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Miss USA 2006
Date April 21, 2006
Presenters Nancy O'Dell Drew Lachey
Entertainment East Village Opera Company
Venue 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Broadcaster NBC
Entrants 51
Placements 15
Winner Tara Conner
Represented Kentucky Kentucky
Congeniality Dottie Cannon
Photogenic Cristin Duren

Miss USA 2006, the 55th Miss USA pageant, was held at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on April 21, 2006. Fifty-one state titleholders competed for the title, which was won by Tara Conner of Kentucky.[1] Conner was crowned by outgoing titleholder Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina.[2]

This was the second consecutive year that the pageant was held in Baltimore, although the venue changed from the Hippodrome Theater to the larger 1st Mariner Arena.[3][4] Delegates arrived in the city on 2 April 2006, and were involved in three weeks of events, appearances and preliminary competitions before the final competition.[4] This included a trip to New York City to attend a book launch for The Miss Universe Guide to Beauty and make media appearances on Regis and Kathy, The Early Show and Total Request Live.[5][6]

The pageant hosts were Nancy O'Dell (who had hosted the pageant in 2004 and 2005) and Drew Lachey.[4] For the first time Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Carson Kressley provided commentary.[7] Special guest performers were the East Village Opera Company.

The finals were broadcast by NBC, with 7.77 million viewers, the second-lowest viewership ever recorded.[8]





Map showing placements by state

Miss USA 2006 was awarded to Tara Conner (Kentucky). The runners-up were:

The Top 10 (in alphabetical order) were Haleigh Stidham (Alabama), Candace Allen (District of Columbia), Leeann Tingley (Rhode Island), Lacie Lybrand (South Carolina), and Lauren Lanning (Texas).

The Top 15 (in alphabetical order) were Brenna Sakas (Arizona), Catherine Warren (Illinois), Katee Stearns (Maine), Lauren Scyphers (Nevada), and Lauren Grissom (Tennessee).



The Miss USA 2006 delegates are:

Contestants during pageant rehearsals


There were two sets of judges: one for the preliminary competition (held on April 14), and another for the final night of competition (April 21). The latter judges decided who won the Miss USA title.

Preliminary judges

  • Jeff Kimbell – businessman involved in lobbying, political strategy, real estate, and entertainment.
  • Kerry Cavanaugh – North American brand manager for CoverGirl cosmetics.
  • Natasha O'Dell – producer for Black Entertainment Television's Special Projects Division.
  • Valerie Boyce – an agent for Trump Model Management.
  • Arnold Williams – manager of Abrams, Foster, Nole & William (based in Pennsylvania) since 1993.
  • Robb Merrit – Vice President of a commercial real estate developer based in Baltimore, MD.
  • Rhona Gaff – Vice President at the Trump Organization and is best known as the woman who rings Apprentice candidates each morning to give candidate their directions.

Finals judges

Pre-pageant specials

Tara Conner, Tamiko Nash and Leeann Tingley back stage during the taping of Deal or No Deal

A pre-pageant special edition of Deal or No Deal aired on April 12 on NBC. It included Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Cooley and twenty-six contestants, who replaced the show's models as briefcase-holders: Haleigh Stidham (AL), Kimberly Forsyth (AR), Tamiko Nash (CA), Jeannine Phillips (CT), Ashlee Greenwell (DE), Cristin Duren (FL), Catherine Warren (IL), Bridget Bobel (IN), Tara Conner (KY), Christina Cuenca (LA), Katee Stearns (ME), Tiffany Kelly (MA), Danelle Gay (MI), Dottie Cannon, (MN), Kristi Capel (MO), Lauren Scyphers (NV), Jessica Boyington (NJ), Onawa Lacy (NM), Samantha Holvey (NC), Kimberly Krueger (ND), Tanya Lehman (PA), Leeann Tingley (RI), Lacie Lybrand (SC), Soben Huon (UT), Amber Copley (VA), Jessica Wedge (WV).

Allison Machado (OR) was the alternate.


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