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Friday, June 6, 2014

Miss USA 2014 Review: Maryland - New Hampshire

Miss USA 2014 will be crowned on June 8. The pageant is taking place in Louisiana for the third time this year. Baton Rouge is serving as a first time host city after Shreveport hosted the pageant in 1997 and 1998. The contestants have been in Baton Rouge for the last two weeks and participated in several events and photo shoots. After Wednesday's preliminary competition, it's now all systems go for the final at the River Center. The pageant will be shown live on NBC again but this year it will be extended from 2 to 3 hours. With this change, it was also announced that there will be a top 20. At the conclusion of the event, Miss USA 2013 Connecticut's Erin Brady will crown her successor. After keeping an eye on the competition for the entire two weeks, here is our final review:

KEY:

POSSIBLE WINNER - ******
POSSIBLE TOP 5 FINALIST - *****
POSSIBLE TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST - ****
POSSIBLE TOP 20 QUARTER FINALIST - ***
UNLIKELY TO PLACE - **
HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE - *


MARYLAND: TAYLOR BURTON ***
Maryland has been sending very strong and competitive girls in recent year and this year is now exception. Taylor has everything it takes to make it to the top 20. She is very striking and also quite tall. If she works it during the top 20 parade, she could go even further.

MASSACHUSETTS: CAROLINE LUNNY ***
Massachusetts is in with a shot to secure another placement. Caroline has done a great job She looked amazing during the preliminary swimsuit competition.  I also loved her gorgeous white gown. Keep an eye on this girl. She could really pull a nice surprise and even sail all the way to the top 10.

MICHIGAN: ELIZABETH IVEZAJ ***
I had really high hopes for Elizabeth when she was crowned. However, I must admit, I found her performance in Baton Rouge a little bit lackluster. She is pretty and seems nice and sweet. But I wanted more. I felt a little bit let down.  That being said, a top 20 placement is not out of the question.

MINNESOTA: HALEY O’BRIEN *****
Haley is probably one of the sexiest delegates this year. Her sultry poses make her standout. Well, that and her hair. I think she will do very well in this competition. I do think she should tone the exaggerated poses down a little bit. I did like her personality in the videos. She will probably be in the top 5 and if she pushes hard, she could end up in the top 5.

MISSISSIPPI: CHELSEA REARDON *
Chelsea seems like a really sweet southern girl. From the photos, I could tell that she had lots of fun in Baton Rouge and she made the most of this experience. I like to see that at a pageant. Good for you, Chelsea.

MISSOURI: ERICA STURDEFANT **
I think Erica’s biggest problem is that she comes off as a tad too mature at times. She looked great in swimsuit during the preliminaries but I am not the biggest fan of her gown.

MONTANA: KADIE LATIMER ***
Even though I think Kadie was pretty inconsistent throughout the whole pageant, I must really give it to her: she saved the best for the preliminaries. She looked amazing, especially in gown. She has a gorgeous face. A placement could happen for Montana.

NEBRASKA: AMANDA SOLTERO **
Here’s another girl that was quite up and down during the pageant. At times I thought she had a real shot, and then I was disappointed just the next day. She represented her state well and let me just say this: she looked amazing in her evening gown at the preliminaries

NEVADA: NIA SANCHEZ ******
Nia Sanchez sizzled during her time in Baton Rouge. She looked flawless and all her training and hard work paid off. Shanna Moakler did a fantastic job with her. I expect her to do really well in this competition and if the favorites mess up, Nia will be waiting in the wings to grab Nevada’s first Miss USA title. She is a gorgeous girl!

NEW HAMPSHIRE: BRIDGET BURNETT **
I had her as a possible top 15 finalist before the start of the competition but I was slightly let down when I saw her compete in Baton Rouge. I just didn’t feel any energy or fire from her. The evening gown she chose for the preliminaries didn’t look very flattering but maybe it worked better on stage.
Photos: www.missusa.com
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