Miss USA 2019 (Jayverse)

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Miss USA 2019 was the 68th Miss USA pageant. It was held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on May 2, 2019. Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey served as hosts, while Katie Anway of NASCAR Thunder Trax, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and Lu Sierra served as commentators.

Sarah Rose Summers of Nebraska crowned her successor Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina at the end of the event. Kryst represented the United States at Miss Universe 2019 and placed in the Top 10.

The 2019 competition served as the second consecutive time that the pageant has been held concurrently with the Miss Teen USA competition.

However the 2019 Pageant is broadcasted on UBC for the 50th Year on Television with CTV in Canada was broadcasting Telecast for our Canadian Viewers for our 39th Year on Television, and was syndicated to Radio Stations as part of the Rhythm Radio Network.



Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, the host venue of the Miss USA 2019 competition. On March 28, 2019, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) confirmed that the pageant would be held on May 2 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, this was the ninth time Nevada hosting the pageant rather than Las Vegas, which was hosted before. Shortly afterwards, it was confirmed that Miss USA 2018 hosts Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey would be returning to host the 2019 competition.

Following the announcement of Reno being selected as the competition's host city, it emerged that the MUO were originally planning on holding the competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. The plan was rejected by Hawaiian officials and relocated to Reno by the MUO after the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) reported that they would be unable to secure the funds to host the competition that the MUO had requested, adding that they would be interested in hosting in the future.

Selection of participants

Delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia were selected in state pageants began in August 2018 and ended in January 2019. The first state pageant was Alaska, held on August 4, 2018, and the final pageants were California, Kentucky and New Mexico, both held on January 27, 2019. Seven of them were former Miss Teen USA state winners, three of them were former Miss America state winners and two of them were former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state winners.


Miss USA 2019 results.

Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2019
  • North CarolinaCheslie Kryst
1st Runner-Up
  • New Mexico – Alejandra Gonzalez
2nd Runner-Up
  • Oklahoma – Triana Browne
Top 5
  • Arkansas – Savannah Skidmore
  • Nevada – Tianna Tuamoheloa
Top 10
  • District of Columbia – Cordelia Cranshaw
  • Florida – Nicolette Jennings
  • Kansas – Alyssa Klinzing
  • Maryland – Mariela Pepin
  • Ohio – Alice Magoto
Top 15
  • Hawaii – Lacie Choy
  • Iowa – Baylee Drezek
  • Louisiana – Victoria Paul
  • Minnesota – Catherine Stanley
  • Pennsylvania – Kailyn Marie Perez

Special award

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
  • Indiana – Tate Fritchley


Preliminary round

Prior to the final competition, the delegates competed the preliminary competition, which involved private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they competed in swim wear and evening gown. It was held on April 29 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno-Tahoe hosted by Nia Sanchez and Sarah Rose Summers.


The format remained the same as the previous year, during the final competition, the top 15 competed in swim wear, while the top 10 also competed in evening gown. The top five also competed in a question round against current affairs from the contestants who are outside of top 15, while the final three also competed in the final question round and a final runway, and the winner was decided by a panel of judges alongside the two runners-up.


  • Nicole Feld – businesswoman, producer, and vice president for Feld Entertainment, Inc.
  • Kim Kaupe – businesswoman and co-founder of The Superfan Company
  • Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Miss Universe 2017 from South Africa
  • Ukonwa Ojo – marketing executive for CoverGirl, Rimmel, and Vera Wang
  • Amy Palmer – journalist and media entrepreneur
  • Denise Quiñones – Miss Universe 2001 from Puerto Rico
  • Hillary Schieve – politician and Mayor of Reno, Nevada
  • Patricia Smith – philanthropist and Miss Virginia USA 1994


Contestant stats provided via the Miss Universe Organization.

State Contestant Age Hometown Placement Notes
Alabama Hannah McMurphy 21 Tuscaloosa
Alaska JoEllen Walters 25 Eagle River
Arizona Savannah Wix 23 Paradise Valley Previously Miss Arizona Teen USA 2014
Arkansas Savannah Skidmore 24 Calico Rock Top 5 Previously Miss Arkansas 2016 after Savvy Shields was crowned Miss America 2017
California Erica Dann 27 San Francisco
Colorado Madison Dorenkamp 26 Lamar
Connecticut Acacia Courtney 26 Hamden Previously Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2009 and Miss Connecticut 2014
Delaware Jolisa Copeman 24 Middletown
District of Columbia Cordelia Cranshaw 26 Washington, D.C. Top 10
Florida Nicolette Jennings 22 Clearwater Top 10
Georgia Katerina Rozmajzl 21 Atlanta
Hawaii Lacie Choy 20 Honolulu Top 15
Idaho Shelby Brown 25 Boise
Illinois Alexandra Plotz 24 Geneva Previously Miss Illinois Teen USA 2012

Later Miss Illinois World 2019

Indiana Tate Fritchley 21 Evansville
Iowa Baylee Drezek 21 Davenport Top 15
Kansas Alyssa Klinzing 21 Olathe Top 10 Previously Miss Kansas Teen USA 2013
Kentucky Jordan Weiter 22 Louisville
Louisiana Victoria Paul 26 Alexandria Top 15 Contestant on season 24 of The Bachelor
Maine Lexie Elston 23 Windham
Maryland Mariela Pepin 23 Severn Top 10 Previously Miss Maryland Teen USA 2014

Top 10 finalist at Miss World America 2017

Massachusetts Kelly O'Grady 28 Boston
Michigan Alyse Madej 26 Garden City
Minnesota Cat Stanley 23 Bloomington Top 15 Previously Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2014
Mississippi Madeleine Overby 21 Columbus Former New Orleans Saintsation cheerleader
Missouri Miriah Jo Ludtke 25 St. Louis
Montana Grace Zitzer 27 Dillon
Nebraska Lex Najarian 25 Lincoln
Nevada Tianna Tuamoheloa 26 Las Vegas Top 5
New Hampshire Alexis Chinn 22 Manchester
New Jersey Manya Saaraswat 21 Marlboro
New Mexico Alejandra Gonzalez 26 Las Cruces 1st Runner-up
New York Florinda Kajtazi 27 Yonkers
North Carolina Cheslie Kryst 28 Charlotte Miss USA 2019
North Dakota Samantha Redding 22 Burlington
Ohio Alice Magoto 21 Cincinnati Top 10 Previously Miss Ohio 2016
Oklahoma Triana Browne 26 Tulsa 2nd Runner-up Previously Miss Oklahoma 2017
Oregon Natalie Tonneson 28 Portland
Pennsylvania Kailyn Marie Perez 27 Camp Hill Top 15 Previously Miss Florida World 2015
Rhode Island Nicole Pallozzi 23 Providence
South Carolina MaKenzie Divina 21 Clemson
South Dakota Abigail Merschman 22 Sioux Falls
Tennessee Savana Hodge 25 Nashville
Texas Alayah Benavidez 23 San Antonio Previously Miss United States 2016

Contestant on season 24 of The Bachelor

Utah Amanda Renée Giroux 23 Salt Lake City
Vermont Bethany Garrow 20 Rutland
Virginia Courtney Lynne Smits 22 Woodbridge Previously Miss Georgia Teen USA 2012
Washington Evelyn Clark 27 Cathlamet
West Virginia Haley Holloway 24 Morgantown Previously Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2013
Wisconsin Danika Tramburg 22 Hubertus
Wyoming Addison Treesh 19 Gillette Previously Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2014

The Broadcast and The Performances

The Opening Broadcast of the 2019 Miss USA Pageant starts with T-Pain's "All I Do is Win" accompanied by clips of Past Miss USA Pageants dating back to it's first broadcast in 1970 on UBC hosted by Bob Barker following that the Opening Number begins with all 51 Contestants competing for the Crown sang a Remake of "New Attitude" (which was last sung in the Opening Number in the 1985 Miss Universe Pageant when it was broadcasted from Edmonton, Alberta) with extra vocals by our Troupe (which include Season 15 So You Think You Can Dance Winner Hannahlei Cabanilla, Season 16 American Idol Winner Maddie Poppe, Season 16 American Idol 3rd Place Finisher Gabby Barrett and Rhythm Radio's Next Big Thing of 2019 Meg Donnelly along with a Number of Miss USA State Contestants and all Miss Teen USA Contestants who competed on April 28th when the pageant was won by Hailey Colborn from Kansas)

As for the Rest of the Performances

  • Swimsuit - TBA
  • Evening Gown - "The Way You Look Tonight" by Nick Lachey (cover version of "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra)
  • Crowning Song when Cheslie Kryst is named Miss USA - "It Won't Be Long Now" by Alice Magoto (cover version of "It Won't Be Long Now" by Lin-Manuel Miranda)