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Tyson Chandler, Rocco DiSpirito, Mariel Hemingway, Penn Jillette to Judge ‘2011 Miss USA Pageant’ June 19

NBCDonald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart , president of the Miss Universe Organization, announce today the celebrities and experts who will judge the 60th Annual “Miss USA Pageant,” which will be broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino inLas Vegas on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET.

The line-up of judges includes:

  • Tyson Chandler , Center for Dallas Mavericks and 2011 NBA Champion
  • Rocco DiSpirito , Celebrity chef
  • Mariel Hemingway , Oscar-nominated American actress and writer
  • Penn Jillette, The larger, louder half of comedy magic duo Penn & Teller
  • Lil Jon , American rapper, music producer and “Celebrity Apprentice” finalist
  • Caroline Manzo, From Bravo’s hit series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”
  • Suzi Weiss-Fischmann , Co-Founder of OPI Products

British rapper Tinie Tempah will be performing his hit song “Written in the Stars” alongside featured artistEric Turner during the evening gown portion of the live telecast. Tinie’s debut album “Disc-Overy” debuted at number one on the British charts and has gone platinum in record sales.

As previously announced, Andy Cohen , host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Giuliana Rancic , co-anchor of “E! News,” will host the “2011 Miss USA Pageant.” Joining them will be one of the hosts of “Fashion Police,” Kelly Osbourne and Susie Castillo , Miss USA 2003, who will provide skybox color commentary throughout the LIVE telecast.

For the first time ever, fans have been able to vote their favorite contestant into the semifinals at the 2011 Miss USA Competition. Fans can vote online at www.missusa.com or www.NBC.com.  Online voting is taking place now through June 18 (9 p.m. ET).

Throughout the Miss USA competition, each contestant representing the 50 United States and the District of Columbia competes in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Worldwide distribution of the competition now reaches approximately 90 countries and territories.

Tickets to the Miss USA Preliminary and Finals competitions at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com and at (800) 745-3000.