MISS USA 2010

On our first edition of “What Do The Pageant Experts Think?”, we’ll look back at Miss USA 2010 and find out if our resident Pageant Experts agree with the judges’ decision. Our Experts will judge the top 5 finalists in each judging category as the original judges did. Each expert will provide a score ranging from 7.00 to 9.99. All of the Experts’ scores will be combined and averaged. This will determine whether our Experts agree or disagree with the original results from 2010. Commentaries from our Experts will be included along the way.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
MISS USA 2010 - MICHIGAN - Rima Fakih
1ST RUNNER UP - OKLAHOMA - Morgan Woolard
2ND RUNNER UP - VIRGINIA - Samantha Casey
3RD RUNNER UP - COLORADO - Jessica Hartman
4TH RUNNER UP - MAINE - Katie Whittier
A look back at some of   
Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe and Miss America's
most controversial & questionable results and see if our resident experts agree.
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OKLAHOMA - Morgan Elizabeth Woolard
Let's start the competition with swimsuits...
9.10
If you look closely on Morgan's body, she doesn't really have that very distinct hour-glass figure.  But you know what?  She still rocked that swimsuit!
9.25
Love, love, love Morgan!  What do you mean she doesn't have an hour-glass figure?  You need new glasses, girl!  She has an amazing body and look at that face...just angelic!
8.97
I disagree with you.  I think she was trying too hard.  Not sure if those boobs are natural or fake but they just seem too perfect.
9.106
Average Score
MICHIGAN - Rima Fakih
9.30
Talk about an hour-glass figure.  Rima had a certain sparkle that night.  She looked like she wasn't nervous and she was just having a wonderful time.
8.85
Compared to Morgan, I didn't thinks she was that great on stage.  She did looked comfortable, I give her that.  But between the two, I like Morgan better.
9.20
N, are we even talking about the same girl here?  Rima looked amazing!  Definitely my fave.
9.116
Average Score
COLORADO - Jessica Hartman
8.88
I think Jessica is very pretty.  She has an amazing body but something is missing.  Not sure what it is but I just don't get it.
8.90
She has a very "teen" look about her.  I see her more for Miss Teen USA rather than Miss USA.  She does have an amazing body though.
8.90
I agree with L, she's pretty but something is missing.  To me she lacked staged presence.  She moved very robotic and rehearsed.
8.893
Average Score
MAINE - Katie Whittier
9.15
She is one tall drink of water!  I love Katie!  I think for her height, her body is very proportionate.  You know how some taller women look very masculine and awkward?  Katie is not like that.  There's a great deal of sophistication about her that I like.
9.05
I like Katie as well.  She should have placed higher.
9.00
Gorgeous!  She's the first contestant from Maine to reach this far in the Miss USA competition.  You know how there are men that are described as tall, dark and handsome?  Well Katie can be described as tall, blonde and pretty.
9.066
Average Score
Next, it's evening gowns...
OKLAHOMA - Morgan Elizabeth Woolard
9.30
That gown is perfection!  That gown was designed by Gionni Straccia, who also designed the gown of Stefania Fernandez at the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant.  She just looked flawless.
9.50
This is one of those evening gowns you want to own.  She could not have picked a more perfect gown for her.  Her styling was perfect!
9.00
That gown is pretty...she looked like a Barbie doll.  I was just waiting for Ken to come out and escort her.
9.266
Average Score
MICHIGAN - Rima Fakih
8.75
Not a big fan!  That white strapless gown with a silver crystal trim seems more fitting for a wedding than a pageant.  She tripped on it a couple of times too!
8.90
I do have to say that she carried that gown well.  I wouldn't pick that gown personally but she looked good in it regardless of how hideous it was.  Isn't that what Miss USA claims?  They don't judge the girl based on the gowns but rather based on how they carried themselves in it?  I guess that's all that mattered.
8.88
I wouldn't call this gown hideous.  She looked good in it.  She carried it well and it emphasized her beautiful and toned neckline.
8.843
Average Score
COLORADO - Jessica Hartman
8.85
Very pageant patty for my taste but she looked good in it!  It fit her perfectly!
9.00
I think this was the 2nd best gown of the five.  It looked great on camera and that color really looked great with her skin tone.
9.30
This is actually my favorite gown!  It's very elegant and Jessica looked amazing in it.
9.050
Average Score
MAINE - Katie Whittier
9.20
Katie rocked that simple black evening gown.  Another simple dress, accentuated only by some rhinestones in the front but it was gorgeous.  That dress made her even looked taller.
9.00
It was a very simple dress, simple silhouette but looked amazing on her.  The plunging neckline gave the dress more depth...literally.   
8.85
It looked elegant but it was blah for me.  I feel like she would have looked better in another color, maybe beige or white.  
9.016
Average Score
And last but not the least, the final question...
OKLAHOMA - Morgan Elizabeth Woolard
8.80
Her response is very passive aggressive.  To me, pick a side and stick with it regardless of the repercussion.  I'm not a fan of trying to please both sides.  Take a chance!
8.70
I don't like her answer.  To me, it doesn't matter if it's done in the state or federal level.  It's an invasion of privacy.  I think she lost me on this one.
8.85
This is a very controversial question that begs a very controversial answer...and Morgan gave just that.  This is reminiscent of Carrie Prejean from the previous year.  Too bad she ended up with it.  Sorry, she lost my vote.
8.783
Average Score
Question: Arizona's new immigration statute authorizes law enforcement authorities to check citizenship of anyone they believe maybe in the country illegally. Critics say this may amount to racial profiling.  Do you think that this should be mandated by the state or by the federal government?
Answer: "I'm a huge believer in states' rights. I think that's what's so wonderful about America. So I think it's perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.  And I am against illegal immigration but I'm also against racial profiling so I see both sides in this issue."
MICHIGAN - Rima Fakih
9.20
Even though I don't agree with her answer, I think she was just adorable.  She went for it and it came out so natural that it made people like her even though they disagree with what she said.
9.45
I also think that her answer was spot on even if a lot of critics would disagree with her.  I love that "Hi Mom" she snuck in there.  I think she was adorable!
9.25
She answered it with such fluidity and like what you said, even if many people would disagree with her response, I think it's the way she said it.  Bravo!
9.300
Average Score
Question: This month, the oral birth control pill market's 50th anniversary.  As a woman, do you believe health insurance should cover birth control pills like any other drug?
Answer: "Absolutely!  Hi Mom!  I believe that birth control is just like any other medication even though it's a controlled substance.  And it's provided for free by your OBGYN or any close by family clinic.  It should be something that women should be allowed to get through their insurance because it is costly."
COLORADO - Jessica Hartman
8.75
It's an interesting question that I don't think has a wrong answer.  Everyone know the internet cannot be regulated by any form of government so it's a cute and very "pageant girl" answer.
8.90
She stumbled a bit and she looked really nervous.  Substance-wise, I think her answer was very appropriate.  She just didn't put it in a proper context.
8.88
I think what she was trying to say was that it comes down to personal choice.  Mandating it by the government will not work but it should start at home, with the parents.
8.843
Average Score
Question:  A new social networking site has become a place for young people to anonymously post gossip, nasty and sometimes sexual comments about their peers. Should such sites be regulated by the government?
Answer: "I feel that it's hard to regulate these sites, regulate any website.  But I feel that we should take it to our own hands to be above the status and to show people that we should be kind and caring to everyone no matter who they, what they look like or what they believe in."
MAINE - Katie Whittier
8.95
This is one of those questions that really only requires an "I do" or "I don't" answer.  It's just a matter of putting some sort of substance to it afterwards, which she did.
8.88
It's really hard to judge a Q&A because some of the questions are hard to answer and there are some that are easy.  I wish they asked the same questions to everyone so we can really see the difference in their point of view.  It was an okay answer.
9.15
I think she was amazing.  Even though her answer was very simple, it was how she said it and how she looked genuinely in love with her pictures.
8.993
Average Score
Question: Last week, the Miss Universe Organization came under fire for the contestants' glamour shots, which some critics have said are too racy.  How do they make you feel?
Answer: "I absolutely love the pictures.  And I think they're beautiful.  I think it represents the beautiful, sexy Miss USA and it's just a wonderful thing. And I think they're so classy.  I love them."
FINAL RESULTS - Did our Pageant Experts agree with the Judges?
FINAL LOOK
4TH RUNNER UP - Average score of 8.928
COLORADO - Jessica Hartman​

3RD RUNNER UP - Average score of 9.011
VIRGINIA - Samantha Casey​

2ND RUNNER UP - Average score of 9.025
MAINE - Katie Whittier​

1ST RUNNER UP - Average score of 9.051
OKLAHOMA - Morgan Elizabeth Woolard

PAGEANT EXPERTS CHOICE FOR MISS USA 2010 - Average score of 9.086
MICHIGAN - Rima Fakih​
VIRGINIA - Samantha Casey
8.95
Body-wise, I really like Samantha's body.  She's very lean but not anorexic thin.  She's very playful on stage but I just can't stand that "look at my butt" pose.  That was a little distracting to me.  This isn't a butt contest!
9.15
She's a very well-prepared contestant.  Having competed at Miss Teen USA 2006, she knows what it takes to make the finals.  That butt pose kind of annoyed me as well but I guess she was just showing her best asset.
9.00
I think her styling could have been better.  She was almost acting on stage but I love Sam.  I knew she will be up there.  I didn't mind the butt pose.  Everyone remembered her because of that pose, that's for sure!
9.033
Average Score
VIRGINIA - Samantha Casey
9.10
Very simple and elegant.  That key-hole in the bust area was a nice touch.  It wasn't tacky or too revealing.  I like it.
8.95
It's almost too simple but I do like this high-neck jersey gown.  I agree that the key-hole was a nice addition and made the dress very sophisticated instead of tacky.
9.25
I actually prefer this gown over Morgan's.  I like the shirred waist and rhinestone detailing both on the neckline and in the front.  I think she looked amazing.
9.100
Average Score
VIRGINIA - Samantha Casey
8.95
She's adorable!  My only problem is she really didn't answer the question.  She diverted the focus to what we should be doing to avoid the situation instead.
8.95
I kind of sorta agree on how she answered the question.  I just think the response should be more on whether or not she agrees that BP should bear all cost even if it puts BP out of business.
8.80
To me, it's also a passive aggressive answer...yes, they are responsible but not really.  Again, it's one of those responses that is trying to please everyone.
8.900
Average Score
Question: Earlier this month, President Obama said that British Energy Company, BP, is responsible for cleaning up the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana.  Now, should BP bear all cost even if it forces a company out of business?
Answer: "That is a tough question.  And just to put it out there, the whole situation is truly unfortunate. You know, you hate to see this happen. I think they are a lot responsible.  I'm not going to say they're entirely responsible.  But I do think that they need to take a responsibility for what happened.  But at the same time, you know I think we need to figure out better ways of finding alternative energy fuels and reducing our dependency on oil in general.  I hope that happens. "
Looking at the final result, for the most part, it looks like our resident pageant experts pretty much agree with the judges' decision.  Looking at the scores, just like what happened in the original judging, it seemed like Miss Oklahoma took a down turn at the final question.  It was a tough question to answer and it looks like she paid dearly for that.  But it also emphasized the fact that Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih, had something special that evening, which our resident experts also saw, even 7 years later.

We'll see you again next month for our second edition of "What Do The Pageant Experts Think?"  Our next pageant will be Miss USA 1986.