Miss USA 2020 (Jayverse)

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Miss USA 2020 will be the 69th Miss USA pageant. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was originally slated for spring 2020, but now will be held on November 10, 2020 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Solid Gold 2K20 Host Nicole Scherzinger and Allie LaForce will serve as hosts, while Katie Anway, Cheslie Kryst and Susie Castillo will serve as backstage commentators. Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina will crown her successor at the end of the event. The winner will go on to represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2020 competition.

UBC will broadcast the pageant for the 51st consecutive year for the United States with a live simulcast which will air on radio on Rhythm Radio, CTV will get the Rights to Telecast the event in Canada for the 40th consecutive year. The competition will mark the first year that a new crown made by jeweler Mouawad will be used at Miss USA, effectively retiring the Mikimoto Crown.

For a third consecutive year, the competition will be held concurrently alongside the Miss Teen USA competition.



On August 30, 2020, The city of Memphis announced on their schedule that the competition would be held on November 10.  The MUO later confirmed that the competition will be hosted at Memphis, and this will be the first time since 1983 the state of Tennessee hosting the pageant.

Host, Performers and Troupe Announcement

On an October 17, 2020 episode of Solid Gold, it was announced that the competition would be hosted by Nicole Scherzinger and Allie LaForce, while Cheslie Kryst, Katie Anway and Susie Castillo would serve as backstage correspondents. Scherzinger was the Host for Solid Gold and a Judge on The Masked Singer on UBC, while LaForce formerly was crowned Miss Teen USA 2005, and has worked as a sports reporter for UBC Sports.

On the same day, American Idol alum Haley Reinhart was announced as the musical guest and will be part of the troupe in addition a Number of American Idol Alumni will be in the troupe as well including Season 16 Winner Maddie Poppe as well as a Special Guest Appearance by Season 3 Masked Singer Winner Kandi Burruss which will take place later as the Swimsuit Competition goes down to the wire.

Selection of Contestants

Delegates from 50 states and the District of Columbia are selected in state pageants which began in September 2019 and ended in February 2020. The first state pageant was Texas, held on September 1, 2019 and the final pageant was Kentucky, was held on February 1, 2020. Nine of these delegates are former Miss Teen USA state winners, six of them are former Miss America state winners, one delegate is former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state winner and one is former Miss Earth United States winner who competed at Miss Earth 2017.

One state titleholder was appointed as a replacement after the original titleholder was unable to compete. Katie Bozner, the original Miss Wyoming USA 2020, resigned three weeks before Miss USA 2020 due to her academic obligations in optometry school. She was replaced by Lexi Revelli, who was the first runner-up of the Miss Wyoming USA 2020 pageant.


Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2020
  • Mississippi – Asya Branch
1st Runner-Up
  • Idaho – Kim Layne
2nd Runner-Up
  • Oklahoma – Mariah Jane Davis
3rd Runner-Up
  • Indiana – Alexis Lete
4th Runner-Up
  • Alabama – Kelly Hutchinson
Top 10
  • California – Allyshia Gupta
  • Hawaii – Samantha Neyland
  • Illinois – Olivia Pura
  • Massachusetts – Sabrina Victor
  • New Jersey – Gina Mellish
Top 16
  • Arkansas - Haley Pontius
  • District of Columbia – Cierra Jackson
  • Louisiana – Mariah Clayton
  • Missouri – Megan Renee Kelly
  • Nevada – Victoria Olona
  • Ohio – Sthephanie Miranda


Preliminary round

Prior to the final competition, the delegates competed the preliminary competition, which the judges and a presentation show where they competed in swim wear and evening gown. It was held on November 6 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis hosted by Allie LaForce and Cheslie Kryst.


For the first time since 2012, the number of finalists will increase to 16, up from 15 in previous years. The 16th finalist will be determined as the online vote winner.



State Contestant AgeTemplate:Efn Hometown Placement Notes
Template:Flagicon Alabama Kelly Hutchinson[2] 23 Auburn Previously Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2013[3]
Template:Flagicon Alaska Hannah Carlile[4] 25 Fairbanks
Template:Flagicon Arizona Yesenia Vidales[5] 23 Phoenix
Template:Flagicon Arkansas Haley Pontius[6] 24 Houston
Template:Flagicon California Allyshia Gupta[7] 25 Los Angeles
Template:Flagicon Colorado Emily DeMure[8] 22 Boulder
Template:Flagicon Connecticut Chelsea Demby[9] 24 Farmington
Template:Flagicon Delaware Katie Guevarra[10] 27 Middletown
Template:Flagicon District of Columbia Cierra Jackson[11] 28 Washington, D.C. Previously Miss District of Columbia 2016
Template:Flagicon Florida Monique Evans[12] 28 Naples Previously Miss Texas 2014
Template:Flagicon Georgia Alyssa Beasley[13] 22 Brunswick Previously Miss Georgia 2017[14]
Template:Flagicon Hawaii Samantha Neyland[15] 24 Honolulu First African-American Miss Hawaii USA

Previously Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2013

Template:Flagicon Idaho Kim Layne[16] 26 Nampa Previously Miss Idaho Teen USA 2012
Template:Flagicon Illinois Olivia Pura[17] 22 Chicago Previously Miss Illinois Teen USA 2016
Template:Flagicon Indiana Alexis Lete[18] 24 New Albany
Template:Flagicon Iowa Morgan Kofoid[19] 23 Leon Previously Miss Iowa Teen USA 2013
Template:Flagicon Kansas Hayden Brax[20] 21 Leawood
Template:Flagicon Kentucky Lexie Iles[21] 24 Louisville
Template:Flagicon Louisiana Mariah Clayton[22] 24 Zachary
Template:Flagicon Maine Julia Van Steenberghe[23] 22 Old Town
Template:Flagicon Maryland Taelyr Robinson[24] 28 Annapolis Starred in The Vineyard
Template:Flagicon Massachusetts Sabrina Victor[25] 23 Brockton
Template:Flagicon Michigan Chanel Johnson[26] 27 Detroit
Template:Flagicon Minnesota Taylor Fondie[27] 22 Blaine Former Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader
Template:Flagicon Mississippi Asya Branch[28] 22 Booneville First African-American Miss Mississippi USA

Previously Miss Mississippi 2018[29]

Template:Flagicon Missouri Megan Renee Kelly[30] 24 Kansas City
Template:Flagicon Montana Merissa Underwood[31] 28 Missoula
Template:Flagicon Nebraska Megan Swanson[32] 27 Omaha Previously Miss Nebraska 2014
Template:Flagicon Nevada Victoria Olona 27 Las Vegas
Template:Flagicon New Hampshire Alyssa Fernandes[33] 26 Merrimack
Template:Flagicon New Jersey Gina Mellish[34] 21 Oceanport Previously Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2016
Template:Flagicon New Mexico Cecilia Rodriguez[35] 28 Las Cruces
Template:Flagicon New York Andreia Gibau[36] 25 Brooklyn Previously Miss Earth United States 2017
Template:Flagicon North Carolina Jane Axhoj[37] 22 Charlotte Previously Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2015
Template:Flagicon North Dakota Macy Christianson[38] 24 Minot Previously Miss North Dakota 2016[39]
Template:Flagicon Ohio Sthephanie Miranda[40] 26 Campbell
Template:Flagicon Oklahoma Mariah Jane Davis[41] 24 Norman
Template:Flagicon Oregon Katerina Villegas[42] 27 Hillsboro
Template:Flagicon Pennsylvania Victoria Piekut[43] 24 Pittsburgh
Template:Flagicon Rhode Island Jonét Nichelle[44] 25 North Providence Former New England Patriots Cheerleader
Template:Flagicon South Carolina Hannah Jane Curry[45] 21 Greenville
Template:Flagicon South Dakota Kalani Jorgensen[46] 26 Sioux Falls Previously Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2012
Template:Flagicon Tennessee Justice Enlow[47] 26 Nashville
Template:Flagicon Texas Taylor Kessler[48] 24 Houston
Template:Flagicon Utah Rachel Slawson[49] 25 Provo First openly LGBT person to compete at Miss USA[50][49][51]
Template:Flagicon Vermont Shannah Weller[52] 24 Middlebury
Template:Flagicon Virginia Susie Evans 27 Poquoson Previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 2011
Template:Flagicon Washington Imani Blackmon[53] 25 Tacoma Previously Miss Washington Teen USA 2013
Template:Flagicon West Virginia Charlotte Bellotte[54] 26 Charles Town
Template:Flagicon Wisconsin Gabriella Deyi[55] 28 Madison
Template:Flagicon Wyoming Lexi Revelli[56] 26 Lyman Originally first runner-up, but assumed the title after winner Katie Bozner resigned the title three weeks before Miss USA due to her academic obligations.

Musical Performances

Opening Number - "Don't Start Now" by Cheslie Kryst and the 2020 Miss USA Contestants, "Break My Heart" by Taylor Fondie & Justice Enlow & "Be The One" by Cheslie Kryst & Justice Enlow (All Cover Versions of 3 Dua Lipa Songs)

Swimsuit Competition - "Wet" by Nicole Scherzinger, "Bad Guy" by Olivia Ximines (with Backup Vocal Solos by Jonet Nichelle & Troupe Member Emily Suttle) (Cover Version originally sung by Billie Eilish), "Physical" by Justice Enlow & Kelly Hutchinson (Cover Version originally sung by Dua Lipa) & "Don't Think I'm Not" by Vicky Nyamuswa (Troupe Member) & Taylor Fondie and Guest Vocalist Kandi Burruss

Halftime Performance - "If You Had My Love" by Madison Williams (Troupe Member) & Imani Blackmon

Evening Gown Competition - "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Haley Reinhart, "I Hope You Dance" by Gabby Barrett (Troupe Member) (Cover Version originally sung by Lee Ann Womack), "Like Everybody Else" by Grace Enlow (Troupe Member) (Cover Version originally sung by Lennon Stella), "Colors of the Wind" by Justice Enlow (Cover Version originally sung by Vanessa Williams)

Final Look - "Dangerous Love" by Katerina Villegas

Crowning Moment Song when Asya Branch was named Miss USA 2020 - Feelings by Justice Enlow & Cheslie Kryst (Cover Version originally sung by Lennon Stella) & "We Are The World" by Cheslie Kryst, The 2020 Miss USA Contestants & Troupe with Nicole Scherzinger


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