This year is a tough year – It is not the clear winner like Miss USA 2014 and 2015 when Nia Sanchez from Nevada and Olivia Jordan from Oklahoma won the titles. This year it can be anyone.
I will mention top 15 that I think would do the job representing Miss USA for the year and representing at Miss Universe later this year.
I have noticed a pattern with Miss USA winners most of the time they are not in spotlights from any media. That gives me the question of who hasn’t been in the spotlight during media week in Las Vegas. Whoever isn’t in the spotlight will win Miss USA.
This year is tough because IMG agency bought the franchise from Trump and IMG and Trump are two different people. Trump was more of traditional man and did very well at Miss Universe. IMG on the other hand is another world. It is a modeling agency, so I am not exactly sure what they are looking for this year- This year there’s been a lot of changes. One being the addition of Miss 52 USA this year and having Miss North Carolina replaced in less than 24 hours with the1st runner up to do the job at Miss USA.
I have three different ideas as to what would determine for Miss USA, depending on Miss Universe Organization and IMG company. 1) If they want fresh and young, chic, sassy model looking OR 2) they want a girl who will be the breast cancer ambassador and do well at Miss Universe to continue the streak of staying in top 3 at Miss Universe. OR 3) they want a bubbly, sweet girl that will have lots die hard fans, and have others fall in love with her and turn the Miss USA image into a positive. Miss USA 2014 is number 2- she has great stage presence and did very well at Miss Universe. Miss USA 2015 is the combination of number 1 and number 2. She is a model, tall, and slender looking and very confident on stage and did a very amazing job at Miss Universe.
Florida: Brie is one of the most genuine people I know in pageantry. Brie has interact with all of the winners (2014, 2015 and current Miss California USA 2016, and the rest of CA USA 2012-2015, Miss Nevada USA 2015, Miss Pennsylvania 2015) She has a fabulous coach, Kristen Bradford, who coaches many Miss California contestants and Miss California USA. All of the girls that she has associated with were at least in the top 10 and top 5 at Miss USA. She is well prepared. People have not paid attention to her and her history in pageantry. I love Brie. She is in my top 5!
Hawaii- Chelsea caught my attention when she arrived at Miss USA and is Miss Florida roommate. I knew she was going to be awesome because of my dear friend; Miss Florida who is fabulous. She continues to impress me with her photos, and she is well dressed. I fell in love with her more last night at preliminary, and her face is impeccable – She is one of the contestants that can do very well at Miss Universe if they want “Miss Universe look” She has the look. She is in my top 5.
Rhode Island- Theresa is one of the very few girls that got my attention, vote, and support because she talks to people outside of Pageant. That is when I knew that she is one of the type of girl that Miss USA should be looking at because of personality interaction. Miss USA will be interacting with lots of people every day. She reminds me of Anea Garcia version by the way she walked on the stage, her hair, her pose (stand) and her grace on stage. I know she will never be exactly the same as Anea. She is in my top 5.
Wisconsin- Kate. Kate… She is STUNNING! I have watched her from day one when she won Miss Wisconsin USA 2016 and I immediately knew she will do very well at Miss USA. She reminds me somewhat of Kate Middleton. I loved her stage presence and her hair! It is a perfect style for swimsuit and evening gown. Her evening gown was same as Olivia Jordan preliminary night gown at Miss Universe. I loved it. She’s in my top 5!
The last spot is tight between those girls that can grab the spot and it all depends on the interview.
Missouri: Sydnee is someone that I am watching closely for top 5 from the day she arrived in Las Vegas. I saw her state competition and knew something was special about her she seems like a sweet person.
New Jersey: Jessielyn is another person that I have been watching from the day she won her state competition. She is stunning. She has the Miss Universe look with her long wavy blonde hair and very tall. Miss Universe contestants are all tall. She will fit in very well. She has the exotic look that can bring the USA a win at Miss Universe. Another thing about her that I like is that she talks to her fans. That gets my vote, attention, and support.
Ohio: Megan is one of heavily favorite to watch for the crown. She has many years experience in pageantry, and that has helped shape her into who she is today on stage. Her stage presence blew my mind, and I am so proud of her. She’s another dear friend of mine. She also reminds me of Shandi Finnessey, Miss Missouri USA, who won Miss USA 2004. The way she walks, her style of hair, and the pose. She worked with Pageantology 101, Shandi and Susie. Pageantology 101 is another company that I have the outmost respect for . I also love the fact that Megan always thinks outside the box for the evening gown. She went for daring, and something different that will stand out and she did a good job in the preliminary. I have seen her previous evening gowns at states. I give her a big credit for being daring and a risk taker.
Pennsylvania: Elena is a very dear friend of mine since 2012. She’s a real sweetheart. She has the whole package. She loves to be in front of the camera and feels so comfortable with it. That’s what Miss USA is all about handling different commitments and camera rolling on all of the time. And also its great that she is deaf and wears cochlear implants just like I do. She is one of the sweetest people I know walking on this planet.
Texas- Daniella is another strong contestant for Miss USA. Nothing can go wrong with Texas. They sent Ylianna to Miss USA, and she placed as 1st runner-up. Ylianna is STUNNING. Daniella is very well prepared from what I have seen from my Texas friends post and on social media- Her wardrobe is impeccable!
Virginia- Desiree blew my mind and took my breathe away on her stage presence. The first thing I thought when I saw her on the stage! That is Lissette Garcia Miss Florida USA 2011 catwalk and I love her red gown. I did my homework and found out that she was former Miss Virginia America. So she has the stage presence and knows how to work with the audience. She wowed many of us. She was one of the contestants I didn’t pay careful attention to until after preliminary.
Idaho- I love Sydney. She is a darling. She is another girl that talks outside of pageant to her fans and people. She earns my vote, support, and my attention. I loved her from the state competition and still love her at Miss USA stage. She is one that has not been on the radar. I do like her and would like to see her in the top 10/15. It would be great to break Idaho’s streak after not placing in semifinalist since 2009.
North Carolina- Devin is someone that I loved from the day I saw her at the stage at Miss North Carolina USA 2015 and knew she had the potential to win North Carolina USA one day. She did it, but I am sad about Allie Dunn. Allie Dunn is a real sweetheart! I adored her and met her twice at Louisiana USA and South Carolina USA. She is gorgeous in person. Devin did a beautiful job pulling it together in such short notice. I love her evening gown, and one of my favorites in interview wardrobe! She represents North Carolina very well.
Michigan: I love Susie! She’s gorgeous on the stage- she also is well polished on her stage presence. Her gown reminds me of Katherine Haik, Miss Teen USA when she won. It is similar in color and the bottom part but different in the top. I like that color on her with dark hair. She also is a heavily favorite on social media to watch for the crown. She also has the face that we can’t forget.
South Dakota is a HUGE surprise for me. I watched preliminary more than three times and the more I looked at her the more she stood out for me. She has such confidence on stage. Her confidence is as good as competing at Miss Universe stage. People can love and hate her gown, but she knows how to work it and wear it very well. She can be in top 10 or 15 for me. It will be great to see Madison break the streak after 42 years of drought not placing in semifinal just like Renee Bull did for Delaware. That’s a huge thing!
Louisiana: I am pretty sure she will be in top 15 because of the fan vote. People LOVE her, and she’s totally darling in person. I have met her a few times and have spoken to her. I loved her gown! One of the BEST gowns I have ever seen. She has worked so hard to get where she is at today. I saw her at the state competition and there is a huge change in her confidence on the stage with this stunning gown that Fernando Wong designed. I loved her opening number, and the gown is something I will never forget. That got me to say Go Maaliyan! In my opinion she deserve a spot.
Miss 52 USA: I was expecting more from her, but I think she did a very safe job on the stage. I would love to see more of her because she has some advantages as Miss Oklahoma USA 2015 Olivia Jordan successor. But i think she will be in top 15 for sure.
Maryland: Christina is an experienced pageant girl because she competed as Miss Maryland America. She has a gorgeous dress that I like. So she is another person that I am watching closely for Miss USA. She is a fresh breath of air.
California: Nadia is gorgeous and very fresh looking and is a model. Her dress is predictable for me because she wore the similar dress to Miss California USA. That dress looks amazing on her. I love the color of choice for this dress. I have been watching her on social media for the last week she been in Las Vegas.
Colorado: I didn’t pay attention to her until she arrived Las Vegas last week. She has a fresh and international look on stage. Her dress won me over and I said, “she can get in top 15 with that gown” in addition she has a killer body and did an excellent performance in swimming suit.
Illinois: I have loved her from day one on winning her Miss Illinois USA title. She is a darling and a very good friend of my friend Christopher who had mentioned her to me. If a good friend of mine is a good friend with another person, then I know that they are validated. I loved her gown! Her gown reminds me of Olivia Jordan, pink gown at Miss USA 2015 but its more slim on the corset and more of mermaid compared to Olivia’s gown.
Georgia: Her “cape” gown. I loved it! She walked with confident on the stage, and it reminds me somewhat of Olivia Jordan’s Miss Universe gown. She reminds me of Miss Georgia USA 2014 who was 2nd runner-up to Nia Sanchez in elegance and class on the stage. She is in good hand with Kim Greenwood. I have faith in her.
New York: People have been telling me to watch out for her. Now, I can see why and what they meant. She has a stunning gown that I couldn’t get my eyes off. I loved every inch of her from top to bottom in a swim suit and evening gown. I think she can sneak into top 15 or further.
Nevada: This girl has one of the best evening gowns I ever was seen. I love sparkle and the design of the dress! We can’t miss Shanna Moakler girls because she made two girls Miss USAs! She knows exactly what the judges are looking for in a Miss USA. Miss USA 2011 and 2014 were under her wings. Emelina is doing exactly what Shanna is doing to help her prepare. I also love her bubbly and sweet personality on the stage.
Oklahoma: Like I said in my vlog, nothing can go wrong with Oklahoma. They send strong contestants for last decade and they usually placed in top 15 or higher. Taylor is gorgeous and loved her gown.
Utah: I was so happy that Teale won Miss Utah after all of those years of attempting and now she is on the stage shining her. I love a very simple gown on her. She wore it very well. Sometimes simplicity is the best. She can sneak into top 15/10/5.
Delaware: Alexandra is stunning. When I saw her win at the state title last year and knew she is someone that I would want to watch for at Miss USA. I like her in swim suit and evening gown. I think she is doing well. She can bethe 2nd Delaware to break the streak behind Renee Bull, who made the top 10 in 2015.
Mississippi: Haley is former Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2010 that placed 4th runner -up to Stormi Henley, Miss Tennessee Teen USA, who won Miss Teen USA 2010. She did a good job at Teen USA, so I am curious as to how well she will do? I love her gown and her hair! Her hair is to die for! I have seen the big changes made since her state competition until today. She may sneak in top 15 and surprise people. She has one of the best directors- Kim Greenwood. Kim does very well with her girls.
I have seen some great improvement since their state competitions: South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.
I have a few favorite evening gowns. I am not going to explain why I love them since this blog is already long enough! My favorites: South Carolina, North Carolina, Colorado, New York, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Florida and Oklahoma. Too many white gowns this year- I would love to see more diversity and colors next year for Miss USA 2017.
Interesting fact about Gowns: Oklahoma reminds me of Olivia Cuplo, who wore the gown at Miss Universe 2012,but in different color and Oklahoma added the silver around her waist. Kentucky wore the same dress as Nia Sanchez at Miss USA 2015. Wisconsin wore the same dress as Olivia Jordan at Miss Universe for evening gown preview before the preliminary. Illinois wore a similar dress as Olivia Jordan at Miss USA 2015.
PageantRocks long time fans, Cullen and Rob send me their predictions and Mister Tourism USA 2016 with two pageant experts! Road to Miss USA and Missolowight.
Cullen: Top 5: W: SC, HI, SD, CO, DC, Top 10: AL, Miss 52, TX, AR, VA, Top 15: CA, MD, FL, OK, IA. Bubbles: NJ, WV, NC, MS, NY, KY, PA, MA, and MI.
Rob: Winner Texas, remain Top 5 HI, Miss 52 USA, VA, GA, Top 10: SD, KY, MO, ID, NJ Top 15: CO, LA, NV, OK and SC.
Mister Tourism USA 2016, Andre Bland: Top 5: VA, TX, HI, SD, WI Top 10. LA, OK, NJ, FL, and NH Top 15: IL, MO, NV, ID, and MA. Bubbles: CA, MS, and NC.
I feel honored to have two wonderful pageant experts shared their predictions:
Road to Miss USA: Winner:SD remain Top 5 CA, CO, HI, VA,Top 10: WI, Miss 52 USA, MI, OH, MD, Top 15 NJ, TX, DC, GA, ID. Bubbles: FL, SC, AL, NM, and NV.
Jessica from Missolowight: Top 20, but no random order: OH, NJ, MI, HI, WI, CO, SD, AZ, ID, VA, Miss 52, MD, FL, GA, CA, NV, SC, TX, AR, and KS.