|Subject: A FULL RUNDOWN OF EACH CONTESTANT BEFORE PRELIMINARIES BEGIN|
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Date Posted: 00:19:18 09/06/16 Tue
Technically, the day is here! It's early in the morning, but the onstage competition starts tonight! I am so excited. In a way, it doesn't seem like it's here already. But that's okay, we'll adjust ;)
These will likely change after preliminaries, but I wanted to post my thoughts about each contestant and what struck me most about them. Here goes:
AL—I am pretty sure she ends up in the top 15. She seems very articulate and this is Alabama, after all. They know how to get it done. I think Hayley seems mature, level-headed, and ready to go. If you click on that link that I noted, you would likely feel like I do. That’s the kind of Miss America that I want.
AK—I am going to wait and see what happens with preliminaries before I call this one. If anything, I think she will be the top 3 swimsuits in her group. If GA doesn’t win SS tomorrow night, I think Kendall is a strong possibility.
AZ—This one is hard to say. She’s a VERY good speaker, very articulate, very intelligent. The big problem is that AZ always faces an uphill climb. And she’s in a very tough preliminary group. On the flip side, AZ made the top 10 in 2011 and 3rd runner-up in 2012, so they do have some idea on how to prep their contestants.
AR—I am going to comment more about this later, but she’s definitely one of the “cute” contestants. AR has been consistently making the top 15. In fact, except for 2012 I can’t remember when they didn’t at least make the top 15 for the last 6 or 7 years, or whenever it was. If the rest of the contestants can, so can Savvy. She’s got a bright smile and so cheerful. I would possibly say if they fall in love with her personality, she’s your winner. But it’s just going to depend what the judges are looking for.
CA—I realize a lot of people are dismissing Jessa. But I think that’s premature. This is a state that still can get it done. She beat a lot of good competition at Miss CA, including a former Junior Miss. I know that her talent is purportedly weak, but when has that stopped anyone before?
CO—I think Shannon has potential. She is a very good singer and I think she will be in the top 5 talents in Alpha. Also, consider that they had a very good year last year with Kelley Johnson and they are undoubtedly know what worked for her. CO also made the top 12 in 2010. The state is showing signs of life and I think that Shannon should be taken seriously.
CT—I think she’s a very strong contender for preliminary SS. I am hoping for good things from her. I was impressed with her video with the OT. When she was asked about her year, her first response was that she wanted to help her teen. I thought it was a great response. I thought she presented herself well and speaks well.
DE—As always, she’s got an uphill climb. She has the experience as an OT and competing for several years likely helped her. If she’s got good talent, DE has been doing well with NFT awards.
DC—I didn’t realize she was such a good singer. I would say she will be near the top of her group on Wednesday night. I’m not quite sure that she has enough to win a preliminary. But she does have experience competing in GA and they’ve been very successful. The only drawbacks is that she wasn’t able to crack the top 10 there. Also, DC has been on a downward trend at Miss America of late. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her and I wouldn’t be surprised not to see her.
FL—She is no doubt one of the prettiest contestants this year and I think she would win SS in Mu. And again, her state has a wonderful record of late. If she’s got something, she will be right in the middle of things.
GA—I think she’s a strong contender for the win. I think GA could repeat this year. Patricia is not quite as strong in talent as Betty was. In fact, seeing her classical ballet, I think she would have been just fine with that. But, Patricia has a KILLER swimsuit presentation AND she can speak to boot. She’s both cute and glamorous at the same time, and from what I understand, she was Miss Congeniality. Whether she wins it all or is a runner-up, I know she’s going to do very well. It would be interesting if she won, only 2 states winning in 5 pageants. I don’t think that has happened in USA, though TX won 5 times in a row.
HI—I liked Allison from the moment that she was crowned and she’s not disappointing. She’s very delightful. Plus, she is intelligent and talented. I wouldn’t consider her rendition of O Mio Babbino Caro in the same category as Katie Harman, but she’s certainly respectable. I was concerned about her chances in Mu, but I think her personality will get her very far.
ID—Kylee was one that really jumped out at me once I saw the videos. Whatever Idaho is doing at Sweetheart, they are certainly doing something right. Last year, I thought Kalie had the goods and she was on the bubble for me after the prelims were over. But I like what I see out of Kylie. She has a naturalness about her that might bode very well for her. I know of late Sweetheart success has not reflected at Miss America. But I do think she’s got real potential. As with anyone else in Sigma, the competition is going to be tough.
IL—I love her. She’s one of my favorites this year. In addition to her looks, there is just a certain warmth that she projects. I am not sure what her interview is like, I found that short clip but it didn’t really show me a lot either way. I know we’d all be happy looking at her for a year. I can tell you one thing, though. Nurses are a compassionate group and I think that she would bring that to the table if she were to win.
IN—Another doll from the Midwest. I would be thrilled if she won. Like many, she is just so damned cute and I remember liking her immediately. She also seems very sweet and humble. As with anyone else in Sigma, it’s going to be a hard fight out of that group. But I am hoping that we see her in the top 15.
IA—This state has totally got it figured out short of having their first Miss America. I understand that Kelly has strong talent. She comes across to me very well in pictures. As I said in the lottery post, I think that she will stand out in Alpha, though it is shaping up to be a very competitive group as well.
KS—She is another favorite of mine. I think she is a natural beauty, she seems very approachable and she is very well-spoken. I imagine that she would give a thoughtful, intelligent interview. Also, like IL, she is in a compassionate profession. I think she’d make a wonderful Miss America. She reminds me of a young Jill Biden in looks.
KY—I didn’t see her SS, but I saw her talent, and if entertaining wins this year, she will be your prelim talent winner. I actually think she is stronger than her predecessor Ramsey Carpenter and that worked out well for Ramsey. From what I am hearing, the folks in KY are very confident about her chances. Given the strong record for the state and her strong talent, I think she advances from that group.
LA—Her talent is fantastic. And she’s got the same DNA as Crystal Lee No doubt she is helping her cousin, she’s got a lot of great advice to give. Plus, LA is just one of those very successful states. Maybe Sigma talent goes to LA for 2 years in a row. It’s a strong possibility.
ME—I think she’s young and very striking. What concerns me about her is that everything is against her. First interview, and despite their lovely young women, ME just doesn’t have the record at MA as they do at USA. I am hoping this may be the year. If she makes it to the 15, it’s a whole new ballgame for final night.
MD—As I said the other day, she’s going to go far in this competition. Truthfully, it would not surprise me if she won the whole thing. She is young, striking, and well-spoken. She’s already won two awards and the competition hasn’t even started. She’s got a great mentor in her older sister who was very successful in her own right. With the final night judges especially, I think they’re going to go for young and modern. This will bode well for her final night.
MA—I am sad that she is getting such negativity. She is a BRILLIANT musician and I don’t think she feels the need to fry her hair and put up an unrealistic image of who she is. That’s confidence. When I started to research her, I learned about her background as a child musician. And what I get from her is that she is a true artist. When I listened to her music, she puts her heart on her sleeve. I think this pageant is just the beginning for her. Maybe I am a bit biased because I just love passionate musicians. And she is certainly one. If anything, she will at least get an NFT. I would say it’s either her, KY, or MI for preliminary talent in Mu. It just depends if they reward entertainment value or technical ability. She reminds me of the lovely and talented Rosie Savageau where she lives her music.
MI—LOL when I posted my wish list, I said that I wanted the runner-up from last year but I forgot her name. Sure enough, Arianna won! I liked her the first time I saw her last year. She is a very talented pianist. More importantly, I was taken by how much class Arianna has shown in her short time as Miss Michigan. It must be devastating to hear people calling you ugly from your own community. I hope you all get a chance to listen to her interview that is listed down below. She handled it with so much class. Arianna didn’t speak in a sing song pageant voice. She maturely responded with no ill will or anger. If she handled herself this way, I think she would make an excellent Miss America. Especially with the explosive presidential election and some sentiments regarding immigration, I believe Arianna could bring a peaceful, powerful voice to sanity. People would listen to what she says. I am a fan and I know that she is going to let the judges see exactly what many of us did.
MN—Madeline is a doll. I am hoping that she shines in interview. I was so impressed with that radio interview that she did. She clearly showed that she could be comfortable in any situation. She is very articulate and intelligent but yet has that personable factor. It was said about Teresa Scanlan that she made people feel like they were Miss America. I think Madeline has that quality. I think if the judges would fall in love with her she could be our next Miss America.
MS—I have always felt that she would have been perfect in the 1980s. She’s so old school pageanty, it’s hard to relate to her. Her introduction at the AC was a perfect example of that. I have no doubt she will be in the top 15 and I think she could win SS in her group, though she didn’t win at Miss MS this year. My advice for MS is this—your titleholders show up like Laura Lee this year and Chelsea Rick the other year they’re going to stall. If they show up like a modern young woman like Hannah Roberts and Jasmine Murray to a certain extent, they will do very well. I don’t know why they don’t get it. I am not sure that Laura Lee would change, but I just don’t find her to be very relatable. I do know, though, that she probably wants to be Miss America and will be highly motivated.
MO—What a transformational contestant. After Kara Mitchell did not win Miss OH a few years ago, I was kind of wondering when someone would come along that had a strong chance at being the first openly gay titleholder. Keeping it real, I am not sure that Erin will be the next Miss America. She is very reserved and she doesn’t have that personality that some of the others have. I know her talent isn’t the greatest, either. But I do think she will win the public vote. Whatever she does, Erin has accomplished something amazing. Only one person can win Miss America, but she won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
MT—I am afraid I don’t know enough about her to form an opinion either way. She was one of two that I couldn’t find any information about. I believe it was her first try at Miss Montana.
NE—Pay attention to Nebraska, folks. In the last 10 years they have had a preliminary SS winner, a preliminary talent winner, a top 10, top 12, Miss America, and an NFT award. From what I have seen, Aleah has enough to be consistent throughout the competition. And let’s face it, she’s coming from a state that is starting to really figure it out. I’m keeping an eye on her.
NV—She’s very pretty. Take a look at her videos and see her transformation over the past few years. Based on her speaking skills that I have seen, she made a good TED presentation. It will just remain to be seen how she resonates with the judges. I am not sure that she has enough to be competitive this year, but you never know.
NH—To me, Caroline has presented herself as very strong about her platform, perhaps the most passionate about it in this class. If she can really connect about her platform, I think she could have a chance at the top 15. I have heard a lot of good things about her talent. I think she is solid but not outstanding in her talent.
NJ—I am sooooo hoping for a top 15 for Brenna. She’s worked very hard at this and it didn’t come easy. I am sure she has learned some very valuable determination. She’s strongest in swimsuit and interview, so she will make her mark early and end on a good note. I would say her weakest competition is talent, but when has that stopped anyone before? To be honest, I am not sure if she is dancing or singing. Of those, she is only average at both. But I think she would be a popular Miss America and a lot of people are impressed with her.
NM—Stephanie is very pretty and I think she is USA pretty. She won both preliminaries at Miss New Mexico this year, so it was a decisive victory for her. I am hoping that she can parlay that into victory at Miss America. Like with many in Sigma, she’s going to have to stand out.
NY—I realize that the video of Camille is from her OT days, but that was a good interview. It was a bit pageanty and a bit young, but she was a teen back then. Notice how she leaned forward and looked in the eyes of the judges. Very engaging. Coupled with strong talent, I am positive she will have a good showing and make the top 15.
NC—I don’t know. She’s a good dancer and I think she has a possibility of a preliminary SS in Alpha, but I don’t expect much more. We will see what she brings to the table, but just the impression that I get is that she may not stand out in this class.
ND—Her talent was interesting. I would rather see something like it than a lyrical dance to an inspirational song, to be honest. I just think she has an uphill climb.
OH—In my opinion, one of the most remarkable contestants this year. She has a LOT of poise for someone that is 18. She presented herself very well during the AC and she’s got strong talent, too. I think she would truly be a next generation Miss America. If we ever want to make this program relevant to young women, I think Alice would be a great choice. She’s got a relevant and timely platform. While I don’t think that the non-photoshopping of pictures is a complete platform, I think that the overall message could be used. If they want to pick someone relevant and modern, I think Alice would be an excellent Miss America.
OK—She seems to be a controversial contestant. I’d like to say that I don’t know why, but I do. And that’s just sad. At any rate, she is very strong across the board. Listening back to her talent, I could easily see her with a preliminary talent win. I could see her with a SS win as well but there will be some stiff competition for that. I still think that Sarah is a great example of perseverance and I think those of us who are her fans are just happy for her. I could realistically see her in the top 5.
OR—I still don’t get why nobody is mentioning her. Although, I think she could be one of those that just kind of sneak in and do very well. Purportedly, her talent is strong and she looks like she will do well in swimsuit.
PA—She had a convincing victory at Miss PA winning both preliminaries. But she’s kind of this year’s best guarded secret. I couldn’t find any interviews, and she doesn’t have much web presence. I was impressed with her during her introduction at the AC. And she’s very pretty. I don’t know enough about her to say if she would be competitive or not. We’ll see.
PR—I always seem to like who Puerto Rico sends save Miriam Pabon. This year is no exception. I love her zest and I love her originality. I think she’s got a great platform and career goals. Like many of her predecessors, I think she’s got an uphill climb to the top 15, but there’s got to be a first for everything.
RI—I thought her academics were impressive but didn’t know too much about her. When I saw her interviews, I was thoroughly impressed. She is very personable, very articulate, and has a great academic background. And her life story is very interesting as well. As far as her talent, it won for at least one Miss America. I am not sure she’s the next Miss America, but I feel she is a strong candidate for the top 15.
SC—Upon seeing her state talent, I think it is either her, LA or TX for the talent win. At first, I thought that her pick was risky. However, it could pay off for her if she is the last energetic talent of the night. Energy wins. If this was even 10 years ago I would see an opera singer winning, but entertaining is winning. I am not the only one who feels that Rachel is not that engaging. That’s why I don’t see her as the next Miss America. Do I think she’s evil personified? Not at all. She seems like a sweet teen, anyway. I don’t think she turned nasty over the past few years. I guess I just don’t get what the overwhelming fuss is about. I think she is pretty but not the most beautiful I have ever seen. Realistically, I see her in the top 10. Top 5 possibly, but I also see her as Victoria Cowen 2.0. Meaning, she’s good in onstage competitions but does not have a commanding personality.
SD—I thought she did a good job on her videos. I don’t think she has an “it” factor, but she seems very well-spoken and intelligent. I think she’s very pretty and I know she has strong convictions. Like many in non sash states I think she has an uphill climb, but we’ll see this week. I think she is Sigma as well.
TN—My feeling is, if everyone else made it from TN, so will Grace. Whatever it is, TN has got a great prep team. It’s nice to see that she didn’t fry her hair and go the blonde Alderson route. She won’t win talent but I think there’s a chance she wins SS. At any rate, she will be consistent.
TX—She won interview in a big state and has very strong, entertaining talent. Aside from aspiring to be the first lady of Texas, she has impressed me. I think she’s cute and engaging. If I was betting, I would give her the edge in Sigma talent, especially if she is Diana Reed type good, which I think she is. A lock for top 15 for me, and I’m looking forward to a good week.
UT—Her talent is beautiful. Utah always sends good talent, and this year is no exception. I haven’t been overwhelmed with her persona, she seems a bit reserved and I’m not sure how she will stand out.
VT—She’s a pretty girl and she seems to have a decent swimsuit. The big question is—how much is she going to have to do to get noticed? I am not sure what her talent is like, but talent seems to be what made Miss VT 2009 win preliminary talent and garnered them a NFT award last year.
VA—She gets practically no attention whatsoever, but I like her. She seems to be very laid back and kind. This is Virginia after all, and if she’s got enough to be competitive, expect to see her in the top 15.
WA—I always learn to listen to the folks who know that they have someone competitive. WA seems to think she is their most competitive that they have sent in years. The last time they did something at Miss America was in 2012 when Brittney Henry won a NFT, so it’s not as if they’re out to the pasture. I am looking forward to seeing what Alicia brings to the table.
WV—I think Morgan’s looks are being overlooked this year. I think she’s very exotic looking. I also think she is very genuine and a very caring young woman. There’s only one thing that I object to. It’s the name of her platform. I fully support her efforts against bullying. But the title is, I hate to say it, silly. I am hoping that she resonates with the judges, because I think she’s the real deal.
WI—I wasn’t overwhelmed with Courtney when she won. But she really seems to have a fun personality. I also consider that if Wisconsin has a strong contender they are getting it done at the national level.
WY—I think Jordyn is really cute, but I don’t know what she brings to the table as far as competition. I know she beat a medical student at Miss Wyoming.
Well, there’s my long-winded opinion on all of the contestants. The ones whose stock went up for me was ID, RI, WI and DC after seeing their videos. That’s why I like to post the videos. I realize this year that there were a few short clips on Facebook, but they were all pretty standard fare. I think a longer interview gives insight into the real personality and communication abilities of a particular contestant. One thing to remember, too, is that while some of the regulars will no doubt be around this year, I don’t think anyone is particularly out of it. We have seen some states like Wyoming, who last placed 50 years before, in the top 5. NE is becoming a state to pay attention to, AZ made a comeback, CT did well the past few years. You just never know. The ones that seem like strong possibilities to me so far for the top 15:
AL, AR, GA, KY, MD, MI, MS, NY, OK, SC, and TX with MO as the public vote winner. I realize that most of these states we see on a regular basis, but that’s the name of the game at Miss America of late. I am sure not all of these will make it, but they all seem like strong possibilities. As for who else, I don’t know. And that’s the fun part. We will find out soon enough!
What say you? Who do you think will do well, and why?
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