10 beauty queens left in Miss USA contest in Vegas
In this photo provided by the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, poses for a photo with the competitors during rehearsal for the upcoming Miss USA Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Miss Universe Organization)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A group of 10 beauties remained in the Miss USA competition Sunday night when five women were sent home after strutting their stuff in swimsuits.
Among the remaining contestants were Miss Louisiana, Miss Texas and Miss Illinois, who admitted during the show that she once attacked her sister for borrowing her clothes without asking.
Also continuing on in the competition were super-fit representatives from Connecticut, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Utah, Alabama and North Carolina.
Miss Nevada, a Las Vegas restaurant manager, also made the cut.
In a twist, organizers announced they would allow fans to save one of the eliminated women by announcing their support on Twitter.
During the swimsuit competition, the ladies threw off sheer wraps to reveal skimpy blue, gold and orange bikinis. They strutted in stilettos to the Jonas Brothers' live performance of "Pom Poms." Miss Louisiana, Miss California and Miss Maryland wore their cover-up around their necks like a cape.
When it was announced that Miss South Carolina would be continuing on from the swimsuit competition, a woman in the audience let out a long piercing scream.
The remaining women strutted to Calvin Harris' electronica-infused "Sweet Nothing" in an array of spangled, flowing evening gowns. Trains, gauze and long wavy hair were the preferred looks.
Only five will move on to the interview portion of the show.
Reigning queen Nana Meriwether will relinquish her crown and the posh New York apartment that comes with it at the end of the night and usher in her successor.
The women got the night started with a light-hearted fashion show, gliding down a runway in short dress and ball gowns to Pitbull's "Don't Stop the Party" against a backdrop of gleaming LED screens. All but one wore her hair down in loose curls.
All but 15 were quickly sent home based on preliminary competitions.
Miss USA Contestants cannot have been married or have children, and they must be younger than 27.
Miss Nevada Chelsea Caswell, from Las Vegas, Nev., walks the runway during the introductions of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)
Unlike the rival Miss America pageant, Donald Trump's Miss USA does not ask its queens to perform a talent or choose a charity mission.