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A Winner Is Crowned at 'The 2011 Miss USA Pageant' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 20th 2011 2:03AM
'2011 Miss USA Pageant''E! News' co-anchor Giuliana Rancic was beside herself with excitement about the fact that the top two contenders for 'The 2011 Miss USA Pageant' (Sun., 9PM ET on NBC) turned out to be best friends. She was co-hosting the event with Andy Cohen of 'Watch What Happens: Live' and kept repeating "they're best friends," until Cohen picked up the call.

Before announcing the eventual winner, Cohen then said the phrase no less than four more times. "I just want to point out that if for any reason the new Miss USA cannot fulfill her duties," he explained with laughter, "Her best friend, the first runner up, is going to take over, okay?"

It made for a bittersweet finale to a night of beauty and talent. Each of the women would be thrilled for the other, but of course each wants that special moment on the stage with the crown and the tears and the sash and the walk. So who took it home?

It was down to Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham and Miss California Alyssa Campanella. In the end, it was the 2007 first runner-up in the Miss Teen USA pageant who took the grown-up crown for herself as Campanella was announced as Miss USA 2011.

Next up for Campanella is the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in September. We're sure best friend Durham will be right there supporting her every step of the way ... or hoping for Campanella to get sidelined so she can compete instead (of course we don't really think that!).

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With best friends like that who needs enemies? Miss Tenn refused to give Miss Cali eye contact and then when she won the title where was that BFF hug? People please!!

June 20 2011 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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