How the 69th Annual Miss USA Pageant Is Adapting for COVID-19

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Blue suede shoes are optional when the 69th annual Miss USA pageant, delayed from spring due to COVID-19, takes place live from Graceland.

According to Miss Universe Organization president Paula M. Shugart, the event  will capitalize on the "unique history" of Elvis Presley's Memphis mansion — and we very much hope to see the 51 contestants (50 states plus the District of Columbia) in the King's famed Jungle Room! 

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Meet the contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The women are judged in swimsuits, evening gowns and interviews. "We have biochemists, teachers, and healthcare workers — all wanting to make a difference," Shugart says.

One change: Reigning Miss USA Cheslie Kryst will not literally pass her crown along to her successor. Shugart reveals there is a new Mouawad-designed crown…which will "be handled with sanitized hands and gloves."

Miss USA, Monday, November 9, 8/7c, FYI