Miss USA 2011

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Miss USA 2011
Date June 19, 2011 [1]
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, Telemundo, STAR World (Asiawide and the Pacific) [2]
Entrants 51
Placements 16
Winner Alyssa Campanella
California California
Congeniality

Kia Hampton

Kentucky Kentucky
Photogenic

Brittany Brannon

Arizona Arizona
Miss USA 2011, Alyssa Campanella, Las Vegas, NV on May 28, 2012

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.[3] 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.[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.[5] 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.

Television Ratings[edit]

  • 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.[6]

Results[edit]

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2011
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
Top 8
Top 16

Special Awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Delegates[edit]

State Name Hometown Age Height Pacement Notes
Alabama Alabama Madeline Mitchell Russellville 22 5'9" 2nd Runner-Up
Alaska Alaska Jessica Chuckran Anchorage 24 5'7" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
Arizona Arizona Brittany Brannon Paradise Valley 22 5'6" Top 16 Miss Photogenic
Previously Miss Teen America 2007
Arkansas Arkansas Lakynn McBride White Hall 20 5'6"
California 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 Colorado Blair Griffith Denver 23 5'6" Previously Miss Colorado Teen USA 2006. Later Miss Grand United States 2013 and Top 20 semi-finalist at Miss Grand International 2013
Connecticut Connecticut Regina Turner Hartford 21 5'7"
Delaware Delaware Katie Hanson Newark 20 5'7" Contestant of Survivor: Philippines
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Heather Swann Washington 23 5'7"
Florida Florida Lissette Garcia[7] Miami 26 5'11" Top 16 Top 8 finalist in Reina Hispanoamericana 2007 representing Cuba
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Kaylin Reque Suwanee 22 5'10" Top 16 Atlanta Thrashers' Blue Crew member
Hawaii Hawaii Angela Byrd Honolulu 23 5'9" Top 8
Idaho Idaho Erza Haliti Meridian 20 5'6" Born in Kosovo, SFR Yugoslavia; Roosevelt University Graduate
Illinois Illinois Angela Sparrow Chicago 25 5'7"
Indiana Indiana Jillian Wunderlich Kokomo 20 5'6" Top 16 Previously Miss Florida Teen USA 2008 and top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008
Iowa Iowa Rebecca Goldsmith Chariton 26 5'9"
Kansas Kansas Jaymie Stokes Lenexa 20 5'11" Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2007 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2007
Kentucky Kentucky Kia Hampton Louisville 22 5'5" Miss Congeniality
Later became Pussycat Dolls member
Louisiana Louisiana Page Pennock Shreveport 21 5'9"
Maine 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 Maryland Allyn Rose Newburg 22 5'8" Top 8 Previously Miss Sinergy 2010 and Miss District of Columbia 2012
Massachusetts Massachusetts Alida D'Angona Boston 24 5'8"
Michigan Michigan Channing Pierce[8] Royal Oak 24 5'9"
Minnesota Minnesota Brittany Lee Thelemann Plymouth 24 5'9"
Mississippi Mississippi Keeley Patterson Starkville 20 5'7"
Missouri Missouri Hope Driskill[9] Jefferson City 21 5'9" Top 16 Contestant of Survivor: Caramoan
Montana Montana Brittany Wiser[10] Bozeman 23 5'9" Previously Miss Montana 2009
Nebraska Nebraska Haley Herold Omaha 23 5'7"
Nevada 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 New Hampshire LacyJane Folger[11] Farmington 22 5'6"
New Jersey New Jersey Julianna White[12][13] Haddon Township 22 5'7" Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006 and top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2006
New Mexico 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 New York Amber Collins Manhattan 26 5'9" Top 16
North Carolina North Carolina Brittany Leigh York Wilmington 21 5'6"
North Dakota North Dakota Brandi Schoenberg Bismarck 26 5'10"
Ohio Ohio Ashley Caldwell Gallipolis 24 5'8"
Oklahoma Oklahoma Kaitlyn Smith Norman 22 5'9"
Oregon Oregon Anna Prosser Portland 26 5'8" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Amber-Joi Watkins Philadelphia 26 5'7"
Rhode Island Rhode Island Kate McCaughey Lincoln 23 5'4"
South Carolina South Carolina Courtney Hope Turner North Augusta 21 5'7" Top 8 Previously Miss Teen United States 2009 [14]
South Dakota South Dakota Chandra Burnham Highmore 23 5'3"
Tennessee Tennessee Ashley Durham Adamsville 21 5'8" 1st Runner-Up Previously Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2006
Texas Texas Ana Rodriguez[15] 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 Utah Jamie Crandall Salt Lake City 23 5'8" Top 16
Vermont Vermont Lauren Carter Burlington 21 5'8"
Virginia Virginia Nikki Poteet Richmond 24 5'10"
Washington (state) Washington Angelina Kayyalaynen Orchards 21 5'8" Born in Ukraine, Soviet Union
West Virginia West Virginia Whitney Veach Petersburg 24 5'6" Previously Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2003
Wisconsin Wisconsin Jordan Morkin[16] Green Bay 21 5'4" Originally 1st Runner-Up but later succeeded Shaletta Tawanna Porterfield after she resigned on May 12, 2011.
Wyoming Wyoming Kaitlyn Davis[17] Laramie 20 5'9"

Historical significance[edit]

  • 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.

Titleholders Celebration[edit]

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.

Judges[edit]

Preliminary Judges

  • BJ Coleman
  • Brian Fitterer
  • Christie Bear
  • Colleen Grillo
  • Fred Nelson
  • Lauren Ivester
  • Mark Rogers
  • Valerie Nome
  • Wayne Bernath

Final Judges

Background Music[edit]

Crossovers[edit]

Replacements[edit]

  • 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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