Monday, May 17, 2010

MISS USA 2010 NEWS ON MAY 16, 2010: Miss Michigan USA, Rima Fakih, is the new Miss USA 2010

Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, poses on stage with Paul DiGiovanni, Martin Johnson, John Keefe and Brian Donahue of Boys Like Girls.

Michigan crowned Miss USA 2010

Las Vegas, NV – May 16, 2010 – This evening, during one of the year’s most watched live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Michigan USA, Rima Fakih, as MISS USA® 2010. Internationally-renowned chef and current “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Curtis Stone and “Today” show co-host and correspondent Natalie Morales hosted the 59th Annual MISS USA Pageant from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in one of the world’s most electrifying cities, Las Vegas. The comedic mother-daughter duo Joan and Melissa Rivers were on hand providing backstage color commentary.

Ms. Fakih, 24, is from Dearborn, Michigan where she was raised with her younger brother. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration. After completing her reign as MISS USA, she plans to attend law school. She enjoys traveling, running, dancing, kickboxing and especially likes playing football and watching the NFL.

The judging panel for the 2010 MISS USA® Pageant included: Carmelo Anthony of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and a two-time Olympic medalist; Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner; best-selling author, chef and host of four shows on The Food Network, Paula Deen, star of NBC’s hit comedy series, “The Office,” Oscar Nunez; American businessman and real estate mogul, Phil Ruffin; Executive Fashion Editor at Large of Glamour magazine, Suze Yalof-Schwartz; model, Melania Trump, who has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair and three-time National Champion figure skater and Olympian, Johnny Weir.

Boys Like Girls (BLG) performed their new song, “Heart Heart Heartbreak” for the first time ever during the swimsuit competition and Grand Ole Opry member Trace Adkins who had 27 charted singles and 14 Top Ten hits, debuted his latest single, “This Ain’t No Love Song,” during the evening gown portion of the competition

Throughout the two-hour event, the contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Kristen Dalton, MISS USA 2009, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the telecast, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 250 million.

Miss Bahamas Universe 2010 (Braneka Bassett), Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2010 (Mariana Vicente), and Miss Ukraine Universe 2010 (Anna Poslavskaya) attended the pageant.

Final Results:

First Runner Up: Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, will assume the duties of MISS USA 2010 if the titleholder is named MISS UNIVERSE 2010 or if for some reason MISS USA cannot fulfill her duties.
Second Runner Up: Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey
Rest of Top Five: Miss Colorado USA, Jessica Hartman
Miss Maine USA, Katie Whittier
Rest of Top Ten: Miss California USA, Nicole Michele Johnson
Miss Tennessee USA, Tucker Perry
Miss Missouri USA, Ashley Strohmier
Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore
Miss Mississippi USA, Breanne Ponder
Rest of Top Fifteen: Miss Arkansas USA, Adrielle Churchill
Miss Kansas USA, Bethany Gerber
Miss Wyoming USA, Claire Schreiner
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Gina Cerilli
Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright

MISS PHOTOGENIC USA™ Award: Miss Alabama USA, Audrey Moore. The general public voted on for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs.

MISS CONGENIALITY USA™ Award: Miss Nebraska USA, Belinda Wright. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestant’s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs.


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