[youtube]U0gVZTdzPdI[/youtube] Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, Now Miss USA 2010 WinnerThe Miss USA Pageant came to a close Sunday with Rima Fakih, Lebanese-American Miss Michigan USA, taking the title. Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, was first runner-up, and Miss Virginia Samantha Casey was the second.
An estimated 250 million viewers tuned in to NBC to watch the final hours of the Miss USA Pageant held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by world famous chef and T.V. personality Curtis Stone, along with Today Show co-host Natalie Morales.
Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, 24, was chosen from among 50 women to win the title, despite almost stumbling on her evening gown. The Miss USA 2010 winner said she knew of her victory due to a particular glance from Donald Trump, co-owner of the Pageant.
"That's the same look that he gives them when he says, 'You're hired,'" on Trump's reality show "The Apprentice," she told the press, as reported by AP.
The Miss USA Pageant had a long list of celebrity judges making up a magnetic board that took their task seriously, but not too seriously, providing an entertaining night of television.
Comedic backstage commentary was provided by mother-daughter television personalities Joan and Melissa Rivers. NBA star Carmello Anthony, 2006 Miss USA Tara Conner, The Food Networks’ Paula Dean, Oscar Nunez from “The Office”, and Melania Trump were among those judging the elements that determined Sunday’s winner.
The Miss USA Pageant itself only lasted two hours, but for some contestants the show was the culmination of years of preparation including previous pageants and modeling shows. An estimated 250 million viewers tuned in Sunday to watch the pageant. The runner ups included Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard as the first runner up and Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey as the second.
The miss USA Pageant was organized and sponsored by the Miss Universe Organization, NBC Universal, and Trump Entertainment.