Miss USA 2006
Miss USA 2006, the 55th Miss USA pageant, was held at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on April 21, 2006. Fifty-one state titleholders competed for the title, which was won by Tara Conner of Kentucky. Conner was crowned by outgoing titleholder Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina.
|Miss USA 2006|
Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner
|Date||April 21, 2006|
|Entertainment||East Village Opera Company|
|Venue||Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland|
This was the second consecutive year that the pageant was held in Baltimore, although the venue changed from the Hippodrome Theater to the larger 1st Mariner Arena. Delegates arrived in the city on 2 April 2006, and were involved in three weeks of events, appearances and preliminary competitions before the final competition. This included a trip to New York City to attend a book launch for The Miss Universe Guide to Beauty and make media appearances on Regis and Kathy, The Early Show and Total Request Live.
The pageant hosts were Nancy O'Dell (who had hosted the pageant in 2004 and 2005) and Drew Lachey. For the first time Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Carson Kressley provided commentary. Special guest performers were the East Village Opera Company.
|Miss USA 2006|
The Miss USA 2006 delegates are:
- Alabama – Haleigh Stidham
- Alaska – Noelle Meyer
- Arizona – Brenna Sakas
- Arkansas – Kimberly Forsyth
- California – Tamiko Nash
- Colorado – Jacqueline Madera
- Connecticut – Jeannine Phillips
- Delaware – Ashlee Greenwell
- District of Columbia – Candace Allen
- Florida – Cristin Duren
- Georgia – Lisa Wilson
- Hawaii – Radasha Ho'ohuli
- Idaho – Allyson Swan
- Illinois – Catherine Warren
- Indiana – Bridget Bobel
- Iowa – Sarah Corpstein
- Kansas – Ashley Aull
- Kentucky – Tara Conner
- Louisiana – Christina Cuenca
- Maine – Katee Stearns
- Maryland – Melissa DiGiulian
- Massachusetts – Tiffany Kelly
- Michigan – Danelle Gay
- Minnesota – Dottie Cannon
- Mississippi – Kendra King
- Missouri – Kristi Capel
- Montana – Jill McLain
- Nebraska – Emily Poeschl
- Nevada – Lauren Scyphers
- New Hampshire – Krystal Barry
- New Jersey – Jessica Boyington
- New Mexico – Onawa Lacy
- New York – Adriana Diaz
- North Carolina – Samantha Holvey
- North Dakota – Kimberly Krueger
- Ohio – Stacy Offenberger
- Oklahoma – Robyn Watkins
- Oregon – Allison Machado
- Pennsylvania – Tanya Lehman
- Rhode Island – Leeann Tingley
- South Carolina – Lacie Lybrand
- South Dakota – Alexis LeVan
- Tennessee – Lauren Grissom
- Texas – Lauren Lanning
- Utah – Soben Huon
- Vermont – Amanda Gilman
- Virginia – Amber Copley
- Washington – Tiffany Doorn
- West Virginia – Jessica Wedge
- Wisconsin – Anna Piscitello
- Wyoming – Kristin George
There were two sets of judges: one for the preliminary competition (held on April 14), and another for the final night of competition (April 21). The latter judges decided who won the Miss USA title.
A pre-pageant special edition of Deal or No Deal aired on April 12 on NBC. It included Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley and twenty-six contestants, who replaced the show's models as briefcase-holders: Haleigh Stidham (AL), Kimberly Forsyth (AR), Tamiko Nash (CA), Jeannine Phillips (CT), Ashlee Greenwell (DE), Cristin Duren (FL), Catherine Warren (IL), Bridget Bobel (IN), Tara Conner (KY), Christina Cuenca (LA), Katee Stearns (ME), Tiffany Kelly (MA), Danelle Gay (MI), Dottie Cannon, (MN), Kristi Capel (MO), Lauren Scyphers (NV), Jessica Boyington (NJ), Onawa Lacy (NM), Samantha Holvey (NC), Kimberly Krueger (ND), Tanya Lehman (PA), Leeann Tingley (RI), Lacie Lybrand (SC), Soben Huon (UT), Amber Copley (VA), Jessica Wedge (WV).
Allison Machado (OR) was the alternate.
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