Who are the hosts and judges of the 2015 Miss USA Pageant? This year, the line-up is full of gorgeous women, as TMZ reports that the judges are all former Miss USA or Miss Universe contestants and title holders. The judges include:
Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether
Miss Universe 2011 Leila Umenyiora
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih
Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart
Miss Teen USA 2011 Danielle Doty
Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner
Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler
Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee
Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean-Bailey
Emmitt Smith, Terrence Jenkins, and former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera were originally part of the panel of judges, but when Donald Trump’s offensive comments against Mexico aired, they all dropped out of the show.
The new hosts of the show are Todd Newton, Alex Wehrley and Julie Alexandria. Previously Cheryl Burke, Thomas Roberts and Jeannie Mai were the hosts, but they also dropped out after the controversial comments that Trump made in prior weeks. Newton is an Emmy winner who has been a host for Family Game Night on TV, while Wehrley was Miss Wisconsin USA 2009 and has hosted for E! News Now as well as VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live. Alexandria has worked as a sideline reporter at college football games and has hosted OK! TV.
Newton explained via Twitter why he chose to be a part of the show despite the controversy surrounding Donald Trump, stating that:
As a TV host there are few stages more iconic than that of Miss USA. Politics play no part. For me it’s all about putting on a great show.
The preliminary competition for Miss USA 2015 aired Wednesday, July 8, 2015.