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Date Posted: 09:02:31 08/30/03 Sat
I found this interesting information on the internet. It is about the 2004 Miss USA Pageant location!
"NASHVILLE - The Miss USA Pageant is negotiating with Tennessee officials to bring its 2004 pageant to Nashville.
Pageant officials have been talking to the state for months, and they plan to visit Nashville in the next few weeks, said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization.
David Bennett, executive director of the Tennessee Film Entertainment and Music Commission, said he has a "very good feeling" that Nashville will be able to attract the pageant.
"They have identified Nashville as a city that meets certain criteria - we have the venues to stage the performance; second, Nashville has a recognition factor around the world," Bennett said Monday.
Staging the pageant in Nashville would be perfect because many pageant fans are also country music fans, Shugart said. NBC, which will broadcast the pageant, also has indicated a preference for Nashville, she said.
"When you think of Nashville, you think of an entertainment city," Shugart said.
The contestants would be featured at attractions around the city, and there would be one segment devoted to showing off Nashville to 9 million to 12 million U.S. viewers. The show also is distributed to 60 countries, Bennett said.
The Miss Universe Organization, which is co-owned by NBC and Donald Trump, also hosts the Miss Teen USA Pageant and the Miss Universe Pageant.
The Miss USA Pageant costs nearly $1 million to stage, including site fees, hotel rooms, meals, transportation and security. Most of those costs can be defrayed by sponsorships, pageant organizers said
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