Rhode Islanders were glued to their TV sets on Wednesday to see if Cranston native Olivia Culpo would win the 2012 Miss Universe pageant.
The 20-year old reigning Miss USA took the crown after competing against a field of women from around the world.
Watch parties popped up across the state to cheer Culpo on, including one raucous event at a Easton's Point Pub in Middletown.
The excitement grew as the rounds passed and Miss USA Olivia Culpo kept on advancing.
There was tension at the bar as the contestants were narrowed and Culpo kept making the cut.
Then when the winner was proclaimed and Culpo won the contest, people shouted and cheered, feeling good that a fellow Rhode Islander was able to take the crown.
Believe it or not, this is only the 3rd pageant that Olivia Culpo has ever competed in.
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