What bothered me the most was the placement of the NBC logo (with promo for "Biggest Loser Finale" emblazoned above the Olympic rings), inside what would be the 4:3 zone on the left. How obtrusive can you get?
Consequently, the girls kept "walking right through the logo" (especially noticeable during the swimsuit competition when you really were trying to look at them) since that 4:3-safe framing was also how they placed camera shots. In other words, main content was never outside the 4:3 frame, and when the subject was on the left they were literally right over the logo.
To make it even worse, there was a large "LIVE" on the top part of the screen above the NBC logo, also within 4:3-safe frame.
So both of this horrible artifacts were always in our immediate field of vision as we looked at something in the middle of the screen, and were VERY VERY OBVIOUS!
Ridiculous, not to move bug and LIVE graphics far to the left in the 16:9 area for 16:9 viewers when producing a 16:9 version of a show.
All in all, I thought it looked like a "strip-off". Miss USA (owned by Trump) has always had a different type of contestant than Miss America, one able to compete in Miss Universe with beauty from outside of the US, which tends to be darker (i.e. non-blond) and taller and more gorgeous and elegant. But this collection of 51 girls looked particularly suited to being in a strip club, if you asked me... between hair, makeup, and clothing.
Furthermore, the whole production quality of this show is absolutely cheesy, what with rock music (live or recorded) chosen specifically for a beat which allows for appropriate strutting and preening (faux furs, whipped off suddenly??). Couldn't stop thinking of Ashley Dupre who would have been quite at home up there.
Terrible HD picture quality, lots of motion-blocking (especially from strobes), rapid-fire camera cuts and zooms that prevented you from seeing the entire person for more than 1/2 second, even when they were briefly standing still.
Of the final five I thought Oklahoma was going to take it, until she talked.
How did Florida get into the top 10?
All very disappointing, but a good way to waste some spare viewing time (thanks to DVR and FF/30-second-skip).