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Miss USA preliminaries withheld from streaming

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There will be no sneak peeks this year of Miss USA contestants sporting bikinis as they compete for judges’ votes.

Breaking with several years of practice, pageant officials announced the preliminary competitions for Miss USA will not be streamed live on the World Wide Web.

No reason was given for the move, but officials said still photographs from the preliminaries will be available after they end.

The final evening of competition on Sunday will be broadcast live on the NBC television network at 8 p.m. ET. A tape-delayed broadcast will air in the West at 8 p.m. PT.

There are 51 contestants in the pageant; one from each state and one from the District of Columbia.

The winner of the pageant will represent the United States later this year at the Miss Universe Pageant.

Another break with practice this year is the location of the Miss USA competition. Instead of its more-recent base in Las Vegas, this year’s pageant is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Miss USA and MIss Universe pageants are owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal.

The partnership also owns the Miss Teen USA Pageant. It is no longer broadcast on television, but is usually webcast live during the summer from the Bahamas.

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