Miss USA 2000

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Miss USA 2000
Miss USA 2000 opening titles.jpg
DateFebruary 4, 2000
PresentersCarson Daly, Ali Landry, Julie Moran
VenueGrand Palace, Branson, Missouri
WinnerLynnette Cole
Tennessee Tennessee
CongenialityMichelle Kaplan
Hawaii Hawaii
PhotogenicPaige Swenson
Minnesota Minnesota
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Miss USA 2000, the 49th Miss USA pageant, was held at The Grand Palace, in Branson, Missouri on February 4, 2000.

At the conclusion of the final competition, Lynnette Cole of Tennessee was crowned by outgoing titleholder Kimberly Pressler of New York.

The pageant was held in Branson for the second and final time, at the 4,000 seat Grand Palace Theatre, and was the last pageant held in February.

Carson Daly hosted the event for the only time, and color commentary was added for the third time by Miss USA 1996 Ali Landry and Julie Moran. Entertainment was provided by Christina Aguilera, Lou Bega, Brian McKnight and Mark Wills.



Map showing placements by state
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2000
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
Top 5
Top 10

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic
Style Award
Best in Swimsuit

Final competition scores[edit]


The Miss USA 2000 delegates were:

Historical significance[edit]

  • This is the first win for Tennessee in pageant history.
  • Lynnette Cole becomes the fifth former Miss Teen USA state delegate to win or inherit the Miss USA title in six years and the third to win it outright.
  • This is the highest finish from a New Hampshire delegate in pageant history, and its first placement since 1980.
  • Alabama had its highest placement since 1992. The delegate, Jina Mitchell received a 9.93 score in the evening gown finals from the judges, the highest ever recorded evening gown score in the history of the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA or Miss Universe pageants.
  • Kansas had its highest placement since 1996.
  • Georgia had its highest placement since 1993.
  • Colorado placed for the first time since 1989 and second since 1969.
  • Iowa placed for the first time since 1993 and second since 1960.


Fourteen delegates had previously competed in either the Miss Teen USA, Miss America or Miss World pageants or would later compete in one of them.

Delegate who previously competed at Miss World was:

Delegates who had previously held a Miss Teen USA state title were:

Delegates who had previously held a Miss America state title or would later win one were:

See also[edit]

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