Hell hath no fury like Donald Trump scorned. Former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin accused the 2012 Miss USA pageant was rigged. She claimed a fellow contestant allegedly saw a list containing the top five winners before they were officially announced. She resigned from her post and blasted the contest as “fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy.”
Not surprisingly, The Donald filed a lawsuit against Monnin claiming defamation. Back in December, an arbitrator ruled in Trump’s favor and ordered the beauty queen to pay the Miss Universe organization $5 million. A figure reportedly lost from potential sponsors due to the allegations.
Monnin filed an appeal but just this week, a US District judge upheld the decision and ordered her to pay an additional $50,000 to cover the organization’s legal fees. OUCH. Not able to pay the debt, the former Miss Pennsylvania is accepting donations on her Facebook page.
Do you think Sheena should pay this much for her allegations? Since he’s rich enough, should Trump forgo receiving the judgement? Should the victory be enough for Donald? Sound off below.
This is going to sound extremely sad but I’m not ashamed. The ONLY thing I regret about spending a party-filled weekend in Portland was the fact I missed the Miss USA pageant. LOL, right? I’m not sure why, but I’m obsessed with the annual competition along with Miss Universe. The other pageants I don’t even bother with. Making me upset even more was the fact I missed watching an epic flub during the question portion of the night. I LIVE for a girl to ramble incessantly about a topic she’s clearly struggling with.
That’s exactly what happened to Miss Utah when she was asked by NeNe Leakes about the wage discrepancy between men and women despite doing the same job. Marissa Powell tried to answer the question by talking about a topic she was much more familiar with, but instead gave the world the now infamous “create education better.” While watching Powell calmly panic is entertaining enough, Miss Teen South Carolina 2007′s “maps” gibberish is still my all-time favorite.
Check out Powell’s second attempt at the “confusing” question below. She popped up on The Today Show with Miss USA winner Erin Brady for a quick interview. To Miss Utah’s credit, she answered it much better the second time round, but she’s also had two days to practice and receive some coaching. I’ve also embedded her disastrous first attempt along with Miss 2007 Teen South Carolina’s classic flub below.
I don’t know what the world Donald Trump was thinking when he decided to hold the Miss Universe pageant one week before Christmas. The whole holiday theme and set just felt a bit odd. For me, the pageant belongs in the spring or summer. Trump’s people seriously need to knock some sense into him. I swear he’s getting a bit more senile in his old age. In his defense, he probably thought airing it at this time might benefit the show’s ratings. Last year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show scored boffo ratings. They’re practically the same show but with more clothing ;)
The Christmas trees and snowflakes were the least of his worries, the beauty pageant was probably the worst produced Miss Universe I can recall. From the audio glitches in the beginning and the awful pre-recorded segments, it was one big snooze fest. Thankfully, I taped it and watched the entire 2 hour pageant in just 30 minutes.
Once again Andy Cohen (my silver fox crush) and Giuliana Rancic hosted the event, with Jeannie Mai serving as fashion correspondent. A few of the notable celebrity judges included Nigel Barker (glad to see he’s been busy since ANTM), Lisa Vanderpump (my fave RHOBH), Scott Disick, Brad Goreski, Diego Boneta and Kerri Walsh Jennings to name a few. On deck to perform were Train and Nigerian-born Aussie singer Timomatic.
Overall, this year’s Top 5 were a decent bunch. That said, I was a little bummed, my early favorite, Miss South Africa, only made the Top 10. Speaking of Africa, this was the first time since 2002 that no black candidates made the semifinals. They didn’t even win one of the special awards. Best National Costume went to Miss China and Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic went to Miss Guatemala and Miss Kosovo respectively. Check out this year’s Top 5 below.
Last night, the 2011 Miss USA Pageant took place in Las Vegas, hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen and E! News’ Giuliana Rancic. After an evening of beauty and hard-hitting questions (teehee), it was down to two women. Miss Tennessee (Ashley Elizabeth Durham) and Miss California (Alyssa Campanella). The two ladies divulged that they’re actually best friends, so the host noted that should the winner not be able to fulfill her duties as Miss USA, her best friend will.
After listening to the finalists answering the questions from the judges, I definitely agreed with the decision to have it down to these two as their answers were stronger. In the end, it was the gorgeous Miss California, better known as Alyssa Campanella that took the crown. Congratulations, Alyssa! The best part is always watching their reaction (or overreaction) to their win and she was no disappointment. Shaking and in tears, the 21 year old Miss USA took her first walk down the runway while her emotional, proud parents watched. Watch the crowning moment below.
BEST.PAGEANT NEWS.EVER!!! My woof daddy Man Crush Andy Cohen has been tapped to co-host this year’s Miss USA pageant. I’m an out-and-proud beauty pageant junkie, so this bit of news excites me beyond belief. He’s a much better co-host than last year’s Curtis Stone which BTW, I never understood the fascination with.
Bravo exec Cohen who hosts all “The Real Housewives” reunions and “Watch What Happens Live!” has exhibited he can handle middle-aged crazy women vying for screen time. Hosting a show with 50 beautiful women on their best behavior should be a breeze. If you’ve ever seen him interact with the respective Housewives, he plays “guuuurlfriend” quite well. I wonder if he’ll showcase some of his awesome queeny ways on the show. I hope so.
It’s official. Miss California Carrie Prejean has been stripped of her crown. Pageant executive Keith Lewis was on The Today Show this morning, along with PrePostjean’s replacement Tami Farrell, and told CBS that she had been very “difficult and combative” and had missed “tens and tens of appearances.”
As you know, Miss California had received a lot of flack after publicly speaking against Gay Marriage when asked her opinion by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, and made several unintelligent public statements thereafter. Tami Farrell seems a lot more mature and intelligent Postjean did. The 25 year old is being promoted from “Miss California Beauty Ambassador” to Miss California.
If you missed out, Sunday night was the Miss USA broadcast, to crown another bimbowithtitsandbrains state worthy woman with the tiara of the country.
Sorry for the poor quality (and thanks Miss California for the poor answer):
Since then, Miss California (Carrie Prejean) said to Access Hollywood (as per Perez Hilton):
“I feel like I won. I feel like I’m the winner. I really do,” noting that on Monday, she had 1,000 messages on Facebook and 2,000 friend requests. She adds that her answer “did cost me my crown. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that’s all I can do. It is a very touchy subject and he [Perez] is a homosexual and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would’ve wanted me to be more politically correct. But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything.”
For those who care, Miss USA 2009 is newly crowned Kristen Dalton of North Carolina. Work that crown honey!