"What a ridiculous gimmick?": Fans upset as Miss USA competition introduces a new 'Yes or No' twist based on looks 

4 women get eliminated based solely on their looks (Image via hollyjanehaynes/ Instagram)
4 women get eliminated based solely on their looks (Image via hollyjanehaynes/ Instagram)

Tonight on the 71st Miss USA competition, host Zuri Hall introduced 51 contestants to the competition and a new twist in the pageant show. After she and her side correspondents announced the Top 16 women based on online votes, she revealed that the women would be judged on their first five-second impression walk.

The judges would have a chance to simply state 'Yes or No' based on the looks and walks of the Top 16 ladies and would be able to eliminate four women from the competition.

Due to this, Miss District of Columbia Faith Porter, Miss California Tiffany Johnson, Miss Missouri Mikala McGhee, and Miss West Virginia Krystian Leonard could not move forward in the competition.

Fans were upset at the Miss USA pageant holders for introducing the new change and asked them to reintroduce last year's format without the top 12 elimination round.

What a ridiculous gimmick? #MissUSA #MissUSA2022
Sorry, this new format sux. Can this be Crystal's last year? #missusa2022

Fans angry at Miss USA pageant holders for judging women based on looks

Fans took to Twitter to slam the pageant organizers as they felt that it was shallow to judge women just based on their looks without interviewing them or letting them show their talents.

I wonder how the judges made their decision on who advances ? The criteria wasn’t necessarily clear to me . 🥴. #MissUSA #missusa2022
ok tbh something that i love about those losers are THE openings. but WHAT THE HEEEELL with that format😭😭😭, how do you get a first impression in 5sec?, after a WHOOOLE interview with the teens’ judges?????💀💀IM DONE #MissUSA #MissUSA2022
Aht! I don’t like when they make cuts so early lol. Give them a chance to actually compete again. 🤣 #missusa2022 #MissUSA
How is “pageantry reimagined” when you play yes or no based on looks @MissUSA?! #missusa2022
New twist? Y’all doing the most! #MissUSA #MissUSA2022
@MissUSA from 16 to 12 after a “first impression” walk. Seems redundant. Also bring back a final 3. #MissUSA #missusa2022 #kansas #tennessee #nebraska #Reno #Monday #mondaynight #crown
HOW ON EARTH you leave District of Columbia out of that top? Are you kidding me? #missusa2022

Who are the Top 12 women selected by the judges?

The top 12 women selected by the Miss USA 2022 judges are:

  • Miss Connecticut Cynthia Dias
  • Miss Illinois Angel Reyes
  • Miss Kansas Elyse Noe
  • Miss Minnesota Madeline Helget
  • Miss Nebraska Natalie Pieper
  • Miss New Hampshire Camila Sacco
  • Miss New Mexico Suzanne Perez
  • Miss North Carolina Morgan Romano
  • Miss Ohio Sir'Quora Carroll
  • Miss Tennessee Emily Suttle
  • Miss Texas R'Bonney Gabriel
  • Miss Vermont Kelsey Golonka

What happened on Miss USA pageant tonight?

The 71st Miss USA competition aired tonight on FYI Network and Hulu Live. The two-hour-long competition featured 51 smart and beautiful women with a cause from all over the USA who wanted to win the title and a six-figure salary of the pageant.

The show description reads:

"Are your sights set on the stars? Can you see yourself living in Hollywood, catching another lens on the red carpet? Well get ready for more than you could ever dream of, all wrapped up in the life-changing experience that is Miss USA 2022."

Right in the beginning, the contestants were seen dancing and looking pretty in white to introduce themselves. Host Zuri Hall introduced her two sideline correspondents, Julissa Bermudez and Micah Jesse.

Correspondents explained how the winner of the competition would win a lavish condo, luxury fashion designs and the power to influence others. After the top 12 contestants were announced, they participated in the swimsuit and evening gown challenge. The women faced some difficulty going down the stairs.

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu was also seen on stage inspiring the women by telling them that they were all beautiful. She did not answer the question as to what she would do after her time as Miss Universe 2022 was over. Miss Teen USA also appeared in the competition and appreciated the support of her female companions.

Later, pageant holders paid tribute to Cheslie Corrinne Kryst, who was crowned Miss USA in 2019 at that same venue and died of suicide earlier this year. Her family appreciated her and her zest for social justice.

Only the Top 5 contestants were chosen out of the Top 12 to move forward with the interview round.

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Edited by Prem Deshpande
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