed her to win. Worthy to note: Kristen did not have the highest average score for evening gown portrait and evening gown preliminary. Miss Virginia USA actually had the highest average score for both segments. However after much consideration, PB decided to name Kristen the Best In Evening Gown winner due to her catwalk and presentation skills. Coming behind is: Virginia (9.353), Hawaii (9.236), California (9.131), and District of Columbia (9.126).
 
Lastly is PB's Miss Photogenic. The winner is based on the highest average composite scores of swimsuit, evening gown, and official portraits. The winner is again Miss Arkansas USA, Chanley Painter! She received a score of 9.308. Coming from behind in second to fifth place is: Kentucky (9.254), Connecticut (9.166), Colorado (9.159), and Vermont (9.136). Congratulations!
 
PB's Miss USA 2009 Preliminary Thoughts:
After watching the preliminary competition and scoring each delegate on a 1-9.999 scale, the contestants were ranked from 1st to 51st. Before PB's preliminary top 15 is revealed, here are some thoughts:
  • Arkansas: PB believes that Chanley looks the best in swimsuit. She has great catwalk skills and it can be very sure that Chanley would make the top 15. Her only weakness maybe her gown. Her evening gown is way too red and colorful. It may not be suitable for Miss USA.
  • Hawaii: Beautiful look and catwalk skills. A great red gown and confident movements, she may do very well.
  • California: Although Carrie's gown was not the best, she made it up with her catwalk. She has great looks and with her modelling background, she will do well.
  • New York did extremely well. Strong gown and catwalk, she is very likely to bring the Empire State back into the top 15.
  • Texas is the powerhouse at Miss USA and Brooke is not a exception. She did not perform the best in swimsuit but she will not be left out.
  • District of Columbia was a surprise and performed very well in evening gown. Look out for her.
  • Kentucky had a solid performance.
  • Michigan did very well in all aspects until her evening gown preliminary. Her evening gown design is not the worst but the holes in the sleeve make it look bad.
  • Vermont chose a great gown and her facial look is also strong. She may pull a surprise.
  • Wisconsin performed quite well and chose a great gown. She is the leader in PB's Viewers' Choice award but can she make the top 15?
  • Virginia and Washington are also strong alternates and performed well too.
  • Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota are PB's longshots to make the top 15.

Here are PB's top 15 in the preliminary competition based on the swimsuit, evening gown, and interview videos:

Arkansas (9.401), California (9.369), District of Columbia (9.213), Hawaii (9.330), Illinois (9.111), Kentucky (9.102), Louisiana (9.106), New York (9.188), Nevada (9.093), North Carolina (9.286), Oklahoma (9.160), Rhode Island (9.228), Texas (9.228), Utah (9.220), and Washington (9.161).

Congratulations! However this is not the final list of predictions. The final list of predictions will be announced tomorrow. Regional Miss USAs and PB's Miss USA 2009 and Viewers' Choice award will also be announced. Stay tuned!

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4/17/09:
 
Miss USA 2009 Preliminaries on nbc.com:
Video:
 
On nbc.com right now, Miss USA 2009 full episodes of the preliminary competition are avilable to see. The contestants all look stunning and beautiful. Pageant Beauties will reveal our picks for the top 15 in the preliminaries very soon. For now this is PB's current favorites for the crown:
 
PB's Current Top favorites: Hawaii, California, Arkansas, Texas, Virginia, Colorado, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, Nevada, Arizona, and Kentucky.

Bubbling up: Utah, Connecticut, Washington, Indiana, and Nebraska.
 
New Miss USA Crown Revealed:
 
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4/14/09:
 
Miss USA 2009 Miss Photogenic Voting Now Open!
Vote now for Miss Photogenic on NBC.com:
 
Controversy: Miss California USA and Miss Hawaii USA's comments:
 
PB's thoughts: The video may be viewed also at missusa.com (). With that in mind, the Miss Universe Organization feels that it is suitable and appropriate to post it. However many pageant fans feel that both contestants have gone a little too far... PB believes that all contestants are humans. All humans have their own opinions and it is true that there will be gossip behind the glamour and stage (i.e. Miss Universe 2003, Amelia Vega). The comments made by both contestants are just ways to generate attention and publicity.
 
Another example of this video is Pageant Place (the successful reality show) based on the 2007 titleholders and Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner. It is a reality show, some of it is true but PB is pretty sure that some is false. With that in mind, PB thinks that pageant fans should not be too perturbed at their thoughts. The Miss Universe Organization feels that it is approriate to post it and if they were to be crowned Miss USA, they would act approriately and sincere.
 
However PB feels that Miss California USA and Miss Hawaii USA should tone down their behavior a little bit. Miss Hawaii USA should try to speak in a interview without moving her hands and making gestures since it makes her look rude in a way.
 
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4/13/09:
 
PB's first list of Miss USA 2009 Top 15 favorites:
In random order, they are:
 
California, Arkansas, Hawaii, Utah, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Washington, Tennessee, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Nebraska.
Coming from behind are: Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Nevada
 
After one day of reviewing each delegates' evening gown portraits individually, PB has ranked each delegate in evening gown portraits. There were indeed a variety of evening gowns ranging from white to black to blue and more. The gown's material were also different from state to state. However PB managed to choose the delegate with the Best Evening Gown Portrait. The winner is:
 
 
Miss Virginia USA, Maegan Elizabeth Phillips! Maegan has a unique and simple gray gown on. The cutting looks unique and simple and with a great pose, PB believes Maegan has the Best In Evening Gown Portrait. She won with a score of 9.448. In second and third are Miss Pennsylvania USA (9.335) and Kentucky USA (9.286). Congratulations!
 
However PB found some gown choices to be wrong. Here are some of PB's thoughts. No intention to put down any contestant.
 
 
Miss North Dakota USA's white gown is simple and refreshing. However PB found the upper portion (the black dots) to be a little extra. Otherwise, it is not bad. Other examples include:
 
 
Miss Kansas USA's gown is okay. The bottom portion looks like a cloth, little uniform feeling.
 
 
Miss Nebraska USA, Meagan Winings. The top 10 Miss Teen USA 2004 semifinalist is wearing a pink gown for Miss USA. The gown looks more suitable for teen pageants rather than Miss USA.
 
 
The simple gown looks very beautiful. However Miss Mississippi USA looks a little oversized to wear the gown. Maybe Jessica should wear a longer and wider evening gown.
 
 
Miss South Dakota USA's choice seems a little plain. The design seems a little weird.
 
 
Miss Idaho USA's gown looks a little heavy. The purple color is usually very risky in pageants, even for teen pageants.

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4/10/09:
 
Miss USA 2009 Swimsuit Poster:
 
The delegates pose in swimsuits while taking the official swimsuit poster. The poster (like all previous years) are available to purchase through the Miss USA website.
 
Trivia of this year's contestants:
Nine contestants this year are former Miss Teen USA contestants. Five of them competed against each other at Miss Teen USA 2004, making 2004 the year with the most teen contestants crossover to a single Miss USA pageant. Those contestants are:
  • Miss District of Columbia USA, Nicole White
  • Miss Florida USA, Anastagia Pierre
  • Miss Indiana USA, Courtni Hall
  • Miss Mississippi USA, Jessica McRaney
  • Miss Nebraska USA, Meagan Winings (Top 10 Finalist)

Other contestants that previously competed at Miss Teen USA include:

  • Miss Rhode Island USA, Alysha Castonguay (Top 10 Finalist, 7th place overall)
  • Miss Massachusetts USA, Alison Cronin
  • Miss Nevada USA, Georgina Vaughan
Miss Kentucky USA, Maria Montgomery is the youngest contestant in the pageant, at 19. Miss Idaho USA, Melissa Weber is the oldest contestant as she is 27 (she won her state crown at 26, turning 27 before the set Miss USA deadline). The tallest contestants in the pageant are Miss Connecticut USA and Miss Montana USA, both standing at 5'11". The shortest contestant is Miss Indiana USA, Courtni Hall who stands at 5'3".
 
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4/9/09:
 
Official Portraits:
Photos courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization. Visit the all new Miss USA website here: :
 
 
Miss Wyoming USA, Cynthia Pate poses for the cameras during the yearly official portrait session. Does she look like Miss North Carolina USA and Miss USA 2005, Chelsea Cooley?? After much consideration, PB chose Miss Arkansas USA, Chanley Painter as PB's Best In Official Portrait winner! This is her portrait:
 
 
She received a score of 9.528. Following her behind are California (9.489), Michigan (9.480), Vermont (9.478), and Georgia (9.392). Next is PB's pick for the Best In Interview. This is very important as interview is one of three preliminary competitions in determining the top 15. The winner is...
 
 
Miss Hawaii USA, Aureana Tseu. Miss Tseu had the personality and character in her interview. She will bring attention to the crowd. Here is her interview link:
 
 
Contestants from Michigan (9.528), Texas (9.495), Arkansas (9.493), and North Carolina (9.469) finish second to fifth. Good job contestants!
 
As of 6:51 p.m. EST, Miss Wisconsin USA, Alexandra Wehrley has 386 votes and is still leading our poll. Voting will end on April 19th, hours before the pageant. Here is the schedule of the activities and events for the following weeks:
 
April 9: Cook-Off
Miss USA 2008, Crystle Stewart tests her culinary talents as she takes part in a Miss USA cook-off at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
 
April 11: Best Buddies/Chi Tresure Hunt
Miss USA 2008, Crystle Stewart and the 2009 Miss USA contestants speaks at the Best Buddies Treasure Hunt sponsored by Miss USA official hair sponsor Chi.
 

April 12: Shark Tank

Crystle and the 2009 Miss USA contestants visit the Shark Tank pool area at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.
 
April 13: Miss USA 2009 Presentation Show (Preliminaries) at 7:00 p.m. PST.
 
April 14-18: Private Interviews and Rehearsals
 
April 19: Dress Rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. PST.
                 Finals at 7:00 p.m. EST. Watch the pageant LIVE on
                 NBC!
 
Order your tickets for the Miss USA 2009 Pageant here:
 
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4/7/09:
 
Miss Wisconsin USA leads Viewers' Choice poll:
After many days of leading, Miss Wisconsin USA, Alexandra Wehrley now leads. She has 290 votes now and is 22% ahead of the previous leader, Carrie Prejean (Miss California USA). Can she hold on to the lead?
 
NBC's Miss USA website launched:
Visit the official Miss USA 2009 NBC website here:
 
The annual online Miss Photogenic voting will be open soon. The winner will receive a crystal trophy and $1000 cash price. Besides the Miss Photogenic award, contestants will also vote for their own Miss Congeniality.
 
Visit the all new Miss USA 2009 website!
Link:
 
The all new website features many cool stuff. The website includes:
1. Rating each contestant.
2. Creating your own profile.
3. All new photo galleries and videos soon (including preliminary competition videos).
4. Polls to vote on (Best Hair, Most Glam, etc.).
 
Pageant Beauties' Pre-thoughts:
With no telecast of the Miss Teen USA pageant this year (although the dvd can be bought), this year's Miss USA pageant is a long awaited event. The economy is in a recession, however the pageant must go on. With that said, PB has some pre-thoughts before the pageant.
 
Most Facially Beautiful: So far PB thinks that contestants from North Carolina, Kentucky, Hawaii, Colorado, and Texas have the most stunning looks. Miss Colorado USA has a resemblance of Miss USA 2007, Rachel Smith. Hawaii has a unique Asian look, pure and indeed a big change since ten years ago (Miss Hawaii USA also competed at Miss Teen USA 1999). Kentucky and North Carolina have the all around "girl next door" looks and can easily make the top 15. Miss North Carolina USA is also the sister of Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 (2nd runner up at Miss Teen USA 2008) and daughter of Jeannie Boger (Miss North Carolina USA 1982). Beauty runs around in this family.
 
Like always Texas sends strong delegates. Miss Brooke Daniels is no exception, Texas directors seem prepared to produce a 10th Miss USA. Fans think that it is not possible to have a consecutive win but remember Texas has done it previously 1985-1989.....
 
New York's Tracey Chang is also the first Chinese to represent New York and compete at Miss USA. She has improved a lot since her stage pageant and her interview skills are impressive. She can possibly nail the preliminary interview.
 
Connecticut, Florida, and West Virginia are also some states that pageant fans consider as favorites. PB have them as darkhorses for now.
 
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4/4/09:
 
Miss Texas USA's first interview in Las Vegas:
Link:
 
The 2009 Miss USA contestants has officially arrived in Las Vegas. Registration and fittings are underway. The contestants are filming for close up interviews and the interview will be posted on April 7th. The anticipated official portraits will be taken and also posted on April 7th.
 
Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean continues the lead
The leaderboard of the viewers' choice poll did not change after three days. Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, continues to lead in first place.
 
The beauty queen hopes to become the first woman to win since Shannon Marketic in 1992. She has lots of pressure in her hands, she needs to continue the one Miss USA in every decade streak (California has won at least once every decade starting in the 1950s). California has came very close in the 2000s, with two consecutive first runner ups placements (Brittany Hogan and Tamiko Nash in 2005 and 2006). This is the last chance for Miss California USA to win in the 2000s. Can she do it? The result will come soon.
 
More coverage and trivia soon.
 
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4/1/09:
 
Miss Florida USA 2009 Crowning:
 
 
The new Miss Florida USA is Anastagia Pierre. Anastagia was also Miss Florida Teen USA 2004 and competed at Miss Teen USA 2004. She is one of only two former Miss Florida Teen USAs to compete in Miss USA.
 
Miss Texas USA's interview on MyFox Houston:
 
Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean leads poll:
With 79 votes, Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean currently leads the Viewers' Choice poll. Second is Miss Utah USA, Laura Chukanov and third is Miss Arkansas USA, Chanley Painter. The poll will close on April 19th.
 
Previous PB's Viewers' Choice for Miss USA winners:
2007: Miss Texas USA, Magen Ellis (Top 10 Finalist)
2008: Miss Alaska USA, Courtney Carroll (Miss Photogenic)
 
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3/31/09:
 
Hundreds show support as Tomball's own Miss Texas USA leaves to compete for Miss USA title



Brooke Daniels, Miss Texas USA 2009, posed with a young fan, Alexa Escamilla, 6, of Spring, at Daniels' send off party March 26 at Main Street Crossing. Daniels, a Tomball native, competes for the title of Miss USA in April. Escamilla brought her autographed picture of Daniels to the party to show her support. She said she wants to be just like “Miss Brooke.”

By ANNA SCHUMANN
Updated: 03.27.09

She didn’t need the sash and crown for people to know who she was. When Miss Texas USA 2009 Brooke Daniels walked into the crowded building, she was surrounded by people she had known her whole life.

Hundreds of friends, family members and supporters gathered at Main Street Crossing March 26 to wish the Tomball native good luck as she prepares to compete in the upcoming Miss USA pageant.

Daniels, a 2004 Tomball High School graduate, has been taking the year off from studying mass communication at Sam Houston State University. Being Miss Texas USA, and preparing for Miss USA, is a full-time job.

“It’s like preparing for Texas, times two,” she said.

She begins each day with a five-mile run, works with a personal trainer three times a week, and works with the team of trainers and coaches that complete the Miss Texas package, including interview and nutrition coaches. She also sleeps a lot, she said. She tries to be in bed by 9 p.m. Her favorite part of the job is getting to do philanthropy and visiting children in the hospital.

Daniels leaves for Las Vegas April 2, two and a half weeks before the live pageant April 19. In that time, each contestant will be rehearsing, filming the online interview portions, and competing in the preliminary rounds.

What people see on April 19 is only a small part of the full pageant. All contestants will do an opening number, then the top 15 contestants, chosen from the preliminary competitions, will be announced. Those top 15 will model swimsuits and celebrity judges will narrow the pool down to the top 10. Those contestants will then model evening gowns; from there the top five will be chosen. The top five will answer interview questions and from there, the new Miss USA is crowned.

The current Miss USA, Crystle Stewart, is from Texas. Though some people talk to Daniels about how great it would be if Texas could go back-to-back again in Miss USA wins, she said she hasn’t felt any pressure.

“I’ve prepared myself to the best of my ability,” she said. “I know I’m ready. This is the same mindset I had at Texas.”

If she wins, she’ll fly to New York the day after the pageant to live in the Trump Tower for a year, making appearances as part of the job. If she is not crowned Miss USA, she will crown Miss Texas USA 2010 and finish school.

One great thing about being Miss Texas USA, she said, has been getting to meet so many people. Her dream job is to work in sports broadcasting for ESPN, but she said she knows she’ll have to work for that. In the meantime, she has met several people who can offer her opportunities in local sports broadcasting.

At her send-off party March 26, Main Street Crossing was decorated with pictures of Daniels and banners showing support. After a welcome to guests by Daniels’ mother, a slideshow ran on a giant screen, documenting Daniels’ journey to Miss Texas USA.

Many of the people who came to the party, about 150 people, Daniels said, will be joining her in Las Vegas wearing red, white and blue Texas shirts with her face on them.

Daniels said the celebration in her honor was amazing.

“I know I have a lot of support, but to see them all in one room is overwhelming,” she said. “I am so blessed.”
 
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3/29/09:
 
Some state pageant crowning videos:
 
 
Above: The first runner up was Alyssa Campanella, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007 and first runner up at Miss Teen USA 2007. Alyssa was also PB's Miss Teen USA 2007.
 
The official Miss USA 2009 website will be open soon. PB will then evaluate each delegate in official portrait, interview, preliminary swimsuit, preliminary evening gown, evening gown and swimsuit photos to determine the following awards: PB's Best In Official Fadil Portrait, Best In Interview, Best In Swimsuit, Best In Evening Gown, Best Swimsuit Portrait, Best Evening Gown Portrait, Best In Preliminary Preliminary Performance, Miss Photogenic (based on photos), and Miss USA 2009.
 
Viewers' Choice for Miss USA 2009 poll now open:
 
PB's Viewers' Choice for Miss USA 2009
Who is your favorite delegate to win Miss USA 2009?

 
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3/28/09:
 
Miss USA 2009 News
Courtesy of UPI.com ():
 
LAS VEGAS, March 27 (UPI) -- "Access Hollywood" co-host Billy Bush and TV actress Nadine Velazquez are to preside over the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, organizers said Friday.

The event is scheduled April 19 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The pageant is also to feature performances by The Veronicas and Kevin Rudolf, said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization.

"Fifty-one contestants from all across the United States will join in Las Vegas to determine who will wear the exalted Miss USA crown in 2009," the Miss Universe Organization said in a release. "Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast. During her reign, Stewart has traveled across the country as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer education and awareness, and the winner of this year's competition will go on to do the same."

Miss Texas USA 2009 Video Interview:                           

How will the reigning Miss Texas USA, Brooke Daniels prepare for Miss USA 2009? Read her television interview here (courtesy of click2houston.com):

Also read Pageant Beauties' exclusive interview with Miss Daniels here:

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3/27/09:
 
Miss USA 2009 is approaching, only 22 days left!
The 58th Miss USA pageant, Miss USA 2009 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The venue also hosted Miss USA 2008 and Miss America 2008-2009. The pageant is highly anticipated this year as it is only one of two USA pageants to be broadcast on national television (the other being Miss America). Miss Teen USA, the sister branch of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants owned by Mr. Donald Trump was unfortunately cut from NBC after it failed to renew it's contract.
 
Only 22 days left and contestants will arrive in Las Vegas on April 2nd. The Miss Universe Organization revealed further details about this year's pageant. They include:
 
  • Hosts this year are Billy Bush (host of Miss USA 2003-2005 and Miss Universe 2003-2005 pageants) and Nadine Velazquez.
  • Performers include The Veronicas and Kevin Rudolf.

Preliminary judges and final judges are yet to be announced. It is believed that nbc.com will again have it's online Miss Photogenic voting and the preliminary competition will be held 7-9 days before the finals. The top nine preliminary averages scores from swimsuit, evening gown, and individual interview will make the top 15. The other six contestants will be selected by the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Donald Trump. From the top 15, a top 10 will be selected after swimsuit, top 5 after evening gown, and the runner ups and winner be announced after the final question.

The average composite scores of each contestant in each round (except the final question) will be shown. Worthy to note: The top 5 evening gown scores determine who will make the top 5, NOT the average composite top 5 scores from swimsuit and gown. This was evident and seen during the Miss USA 2008 pageant and Miss Universe 2008 pageant.

Pageant Beauties will post their thoughts and predictions again this year. Stay tuned!