LAS VEGAS (AP) - The new Miss Universe is an American.

Olivia Culpo, from Rhode Island, was crowned tonight, ending a losing spell for the U.S. in the competion.

Other finalists included Miss Phillipines, Miss Australia, Miss Brazil, and Miss Venezuela.

Only those five made it to the interview round during the televised competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas strip.

Contestants from 89 countries on six continents spent the past two weeks in Sin City, where they posed in hardhats at a hotel groundbreaking, took a painting lesson, and pranked hotel guests by hiding in their rooms.

The beauty queens modeled tie dye bikinis and flowing evening gowns during earlier rounds of the two-hour contest.

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