Miss USA Pageant
On June 8, 2014, during one of the most exciting MISS USA pageants in the show’s 63 year history, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Nevada USA, Nia Sanchez, as Miss USA 2014. Giuliana Rancic, “E! News” co-anchor, and Thomas Roberts, host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” show hosted the competition, along with style expert Jeannie Mai, who provided behind-the-scenes commentary from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Nia Sanchez is a 24 year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and has trained for over 12 years. Sanchez has also been a face character for Disney in both the United States and abroad and has traveled to over 13 countries.
The judging panel for the 2014 MISS USA® Competition included: 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, star of Syfy Channel’s “Sharknado” movie series; 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; and Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” and ABC’s “Bet on Your Baby.”
Country sensation Florida Georgia Line with special guest Nelly, singer-songwriter Marc Broussard, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns and Latin Grammy award winning band Camila, performed during the competition. One lucky contestant, Miss Iowa USA, Carlyn Bradarich, was voted back into the finals by viewers, who were given the power to bring back their favorite contestant, during the evening gown competition through a Twitter contest #SaveTheQueen.
The 2014 MISS USA® Competition featured contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants were judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013 crowned her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. The MISS USA show is the only domestic pageant to be seen internationally. The 2014 MISS USA® Competition was distributed to approximately 70 countries. For more information, visit www.missusa.com.
Miss USA 2014: Miss Nevada USA, Nia Sanchez
First Runner Up: Miss North Dakota USA, Audra Mari, will assume the duties of Miss USA 2014 if the titleholder is named Miss Universe 2014 or if for some reason Miss USA cannot fulfill her duties.
Second Runner Up: Miss Georgia USA, Tiana Griggs
Rest of Top Twenty: Miss Virginia USA, Arielle Saige Rosmarino; Miss Indiana USA, Mekayla Diehl; Miss Tennessee USA, Kristy Landers Niedenfuer; Miss Alabama USA, Jesica Warren Ahlberg; Miss Arizona USA, Jordan Alyssa Wessel; Miss Minnesota USA, Haley O’Brien; Miss Oklahoma USA, Brooklynne Young; Miss New Jersey USA, Emily Shah; Miss Nebraska USA, Amanda Marie Soltero; Miss Pennsylvania USA, Valerie Gatto
MISS PHOTOGENIC USA™ Award: Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze. A blue ribbon panel selected the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.
MISS CONGENIALITY USA™ Award: Miss Rhode Island USA, Christina Palavra. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestant’s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.