Kelly Hutchinson, 23, of Auburn, Alabama almost won Miss USA 2020. She was the fourth runner-up of the 69th edition of the national pageant that chooses the United States’ representative to Miss Universe.
Hutchinson was 3 years old when she was featured in national commercial and print campaigns. She went on to become a competitive dancer and attended Auburn University and was a member of the Auburn Tiger Paws Dance Team.
As Miss Auburn-Opelika, Hutchinson was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2020 on October 5, 2019 at the Gogue Performing Arts Center in Auburn, besting 31 other candidates. Prior to this, she was Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2013, Miss George Teen USA 2015 first runner-up, Miss Georgia Teen USA 2016 second runner-up, Miss Alabama USA 2017 top 10 finalist and Miss Alabama USA 2018 second runner-up.
It was Asya Branch, 22, of Booneville, Mississippi who won the Miss Universe 2020 crown while Kim Layne, 26, of Nampa, Idaho was her runner-up. Mariah Jane Davis, 24, of Norman, Oklahoma and Alexis Lete, 24, of New Albany, Indiana were the respective second and third runners-up.
The Miss USA 2020 coronation night was broadcast on FYI. It featured a performance by “American Idol” Season 10 second runner-up Haley Reinhart, 30.
Branch inherited the crown from Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, 29. The latter and Christian Murphy served as backstage commentators during the coronation night, which took place at the Exhibition Centre and the Soundstage at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
“American Ninja Warrior” commentator Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, 41, and Miss Teen USA 2005 Allie LaForce, 31, hosted the coronation night. The judges were Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler, 43, of New York, Miss USA 2000 Lynnette Cole, 42, of Tennessee, businesswoman and hairstylist Carolyn Aronson, 53, Fox Nation journalist and media personality Abby Hornacek, 26, motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur Gloria Mayfield Banks, 64, and businesswoman and social media personality Susan Yara, 39.