Miss USA 2010

Miss USA 2010, the 59th Miss USA pageant, was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 16, 2010. Kristen Dalton of North Carolina, crowned her successor, Rima Fakih of Michigan as Miss USA 2010 at the end of this event.

Miss USA 2010
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih.jpg
Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010
DateMay 16, 2010[1]
VenueThe AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada
WinnerRima Fakih
Michigan Michigan
CongenialityBelinda Wright
PhotogenicAudrey Moore
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Fakih represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2010 pageant in Las Vegas on August 23, 2010 where she did not advance to the semifinals; becoming the fourth Miss USA to do so in Miss Universe history (the last time was Shauntay Hinton in 2002).

Representatives of the 50 states and the District of Columbia competed for the title in the pageant, which was broadcast live on NBC. Fakih's victory, however, was controversial with charges of bias facing the Miss USA pageant after Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, who was runner-up, defended Arizona's anti-illegal immigration bill.[2][3][4]

The pageant was co-hosted by Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone and Today show correspondent Natalie Morales.[5] Color commentary was provided by Joan and Melissa Rivers.[5] Pop rock band Boys Like Girls performed during the swimsuit competition and country music star Trace Adkins performed during the evening gown competition.[5] Stone, Adkins, and both Rivers have all appeared on Donald Trump's television show Celebrity Apprentice.

Kristen Dalton and Chet Buchanan hosted the presentation show.[6] For the first time, the preliminary competition was webcast live via Ustream on May 12, 2010, following a precedent set at the 2009 Miss Universe pageant. The 2010 pageant drew the notice of conservative commentators for releasing a set of "exotic and revealing" promotional photos.[7]

Pageants were held to select the representative for each state between June 2009 and January 2010. During the final show on May 16, the fifteen delegates with the highest average score from the preliminary competition were announced. The top fifteen competed in the swimsuit competition. The top ten delegates from swimsuit competed in evening gown. The top five delegates from the evening gown competition (not averaged composite scores from both competitions) competed in the final question round to determine the winner. The judges' composite score was shown after each round of competition for the fourth time since 2002.



Map showing placings by state.
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2010
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 15

Special awardsEdit

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Final scoresEdit


State Contestant Hometown Age[a] Height Placement Award Notes
  Alabama Audrey Moore Birmingham 20 5'8" Top 10 Miss Photogenic
  Alaska Sarah Temple Eagle River 21 6'0" Sister of Veronica Temple, Miss Alaska's Outstanding Teen 2009
  Arizona Brittany Bell Chandler 22 5'8" Phoenix Suns dancer
Later Miss Guam Universe 2014
  Arkansas Adrielle Churchill Dover 24 5'8" Top 15 Previously Miss National Sweetheart 2005
  California Nicole Johnson Westlake Village 24 5'7" Top 10
  Colorado Jessica Hartman Pueblo 19 5'10" 3rd runner-up Later Miss Intercontinental 2011
Later Miss Missouri 2014
  Connecticut Ashley Bickford Torrington 25 5'8" Previously Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2002 and Miss Rhode Island 2007
  Delaware Julie Citro Wilmington 26 5'8"
  District of Columbia MacKenzie Green Washington, D.C. 21 5'11"
  Florida Megan Clementi Orlando 26 5'6" Orlando Magic Dancer
  Georgia Cassady Lance Savannah 25 5'8" Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 2003
  Hawaii Renee Nobriga Haleiwa 26 5'10"
  Idaho Jessca Hellwinkel Boise 19 5'7"
  Illinois Ashley Bradarich Homer Glen 24 5'8" Sister of Carlyn Bradarich, Miss Iowa USA 2014
  Indiana Allison Biehle North Vernon 21 5'6"
  Iowa Katherine Connors Bettendorf 20 5'8" Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader
  Kansas Bethany Gerber Winfield 21 5'9" Top 15
  Kentucky Kindra Clark Mount Washington 20 5'6"
  Louisiana Sara Brooks Lafayette 22 5'8"
  Maine Katie Whittier New Gloucester 26 6'1" 4th runner-up
  Maryland Simone Feldman North Potomac 23 5'9"
  Massachusetts Lacey Wilson Boston 26 5'10" Previously Miss Illinois Teen USA 2002
  Michigan Rima Fakih Dearborn 24 5'9" Winner
  Minnesota Courtney Basara Duluth 20 5'9"
  Mississippi Breanne Ponder Mount Olive 20 5'7" Top 10
  Missouri Ashley Strohmier Jefferson City 21 5'8" Top 10
  Montana Annie Anseth Billings 20 5'5"
  Nebraska Belinda Wright Scotia 21 5'6" Top 15 Miss Congeniality
  Nevada Julianna Erdesz Reno 25 5'8" Previously Miss Nevada 2008
  New Hampshire Nicole Houde Manchester 24 5'7"
  New Jersey Chenoa Greene Atco 24 5'11"
  New Mexico Rosanne Aguilar Sunland Park 24 5'8" Sister of Raelene Aguilar, Miss New Mexico USA 2008 & Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2000
  New York Davina Reeves Harlem 26 5'9"
  North Carolina Nadia Moffett High Point 22 5'7"
  North Dakota Taylor Kearns Fargo 20 5'7" Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2007
  Ohio Amanda Tempel St. Bernard 20 5'10"
  Oklahoma Morgan Woolard Moore 21 5'9" 1st runner-up Previously Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2006
  Oregon Kate Paul Mitchell 24 5'5"
  Pennsylvania Gina Cerilli Greensburg 24 5'8" Top 15
  Rhode Island Kristina Primavera Narragansett 23 5'9" Previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2003
  South Carolina Rachel Law Greenville 21 5'8"
  South Dakota Emily Miller Irene 22 5'8"
  Tennessee Tucker Perry Franklin 21 5'10" Top 10
  Texas Kelsey Moore El Paso 19 6'1"
  Utah Katya Feinstein Centerville 20 5'8" Previously Miss Utah Teen USA 2008
  Vermont Nydelis Ortiz Essex 20 5'6"
  Virginia Samantha Casey Jeffersonton 21 5'9" 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 2006
  Washington Tracy Turnure Seattle 24 6'2" Twin sister of Tara Turnure, Miss Washington USA 2009
  West Virginia Erica Goldsmith Mineral Wells 23 5'4"
  Wisconsin Courtney Lynn Lopez Franksville 20 5'7" Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2008
  Wyoming Claire Schreiner Gillette 23 5'8" Top 15


Preliminary judgesEdit

  • Billie Causieestko
  • Chip Lightman
  • Colleen Grillo
  • Guy McCarter
  • Leigh Rossini
  • Rich Thurber
  • Scott Lochmus

Final judgesEdit

Background musicEdit


  • Special Performance: "Soundcheck" by Sean Van der Wilt


Historical significanceEdit

Contestant notesEdit

  • Tracy Turnure, Miss Washington USA, was crowned by her twin sister Tara Turnure. This marks the first time that twins have won back-to-back at a Miss USA state pageant.[8]
  • Belinda Wright, Miss Nebraska USA, returned home on May 8 after her father was killed in a farming accident. She later returned to Las Vegas prior to the preliminary competition on May 11.[9]

Prize packageEdit

Miss Congeniality: The award is for a contestant that exemplifies respect and admiration of the contestant's peers, who voted for her as the most congenial. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs.

Miss Photogenic: The general public voted on www.nbc.com for the contestant who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder and jewelry from Diamond Nexus Labs.

Miss USA 2010: A custom diamond tiara and jewelry by Diamond Nexus Labs; a shoe collection from Nina Footwear; a one-year scholarship from the New York Film Academy; hair care products and accessories from Farouk Systems; eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; a Flip MinoHD Video Camcorder; a collection of luggage by Heys USA Inc.; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; gym membership to Gravity Fitness; hair services from John Barrett Salon; modeling portfolio by photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology services from Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD; dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S.; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; a year-long salary as Miss USA; extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; year-long consultation with a fashion stylist and access to a personal appearance wardrobe and the opportunity to represent the USA at Miss Universe 2010 this summer in Las Vegas.[10]


  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


  1. ^ "2010 Miss USA Pageant to air live on NBC, Sunday May 16th" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 2010-02-01.
  2. ^ Michael Dykes, Brett (2010-05-18). "Miss USA controversies storm the blogosphere". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  3. ^ Allen, Nick (2010-05-18). "Miss USA controversy as fans of runner-up claim immigration question cost her crown". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  4. ^ Noveck, Jocelyn (2010-05-17). "Miss USA pageant stirs new controversy as Arab-American wins". Associated Press via The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  5. ^ a b c "Curtis Stone and Natalie Morales to Host the '2010 Miss USA Pageant'" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 2010-04-28.
  6. ^ Miss USA : Events
  7. ^ "Miss USA Photos 2010 - Lingerie Snaps Set Stage for Contest". National Ledger. May 15, 2010. Archived from the original on May 20, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  8. ^ Twins crowned Miss Washington USA Back to Back
  9. ^ "Miss Nebraska USA's Father Killed In Farming Accident". 1011Now. 2010-05-09. Archived from the original on 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  10. ^ "Miss Michigan Crowned Miss USA 2010 During Live NBC Telecast". Official Miss USA. 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2010-08-22.

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