Miss USA 2014 Pageant Winner Revealed (Recap & Review)

Miss USA 2014 Winner Revealed (Recap & Review)

The 2014 Miss USA Pageant was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this year, at the Baton Rouge River Center. The pageant saw 51 of the most beautiful young women in the United States, one from each of the 50 states and one from the District of Columbia, competing to win the coveted title of Miss USA and also the Diamond Nexus tiara. They competed in three categories, swimming suit, evening gown, and also in their ability to answer tough interview questions.  At the end of the three-hour-long show, only one young lady remained, the one who earned the highest cumulative scores, and got to be crowned Miss USA 2014.

The musical guests included Florida Georgia Line, with Nelly, and Marc Broussard (singer of Home), and the judges were Lance Bass, Randy Couture, Ian Ziering (from 90120), Dolvett Quince, Allie LaForce (Miss Teen USA 2005 from Ohio), Barbara Palacios (Miss Universe 2006 from Venezula), Rumor Willis, Melissa Peterman, and Karl Malone.

The 51 contestants got to tour around the city of Baton Rouge during the course of the Miss USA pageant, and they experienced various activities, like visiting a culinary center and learning about what it takes to be a chef.

The 51 were narrowed down in preliminary rounds to the top 20, and they were Miss Virginia, Arielle Rosmarino; Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari; Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs; Miss Indiana, Mekayla Diehl; Miss Tennessee, Kristy Landers Niedenfuer; Miss Florida, Brittany Oldehoff; Miss California, Cassandra Kunze; Miss Alabama, Jesica Warren Alhberg; Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez; Miss Arizona, Jordan Wessel; Miss Maryland, Taylor Burton; Miss Minnesota, Haley O’Brien; Miss Oklahoma, Brooklynne Young; Miss New Jersey, Emily Shah; Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry; Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich; Miss Nebraska, Amanda Soltero; Miss Wisconsin, Bishara Dorre; Miss Pennsylvania, Valerie Gatto; and, Miss South Carolina, Christina Zapolski.

Then, after a second round of competition in the various categories and further cuts, the top 10 Miss USA contestants were Miss Wisconsin, Bishara Dorre; Miss South Carolina, Christina Zapolski; Miss Maryland, Taylor Burton; Miss California, Cassandra Kunze; Miss Iowa,Carlyn Bradarich;  Miss Florida, Brittany Oldehoff; Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry; Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs; Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari; and Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez.

After the final round of the evening gown competition, the 2014 Miss USApageant field was narrowed down yet further. Miss Florida,Brittany Oldehoff,  had on a light purple gown; Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari, was wearing a beautiful green gown; Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs, had on an elegant white gown; Miss Maryland, Taylor Burton, had on a fuchsia or light pink gown; Miss California was dressed in a lovely black evening gown; Miss South Carolina, Christina Zapolski, was wearing a marvelous looking white gown; Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich, wore an elegant black gown; Miss Wisconsin, Bishara Dorre, had on the only yellow gown; Miss Nevada was wearing a gorgeous red dress, described as looking sort of like Jessica Rabbit’s dress from Who Framed Roger Rabbit; and, last but not least, Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry, had on the only blue evening gown of the competition.

The judges had the difficult decision of who to choose for the Top Five contestants of the 2014 Miss USA pageant. The young ladies they chose were Miss Florida, Brittany Oldehoff; the favorite of the audience, Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry; Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs; Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari; and, finally, Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez. Then, a sixth contestant was added by the tweets of America, and that person was Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich.

The Top Six contestants of the 2014 Miss USA pageant then had to answer one tough interview question each, from the judges. They had 30 seconds to answer the questions. As an example, one of the questions that judge Rumor Willis asked to Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, was “Why has evidence of sexual assault on college campuses been swept under the carpet?” Her response, paraphrased here, was that “Many universities want to protect their reputations.”

After Florida Georgia Line performed for the final time, with the Top Six contestants of the 2014 Miss USA pageant strolling on the stage and before the judges, the most anticipated part of the night arrived, when the final results were announced.

The fifth runner-up was Miss Iowa, Carlyn Bradarich; the fourth runner-up was Miss Florida, Brittany Oldehoff; the third runner-up was Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry; the second runner-up was Miss Georgia, Tiana Griggs; and the first runner-up was Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari. The winner of the 2014 Miss USA pageant was the beautiful Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez! Miss USA 2013, Erin Brady, crowned her, and tonight, Nia Sanchez officially began her year-long reign as Miss USA 2014!

Written by: Douglas Cobb

6 Responses to "Miss USA 2014 Pageant Winner Revealed (Recap & Review)"

  1. Truth is fact not opinion   June 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I do not care for pageants but saw a clip of the winner. She is beautiful and I applaud her courage and support her message to women to take responsibility for defending themselves, but omg, that voice. I am suprised she won with that voice. It made me cringe.

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  2. Charity Adams   June 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I thought Ms. Sanchez was awesome. She’s beautiful, has grace, and is a 4th degree black belt. I’ve never been interested in participating myself. The high heels alone are a major turn-off for me. But these girls worked hard. I say, “good job!”

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  3. Netta   June 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Only ugly people think that way Brit! C’mon. It’s a pageant! These girls are beautiful, articulate, talented and typically well-educated philanthropists. Let’s not all jump on the “I hate Beauty Pageants” band wagon. It’s getting kinda old.

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  4. A. C.   June 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

    1.) Proper grammar
    2.) Everyone has an option in life, if you want to be Miss America and make that your life, go for it. If not, nobody is stopping you from being successful just because you aren’t the next Miss Whatever, but to say that the whole industry is flawed because you don’t believe in it is just un-American.
    ** I’m not arguing that every girl should go through life with image problems because the type of person it takes to be part of one of these contests, in my mind, has to be quite confident in their appearance, not the normal type of girl who has these image problems when they’re young.

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  5. Brit Cardaropoli   June 9, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I believe that these type of pageants are a bad representation of what a real women is. Another reason why our young girls have image problems. What is it going to take for television shows and the modeling industry to wake up.

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    • Britney Robinson   June 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

      The problem is that people think pageant girls wake up beautiful. A lot of them are make-up and do intensive training to get those bodies after the pageant they go back to normal.

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