Was the historic 2022 Miss USA pageant rigged? Its parent organization investigates
The Miss USA Organization, which for the last decade has been the host of the pageant, is investigating what happened Wednesday night at the Miss USA Festival. The pageant is in Washington D.C. and about 7,000 spectators gathered on the National Mall for the pageant.
It was an event full of glamour and pageantry, even at times with high drama and controversy.
Just a day earlier, on Tuesday night, the Miss USA Organization announced that it was canceling the next Miss USA contest, which had been set for Saturday, due to ongoing concerns over coronavirus.
The pageant, which began in 1953 as Miss Universe, became the first televised beauty contest while becoming the highest-ranked TV show in history and a multi-million dollar business that includes merchandising.
But more than that, the pageant is the most recognizable, with more than 5.7 million viewers on NBC.
The organization has already begun looking into how the pageant might go forward without the coronavirus as an issue. But for the moment, it’s unclear if there will be a replacement or if the pageant will go ahead as planned.
During the announcement, Miss USA, a 31-year-old from Oklahoma, told CBS News that it was “absolutely heartbreaking” to watch people gather around him for help and advice on social distancing.
“Everybody is in a bind, the whole world is in a bind right now,” she said to the crowd.
It was one of the more upbeat, upbeat moments of the night. At one point a local radio station played the theme song from “The Golden Girls” while Miss Pennsylvania was announcing the winner, because the coronavirus had interrupted the broadcast, CBS reported
A week after the announcement, on Monday, the Miss USA Organization said it has canceled all events and shows at the organization’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, and is taking the unprecedented step of ordering thousands more staffers to stay home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The organization has said it’s taking the unprecedented step of ordering thousands more staffers to stay home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The move was prompted by the virus and a lack of supplies