Update! Congratulations to Anea Garcia, the new Miss Rhode Island USA 2015 and Mary Malloy, the new Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2015! Click their names to view their profiles, and there’s more coverage on my Facebook page. Results post coming soon.
Miss Rhode Island USA & Miss RI Teen USA contestant photos were posted yesterday - view them here. Apologies in the delay for getting this post up: life ;). But as I’m writing this the prelim show is happening! Who are going to be Rhode Island’s new titleholders? And is there a special someone in the group who can follow Olivia Culpo’s success? (poor Rhode Island girls, I think they’re always going to be compared to Olivia from now on! I must stop that :P). Can you tell I’m in a slightly loopy mood today? Enjoy… (oh, and check out my Facebook page tomorrow for updates!)
Right! So after a huge jump in contestant numbers in Miss last year (almost 20 contestants on previous averages) the rise has continued with 63 contestants, up six from last year. This is the highest number of Miss contestants they’ve had since at least 2007 and is double the numbers from 2010-2013. Nice work with recruitment, RI! In Teen, however the numbers have dropped, 43 this year compared to 55 last year, but are still higher than between 2010-2013.
The interesting thing with the Miss competition this year is that most of the contestants are either new or have been non-finalists: there is only one semi-finalist and no runners-up back! Robin Bonner, Miss Rhode Island 2011 is competing, after missing the cut in New York last year. The returning semi-finalist is Courtney Sheehan - although 2007 Teen semi-finalist Nicole Harootunian is back after eight years! One interesting note: their last three winners have all been 18 or 19 when they won, will be fun to see if that trend continues.
In comparison, the Teen division has two 2014 runners-up back: Kristen Hanlon, 3RU last year & 4RU in 2012, and Katie Bergantine, 4RU last year and a semi-finalist in 2013. There are three other semi-finalists back: Mary Malloy, Abby Mansolillo, and Nicole Pallozzi.
With so few returnees & so many newcomers in Miss this year I’ve decided to highlight just a few contestant photos that caught my eye :)
Robin Bonner, Gina Colao, Nicole Eacuello, Nicole Harootunian, Amanda Jackson, Amber Lacey, Lyndsey Laramee, Bryce McGillivray, Fallon Medeiros, Heather Santoro, Courtney Sheehan, Jessica Zapata
Here is last year’s Teen top five, with Kristen Hanlon (far left) and Katie Bergantine (far right):
Kristen, Katie, returning semi-finalists and a few newbies who’s photos I like:
Kristen Hanlon, Katie Bergantine, Mary Malloy, Abby Mansolillo, Nicole Palozzi, Tara Houle, Grace Palardy, Tori Silva, Samantha Deeg, Brantasha Figueroa, Kristen Martone, Sarah Stebbins.
Oh, and Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001 & Miss Rhode Island USA 2008 Amy Diaz who recently won The Amazing Race with her now-fiance (congrats Amy!!!!!) Jason is hosting this year! So thrilled for you Amy :) Amy has been an amazing source of results, photos and info for many years now and is a total sweetheart.
Click “read more” to view if the full list of contestants.