51 pageant queens compete for Miss USA in Vegas

Posted June 19, 2011, at 7:51 p.m.

Fifty-one beauty queens from around the country were smiling and strutting before a panel of judges and a live audience in Las Vegas on Sunday night to determine the country’s next Miss USA. The winner was to replace Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih (photo), and be America’s representative at the Miss Universe pageant in Brazil in September. Fakih, an Arab-American from Michigan who was born in Lebanon, overcame a near-stumble in her evening gown to win last year. This year’s contestants hope to avoid missteps and shine in swimwear, evening gown and interview competitions at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The pageant is celebrating its 60th anniversary, growing from its roots as a bathing revue in Long Beach, Calif., in 1952 to a made-for-TV spectacle owned jointly by mogul Donald Trump and NBC, which aired the pageant live to East Coast viewers. … Amy Winehouse canceled part of her European tour on Sunday, a day after the British singer was heavily booed for being late and displaying erratic behavior on stage during a concert in Serbia. The concert late Saturday in the Serbian capital of Belgrade kicked off what was to be a 12-date tour of Europe. But Winehouse decided to cancel appearances in Istanbul on Monday and in Athens on Wednesday, according to a statement from publicity company Outside Organization. … A majority of Israeli lawmakers are asking the U.S. administration to allow the incarcerated Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard a humanitarian visit with his dying father. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy. He pleaded guilty in 1986 of passing classified information to Israel and was given a life sentence.

 

 

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