NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 2014 MISS USA® Competition will air LIVE from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on NBC Sunday, June 8 (8-11 p.m. ET) from The Baton Rouge River Center. A big move from Las Vegas.
“Since the inception of its Film Commission in 2007, the city of Baton Rouge has quickly become a filming destination for the entertainment industry,” says Trump. “There has been an astounding amount of growth in a short amount of time with over 127 productions generating 700 million dollars directly for the city,” adds Trump. “We are happy the Miss USA telecast will put a focus on the huge economic development that has occurred there.”
“We developed strong ties with Mayor Holden and everyone in the Baton Rouge community when they hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2005 and we anticipated coming back the following year. However, three weeks later, the city was faced with challenges left by Katrina when the population doubled overnight due to people in damaged areas seeking safety and shelter,” explains Shugart. “The sense of community that Baton Rouge has is incredibly inspiring and the hospitality shown to us while we were there was second to none. I am looking forward to bringing an event back to Baton Rouge to experience the charm of the Capital City.”
Returning as executive producer for the third consecutive year is Barry Adelman of dick clark productions (dcp). The 2014 MISS USA® Competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The show concludes with one contestant ultimately being crowned Miss USA 2014.
Last year’s telecast concluded with Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut USA, being crowned Miss USA 2013. The MISS USA telecast now reaches approximately 70 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.missusa.com.