JESSIE JAMES DECKER, TERRENCE JENKINS, JONATHAN SCOTT, EMMITT SMITH AND ZULEYKA RIVERA TO JUDGE THE 2015 MISS USA PAGEANT JULY 12 (8-11 P.M. ET)
Thomas Roberts ("MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts") and Cheryl Burke (NBC's "I Can Do That") Set to Host the Three-Hour Live Telecast
NEW YORK - June 15, 2015 - NBC, Trump Pageants and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today the hosts of the 2015 Miss USA Pageant and the preliminary list of celebrities who will judge the competition. The 64th Annual Miss USA Pageant will air live Sunday, July 12 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. The pageant will also simulcast in Spanish for the first time on Univision's UniM�s Network.
The first group of judges to join the MISS USA panel includes:
· Jessie James Decker: Multi-talented country singer, songwriter and fashion designer.
· Terrence Jenkins: Co-anchor of "E! News" and author of "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom."
· Jonathan Scott: Star of HGTV's hit "Property Brothers," designer and co-founder of Scott Brothers Entertainment.
· Emmitt Smith: Three-time Super Bowl champion and the NFL's all-time rushing leader.
· Zuleyka Rivera: Miss Universe 2006 and fifth winner from Puerto Rico, actress and TV host
Veteran of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, Thomas Roberts, host of "MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts," returns to host the competition. For the first time, Roberts teams up with Emmy nominated Cheryl Burke of NBC's "I Can Do That," to host the annual competition.
Behind-the-scenes commentator Jeannie Mai will return to take viewers backstage to engage with contestants and talent throughout the telecast. Mai is currently a co-host on the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "The Real" and is a fashion correspondent for NBC's "TODAY."
The Miss Universe Organization will return to Baton Rouge to produce the 2015 Miss USA Pageant after the tremendous success last summer. The 2015 Miss USA Pageant will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast.
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ABOUT THE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture which uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be "Confidently Beautiful." The MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R), and MISS TEEN USA(R) beauty pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss USA's official cause to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer education and prevention please visit: www.missusa.com.
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