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Miss USA contestants celebrate Terry Fator’s birthday; contest judges are named

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Miss USA contestants play with Winston the Turtle puppets prior to the Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment show at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, June 10, 2013.

Miss USA and Terry Fator

Miss Alabama USA 2013, Mary Margaret McCord; Miss Alaska USA 2013, Melissa McKinney; Miss Arizona USA 2013, Rachel Massie; Miss Arkansas USA 2013, Hannah Billingsley; Miss California USA 2013, Mabelynn Capeluj; Miss Colorado USA 2013, Amanda Wiley; Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Erin Brady; Miss Delaware USA 2013, Rachel Baiocco; Miss District Of Columbia USA 2013, Jessica Frith; Miss Florida USA 2013, Michelle Aguirre; Miss Georgia USA 2013, Brittany Sharp; Miss Hawaii USA 2013, Brianna Acosta; Miss Idaho USA 2013, Marissa Wickland; Miss Illinois USA 2013, Stacie Juris; Miss Indiana USA 2013, Emily Hart; Miss Iowa USA 2013, Richelle Orr; Miss Kansas USA 2013, Staci Klinginsmith; Miss Kentucky USA 2013, Allie Leggett; Miss Louisiana USA 2013, Kristen Girault; Miss Maine USA 2013, Ali Clair; Miss Maryland USA 2013, Kasey Staniszewski; Miss Massachusetts USA 2013, Sarah Kidd; Miss Michigan USA 2013, Jaclyn Schultz; Miss Minnesota USA 2013, Danielle Hooper; Miss Mississippi USA 2013, Paromita Mitra; Miss Missouri USA 2013, Ellie Holtman; Miss Montana USA 2013, Kacie West; Miss Nebraska USA 2013, Ellie Lorenzen; Miss Nevada USA 2013, Chelsea Caswell; Miss New Hampshire USA 2013, Amber Faucher; Miss New Jersey USA 2013, Libell Duran; Miss New Mexico USA 2013, Kathleen Danzer; Miss New York USA 2013, Joanne Nosuchinsky; Miss North Carolina USA 2013, Ashley Love-Mills; Miss North Dakota USA 2013, Stephanie Erickson; Miss Ohio USA 2013, Kristin Smith; Miss Oklahoma USA 2013, Makenzie Muse; Miss Oregon USA 2013, Gabrielle Neilan; Miss Pennsylvania USA 2013, Jessica Billings; Miss Rhode Island USA 2013, Brittany Stenovitch; Miss South Carolina USA 2013, Megan Pinckney; Miss South Dakota USA 2013, Jessica Albers; Miss Tennessee USA 2013, Brenna Mader; Miss Texas USA 2013, Ali Nugent; Miss Utah USA 2013, Marissa Powell; Miss Vermont USA 2013, Sarah Westbrook; Miss Virginia USA 2013, Shannon McAnally; Miss Washington USA 2013, Cassandra Searles; Miss West Virginia USA 2013, Chelsea Welch; Miss Wisconsin USA 2013, Chrissy Zamora; and Miss Wyoming USA 2013, Courtney Gifford; with Miss USA 2012, Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa after the Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment show at the Mirage, Las Vegasin Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday June 10, 2013.  She will spend the next week touring, filming, rehearsing, and making new friends while preparing to compete for the coveted Miss USA Diamond Nexus Crown. Tune in to the crowning moment LIVE on NBC starting at 9:00 PM ET on June 16th, 2013 from PH Live. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Launch slideshow »

When you are entertainer Terry Fator and celebrating your 1,000th show, your millionth visitor and your birthday all at the same time, it's only natural you'd have 51 of America's most gorgeous women join you for the party.

Monday night, after a long tough day of rehearsals for Wednesday's Miss USA 2013 preliminary pageant, the contestants were invited to Terry's special milestone show at the Mirage. Although it was his birthday, he gave each girl a Winston the Turtle ventriloquism puppet.

Our Miss Nevada USA, Chelsea Caswell, from the Wynn and Encore F&B department, joined her rivals -- Miss Massachusetts, Sarah Kidd; Miss Alabama, Mary Margaret McCord; Miss Illinois, Stacie Juris; and Miss South Carolina, Megan Pinckney -- to show their own ventriloquism skills.

Monday, Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump and his president, Paula Shugart, revealed the judges for Sunday's live NBC telecast from the PH Live theater at Planet Hollywood. The panel includes "Biggest Loser" TV star, health and fitness expert Bob Harper; famed fashion designer and Style Network star Betsey Johnson and feisty reality star NeNe Leakes from Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "I Dream of NeNe."

The other judges are actress Wendie Malick, star of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland"; Jessica Roberts, from the top-rated Duck Dynasty reality series; former WWE Diva champion and star of E! Entertainment's "Total Divas," Nikki Bella; Arizona Cardinals MVP wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; actress and singer songwriter Christina Milian from NBC TV's "The Voice"; and Mo Rocca, host of the Cooking Channel's "My Grandmother's Ravioli."

Bikini photo shoot

"We have a great show in store for our fans and a diverse lineup of judges to select our next Miss USA," Paula said. "We like to bring a mix of talent to the judging panel. It reflects who we are as a country and creates an interesting outcome for the competition."

Here's the official Miss USA YouTube video of the contestants in their poolside bikini photo shoot.

Vegas DeLuxe previously reported that The Jonas Brothers pop group will be the musical entertainment for the evening gown voting category. Monday, we learned that former Jersey Shore star, "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio who recently moved to Las Vegas as a new resident, will provide the swimsuit category's music.

Miss Nevada

Fans can now vote their favorite contestant into the semifinals of the Miss USA competition until June 15 -- 24 hours before the live TV pageant a -- by logging on to www.missusa.com or voting through the vote icon on the official Miss USA Facebook page. Here's a look at how Miss Nevada Chelsea Caswell fared in the Hot Seat.

Visit to Frank Marino

We also have the YouTube video of the pageant princesses' visit to Frank Marino's dressing room at his Divas show in the Quad with his fellow female impersonators.

Since Tuesday night Game 3 of the NBA finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, it was the perfect photo opportunity at the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign for a little friendly competition between Miss Texas USA Ali Nugent and Miss Florida USA Michelle Aguirre.

The glamor girls have spent more than a week filming at various Vegas locations for video packages to air in the show to be seen by more than a million viewers in 90 countries. Nana Meriwether will relinquish her title and crown the new Miss USA winner, who will go on this year to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

Check back Wednesday to Vegas DeLuxe for our continuing full coverage and a preview of the first preliminary pageant. On Thursday morning, we'll have a full photo gallery from Wednesday night of what's ahead for Sunday.

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