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51 Contestants Compete in Miss USA Beauty Pageant While Fans Become the Virtual Judge at Home

by Andrew

Posted on June 17, 2011

Update 6/20/11: Miss California, Alyssa Campanella, age 21, wins the 2011 Miss USA® pageant and will compete in the Fall during the Miss Universe® competition - way to represent! Plus, check out the crowning moment below! Rima Fakih Helps Crown New Miss USA 2011"Here she comes, Miss America..." Do you ever find yourself watching the annual Miss USA® beauty pageant on NBC and think to yourself - I wish my vote counted? Only because either the judges have it all wrong (in your opinion) or you're pulling for your state pageant rep. to get the crown. For the first year ever, fans watching the 2011 Miss USA® pageant at home get to have the most interactive experience during the competition while they "rank contestants" and "share their responses via Twitter and Facebook." In order to participate as a virtual judge, viewers can visit where they can use the real-time system powered by iPowwow. Colin Hornett, the director of digital media for the beauty pageant discusses the revolutionizing feature for the show's 60th year: "As viewers allocate points, a contestant's on-screen score will update while they are still on stage. This is an incredible tool for fan engagement and not just a first for Miss USA®, but a first for primetime event television." Donald Trump and the president of the Miss Universe Organization, Paula Shugart, announced earlier this week that Bravo's charismatic TV host, Andy Cohen and E! News' Giuliana Ranci will host the 2011 Miss USA® pageant live from Planet Hollywoood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly Osbourne will also be on hand to provide commentary backstage as she gets the inside scoop on the contestants from what they're wearing to who they're favorite picks are to win the crown. Miss USA® will air in HD on DISH Network, June 19 at 9pm. To learn more about DISH Network programming, visit authorized retailer, DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474.