Miss USA, Miss Teen USA to be Crowned in May in Louisiana
The Miss Universe Organization announced earlier today that they are combining the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions for the first time ever. In May, 102 delegates will travel to Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, where they will be vying for the titles of Miss Teen USA 2018 and Miss USA 2018. “Blending the two schedules of the Miss Universe Organization’s premiere events for women across the country allows us to celebrate all of the mIss USA and Miss Teen USA state representatives together. We look forward to setting the stage for each event in Shreveport-Bossier, where the community has previously welcomed our staff, crew and contestants with its Southern hospitality," Miss Universe President, Paula Shugart, remarked to reporters at a news conference
The Miss USA 2018 competition will be televised live from the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport on Monday, May 21st on FOX. The 2 hour telecast, featuring delegates from the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be hosted by former Miss Teen USA (1998), Vanessa Lachey, and her husband, recording artist Nick Lachey. The reigning Miss USA, Kara McCullough from the District of Columbia, will crown her the 67th Miss USA at the conclusion of the event.
Prior to the event (on May 17 or 18), the 36th Miss Teen USA competition will also be crowned at the Hirsch Coliseum. Missouri's Sophia Dominquez-Heithoff will crown her successor as Miss Teen USA 2018. The event will be screened on the Reelz network. "The last time Miss Teen USA was here was in 2000. It was the year I was born, so it's a little fun," Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff remarked.