Miss USA 2011
|Miss USA 2011|
|Date||June 19, 2011 |
|Presenters||Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, Susie Castillo|
|Entertainment||Tinie Tempah, Eric Turner|
|Venue||Theatre for the Performing Arts, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paradise, Nevada|
|Broadcaster||NBC, KVBC-TV, STAR World (Asiawide and the Pacific) |
Miss USA 2011, the 60th anniversary of the Miss USA pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paradise, Nevada on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Miss USA 2010, Rima Fakih of Michigan crowned her successor, Alyssa Campanella of California, at the end of this event. She represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. For the first time ever, one of the sixteen semifinalists was selected exclusively by fans via online voting and SMS messaging. Due to this, the competition formats were changed to reality series style group eliminations, Top 16, Top 8 and Top 4. 
This pageant gained attention on the internet, when a video of all the contestant's answers to the question, whether evolution should be taught in school, was put on YouTube. Only two contestants affirmed that it should be taught, with the others confusing the question with the debate on evolution of species vs. creationism, or stating that both should be taught.
- In the first hour of the pageant, it earned NBC 6.6 million viewers, winning the timeslot. In the second hour, viewership rose to 7.8 million, also winning its timeslot. Both hours were the leader in the 18-49 demographic.
|Miss USA 2011|
|Alabama||Madeline Mitchell||Russellville||22||5'9"||2nd runner-up|
|Alaska||Jessica Chuckran||Anchorage||24||5'7"||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008|
|Arizona||Brittany Brannon||Paradise Valley||22||5'6"||Top 16||Miss Photogenic||Previously Miss Teen America 2007|
|Arkansas||Lakynn McBride||White Hall||20||5'6"|
|California||Alyssa Campanella||Los Angeles||21||5'8"||MISS USA 2011||Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007 and 1st runner up at Miss Teen USA 2007|
|Colorado||Blair Griffith||Denver||23||5'6"||Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2006|
|Delaware||Katie Hanson||Newark||20||5'7"||Contestant of Survivor: Philippines|
|District of Columbia||Heather Swann||Washington||23||5'7"|
|Florida||Lissette Garcia||Miami||26||5'11"||Top 16||Represented Cuba in Reina Hispanoamericana 2007 and made Top 8|
|Georgia||Kaylin Reque||Suwanee||22||5'10"||Top 16||Atlanta Thrashers' Blue Crew member|
|Hawaii||Angela Byrd||Honolulu||23||5'9"||Top 8|
|Idaho||Erza Haliti||Meridian||20||5'6"||Born in Kosovo, SFR Yugoslavia; Roosevelt University Graduate|
|Indiana||Jillian Wunderlich||Kokomo||20||5'6"||Top 16||Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 2008 and top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008|
|Kansas||Jaymie Stokes||Lenexa||20||5'11"||Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2007 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2007|
|Kentucky||Kia Hampton||Louisville||22||5'5"||Miss Congeniality||Later became Pussycat Dolls member|
|Maine||Ashley Lynn Marble||Topsfield||27||5'10"||Top 8||Previously Miss Maine Teen USA 2000, was originally the first runner up but took over after Emily Johnson resigned to attend her sister's wedding.|
|Maryland||Allyn Rose||Newburg||22||5'8"||Top 8||Previously Miss Sinergy 2010 and Miss District of Columbia 2012|
|Michigan||Channing Pierce||Royal Oak||24||5'9"|
|Minnesota||Brittany Lee Thelemann||Plymouth||24||5'9"|
|Missouri||Hope Driskill||Jefferson City||21||5'9"||Top 16||Contestant of Survivor: Caramoan|
|Montana||Brittany Wiser||Bozeman||23||5'9"||Previously Miss Montana 2009|
|Nevada||Sarah Chapman||Henderson||27||5'10"||Top 15 at Miss California USA 2010, Miss California USA 2009 4th runner up, top 10 at Miss California USA 2008 and 2007, and sister of Miss California USA 2004 Ellen Chapman|
|New Hampshire||LacyJane Folger||Farmington||22||5'6"|
|New Jersey||Julianna White||Haddon Township||22||5'7"||Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2006|
|New Mexico||Brittany Toll||Las Cruces||24||5'9"||Top 16
(America's Choice internet/SMS vote)
|Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2005 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2005 and a 2009 Teach For America corps member|
|New York||Amber Collins||New York||26||5'9"||Top 16|
|North Carolina||Brittany Leigh York||Wilmington||21||5'6"|
|North Dakota||Brandi Schoenberg||Bismarck||26||5'10"|
|Oregon||Anna Prosser||Portland||26||5'8"||Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008|
|Rhode Island||Kate McCaughey||Lincoln||23||5'4"|
|South Carolina||Courtney Hope Turner||North Augusta||21||5'7"||Top 8||Previously Miss Teen United States 2009 |
|South Dakota||Chandra Burnham||Highmore||23||5'3"|
|Tennessee||Ashley Durham||Adamsville||21||5'8"||1st runner-up||Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2006|
|Texas||Ana Rodriguez||Laredo||25||5'8"||3rd runner-up||1st runner-up in Miss Texas USA 2010, 2nd runner-up in Miss Texas USA 2009 and Miss Texas USA 2008, and in the Top 15 in Miss Texas USA 2007|
|Utah||Jamie Crandall||Salt Lake City||23||5'8"||Top 16|
|Washington||Angelina Kayyalaynen||Orchards||21||5'8"||Born in Ukraine, Soviet Union|
|West Virginia||Whitney Veach||Petersburg||24||5'6"||Previously Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2003|
|Wisconsin||Jordan Morkin||Green Bay||21||5'4"||Originally 1st runner up but later succeeded Shaletta Tawanna Porterfield after she resigned on May 12, 2011.|
- Alyssa Campanella became the third known Miss USA with red hair, although it should be noted that her natural hair color is blonde.
- Campanella is also the highest ranked state delegate at a Miss Teen USA competition (1st runner-up in 2007) to win the Miss USA title outright (Only one Miss Teen USA winner has ever held the Miss USA title, and it was inherited by Brandi Sherwood in 1997.).
- California won Miss USA for the sixth time. The last winner was Shannon Marketic in 1992.
- Tennessee made its sixth straight placement at Miss USA and its highest since Rachel Smith won in 2007.
- Alabama made its highest placement since coming in 1st runner-up in 2003.
- Texas made its highest placement since Crystle Stewart won in 2008.
- Maryland made its first placement since 2005.
- Hawaii made its first placement since 2007.
- Indiana placed in the semifinals since 2008.
- New York made its first placement since 2005.
- Florida placed in the semifinals after placing in the top 10 in 2008.
- Utah, South Carolina and Georgia return to the semifinals after 2009.
- Missouri made its second consecutive placement after placing in 2007-2008.
- Maine placed in the top 8 after placing 4th runner-up in 2010.
- Arizona placed in the semifinals after placing 2nd runner-up in 2009.
- New Mexico's Brittany Toll becomes the first state delegate to make it past the first elimination in the history of Miss USA due to new media technology (internet/SMS vote). New Mexico last placed in 2004.
As part of the pageant's 60th anniversary, 37 Miss USA titleholders from the second pageant in 1953 to the outgoing and current titleholders were in attendance.
- BJ Coleman
- Brian Fitterer
- Christie Bear
- Colleen Grillo
- Fred Nelson
- Lauren Ivester
- Mark Rogers
- Valerie Nome
- Wayne Bernath
- Marcus Allen
- Tyson Chandler
- Rocco DiSpirito
- Mariel Hemingway
- Penn Jillette
- Lil Jon
- Caroline Manzo
- Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006 from Puerto Rico
- Suzi Weiss-Fischmann
- Contestant Intros : "On the Floor" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull
- Swimsuit Competition : "Blow" by Ke$ha
- Evening Gown Competition : "Written in the Stars" by Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner (live performance)
- One contestant previously competed at the Miss America pageant:
- Nine contestants previously competed at the Miss Teen USA pageant:
- Interestingly, two former consecutive Miss New Jersey Teen USAs will compete against each other. Such a situation has never happened before.
- Miss California USA - Alyssa Campanella was previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007 and placed 1st runner up at Miss Teen USA 2007.
- Miss Colorado USA - Blair Adair Griffith was previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2006 and won Miss Congeniality at Miss Teen USA 2006.
- Miss Indiana USA - Jillian Wunderlich was previously Miss Florida Teen USA 2008 and placed in the Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008.
- Miss Kansas USA - Jaymie Stokes was previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2007 and placed in the Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2007.
- Miss Maine USA - Ashley Marble was previously Miss Maine Teen USA 2000 and is now the longest tenured return to nationals, as Ashley won her teen title 11 years ago. The previous longest tenure was Aureana Tseu, Miss Hawaii USA 2009, who returned after 10 years.
- Miss New Jersey USA - Julianna White was previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006 and placed in the Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2006.
- Miss New Mexico USA - Brittany Toll was previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2005 and placed in the Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2005.
- Miss Tennessee USA - Ashley Durham was previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2006.
- Miss West Virginia USA - Whitney Veach was previously Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2003.
- One contestant previously competed at the Miss Teen America pageant:
- Miss Maine USA - Ashley Marble was the first runner-up at Miss Maine USA 2011 but later was crowned Miss Maine USA 2011 on January, 25, 2011 to replace the original winner Emily Johnson, who resigned to attend her sister's wedding instead.
- Miss Wisconsin USA - Shaletta Tawanna Porterfield, the original winner, resigned May 12, 2011 due to being charged in Dane County (Wisconsin) Circuit Court of three felony theft charges. First runner-up, Jordan Morkin, took over the state title and competed at Miss USA.
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