Performers announced for Miss USA pageant in BR

Florida Georgia Line, a chart-topping country duo that performed at Bayou Country Superfest, will return to the capital city along with rap star Nelly and Carencro’s own Marc Broussard as performers for the upcoming Miss USA pageant, event organizers announced Wednesday.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, of New Orleans, also will join Broussard when the musical artists descend June 8 on the Baton Rouge River Center for the pageant that’s expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors to the city.

In a news release, Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organization announced that E! News anchorwoman Giuliana Rancic and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will host the pageant, which will be televised live on NBC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Previously televised pageants have only lasted two hours, the release says.

The Miss USA pageant has been held in Las Vegas since 2008.

Brittany Guidry, 21, of Houma, will represent Louisiana in this year’s competition.

Last year’s Miss Louisiana, Kristen Girault, 23, of New Orleans, finished in the top 10.

Baton Rouge hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2005 but plans to host it again the following year had to be scrapped as Baton Rouge dealt with the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina.