Miss Teen USA 2007
|Miss Teen USA 2007|
|Date||August 24, 2007|
|Venue||Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California|
|Congeniality||Anne Elise Parks
Miss Teen USA 2007, the 25th Miss Teen USA pageant, was held on August 24, 2007 in Pasadena, California. At the conclusion of the final night of the competition Hilary Cruz of Colorado was crowned Miss Teen USA 2007 by outgoing titleholder Katie Blair of Montana.
This was the first time the pageant was held in Pasadena, although it was the sixth time the pageant was held in California. It was broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
The event was hosted by Mario Lopez, who also hosted Miss Teen USA 1998 and Miss Teen USA 2003. In 2007 he also hosted the Miss America and Miss Universe pageants. The pageant was broadcast on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EST, rather than at 9:00 p.m. EST.
|Miss Teen USA 2007|
- Colorado wins their first Miss Teen USA title, and places for the fourth time. This was Colorado's first placement since Miss Teen USA 1998.
- New Jersey recorded their highest placement in the competition to date, surpassing Jacklyn Pezzotta's fourth runner-up placement at Miss Teen USA 2003. New Jersey has placed in four of the five years from 2003–2007.
- North Carolina made the top three for the second consecutive year. In 2006 Melissa Lingafelt placed first runner-up.
- South Carolina recorded their highest placement since Vanessa Minnillo won in 1998.
- West Virginia placed for only the fourth time, making the top five for the second time in three years.
- Alabama made the cut for only the fifth time (first in 1988 and last in 2004), and New Mexico made the cut for only the fifth time since Brittany Toll made it in 2005.
- Rhode Island made the cut in two consecutive years for the first time since Gina Tognoni and Shanna Moakler placed in 1991–1992. Rhode Island has placed at both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA twice in succession for the first time ever.
- Virginia and Kansas made the top ten for the third year in succession.
- Wyoming also placed for the first time since 1998, recording only their third placement in the history of the competition.
- Texas did not make the semi-finals for the third consecutive year, the first time this happened since 1995.
- Maryland won their second Miss Photogenic award and Mississippi their second Miss Congeniality award.
Selection of contestants
One delegate from each state and the District of Columbia was chosen in state pageants held from September to December 2006. Following the selection of Ava Goldson as Miss District of Columbia Teen USA, Goldson chose to resign due to educational commitments and her first runner-up Jasmine Alexis represented the District of Columbia at Miss Teen USA 2007.
Contestants arrived in Pasadena on August 12 and participated in a number of events in the lead up to the final competition. On August 14 the official swimsuit poster shoot was held by the pool of the Pasadena Hilton, the host hotel.
- The 51 delegates competed in a preliminary competition on August 19, five days before the final. There were three rounds of competition: swimsuits, evening gowns, and personal interviews. The personal interviews took place prior to or following the swimsuit and evening gown preliminary competition production.
- Swimsuit Competition: The delegates wore BSC Swimwear Thailand swimsuits.
- Evening Gown Competition: The delegates wore an evening gown chosen by themselves.
- Interview Competition: Each of the delegates answered a question posed by a judge.
- The average scores of each delegate were calculated and the highest placed delegates, along with a selection of delegates by the Miss Universe organization, made the top fifteen. Those delegates then were announced during the final competition.
The top fifteen was announced during the final telecast and went on to compete in the swimsuit competition, which featured music by Kat DeLuna. Following this the top ten delegates were announced and they competed in evening gowns, to music by the Jonas Brothers. After this, the two special award winners were announced, followed by the announcement of the top five delegates. The interview competition involved the top five answering a question proposed by one of the judges. Each delegate had 30 seconds to answer. Afterwards the judges had one final look at the top five as they cast their votes for the winner and runners-up. Katie Blair then took her final walk and the runners-up and winner was announced.
During the Final Question round, Aimee Teegarden asked Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton, why she thought a fifth of Americans are unable to locate the United States on a world map. Upton's response was:
"I personally believe that, U.S. Americans are unable to do so, because some… people out there in our nation that don’t have maps, and I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should… our education over here in the U.S., should help the U.S., er, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future.., for our children... " 
Her response has been criticized as "strange" and "grammarless," and was also described as an "extreme blonde moment."  Videos of her response were posted to YouTube and have received several million views, and has now become an Internet phenomenon.
The following Tuesday, August 28, Upton appeared on NBC's Today Show, where Ann Curry gave her the opportunity to formulate a new response to the same question. Upton's new reply was: "Personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. If the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography in our education so people will learn how to read maps better." She said that she was "in shock" during the competition and barely heard the question that had been asked.
- Opening Number
- "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne, "I Fell in Love with the DJ" by Che'Nelle
- Swimsuit Competition
- "Whine Up" by Kat DeLuna
- Evening Gown Competition
- "Hold On", "SOS" by Jonas Brothers
The Miss Teen USA 2007 delegates were:
|Alabama||Canden Jackson||Fairhope, AL||17||5'10"||Top 10|
|Alaska||Muriel Clauson||Anchorage, AK||17||5'9"|
|Arizona||Tiffany Martin||Phoenix, AZ||18||5'7"|
|Arkansas||Tiffany Greenstreet||Melbourne, AR||18||5'4"|
|California||Kylee Lin||San Rafael, CA||16||5'6"|
|Colorado||Hilary Cruz||Louisville, CO||18||5'7"||Miss Teen USA 2007||Later Miss Colorado USA 2014.|
|Connecticut||Olga Litvinenko||Greenwich, CT||17||5'9"|
|Delaware||Holly Shively||Newark, DE||16||5'4"|
|District of Columbia||Jasmine Alexis||Washington, DC||16||5'5"||Later Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen 2008, Top Ten Semi-Finalist at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009 pageant.|
|Florida||Annilie Hastey||Miami, FL||18||5'8"|
|Georgia||Jena Sims||Winder, GA||18||5'8"|
|Hawaii||Serena Karnagy||Honolulu, HI||16||5'5"||Top 15||competed at Miss International 2008 as Hawaii's representative.|
|Idaho||Krista McNeal||Sandpoint, ID||18||5'8"|
|Illinois||Victoria Davis||Thawville, IL||18||5'8"||Top 15|
|Indiana||Nicole Flint||Anderson, IN||19||5'7"||Later Miss South Africa 2009 and Top 10 at Miss Universe 2010.|
|Iowa||Dakota Crosswhite||Cedar Rapids, IA||18||5'5"|
|Kansas||Jaymie Stokes||Lenexa, KS||16||5'11"||Top 10||Later Miss Kansas USA 2011|
|Kentucky||Katrina Giannini||Princeton, KY||17||5'8"|
|Louisiana||Logan Travis||Amite, LA||15||5'7"|
|Maine||Amanda Pelletier||Vassalboro, ME||18||5'3"|
|Maryland||Allison Farrow||Earleville, MD||18||5'6"||Miss Photogenic|
|Massachusetts||Kathleen McNiff||Groton, MA||17||5'8"|
|Michigan||Caitlin Klug||Eau Claire, MI||18||5'4"|
|Minnesota||Vanessa Vonbehren||Apple Valley, MN||17||5'7"||Top 10|
|Mississippi||Anne Elise Parks||New Albany, MS||18||5'9"||Miss Congeniality|
|Missouri||Lauren Peterson||Farmington, MO||16||5'10"|
|Montana||Chelsea Nelson||Billings, MT||17||5'9"|
|Nebraska||Lauren Clabaugh||Omaha, NE||16||5'7"|
|Nevada||Danielle Hashimoto||Reno, NV||16||5'4"|
|New Hampshire||Alexandra MacDonald||Gilford, NH||18||5'3"|
|New Jersey||Alyssa Campanella||Manalapan, NJ||17||5'8"||1st runner-up||Later Miss California USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011|
|New Mexico||Ximena Navarrete||Deming, NM||19||5'8"||Top 15||Later Nuestra Belleza Jalisco 2009, Nuestra Belleza México 2009 and Miss Universe 2010.|
|New York||Tatiana Pallagi||Avon, NY||17||5'7"|
|North Carolina||Katie Coble||Charlotte, NC||17||5'7"||2nd runner-up|
|North Dakota||Taylor Kearns||Fargo, ND||18||5'7"||Later Miss North Dakota USA 2010|
|Ohio||Rachel Epperly||Gahanna, OH||18||5'6"|
|Oklahoma||Paige Hill||Oklahoma City, OK||16||6'0"|
|Oregon||Whitney Whitehouse||Bend, OR||17||5'6"|
|Pennsylvania||Kelsie Sinagra||Pittsburgh, PA||17||5'5"|
|Rhode Island||Olivia Culpo||Cranston, RI||15||5'7"||Top 10||Later Miss Rhode Island USA 2012, Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012.|
|South Carolina||Caitlin Upton||Lexington, SC||18||5'9"||3rd runner-up||Gained notoriety following her answer to the final question, which was criticized as "strange" and "grammarless". Videos of her response were posted to YouTube and have received millions of views. Placed third with her boyfriend Brent Horne on The Amazing Race 16.|
|South Dakota||Kari Schull||Watertown, SD||17||5'9"|
|Tennessee||Macy Erwin||Chattanooga, TN||17||5'7"||Top 15|
|Texas||Sommer Isdale||Harker Heights, TX||16||5'8"|
|Utah||Kelsey Brigel||Draper, UT||17||5'7"|
|Vermont||Olivia Hubbard||Rutland, VT||17||5'6"|
|Virginia||Emily Bruce||Lynchburg, VA||17||5'9"||Top 10|
|Washington||Shalane Larango||Vancouver, WA||18||5'9"||Previously Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2005, 2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2006|
|West Virginia||Chelsea Welch||West Union, WV||16||5'9"||4th runner-up||Later Miss West Virginia USA 2013, Top 15 at Miss USA 2013|
|Wisconsin||Shauna Sabir||Milwaukee, WI||17||5'5"|
|Wyoming||Mollie Smith||Casper, WY||17||5'8"||Top 15|
1 Age as at August 2007
Jena Sims, Miss Georgia Teen USA 2007
Alyssa Campanella, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007, Miss California USA 2011, Miss USA 2011
- Most delegates won their state crown on the first attempt; however, eight contestants had competed previously.
- California, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas won their state crowns on their second attempt. California placed 4th runner up in the 2006 Miss California Teen USA pageant. Florida was unplaced in the 2006 Miss Florida Teen USA pageant. New Jersey was a semi-finalist in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006 pageant. North Carolina placed 4th runner-up in 2006's Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant. South Carolina placed 3rd runner-up in the 2006 Miss South Carolina Teen USA pageant. Lastly, Texas placed as 1st runner-up in 2006's Miss Texas Teen USA pageant.
- Maryland won her state title at her third attempt. She previously placed 3rd runner-up in the 2006 Miss Maryland Teen USA pageant and was unplaced at the 2005 pageant.
- Miss Washington Teen USA, Shalane Larango, was the first delegate to cross over from the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant to compete in Miss Teen USA. Shalane was Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2005 and placed 2nd runner up in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2005 pageant.
- Jena Sims (Georgia) was Miss National Junior Teenager 2005.
- Caitlin Klug (Michigan) competed in the National American Coed circuit, winning several Michigan titles; the Junior Miss America circuit; and the National American Miss circuit.
- Indiana won Miss South Africa 2009.
- New Jersey won Miss California USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011.
- New Mexico won Nuestra Belleza Jalisco 2009, Nuestra Belleza México 2009 and Miss Universe 2010.
- Rhode Island won Miss Rhode Island USA 2012, Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012
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