Miss USA field narrowed to 16 finalists in Vegas

June 4, 2012 • Entertainment

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, [auth] 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) — Beauty queens from Rhode Island, Nevada, Maryland, Ohio and Georgia are the top five finalists at the Miss USA pageant.

The annual competition opened in Las Vegas on Sunday night with a fashion show that sent the 51 contestants down the runway in sparkly gowns, bright mini-dresses and colorful hats.

The pageant at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip has three competitions: swimsuit, evening gowns and interview question. Midway through the contest, pop band Cobra Starship performed as the beauty queens modeled their string bikinis.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella will crown her successor at the end of the night.

The winner will represent the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant.

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