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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Miss USA 2015 Review: South Carolina - Wyoming

As they say in the entertainment industry: the who must go on... no matter what. And this is exactly the case at this year's Miss USA Pageant. 51 one of America's most beautiful representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia have been preparing for years and dreaming about this moment for months. But pageant owner, Donald Trump, and his outspoken views dumped the Miss Universe Organization in its biggest crisis ever. We don't know if the organization will survive, but we certainly hope so. We do hope that Trump will just sell the pageants, because he has not exactly been great for this organization. So this year as the contestants embarked on what was going to be a fantastic journey, the "toupee" hit the fan. Univision and NBC dumped the pageant. Hosts, performers and judges withdrew. Through it all, the Miss Universe Organization vowed that the show will go and begged their audience and fans to keep the focus on the 51 delegates. They did manage to secure a new broadcaster, the REELZ channel (which very people have heard of) and vowed that the pageant will be streamed live on their website. We would like to pay tribute to the organization for making sure things go on as planned and especially to the 51 delegates who have put on very brave faces. We do hope that they have enjoyed the experience and we hope the best girl wins on Sunday night. After following the pageant for the last couple of weeks, here are our thoughts about the delegates:

POSSIBLE WINNER - ******
POSSIBLE TOP 5 FINALIST - *****
POSSIBLE TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST - ****
POSSIBLE TOP 15 QUARTER FINALIST - ***
UNLIKELY TO PLACE - **
HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE - *


SOUTH CAROLINA: SARAH WEISHUHN ***

The Carolinas always come in strong. Their delegates always show up super prepared and ready to fight for a spot in the top 15. Sarah is no exception. Facially I find her very attractive and I think she was really solid in the preliminaries, especially in evening gown. She is in contention for a spot in the top 15, but there are several other delegates who could steal her thunder.

SOUTH DAKOTA: LEXY SCHENK *

Lexy was Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2011 and she failed to place at Miss Teen USA 2011. There are pageant fans who think she could place this time around, but I am not so sure. I think the competition might just be a bit too strong.

TENNESSEE: KIARA YOUNG **

I thought Kiara would come in and make a huge impact and in many ways she did. Not just quite as expected for me though. I wish she had not changed her hair color, because with darker hair she could have been much stronger. You can't deny though that she knows how to work a stage.

TEXAS: YILIANNA GUERRA ******

It's not surprise that Yilianna is one of the major front-runners for the crown. Texas always comes in strong. I have always liked her and I still think she is going to be one of ones to beat on Sunday night. I absolutely adore her sultry, exotic beauty and I would be ecstatic if she gives Texas their 10th Miss USA title.

UTAH: NICOL POWELL ***

Nicol's sister, Melissa, was one of the major favorites for the Miss USA title in 2013, but she had a "youtube moment" and messed up her final question and pretty much lost the crown just then and there. Nicol has not been getting as much buzz as her sister. They look pretty alike though and I think Nicol is good enough to place in the top 15. It definitely could happen.

VERMONT: JACKIE CROFT **

Jackie is one of the stronger delegates from Vermont in recent years. I think she was one of my pleasant surprises during the preliminaries. She performed well, especially in gown. I think she should feel very proud of her efforts.

VIRGINIA: LAURA PULEO ****

Here's another lady that's growing on me. Based on pure beauty alone, I did not really think she would make that much of an impact, but I must say that she was wrong. I think Laura came in strong and she is one of the most serious and accomplished of the bunch. She is definitely not an airhead and I am sure she aced the interview competition. A panel of formers might just help her go even further than expected. (Rumor also has it that she is Paula Shugart's favorite for the crown!)

WASHINGTON: MCKENZIE NOVELL **

Even though McKenzie clearly gave it her all and represented her state extremely well, I think it's such a competitive year that she might just miss the cut. However, she is one of the best representatives from Washington I've seen, and I think in a weaker year, she could have made it.

WEST VIRGINIA: ANDREA MUCINO **

I think this is a great year for Miss USA in terms of the quality of their delegates and it is really a shame that only 15 can place. Andrea is another one that is exotic and notice worthy, but in this group it's anyone's game. She was much better in gown than swimsuit.

WISCONSIN: HAYLEY LAUNDRIE ***

I just love Hayley's personality and her interview video was one of my absolutely favorites. She is extremely likeable and I am rooting for her to make the top 15. With two solid performances (even though I wanted a bit more from her), it is not impossible that she will be called to take her place in the top 15.

WYOMING: CAROLINE SCOTT **

Wyoming rarely gets noticed at Miss USA, but Caroline is one of the exceptions. She has done very well and represented her state beautifully. This former Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2010 and top 15 semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 2010 should be commended for making her state proud!

Photos: Miss Universe Organization and www.pageantupdate.info

2 comments:

  1. Terrific job as always, Andre. Very strong year for Miss USA and I agree there may be a dozen or more women who could make a strong play for the crown itself. Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Rhode Island are my personal top picks with Alabama, Colorado, Michigan and Texas not far behind. I think the judging may prove interesting this year as with an all-pagent winner panel some of the former reps to Miss Teen USA and Utah and North Carolina (due to their sisters' previous performances) could get a bit of a boost. A special shout out to Delaware...while I'd love to see the "curse" broken, I have to say that she has a really 'smoky, Nina Simone-style' vibe that I find irresistible.

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