51 Miss US Pageant hopeful welcome at Planet Hollywood

Reigning Miss US Kristen Dalton welcome the 51 contestant of the 2010 Miss US Pageant this day to Planet Hollywood, and fans can meet all of them this afternoon external the hotel on the Strip for the official 5 p.m. Las Vegas welcome.

On hand will be Paula Shugart, Miss Universe president; Terry Jicinsky, Senior VP of Promotion for the Las Vegas gathering and Visitors Authority; and Marilyn Winn, president of Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood. It’s the third successive year that Donald Trump’s pageant has been held at Planet Hollywood. The pageant airs live on NBC on May 16.

US Pageant hopeful welcome at Planet HollywoodSassy Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa Rivers will provide unexpected drama with their offstage zingers, with entertainment by Trace Adkins, Boys like Girls and co-hosts Natalie Morales and Australian cooking hunk Curtis Stone.

For the next 2 weeks, the 51 contestants, As well as Miss Nevada USA Julianna Erdesz, face a grueling schedule of events, dinners, photo shoots and then rehearsals -- all leading up to the big day. We posted yesterday in Strip Scribbles a fast rundown of their schedule.

Our contributing photographers will be on duty this afternoon with me, and we'll post their photographs as soon as likely following the official welcome.