Little Cowan resident Destin Kincer will represent Kentucky in the 63rd annual Miss USA Competition Sunday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The three-hour telecast begins at 8 p.m. on June 8 live on NBC.
With the extended format, viewers will learn more about the contestants in a segment called “Road to the Crown.” An NBC film crew visited 21-year-old Kincer in Lexington on May 5 to shoot footage for the special segment. Kincer, a student at the University of Kentucky, was filmed at Rupp Arena with UK’s mascot Scratch. Her parents, Stephen and Mitzi Kincer, and her brother Dylan were also a part of the filming.
During the evening gown portion of the pageant, viewers with Twitter accounts will have the chance to “save” their favorite contestant by using the hashtag #SaveTheQueen and by including the correct spelling of the state in which that contestant is representing.
The telecast, which is expected to reach 70 countries and territories, will include musical performances by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly and Marc Broussard.
Kincer, who will wear a white mermaid gown designed by Sherri Hill during the Miss USA competition, has been in Louisiana preparing for competition, touring, rehearsing and filming since May 25.
She was crowned Miss Kentucky USA around midnight on January 12 at the Ursuline Arts Center in Louisville. Kincer is familiar with the Miss USA organization as she was runner up in the Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2011 pageant. As an eighth-grader in 2007, she won Miss Teen Mountain Heritage, which was the first pageant she entered. She was Miss Mountain Heritage in 2012.
Kincer is a 2011 graduate of Letcher County Central High School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the dance team. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Whitesburg.
Kincer’s family will be in the audience at the Baton Rouge River Center on June 8 as she vies for the title of Miss USA 2014.