| April 11, 2008|
| Finger Eleven|
| Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond|
The AXIS, Las Vegas, Nevada
Miss USA 2008, the 57th Miss USA beauty pageant, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 11, 2008. At the conclusion of the final night of competition, Crystle Stewart, Miss Texas USA, was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder, Rachel Smith of Tennessee. Crystle represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2008 pageant, which was held in Vietnam, where she placed in the Top 10. This is the first time in Miss USA history that two consecutive women of African-American descent have been crowned.
The pageant was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts, a 7,000 seat theater located in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The theater was also the location of Miss Universe 1991 and 1996 pageants. This is the first time that the Miss USA pageant was held in Nevada.
For the first time, the competition was broadcast in High Definition.
Brother/sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond hosted the live telecast for the first time, and Finger Eleven performed their single "Paralyzer". Rihanna's song Umbrella was used during the evening gown competition.
During the final show on April 11, the fifteen delegates with the highest average scores from the preliminary competition were announced. The top fifteen competed in the swimsuit competition. The top ten delegates from swimsuit competed in evening gown. The top five delegates from the evening gown competition (not averaged composite scores from both competitions) competed in the final question round to determine the winner. The judges' composite score was shown after each round of competition for only the second time since 2002.
Miss USA 2008 Wikipedia
One delegate from each state and the District of Columbia were chosen in state pageants held from June 2007 to January 2008.
The Miss USA 2008 delegates are:
1 Age as at April 2008Five delegates have previously competed at Miss Teen USA.
Kaetlin Parent (Maine) - previously Miss Maine Teen USA 2005, non finalist at Miss Teen USA 2005.
Jacqueline Bruno (Massachusetts) - previously Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2003, 3rd runner up at Miss Teen USA 2003.
Raelene Aguilar (New Mexico) - previously Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2000, non finalist at Miss Teen USA 2000.
Amy Diaz (Rhode Island) - previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001, non finalist at Miss Teen USA 2001.
Tori Hall (Virginia) - previously Miss Virginia Teen USA 2005, Top 10 finalist at Miss Teen USA 2005.
Three delegates have previously competed at Miss America.
Amanda Kozak (Georgia) - previously Miss Georgia 2006, placed 2nd runner up at Miss America 2007.
Tracey Brown (Idaho) - previously Miss Idaho 2005, won the Quality of Life award at Miss America 2006.
Julia Bachison (Utah) - previously Miss Utah 2005, won the Preliminary Swimsuit award at Miss America 2006.
Heather Mills - activist; contestant on ABC's season four of Dancing with the Stars
Rob Schneider - actor; comedian; screenwriter; director
Kristian Alfonso - actress on NBC's Days of Our Lives; entrepreneur
Joey Fatone - former member of 'NSync; actor; contestant on ABC's season four of Dancing with the Stars; host of NBC's The Singing Bee
Christian Siriano - winner of season four of Project Runway
Amanda Beard - Olympic Gold Medal swimmer; model
Kelly Carlson - actress on FX's Nip/Tuck
Ken Paves - celebrity hairstylist
Shawne Merriman - outside linebacker for the NFL's San Diego Chargers
George Wayne - Vanity Fair magazine celebrity journalist
Robert Earl - founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood International, Inc.