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Miss USA Pageant

Miss USA Pageant

Photo Credit:  NBC
  • Premiered: 
    June 4, 1965
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: pageant

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1952, young women have vied for the title of Miss USA, with contestants -- one from each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia -- competing in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. MISS USA began as a concurrent event with the MISS UNIVERSE competition in Long Beach, CA, and the two events moved together to Miami Beach, FL, in 1960, where CBS began broadcasting the MISS UNIVERSE competition with highlights from the MISS USA PAGEANT, which was held earlier that same week. In 1965, the two competitions became separate live television specials on CBS, the network that showed MISS USA every year through 2002. After changing networks in 2003, NBC broadcast the competition live through 2014. In 2015, ReelzChannel telecast the event live, picking up the rights after NBCUniversal dropped the competition following controversial comments by Donald Trump, whose company, the Trump Organization, owns the MISS USA PAGEANT. In September 2015, Trump sold the Miss USA Pageant (and the Miss Universe Pageant) to WME/IMG, with the event returning to primetime network television in 2016.
The 68th annual competition, telecast live from Grand Sierra Resor in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 8-10pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on FOX, was hosted by Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey, with TV personality and fashion expert Carson Kressley and supermodel & pageant expert Lu Sierra as competition insiders to provide analysis and commentary. T-Pain and Lachey are scheduled to perform in the "Biggest Little City in the World," and the event concludes with Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers crowning her successor. Judges include: Nicole Feld, businesswoman, producer, and vice president for Feld Entertainment, Inc.; Kim Kaupe, businesswoman and co-founder of The Superfan Company; Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss Universe 2017 from South Africa; Ukonwa Ojo, marketing executive for Covergirl, Rimmel, and Vera Wang; Amy Palmer, journalist and media entrepreneur; Denise Quinones, Miss Universe 2001 from Puerto Rico; Hillary Schieve, politician and Mayor of Reno, NV; and Patricia Smith, philanthropist and Miss Virginia USA 1994.


Other Titles

  • Starting in 2013, known as Miss USA Competition

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by dick clark productions


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