Miss USA 2004
|Miss USA 2004|
|Date||April 12, 2004|
|Presenters||Billy Bush, Nancy O'Dell|
|Venue||Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California|
Miss USA 2004, the 53rd Miss USA pageant, was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on April 12, 2004. The winner of the beauty pageant was Shandi Finnessey, who became the first winner from the state of Missouri. Finnessey was crowned by outgoing Miss USA Susie Castillo, of Massachusetts.
For the first time since 1970, fifteen semi-finalists competed in the final competition, although not all the semi-finalists competed in both the swimsuit and evening gown. Following the new format established at Miss Universe 2003 and Miss Teen USA 2003, the top fifteen semi-finalists were reduced to ten after the evening gown competition, and then to the final five after swimsuits. This was the first time that contestants did not have the opportunity to compete in both competitions.
|Miss USA 2004|
Order of announcements
- North Carolina
- New Hampshire
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
The Miss USA 2004 delegates were:
- Alabama – Tara Darby
- Alaska – Cari Leyva
- Arizona – Danielle Demski
- Arkansas – Jennifer Sherrill
- California – Ellen Chapman
- Colorado – Janel Haw
- Connecticut – Sheila Wiatr
- Delaware – Courtney Purdy
- District of Columbia – Tiara Christen Dews
- Florida – Kristen Berset
- Georgia – Caroline Medley
- Hawaii – Justine Michioka
- Idaho – Kimberly Glyn Weible
- Illinois – Molly Graham
- Indiana – Stephanie "Steffi" Keusch
- Iowa – Brooke Hansen
- Kansas – Lisa Forbes
- Kentucky – Lauren Stengel
- Louisiana – Melissa McConnell
- Maine – Mackenzie Davis
- Maryland – Tia Shorts
- Massachusetts – Maria Lekkakos
- Michigan – Stacey Lee
- Minnesota – Jessica Dereschuk
- Mississippi – Beth Richards
- Missouri – Shandi Finnessey
- Montana – Molly Flynn
- Nebraska – Guerin Austin
- Nevada – Victoria Franklin
- New Hampshire – Vanessa Bissanti
- New Jersey – Janaye Ingram
- New Mexico – Jenna Hardin
- New York – Jaclyn Nesheiwat
- North Carolina – Ashley Puleo
- North Dakota – Jennifer Smith
- Ohio – Lauren Kelsey Hall
- Oklahoma – Lindsey Hill
- Oregon – Jennifer Murphy
- Pennsylvania – Nicole Georghalli
- Rhode Island – Sarah Rose Bettencourt
- South Carolina – Amanda Pennekamp
- South Dakota – Andrea Parliament
- Tennessee – Stephanie Culberson
- Texas – Stephanie Guerrero
- Utah – Kyla Faye Dickerson
- Vermont – Michelle Fongemie
- Virginia – Kristi Lauren Glakas
- Washington – Tara McCormick
- West Virginia – Carolyn Jennings
- Wisconsin – Jenna Shultz
- Wyoming – Katie Rudoff
- This became the first win for Missouri in pageant history.
- South Carolina had its highest placement since Lu Parker won Miss USA 1994. South Carolina also placed for the fourth time in five years.
- North Carolina had its best finish in 10 years and its best finish for the third time in pageant history. North Carolina finished 2nd Runner-Up in 1975 and 1994.
- Oklahoma had its best finish in the pageant since 1989.
- Tennessee repeated its highest placement for the second time since Lynnette Cole won Miss USA 2000.
- Alabama makes it through the first cut for the third time in a row.
- Florida makes it through the first cut for the first time since 1997.
- Idaho had its first placement since Brandi Sherwood inherited the Miss USA 1997 title after Brook Lee won Miss Universe 1997.
- New Hampshire had its first placement since 2000, and became only the fourth placement by a New Hampshire delegate in pageant history.
- New Mexico placed for the second time since 1999.
- Texas made the first cut of delegates for the third time in a row since Kandace Krueger won Miss USA 2001.
- Kristi Lauren Glakas (Virginia) had previously held the title Miss Virginia Teen USA 1999 (semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 1999) and would later become Miss Virginia 2005 (3rd runner-up at Miss America 2006). She is one of six triple crown winners.
- Other delegates who had previously or would later hold Miss America state titles
- Delegates who had previously competed at Miss Teen USA were:
- Danielle Demski (Arizona) – Miss Arizona Teen USA 1999 (finalist at Miss Teen USA 1999)
- Tiara Dews (District of Columbia) – Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 2000 (semi-finalist at Miss Teen USA 2000)
- Kimberly Weible (Idaho) – Miss Idaho Teen USA 1999
- Victoria Franklin (Nevada) – Miss Nevada Teen USA 1998 (second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 1998)
- Katie Rudoff (Wyoming) – Miss Wyoming Teen USA 1999
- Jennifer Murphy (Oregon) later appeared on Donald Trump's reality television show The Apprentice 4
- Jaclyn Nesheiwat (New York) later married Creed drummer Scott Stapp
- Mackenzie Davis (Maine) became director of the Miss Maine USA and Miss Maine Teen USA pageants in 2006.
- It was the first time since 1984 where two of the top 5 finalists were former Miss America state titleholders. In 1984, the top 3 were all former Miss America state titleholders.
- Later on two delegates went on to win the Miss Earth USA title. The first was Amanda Pennekamp, Miss South Carolina USA who won the Miss Earth USA 2006 title and was a top 16 semifinalist at Miss Earth 2006. The second was Miss Kansas USA, Lisa Forbes who won the 2007 title and competed at Miss Earth 2007.
- Jerry Buss
- Rocco DiSpirito
- Jeff Gordon
- Vanessa Haydon
- Tricia Helfer
- Liza Huber
- Brandi Sherwood
- Jill Stuart