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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Miss USA 2013 Review: New Jersey - Rhode Island

The 62nd Miss USA will be crowned on Sunday, June 16th at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 51 delegates representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be competing for the crown. Last year’s winner Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island went on to win Miss Universe 2012, which meant that her runner-up, Nana Meriwether from Maryland inherited the Miss USA 2012 title. After 6 months of appearances alongside Culpo, South African born Meriwether will crown the next Miss USA this Sunday. The producers have promised changes which could shake up pageant but they will not reveal any details until the final telecast. There some really stunning girls competing for the Miss USA title. Let’s hope the best girl ends up with the Miss USA crown on her head. After observing the 51 delegates for the past three weeks, here is our final review:

KEY:

POSSIBLE WINNER - ******
POSSIBLE TOP 5 FINALIST - *****
POSSIBLE TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST - ****
POSSIBLE TOP 16 QUARTER FINALIST - ***
UNLIKELY TO PLACE - **
HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE - *
NEW JERSEY: LIBELL DURAN ****
Libell is just a stunning beauty. I was not crazy about the way she was styled for the Fadils but she was perfection during the preliminaries. Once again, the Miss Latina USA thing will probably hurt her chances. Keep an eye on her though. She could go all the way to the top 10 and even further with just a bit of luck.

NEW MEXICO: KATHLEEN DANZER ***
I have Kathleen pegged for a possible surprise spot in the top 16. This is just competitive year. In any other year she could have easily made it to the top 10. There is something really special about her. My eyes are always drawn to her in group photos. She did very well and represented her state with grace and pride.

NEW YORK: JOANNE NOSUCHINSKY ***
Joanne was one of the positive surprises when the girls showed up in Vegas. I instantly liked her a lot and started including her in my lists. Then as the pageant went on, other beauties started to overshadow her. Then came the prelims and she was on fire. Her drama training obviously worked for her. She oozed sex appeal and stage presence. She’s sizzling on stage like a true diva. That could propel her into the top 16 for sure.

NORTH CAROLINA: ASHLEY LOVE-MILLS ***
Here’s another lady who stood out in the preliminaries. I didn’t really give her much of a shot initially but she turned up the heat when it matters most. Her performance during the Evening Gown Competition was simply sensational. She was just superb. That alone could help her get in the top 16. She definitely looked her best during the preliminaries.

NORTH DAKOTA: STEPHANIE ERICKSON **
I actually think Stephanie is really pretty and she was a nice surprise in the preliminaries. She competed strongly in both rounds. I don’t think it was enough to enter the semis but she can look back with pride at her Miss USA experience. She did really well.

OHIO: KRISTIN SMITH ****

Kristin was one of my major favorites for the Miss USA title but after the preliminaries she lots a bit of ground. Yes, I still find her absolutely gorgeous but her performance was a little bit lackluster and I was not a fan of her gown at all. She could still go all the way to the top 10 though based on beauty alone.

OKLAHOMA: MACKENZIE MUSE ***
Oklahoma sent a strong delegate in the form of MacKenzie. I was blown away by her gorgeous evening gown portrait and it’s too bad she didn’t choose that gown for the preliminaries. I think she competed really strongly and her chances of making the top 16 are great.

OREGON: GABRIELLE NEILAN **
 
Gabrielle has an absolutely stunning face! In fact, I think she has one of the most beautiful faces of this year’s group. The problem is that she looked quite short during the prelims and she was outshined by a lot of other contenders. She was much better in gown than in swimsuit.


PENNSYLVANIA: JESSICA BILLINGS *
Jessica seems like a really nice girl and I hope she enjoyed her time as a Miss USA delegate. It’s an experience no one can take away from you. Hopefully she will be more gracious than last year’s delegate… and I am sure she will be. Sadly, I don’t see her placing though.

RHODE ISLAND: BRITTANY STENOVITCH **
Following Olivia Culpo is no easy task but Brittany did really well. She was a good delegate and got some attention for her state again. It is almost guaranteed that they will not win again and I don’t even think they will place… but she did a good job.

Photos: www.missusa.com

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