Bestselling author, Katherine Schwarzenegger, to join the judging panel
NEW YORK, NY (July 6, 2011) – Today, the Miss Universe Organization announced the hosts and judges line-up for the 2011 MISS TEEN USA® Competition on July 16, 2011 at Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in The Bahamas. The pageant will be streamed LIVE at 8:00 PM ET on www.missteenusa.com by Ustream and NewTek, and on www.seventeen.com.
Las Vegas-based radio and television personality, Chet Buchanan and Miss Teen USA 2005 and newly named sports reporter for “Fox8 News,” Allie LaForce, will host the competition. The show will feature a performance by reigning Miss Kentucky USA, Kia Hampton, singing her original song written by R&B artist Ne-yo, Better Be Ready.
Katherine Schwarzenegger, bestselling author who published her first book in 2010 entitled Rock What You’ve Got, will fill a spot on the judging panel for this year’s pageant. She will be joined by four other industry professionals including People’s Choice Awards President, Fred Nelson; former head of MTV’s East Coast Talent & Series Development, Vinnie Potestivo; celebrity dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Karcher; and entertainment and fashion guru, BJ Coleman. Together, they will judge contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The judges will ultimately select one contestant to be crowned Miss Teen USA 2011.
“We are happy to be back at Atlantis, Paradise Island for the fourth consecutive year for our Miss Teen USA Pageant,” says Miss Universe Organization President, Paula Shugart. “Our notable judging panel will evaluate the 51 contestants on both their beauty and brains, and will ultimately choose which young woman will serve as a spokesperson for teen issues over the next year.”
Miss Teen USA 2010, Kamie Crawford of Maryland, has worked with several cause alliances during her reign including Best Buddies, D.A.R.E, Girl Talk, Project Sunshine and Same Sky Trade Initiative. Kamie also traveled with the USO to Cuba, Portugal and Spain to visit with military families and support the troops. She will hand over the Miss Teen USA crown to the winner at the conclusion of the pageant.
The pageant is sponsored by Atlantis, Paradise Island, Farouk Systems, Kooey Australia, Diamond Nexus Labs, Sherri Hill, New York Film Academy and the Pursuit of the Crown Cosmetics.
About MISS TEEN USA
The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. As part of the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Teen USA is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing awareness of teen issues. For more information, visit: www.missteenusa.com.