51 pageant queens compete in Vegas for Miss USA

June 3, 2012 - 6:36 AM
Miss USA 2012

Co-Owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, addresses Miss Texas USA 2012, Brittany Lynn Booker; Miss Tennessee USA 2012, Jessica Hibler; Miss South Dakota USA 2012, Taylor Neisen; Miss South Carolina USA 2012, Erika Powell; Miss Rhode Island USA 2012, Olivia Culpo; Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, Sheena Monnin; Miss Oregon USA 2012, Alaina Bergsma; Miss Oklahoma USA 2012, Lauren Taylor Lundeen; Miss Ohio USA 2012, Audrey Bolte; Miss North Dakota USA 2012, Jaci Stofferahn; Miss North Carolina USA 2012, Sydney Marie Perry; Miss New York USA 2012, Johanna Sambucini; Miss New Mexico USA 2012, Jessica Renee Martin; and Miss New Jersey USA 2012, Michelle Leonardo; on the last day of rehearsal for the Miss USA 2012 Competition, Saturday June 2, 2012 from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2012 MISS USA Pageant will air LIVE on NBC June 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET from the Theatre for Performing Arts in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Miss Universe Organization)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A parade of beauty queens in swimsuits and evening gowns are competing to become the next Miss USA in Las Vegas.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella will crown her successor during the competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night.

The judge's panel includes Chef Cat Cora, TV personality Arsenio Hall, singer Joe Jonas and reality TV star Rob Kardashian. The show will also feature performances from Akon and Cobra Starship. Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic are stepping in to host.

The pageant has three competitions: swimsuit, evening gown and interview question. Contestants from 50 states and the District of Columbia will be whittled to 15 after the show's opening number based on competitions and interviews during the week before the telecast.

The winner will represent the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant. An American has not been named Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.

The Miss Universe Organization is co-owned by NBC and Donald Trump. The competition is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant.