Miss USA 2014
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, but excerpts were distributed post-competition via website Hulu. The final night of competition was televised on NBC.
|Miss USA 2014|
Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014
|Date||June 8, 2014|
|Venue||Raising Cane's River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
The date and venue was revealed by Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, and Brady on March 13, 2014, during Today. However, it was reported that the delegates will be staying at the L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge ahead of this announcement.
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).
- 1 Results
- 2 Pageant
- 3 Order of announcement
- 4 Delegates
- 5 Judges
- 6 Background music
- 7 Historical significance
- 8 Crossovers
- 9 International broadcasters
- 10 References
- 11 External links
|Miss USA 2014|
§ Voted into Top 6 via Twitter
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.
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
|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|
|California||Cassandra Kunze||San Diego||20||5'9"||Top 10||Miss Photogenic|
Miss Teenage California 2012
|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"|
|Louisiana||Brittany Guidry||Houma||21||5'9"||3rd Runner-Up||Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2009 and 4th runner up at Miss Teen USA 2009|
|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|
|Missouri||Erica Sturdefant||Springfield||23||5'9"||Miss Missouri Teen USA 2010|
|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|
|Oklahoma||Brooklynne Young||Norman||19||5'10"||Top 20|
|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|
|Virginia||Arielle Rosmarino||Salem||22||5'10"||Top 20||Later Miss Virginia World 2015, 4th Runner-up at Miss World America 2015|
|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|
- Bryce Townsend
- Carole Gist - Miss USA 1990 from Michigan
- Chantal "Taly" Russell
- Elise Zealand
- Fred Nelson
- Janna Ronert
- Jeanne Burns
- Scott Balber
- Opening – "Iko Iko," "Take A Ride On A Riverboat," "Home," and "Hey Pocky A-Way" by Marc Broussard featuring Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns (Live Performance)
- Swimsuit Competition – "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly (Live Performance)
- Evening Gown Competition – "Decidiste dejarme" and "Tu tiempo ya se fue" by Camila (Live Performance)
- Top 6 Final Look – "This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line (Live Performance)
- Nevada wins competition for the first time.
- This is the third year in a row a state wins its first Miss USA title (Nevada, Connecticut, and Rhode Island), including Olivia Culpo's win in 2012.
- North Dakota reaches its highest placement in the pageant.
- Audra Mari of North Dakota becomes the first person to finish 1st Runner-Up at both Miss Teen USA (in 2011) and Miss USA. She is only eclipsed in both national pageants by Shauna Gambill (Miss Teen USA 1994/Miss USA 1998 1st Runner-Up, Brandi Sherwood (Miss Teen USA 1989/Miss USA 1997 replacement) and Alyssa Campanella (Miss Teen USA 2007 1st Runner-Up / Miss USA 2011).
- Georgia repeats its highest placement from 2001 and 2006, the highest since 1993.
- Louisiana reaches its highest placement since Ali Landry won in 1996.
- Florida repeats its highest placement from 2005 and 2006, the highest since 1988.
- Iowa reaches its highest placement in 58 years, since the win by Carol Morris in 1956. Incidentally, Morris went on to become the second woman from the USA to win the Miss Universe title in 1956.
- States that placed in the top 15 the previous year were Alabama, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
- Alabama placed for the fifth consecutive year.
- Maryland and South Carolina placed for the fourth consecutive year.
- Louisiana and Nevada placed for the third consecutive year.
- California and Pennsylvania made their second consecutive placement.
- Georgia, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee last placed in 2012.
- Arizona, Florida, and Indiana last placed in 2011.
- Nebraska and Virginia last placed in 2010.
- Minnesota last placed in 2009.
- Wisconsin last placed in 2007.
- Iowa last placed in 2000.
- North Dakota last placed in 1996.
Two contestants had competed at Miss America's Outstanding Teen:
- Miss Hawaii USA Moani Hara was Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2007
- Miss Wisconsin USA Bishara Dorre was Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen 2007 and top 10 at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
Two contestants had competed at Miss U.S. International:
- Miss Connecticut USA Desirée Pérez was Miss Connecticut U.S. International 2013
- Miss Idaho USA Yvette Bennett was Miss Idaho U.S. International 2013
One contestant had competed at Miss Teenage California
- Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze was Miss Teenage California 2012
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.
- Miss Delaware USA Kelsey Miller was Miss Delaware Teen USA 2009
- Miss Illinois USA Lexi Atkins was Miss Illinois Teen USA 2010 and placed 1st runner up at Miss Teen USA 2010
- Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Guidry was Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2009 and 4th runner up at Miss Teen USA 2009
- Miss Massachusetts USA Caroline Lunny was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2008 and top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2008
- Miss Minnesota USA Haley O'Brien was Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2010
- Miss Missouri USA Erica Sturdefant was Miss Missouri Teen USA 2010
- Miss Nebraska USA Amanda Soltero was Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010
- Miss New York USA Candace Kuykendall was Miss New York Teen USA 2006
- Miss North Dakota USA Audra Mari was Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011 and placed 1st runner up at Miss Teen USA 2011
- Miss Texas USA Lauren Guzman was Miss Texas Teen USA 2008
- Miss Utah USA Angelia Layton was Miss Utah Teen USA 2010 and 3rd runner up at Miss Teen USA 2010
- Miss Wisconsin USA Bishara Dorre was Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2006
Four contestants had competed in Miss World America:
- Miss Iowa USA Carlyn Bradarich is Miss Illinois World 2015 (Top 12)
- Miss Tennessee USA Kristy Landers Niedenfuer is Miss Louisiana World 2015 (3rd Runner-Up)
- Miss Virginia USA Arielle Saige Rosmarino is Miss Virginia World 2015 (4th Runner-Up)
- Miss North Dakota USA Audra Mari is Miss World America 2016 (winner)
Five contestants had appeared in reality television shows:
- Miss District of Columbia USA Ciera Nicole Butts appeared in the Oxygen reality competition series Last Squad Standing
- Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff appeared in the seventh season of Project Runway as part of the models. She would later appear in The Amazing Race 28 with teammate Jessica Versteeg
- Miss Massachusetts USA Caroline Lunny appeared in the twenty-second season of The Bachelor, the fifth season of Bachelor in Paradise and the second season of Bachelor in Paradise Australia
- Miss South Carolina USA Christina Zapolski appeared in CBS reality TV series Hunted
- Miss Utah USA Angelia Layton appeared in Survivor: Philippines
- "Miss USA : Members". Missuniverse.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- "Judges". missuniverse.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-31.