Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA 2014 at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, June 8th.
Female journalists in the male-dominated sports industry battle for the next story and against the perception that the way to move up is through looks. Allie LaForce pays no attention to that stuff.
“I’m not really affected when people say you’re just a pretty face,” she said. “It’s insulting, but women have come a long way and it’s our job to make sure women continue to grow and gain respect in this business.
“I know that I played basketball, I know the sport, I know that I have the credentials and have worked hard to be where I am and that’s all I need. If some person on Twitter that has two followers is telling me that I don’t know what I’m talking about, that means nothing to me. My bosses, what they tell me, and what my mentors tell me, that’s the stuff that matters. You just have to have enough confidence to know that you belong on this stage and are doing a good job.”
And LaForce, 25, is doing just that. Hired by CBS almost two years ago, she’s worked her way up to covering this year’s NCAA tournament on the sideline with one of the network’s top broadcast teams in Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. She’s provided viewers with unique insight and stories. During a second round game in Buffalo between St. Joseph’s and UConn, LaForce scored an adorable interview with internet sensation Philip Martelli, the 4-year-old grandson of Hawks’ coach Phil Martelli. http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/03/cbs-hoops-reporter-allie-laforce
Karl Malone, Ian Ziering, Lance Bass, Rumer Willis, Allie Laforce, Dolvett Quince, Bárbara Palacios, Randy Couture, Melissa Peterman To Judge The 2014 Miss Usa® Competition on June 8
New York, NY–June 6, 2014—NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today the roster of celebrities and experts who will judge the 2014 MISS USA® Competition, airing Sunday, June 8 at 8/7c on NBC live from The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The panel of judges includes:
· Karl Malone, former power forward for the Utah Jazz, named one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”
· Ian Ziering, guest celebrity host of Chippendales, Syfy Channel’s Sharknado movies
· Lance Bass, member of the pop group *NSYNC, host of SiriusXM’s Dirty Pop with Lance Bass, producer and actor
· Rumer Willis, actress starring in multiple movie and television hits including PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, 90210, HAWAII FIVE-O, THE HOUSE BUNNY, SORORITY ROW, and much more
· Allie LaForce, host and reporter for CBS Sports, Miss Teen USA 2005
· Dolvett Quince, fitness expert, star of the NBC hit show “The Biggest Loser,” and best-selling author of ‘The 3-1-2-1 Diet’
· Bárbara Palacios, Miss Universe 1986, coach and judge of the new Telemundo reality show, Miss Latina Universo, international beauty icon, inspirational author and entrepreneur
· Randy Couture, star of “The Expendables” movie series, NY Times Best Selling author, star of the upcoming “Gym Rescue” on Spike TV and former 6-time UFC champion
· Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” and ABC’s “Bet on Your Baby”
As previously announced, country sensation Florida Georgia Line with special guest Nelly, singer-songwriter Marc Broussard, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns and Latin Grammy award winning Camila, will perform during the competition. Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” and Thomas Roberts, MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” will host the competition. Style expert Jeannie Mai will provide behind-the-scenes commentary.
Fans will also have the opportunity to save their favorite contestant during the evening gown competition through a Twitter save in order to secure a sixth spot in the final question round. Viewers can tweet using #SaveTheQueen along with a keyword that will be provided on the screen during the live telecast. Rules and information can be found on http://www.missusa.com/rules. Fans are encouraged to get excited and show their support leading up to Sunday’s telecast by using #SaveTheQueen.
The 2014 MISS USA® Competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013 will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. The MISS USA show is the only domestic pageant to be seen internationally. The 2013 MISS USA® Competition was distributed to approximately 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.missusa.com.
LATIN POP BAND CAMILA JOINS THE 2014 MISS USA® COMPETITION MUSICAL LINEUP SUNDAY, JUNE 8 ON NBC (8-11 P.M. ET)
NEW YORK, NY — June 4, 2014 — The Miss Universe Organization announces Latin pop band Camila will join the musical lineup for the 63rd annual MISS USA® Competition on Sunday, June 8 (8-11 p.m. ET) from The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. Immediately following the international release of their new album, ELYPSE, the band will take the MISS USA stage for their first official public performance since the record’s launch on Wednesday, June 3. Camila’s set will be added to Sunday’s musical roster along with Florida Georgia Line and special guest Nelly, Marc Broussard, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Bands. Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” and Thomas Roberts, MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” will host the competition.
Soaring to the top of the charts in Mexico and beyond, award-winning composer, singer and producer Mario Domm created the leading Latin pop-rock band Camila in 2005 with guitarist Pablo Hurtado. Their two metric hit albums, Todo Cambió and Diamond certified Dejarte de amar, turned the group into one of the most successful Latin American bands of all time selling more than two million copies. Songs such as “Abrázame,” “Mientes,” and “Alejate de mi,” among others, have made them big winners in the industry. The album’s popularity brought them to win three Latin Grammy Awards and three Latin Billboard Awards coining them as one of the most awarded groups from Latin America for the last decade.
Their third studio album ELYPSE marks a new chapter of success for Camila with the new hit single, “Decidiste dejarme.” The MISS USA telecast on NBC will be the first English speaking network the duo performs on marking a crossover for them domestically in the US.
This year, fans will have the opportunity to save their favorite contestant during the evening gown competition through a Twitter save in order to secure a sixth spot in the final question round. Viewers can tweet using #SaveTheQueen along with a keyword that will be provided on the screen during the live telecast. Rules and information can be found on http://www.missusa.com/rules. Fans are encouraged to get excited and show their support leading up to June 8th by using #SaveTheQueen.
The 2014 MISS USA® Competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. For more information, visit http://www.missusa.com.
ABOUT THE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION
The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. As part of the Miss Universe Organization, Miss USA is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. For more information, visit: http://www.missusa.com.