Miss USA 2004

Miss USA 2004
Date April 12, 2004
Presenters Billy Bush, Nancy O'Dell
Venue Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California
Broadcaster NBC, KNBC-TV
Entrants 51
Placements 15
Winner Shandi Finnessey
Missouri Missouri
Congeniality Michelle Fongemie
Vermont Vermont
Photogenic Jennifer Sherrill
Arkansas Arkansas

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.

The pageant was hosted by Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell, the first time this partnership had hosted the pageant. Bush had previously hosted Miss USA 2003 and Miss Universe 2003.

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.



Map showing placements by state
Final ResultsContestant
Miss USA 2004
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
Top 10
Top 15

Special awards

Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Order of announcements

Top 15

  1. Arizona
  2. Missouri
  3. Texas
  4. North Carolina
  5. New Hampshire
  6. South Carolina
  7. Florida
  8. Alabama
  9. Oregon
  10. Georgia
  11. New Mexico
  12. Washington
  13. Idaho
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Tennessee


Miss USA contestants during rehearsals
Miss USA contestants during rehearsals
Miss USA contestants during rehearsals
Miss USA contestants during rehearsals
Miss USA contestants during rehearsals

The Miss USA 2004 delegates were:

Historical significance

Contestant notes

Miss New York USA 2004 Jaclyn Nesheiwat (left) visited U.S. troops in Iraq in March 2004. While in Baghdad, she met her sister, Army Capt. Julie Nesheiwat (right)


For the second year, there was a Miss USA Fear Factor special, in which Tara Darby of Alabama won the $50,000 prize (half of which to be donated to the charity of her choice).

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