Saturday, June 4, 2016

Miss USA 2016 Review: New Jersey - Rhode Island

The 65th Miss USA will be crowned on June 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Olivia Jordan from Oklahoma will crown her successor at the conclusion of the event. This year, 52 young women have been battling it out for the crown. As always, the 50 states and the District of Columbia will appear on stage, but this year Miss 52 USA was selected by fans of the pageant. In a twist of fate, that contestant happens to be the girl who as Olivia Jordan's first runner-up in Oklahoma took over the title and lost out on her dream at competing on the Miss USA stage before this new element was added to the competition. This also means that Oklahoma will have two delegates in the running for the title. The 52 young women have been in Las Vegas for the last 10 days, but only one of them will move to New York City to spend the next year working for the Miss Universe Organization as Miss USA 2016. Here are our final thoughts about this year's group:


New Jersey: Jessielyn Palumbo ***

Jessielyn has huge support among the fans and I would not be surprise if they vote her into the top 15.  She is not one of my top favorites, but if she advances, I can see her burning up the stage.

New Mexico: Naomie Germain **

Naomi is such a breath of fresh air. At times, she reminded me of (a much prettier) young Venus Williams. I thought she gave two strong performances with my favorite being her swimsuit performance. I think she has a lovely personality too and she sounds so lovely and sincere.

New York: Serena Bucaj ***

I was so touched by Serena’s beautiful story. She is a phenomenal woman and I do hope she’s included in the top 15, so people can hear her beautiful story. She was one of my top favorites before the preliminary competition. A risky (and sorry but bad) evening gown choice might have ruined her chances though.

North Carolina: Devin Grant ***

Devin only had about 6 hours to prepare when the original winner had to resign due to health problems. She took the challenge and delivered. She is fun, bubbly and had so much energy on stage. She should be very proud of the way she competed with almost no preparation time.

North Dakota: Halley Maas *

Halley is another amazing young woman with a great story. The field is quite strong though, so I’m not sure if she’s strong enough to place. I thought she looked radiant during the evening gown competition.

Ohio: Megan Wise ***

Megan is another fan favorite who won the title on her 9th attempt. She could be voted in by fans for sure. She has a lot of support out there. I was not a fan of her evening gown. It was super risky.

Oklahoma: Taylor Gorton **

The reigning Miss USA is from Oklahoma. Can Taylor give her state a back-to-back. I don’t know if her chances are that great, but I do know she gave it her all on stage, especially in the swimsuit competition.

Oregon: Natriana Shorter *

Natriana seems like a lovely girl with a fantastic personality. Will that be enough to let her advance to the next round? It will be an uphill battle in this group.

Pennsylvania: Elena LaQuatra **

Elena was one of my huge favorites before the start of the competition. I still like her but I fear that some stronger competitors out there outshined her.  She looked lovely in her evening gown though.

Rhode Island: Theresa Agonia **

Theresa surprised me during the preliminaries. She has loads of stage presence and she worked that stage. She was fantastic in evening gown. Rhode Island should be proud of her, because she truly gave it her all.

Photos: Miss USA 

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