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2013 Miss USA photos: Intense preparations begin for 51 pageant contestants

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Miss Florida USA 2013, Michelle Aguirre, rehearses for the upcoming 2013 Miss USA Competition with Stage Manager Kenny Stein at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday June 8, 2013. She will spend the next 2 weeks 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.

The fun is over! The hard work begins! Intense rehearsal schedules have started for the 51 Miss USA contestants at Planet Hollywood in preparation for Wednesday’s preliminary pageant and Sunday’s live NBC telecast to 90 countries and millions of viewers.

The glamour girls from each of the states and the District of Columbia who will report to pageant owner and real-estate mogul Donald Trump this weekend had their final taste of fun on the Strip last weekend.

2013 Miss USA Pageant: Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks poses for a photo with Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether, following a concert at the Paris Las Vegas hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday June 8, 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 »

"American Idol" Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, who now headlines at the Paris, invited several of the pageant princesses to his show. Naturally, he picked Mary Margaret McCord, who represents his home state of Alabama, to join him onstage. Taylor serenaded her with his original song “Hell of a Day." Afterward, reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether, who will relinquish her crown and title Sunday, led 25 of the pageant princesses backstage for a meet and greet with Taylor.

2013 Miss USA Pageant: Nobu

Miss Oregon USA 2013, Gabrielle Neilan; Miss West Virginia USA 2013, Chelsea Welch; Miss Missouri USA 2013, Ellie Holtman; Miss North Dakota USA 2013, Stephanie Erickson; Miss Iowa USA 2013, Richelle Orr; and Miss Arkansas USA 2013, Hannah Billingsley; enjoy a tepanyaki meal with chef Jason at Nobu in Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday June 6, 2013.  They 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 »

Another group of the beauty queens headed to the new Nobu restaurant at Caesars Palace to complete the location filming shots that will be integrated into Sunday’s telecast.

The new Miss USA will then compete in the 62nd Miss Universe pageant, which might be held for the first time in Russia. The current Miss Universe is Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island, who won the title as Miss USA at Planet Hollywood last summer. Nana automatically took over the title when Olivia moved up in the ranks.

On Sunday, there was official business when Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly presented a proclamation to Nana and the 51 delegates vying for her crown. The proclamation was in recognition of the pageant’s sixth year in the "Entertainment Capital of the World."

2013 Miss USA Pageant: Best Buddies

Miss Hawaii USA 2013, Brianna Acosta, poses for a photo with her Best Buddie during a Best Buddies Sock Hop at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday June 9, 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 »

The Miss USA organization works closely with the Best Buddies organization, which creates opportunities, employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. So Sunday morning, the Miss USA competitors worked and played with clients from our beloved Opportunity Village charity. Again, NBC’s television cameras rolled for the pageant broadcast.

2013 Miss USA Pageant: The Linq

Miss Hawaii USA 2013, Brianna Acosta, signs the wall at LINQ in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, June 6, 2013. She will spend the next 2 weeks touring, filming, rehearsing, and making new friends while she prepares to compete for the coveted Miss USA Diamond Nexus Crown. Tune in to the LIVE NBC Telecast at 9:00 PM (EST) on June 16, 2013 to see who will win the title of Miss USA 2013.HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Launch slideshow »

The final TV taping was at the Linq, the new Caesars Entertainment pedestrian shopping and entertainment zone on the Strip. VP and general manager Jon Grey gave the girls a hardhat construction site tour of where the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, will be located in the more than 200,000-square-foot open-air district redefining the Vegas skyline.

2013 Miss USA Pageant: Rehearsal

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The girls have kept this hectic early-morning to late-night schedule the past 10 days — but before even more arduous rehearsals began, it was time for workouts at Planet Hollywood to ensure they have the stamina for the final seven countdown days to the live pageant.

2013 Miss USA Pageant: Fitness

Miss New York USA 2013, Joanne Nosuchinsky, works out at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, June 6, 2013. They will spend the next 2 weeks touring, filming, rehearsing, and making new friends while she prepares to compete for the coveted Miss USA Diamond Nexus Crown. Tune in to the LIVE NBC Telecast at 9:00 PM (EST) on June 16, 2013 to see who will win the title of Miss USA 2013.HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Launch slideshow »

Today, facing more than 12-hour days, they’re learning the dance routines, the fashion runway parade walks for the evening gown and swimwear categories, and their onstage rotations. Sunday’s telecast will feature the musical talents of the Jonas Brothers with E! Entertainment’s Giuliana Rancic hosting with Nick Jonas.

Check back tomorrow for our continuing Miss USA coverage with new photos and the rundown of the celebrity judges who will vote on the new Miss USA winner.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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