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Miss USA pageant returning to Vegas

Miss USA pageant returning to Vegas
Miss USA Crystle Stewart and Miss Teen USA Stevi Lauren Perry watch Serena Williams play Jelena Jankovic on day fourteen at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the U.S. National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York on September 7, 2008. Williams defeated Jankovic 6-4 7-5 to win the 2008 U.S. Open. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) | License Photo

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The Miss Universe Organization says its next two Miss USA pageants will take place in Las Vegas.

The organization said it has signed a two-year deal with the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to act as host hotel and venue for the telecasts.

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The 2009 competition is scheduled to air live on NBC April 19.

"Returning to Vegas was not a difficult decision to make. The great success of working together in 2008 with the collaboration from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, combined with the support of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority was so incredible we decided to come back for the next two years," Paula M. Shugart, the organization's president, said in a statement. "Last year's contestants had a great time in the desert seeing many of the attractions Las Vegas offers. We can't wait to show this year's delegates and our viewers more of this exciting city."

"This event is truly a great partnership, leveraging the strength of each brand. Las Vegas is excited to once again host the Miss USA pageant," added Rossi Ralenkotter, president and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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