The competition is on as the Miss USA 2016 contestants strut their best looks on stage during the preliminary event. Las Vegas was witness to the ladies' first outing at the T-Mobile Arena. A total of 52 contestants are vying for the ultimate prize -- the crown and the chance to represent the United States of America in the Miss Universe pageant. See the girls in evening gown dresses below and tell us which one is your favorite!

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During the preliminary competition, the women modeled swimwear and evening gowns. The judges for this first viewing were Fred Nelson, Joey Boukadakis, Keltie Knight, Kristin Conte, Nick Phelps and Rebecca Bienstock. They will determine the Top 15 that will be revealed during the live telecast.

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Two Latinas are participating in this year's pageant, down from eight last year. Daniella Rodriguez from Texas and Nadia Mejia from California are representing our Hispanic heritage at Miss USA 2016. 

The live telecast of Miss USA 2016 will air on Sunday, June 5 on the FOX network. The T-Mobile Arena in Vegas will also hold the stage for the pageant that will see a new beauty queen crowned. The Miss USA 2016 main show will be hosted by Julianne Hough and Terrence Jenkins. Both will be joined by Ashley Graham from backstage that will have the inside scoop and all the drama from behind the scenes. Musical performers inlcude Chris Young and Backstreet Boys. Judges for the telecast are Ali LandryCrystle StewartJoe Zee and Laura Brown.

The girls have been in Las Vegas all week rehearsing for the show and prepping to make things go smoothly in hopes of winning. Olivia Jordan, who represented Oklahoma, is the current titleholder. She went on to represent the USA in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant where she placed as second-runner up behind winner Pia Wurtzback and first runner-up Ariadna Gutiérrez.

Miss USA 2016 Competition Photos
The preliminary competition saw all 52 beauty queens model their evening gowns. See all the looks here! MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Alabama
Peyton Brown representing the state of Alabama. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Alaska
Ariane Audett representing the state of Alaska. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Arizona
Chelsea Myers representing the state of Arizona. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Arkansas
Abby Floyd representing the state of Arkansas. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: California
Nadia Mejia representing the state of California. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Colorado
Caley-Rae Pavillard representing the state of Colorado. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Conneticut
Tiffany Teixeira representing the state of Conneticut. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Deleware
Alexandra Verontsova representing the state of Deleware. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: District Of Columbia
Deshauna Barber representing the District Of Columbia. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Florida
Brie Gabrielle representing the state of Florida. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Georgia
Emanii Davis representing the state of Georgia. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Hawaii
Chelsea Hardin representing the state of Hawaii. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Idaho
Sydney Halper representing the state of Idaho. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Illinois
Zena Malak representing the state of Illinois. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Indiana
Morgan Abel representing the state of Indiana. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Iowa
Alissa Morrison representing the state of Iowa. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Kansas
Victoria Wiggins representing the state of Kansas. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Kentucky
Kyle Hornback representing the state of Kentucky. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Louisiana
Maaliyah Papillion representing the state of Louisiana. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Maine
Marisa Butler representing the state of Maine. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Maryland
Christine Denny representing the state of Maryland. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Massachusetts
Whitney Sharpe representing the state of Massuchesetts. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Michigan
Susie Leica representing the state of Michigan. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Minnesota
Bridget Jacobs representing the state of Minnesota. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Miss 52
Alexandra Miller was voted for fans and became Miss 52. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Mississippi
Haley Sowers representing the state of Mississippi. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Missouri
Sydnee Stottlemyre representing the state of Missouri. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Montana
Sibahn Doxey representing the state of Montana. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Nebraska
Sarah Hollins representing the state of Nebraska. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Nevada
Emelina Adams representing the state of Nevada. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Pennsylvania
Elena LaQuatra representing the state of Pennsylvania. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: New Hampshire
Jessica Strohm representing the state of New Hampshire. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: New Jersey
Jessielyn Palumbo representing the state of New Jersey. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: New Mexico
Naomie Germain representing the state of New Mexico. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: New York
Serena Bucaj representing the state of New York. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: North Carolina
Devin Gant representing the state of North Carolina. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: North Dakota
Hailey Maas representing the state of North Dakota. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Ohio
Megan Wise representing the state of Ohio. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Oklahoma
Taylor Gorton representing the state of Oklahoma. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Oregon
Natriana Shorter representing the state of Oregon. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Rhode Island
Theresa Agonia representing the state of Rhode Island. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: South Carolina
Leah Lawson representing the state of South Carolina. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: South Dakota
Madison McKeown representing the state of South Dakota. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Tennessee
Hope Stephens representing the state of Tennessee. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Texas
Daniella Rodriguez representing the state of Texas. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Utah
Teale Murdock representing the state of Utah. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Vermont
Neely Fortune representing the state of Vermont. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Virginia
Desi Williams representing the state of Virginia. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Washington
Kelsey Schmidt representing the state of Washington. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: West Virginia
Nichole Greene representing the state of West Virginia. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Wisconsin
Kate Redeker representing the state of Wisconsin. MUO/DarrenDecker
Miss USA 2016 Photos: Wyoming
Autumn Olson representing the state of Wyoming. MUO/DarrenDecker