The Miss America 2010 contestants made a phenomenal showing for the seven judges of the 89th annual Miss America Pageant. The judges panel included Vivica A. Fox, Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, Dave Koz, and Rush Limbaugh. Fifty-three contestants from fifty states, two territories, and the District of Columbia competed in five rounds of competition to determine who would be the next Miss America.
Miss Virginia-Caressa Cameron. After winning the preliminary talent competition, with a vocal pop selection, Caressa Cameron was chosen to be Miss America 2010. She is the eighth African-American woman to win the pageant. She has a long history of pageant competition, including multiple state competitions in Virginia before acheiving the title of Miss Virginia. She was also a runner-up in a national competition in 2006. She is from Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Miss California–Kristy Cavinder. The first runner-up of the pageant, Kristy Cavinder, was also a preliminary winner of the talent competition with ballet en pointe dance piece. She hails from Orange, California.
Miss Tennessee-Stefanie Wittler. Stefanie Wittler from Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee competed in the talent competition with a vocal piece. While she was not a talent competition winner, she was a Quality of Life finalist, along with her second runner-up position among the Miss America 2010 contestants.
Miss Louisiana-Katherine Putnam. Miss Katherine Putnam of Shreveport, Louisiana received the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award. She was third runner-up for Miss America 2010. She was the first Indian-American to win the title of Miss Louisiana when she was crowned in 2009.
Miss Kentucky-Mallory Ervin. Mallory Ervin placed fifth among the Miss America 2010 top five contestants. During the competition, she was notably a Quality of Life finalist. Following a poll, she was selected as America’s Choice for Miss America. She also competed in an adventure reality show on a team with Gary Ervin, her father.
Miss Hawaii, Raeceen Woolford made the top seven in the Miss America pageant. She did not begin to compete in pageants until Miss Hawaii America 2008, when she claimed third runner-up. Following her second year as a pageant contestant, she became Miss Hawaii 2009 and one of the Miss America 2010 contestants. Here relative lack of experience is both rare and remarkable in the competition.
Nicole Miner, Miss New Mexico 2009, has aspirations of performing on Broadway. She placed in the top seven of the competition. During the Miss America pageant, she sang the show tune standard “Somewhere”.
Miss D.C., Jen Corey, made the top ten at the Miss America 2010 competition. She became a notable figure in the Miss D.C. organization due to a shift in her social responsibility focus. Following her win at Miss D.C. 2009, she became an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered rights and began a campaign against sexual harassment.
Miss Nebraska, Brittany Jeffers, is a newscaster for an Omaha television station. She lost Miss America after the evening wear competition.
Kirsten Blair of Texas was studying vocal music at University of North Texas when she won the Miss Texas crown in 2009. Despite an excellent performance in the talent competition, she was unable to make it beyond the top ten in the Miss America pageant.