Monday, June 20, 2011

21-year-old Californian crowned Miss USA 2011

Beating out 50 other contestants, an auburn-haired beauty from California who was a favorite among Vegas odds-markers was crowning Miss USA at the end of the pageant's 60th anniversary contest on Sunday in Sin City.
Alyssa Campanella beat out her good friend, Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham, who was named first runner-up by a panel of star judges. The other finalists were Miss Alabama Madeline Mitchell and Miss Texas Ana Rodriguez.
Campanella replaced Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih and will be America's representative at Miss Universe in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12.
After revealing on the show that she was a "huge history geek" with a special interest in the Tudor and Stuart period, Campanella added that her much loved monarch was Mary, Queen of Scots, who was beheaded in 1587.
The show had three competitions: swimsuit, evening gown and interview question.
The contestants were whittling to 16 after the show's opening number, in which the beauty queens introduced themselves one-by-one. The top 16 were picked by preliminary judges through competitions and interviews during the week before the broadcast. Celebrity judges picked the top eight after the swimsuit competition and the top 4 after the evening gowns portion.
This year's panel of judges included several well-known celebrities, including Dallas Maverick center Tyson Chandler, actress Mariel Hemingway, chef Rocco DiSpirito, magician Penn Jillette, rapper and producer Lil Jon, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" housewife Caroline Manzo and OPI beauty products founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.


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