Miss America 2010

Miss America 2010
Date January 30, 2010[1]
Presenters Mario Lopez[2]
Venue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcaster TLC
Entrants 53
Placements 15
Returns Puerto Rico[1]
Winner Caressa Cameron
Virginia Virginia

Miss America 2010, the 83rd Miss America pageant, was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 30, 2010.[1] Miss America 2009, Katie Stam from Indiana, crowned her successor, Caressa Cameron from Virginia, at the end of the event.

Contestants from all 50 states along with District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico[1] competed for the prestigious title. The pageant was broadcast live on TLC. This edition was the 5th year that Las Vegas hosted the pageant.

Fifteen contestants were selected as finalists. After competing in swimsuit, the judges selected the top 12, and three are eliminated. After competing evening gown, ten were selected to compete in talent, and two are eliminated. Then, three are eliminated and seven were selected prior to the final interview. At the end of the competition, the 4 runners-up were announced first, followed by the new Miss America winner.



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2010
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 7
Top 10
Top 12
Top 15

* - Selected by America's vote from the Miss America pre-pageant special, Miss America: Behind the Curtain.

** - For the first time in pageant history, after 14 finalists were selected, contestant was voted by her fellow competitors as the 15th finalist among the remaining 39 non-finalists.


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant

Quality of Life award

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Non-finalist Talent
Dr. & Mrs. David B. Allman Scholarship
Miss Congeniality


The seven judges for the competition were:[4]


State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Liz Cochran Helena 21 Contemporary Jazz Dance Quality of Life Finalist
Alaska Alaska Sydnee Waggoner Anchorage 23 Operatic Aria
Arizona Arizona Savanna Troupe Phoenix 23 Baton Twirl
Arkansas Arkansas Sarah Slocum Sheridan 23 Vocal Top 15 America's Choice
California California Kristy Cavinder Orange 21 Ballet en Pointe 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent
Colorado Colorado Katie Layman Aurora 23 Contemporary Lyrical Dance Top 12
Connecticut Connecticut Sharalynn Kuziak Southington 22 Theatrical Tap Dance
Delaware Delaware Heather Lehman Magnolia 20 Classical Opera
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Jen Corey Washington, D.C. 22 Operatic Vocal Top 10 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
Florida Florida Rachael Todd Oviedo 22 Irish Step Dance
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Emily Cook Marietta 22 Oboe Solo
Hawaii Hawaii Raeceen Anuenue Woolford Honolulu 24 Hula Top 7 Miss Congeniality
Idaho Idaho Kara Jackson Nampa 22 Viola
Illinois Illinois Erin O'Connor Evergreen Park 20 Ballet en Pointe
Indiana Indiana Nicole Lynn Pollard Lafayette 23 Broadway Vocal Top 15
Iowa Iowa Anne Michael Langguth Iowa City 22 Violin Solo Quality of Life Finalist, Non-finalist Talent Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2008
Kansas Kansas Becki Ronen Hutchinson 21 Classical Trumpet
Kentucky Kentucky Mallory Ervin Morganfield 24 Vocal 4th runner-up Quality of Life Finalist, America's Choice The Amazing Race 17 contestant along with her father Gary
Louisiana Louisiana Katherine Putnam Shreveport 23 Piano 3rd runner-up CMN Miracle Maker
Maine Maine Susanna Stauble Gray 22 Vocal Non-finalist Talent
Maryland Maryland Brooke Poklemba Westminster 24 Vocal Performance
Massachusetts Massachusetts Amanda Kelly Braintree 23 Vocal Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008, Sister of Miss Massachusetts USA 2006 Tiffany Kelly
Michigan Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk Novi 22 Lyrical Dance Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent
Minnesota Minnesota Brooke Kelly Kilgarriff Eagan 20 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist, Non-finalist Talent
Mississippi Mississippi Anna Tadlock Brandon 23 Vocal
Missouri Missouri Tara Osseck St. Charles 23 Tap Dance Quality of Life Finalist
Montana Montana Brittany Wiser Bozeman 21 Vocal Quality of Life Finalist Miss Montana USA 2011
Nebraska Nebraska Brittany Jeffers Ogallala 23 Broadway Style Jazz Dance Top 10 Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2007
Nevada Nevada Christina Keegan Gardnerville 24 Contemporary Ballet en Pointe Quality of Life 2nd runner-up
New Hampshire New Hampshire Lindsey Graham Sandown 22 Vocal / Piano Quality of Life 1st runner-up
New Jersey New Jersey Ashley Shaffer Perrineville 22 Classical Vocal
New Mexico New Mexico Nicole Miner Albuquerque 23 Vocal Top 7 Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
New York (state) New York Alyse Zwick Scarsdale 24 Ballet en Pointe Preliminary Swimsuit Contestant at National Sweetheart 2008
North Carolina North Carolina Katherine Elizabeth Southard Matthews 23 Ballet en Pointe
North Dakota North Dakota Katie Ralston Carrington 22 Musical Theatre Vocal
Ohio Ohio Erica Gelhaus St. Henry 21 Classical Vocal / Opera National Sweetheart 2007
Oklahoma Oklahoma Taylor Treat Ada 22 Ballet en Pointe Top 12 Quality of Life, America's Choice
Oregon Oregon CC Barber Scappoose 23 Dance Top 15 Preliminary Swimsuit, Contestants' Choice Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Shannon Doyle Wilkes-Barre 24 Tap Dance Dr. & Mrs. David B. Allman Scholarship
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Miriam Pabón Las Piedras 24 Vocal Preliminary Swimsuit 3rd runner-up at Miss World Puerto Rico 2008, Top 12 at Miss International 2008
Rhode Island Rhode Island Julianna Claire Strout Watch Hill 24 Vocal Non-finalist Talent
South Carolina South Carolina Kelly Annette Sloan Gray Court 24 Vocal
South Dakota South Dakota Morgan Peck Sioux Falls 20 Vocal
Tennessee Tennessee Stefanie Wittler Soddy-Daisy 22 Vocal 2nd runner-up Quality of Life Finalist
Texas Texas Kristen Blair Southlake 22 Classical Vocal Top 10
Utah Utah Whitney Merrifield Lindon 19 Classical Piano
Vermont Vermont Laura Hall South Burlington 22 Musical Theater Dance
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Shayla S. Solomon Saint Thomas 24 Steel Pan Drums
Virginia Virginia Caressa Cameron Fredericksburg 22 Vocal Pop Miss America 2010 Preliminary Talent 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2006
Washington (state) Washington Devanni Partridge Auburn 21 Piano
West Virginia West Virginia Talia Rochelle Markham Ripley 22 Vocal
Wisconsin Wisconsin Kristina Smaby Holmen 22 Dance en Pointe
Wyoming Wyoming Anna Nelson Rock Springs 19 Character Pointe Dance


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  2. "MAO Announces 2010 Miss America Pageant Host". Miss America Organization. 2009-11-05.
  3. "2010 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS". Miss America Organization. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  4. "Miss America: Press Releases: MAO Announces the 2010 Miss America Pageant Judges". Miss America Organization. December 7, 2000. Retrieved 2013-06-22.

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