March 27, 2009

Bush, Velazquez named Miss USA hosts

Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush and TV actress Nadine Velazquez are to preside over the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, organizers said Friday.

The event is scheduled April 19 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The pageant is also to feature performances by The Veronicas and Kevin Rudolf, said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization.

Fifty-one contestants from all across the United States will join in Las Vegas to determine who will wear the exalted Miss USA crown in 2009, the Miss Universe Organization said in a release. Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast. During her reign, Stewart has traveled across the country as an advocate for breast and ovarian cancer education and awareness, and the winner of this year's competition will go on to do the same.