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Miss USA 2014, the 63rd Miss USA pageant, was held at the Raising Cane's River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014. All fifty states and the District of Columbia competed. The preliminary competition was not webcast live for the first time in five years,[2] but excerpts were distributed post-competition via website Hulu. The final night of competition was televised on NBC.

Miss USA 2014
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Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014
DateJune 8, 2014
VenueRaising Cane's River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
WinnerNia Sanchez
CongenialityChristina Palavra
 Rhode Island
PhotogenicCassandra Kunze
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Erin Brady of Connecticut, crowned her successor Nia Sanchez of Nevada. Sanchez represented the United States on home soil at Miss Universe 2014 and finished 1st Runner-Up.

The date and venue was revealed by Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, and Brady on March 13, 2014, during Today.[3] However, it was reported that the delegates will be staying at the L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge ahead of this announcement.[4]

For the first time, the final telecast was three hours long, with the additional hour including a look at the top 20 (rather than 15) in their home states. The top 20 competed in swimsuits, then eliminated by the judges to a top ten. The top ten competed in evening gown, then judges eliminated to a final five, along with a sixth finalist selected from the remaining contestants in the top ten via a Twitter fan vote (texting #SAVETHEQUEEN).


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2014
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
5th Runner-Up
  •   Iowa – Carlyn Bradarich §
Top 10
Top 20

§ Voted into Top 6 via Twitter

Special awardsEdit

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic


Selection of contestantsEdit

One delegate from each state and the District of Columbia was chosen in state pageants held from September 2013 to January 2014.

Preliminary roundEdit

Prior to the final telecast, the delegates competed in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown. The preliminary competition took place on June 6, 2014.


During the final competition, the top twenty competed in swimsuit and evening gown, and the top five competed in the final question signed up by a panel of judges.

Order of announcementEdit


51 delegates were confirmed. The information from Miss USA Official website[5]

State Contestant Hometown Age Height Placement Notes
  Alabama Jesica Warren Ahlberg Birmingham 24 5'6" Top 20
  Alaska Kendall Bautista Eagle River 21 5'7" Miss Alaska 2016
  Arizona Jordan Wessel Phoenix 20 5'9" Top 20
  Arkansas Helen Wisner Fayetteville 25 5'8"
  California Cassandra Kunze San Diego 20 5'9" Top 10 Miss Photogenic
Miss Teenage California 2012
  Colorado Eleanna Livaditis Centennial 25 5'7"
  Connecticut Desirée Pérez Stamford 26 5'7" Born in Venezuela. Miss Connecticut U.S. International 2013
  Delaware Kelsey Miller Wilmington 23 5'10" Miss Delaware Teen USA 2009
  District of Columbia Ciera Nicole Butts Washington, D.C. 23 5'7" Winner of reality competition series Last Squad Standing, Miss Maryland United States 2013
  Florida Brittany Oldehoff Fort Lauderdale 25 5'11" 4th Runner-Up A model on season 7 of Project Runway, Contestant on The Amazing Race 28 with her teammate Jessica Versteeg, placed 9th
  Georgia Tiana Griggs Monticello 27 5'9" 2nd Runner Up Second Oldest contestant
  Hawaii Moani Hara Honolulu 24 5'7" Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2007
  Idaho Yvette Bennett Boise 23 5'6" Born in Guam and raised in Northern Marianas. Miss Idaho U.S. International 2013. Sister was Miss Northern Marianas Universe 2006
  Illinois Lexi Atkins Champaign 21 5'8" Miss Illinois Teen USA 2010 and 1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2010
  Indiana Mekayla Diehl Bristol 25 5'8" Top 20 2nd runner up at Miss Indiana 2012
  Iowa Carlyn Bradarich Iowa City 23 5'10" 5th Runner-Up Sister of Miss Illinois USA 2010, Ashley Bradarich; Later Miss Illinois World 2015, Top 12 at Miss World America 2015
  Kansas Audrey Banach Kansas City 22 5'10"
  Kentucky Destin Kincer Whitesburg 21 5'11"
  Louisiana Brittany Guidry Houma 21 5'9" 3rd Runner-Up Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2009 and 4th runner up at Miss Teen USA 2009
  Maine Samantha Dahlborg Gorham 20 5'8"
  Maryland Taylor Burton La Plata 25 5'10 Top 10
  Massachusetts Caroline Lunny Holliston 23 5'10" Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2008 and top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008. Contestant on The Bachelor (season 22).
  Michigan Elizabeth Ivezaj Macomb 24 5'7" Born in Albania
  Minnesota Haley O'Brien Excelsior 21 5'8" Top 20 Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2010 and Miss Collegiate America 2012
  Mississippi Chelsea Reardon Southaven 23 5'8"
  Missouri Erica Sturdefant Springfield 23 5'9" Miss Missouri Teen USA 2010
  Montana Kadie Latimer Kalispell 23 5'10"
  Nebraska Amanda Soltero Columbus 22 5'7" Top 20 Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010
  Nevada Nia Sanchez Las Vegas 24 5'8" Miss USA 2014 1st Runner-Up at Miss Universe 2014
  New Hampshire Bridget Brunet South Hampton 26 5'6"
  New Jersey Emily Shah Edison 19 5'8" Top 20
  New Mexico Kamryn Blackwood Farmington 22 5'9"
  New York Candace Kendall Rochester 25 5'8" Miss New York Teen USA 2006
  North Carolina Olivia Olvera Fayetteville 26 5'4" Shortest contestant; Competed in Miss Solaria 2009
  North Dakota Audra Mari Fargo 20 5'10" 1st Runner-Up Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011 and 1st runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2011 The only Miss USA contestant who placed first runner-up in Miss Teen USA and in Miss USA, later Miss World America 2016 and Top 11 at Miss World 2016
  Ohio Madison Gesiotto Massillon 22 5'6"
  Oklahoma Brooklynne Young Norman 19 5'10" Top 20
  Oregon Emma Pelett Portland 25 5'7"
  Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto Pittsburgh 24 5'5" Top 20
  Rhode Island Christina Palavra Providence 19 5'11" Miss Congeniality
  South Carolina Christina Zapolski Charleston 22 6'0" Top 10 Tallest contestant; contestant of Hunted
  South Dakota Brittney Palmer Brookings 25 5'8"
  Tennessee Kristy Landers Niedenfuer Nashville 22 5'10" Top 20 Later Miss Louisiana World 2015, 3rd Runner-up at Miss World America 2015
  Texas Lauren Guzman Laredo 24 5'10" Miss Texas Teen USA 2008
  Utah Angelia Layton Salt Lake City 22 5'8" Miss Utah Teen USA 2010 and 3rd runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2010. Contestant on Survivor: Philippines
  Vermont Gina Bernasconi Colchester 19 5'7"
  Virginia Arielle Rosmarino Salem 22 5'10" Top 20 Later Miss Virginia World 2015, 4th Runner-up at Miss World America 2015
  Washington Allyson Rowe Spokane 25 5'6"
  West Virginia Charisse Haislop Parkersburg 24 5'8"
  Wisconsin Bishara Dorre Milwaukee 24 5'7" Top 10 Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2006 and Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen 2007, top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
  Wyoming Lexi Hill Gillette 20 5'4"


Preliminary judges:[6]

Telecast Judges:[6]

Background musicEdit

Historical significanceEdit


Two contestants had competed at Miss America's Outstanding Teen:

Two contestants had competed at Miss U.S. International:

One contestant had competed at Miss Teenage California

Twelve contestants had competed at Miss Teen USA (including two 1st runners-up), breaking the record for the most Miss Teen USA crossovers. The previous record was at Miss USA 2007 with 11 crossovers.

Four contestants had competed in Miss World America:

Five contestants had appeared in reality television shows:

International broadcastersEdit


  • United States: NBC
  • Africa: DSTV Mzansi Magic (delayed broadcast)
  • Asia: Star World (delayed broadcast)


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  5. ^ "Miss USA : Members". Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  6. ^ a b "Judges". Archived from the original on 2014-12-31.
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