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Date Posted: 20:41:08 09/15/14 Mon
I love New YorkÖ.concrete jungle where dreams are made of, thereís nothing you canít doÖÖÖ(emphasis on that last part).
Wow. I am still recovering from last night, in a good way, Iím tired, too! Three in a row. I was young and didnít follow USA when I was younger, so I never remembered much about the 5 peat. Thereís a first for everything, and it happened last night. For once, despite the much ballyhooed talent, to me, Kira was the clear standout last night. Itís kind of sad to me the negative reaction that her talent is getting. Itís getting universally ripped. While I wouldnít call it a 10 by any means, and no one will be seeing her name in lights, it wasnít that she lacked talent. Although, this is the time we live in. Everything is going to be nit-picked in social media. I guess we should be glad we have arrived. Last year of course there was negativity. But very few people are jumping to Kiraís defense unlike last year. And the truth is, I donít think it affects Kira. She made the choice, sang with a smile, and was her own person. And Iím sure this will die down.
There are so many aspects of what happened last night, and I think I might address them in separate posts because I think they are noteworthy. But first, I want to congratulate New York. This is the culmination of an amazing streak that I donít see going away anytime soon. I have said this before, I think Mallory and Kira are a lot alike, and it seems like that is how Miss America is headed. I donít think what worked in the past is going to work in the future. And the judging is changing. You have 3 non-preliminary winners in a row and for the second year in a row, 2 non-preliminary winners as the last two standing. So, whatís going on with that? I donít know, but itís probably a good thing. It means that judges are not throwing points at whoever they like in different competitions. I am going to guess that Kira was an interview winner. I canít wait to see her interview. I canít wait to see her on TV for that matter. Sheís one of those winners that I just canít wait to hear more about. Maybe once the dust settles, people will grow to appreciate her. Or maybe not. They never did with Teresa.
As far as the competition last night, I walked away very discouraged with the overall judging. I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that unless you get a daring panel of judges like the ones in 2011, you are going to see the same old same old with one or two thrown in for good measure. I was not on the same page with a lot of what went on. And sadly, I have resigned myself to the fact that in the Miss America system, thereís not going to be parity. I sat at the final two of USA and thought that hell would freeze over, the earth would be hit by a meteor, regrow itself and get hit again before weíd ever seen North Dakota and Nevada as the last two standing at a Miss America pageant. Miss Montana did so well this year. There was no reason she shouldnít have finished even in the top 15. Maybe she wouldnít have even cracked the top 10 but she should have been 11-15. Same goes for Miss Maine last year. The only credit I give to these judges is to save North Dakota AND not dragging her along. I would have rather they drug her along than Miss Washington the other year. But I digress. Congratulations to Jacky, by the way. She seems delightful, and maybe had those judges had their heads on right, we might have gotten to know her a bit better.
I will be honestóthe more the names were called and some of the really strong candidates were left standing, I just felt less and less. I realize CA couldnít speak, but she did more than enough to make up for it onstage. Unless she got a 3 in interview, which I highly doubt, she couldnít have been that bad. There were other people that I had on my list like NJ and IL where you knew it would be close depending on how the judges saw it. Overall, I didnít do half bad. But then there was the issue of how they all ended up. I know you all know that I was always a huge fan of Acacia Courtney. When I saw her compete for the first time in Connecticut, I thought they were going to have a Miss America. Whatever happened apparently did not resonate with the judges in Atlantic City. She had a good week and Iím almost positive she won evening gown. The only thing I could say is that she was more traditional than the eventual winner. But so was TN, AR, FL, VA, AL, et al. Iím not sure Texas should have been out in the swimsuit round, either. Both obviously had lower composite scores, but had better bodies and presentations than those moving on. I didnít get MA initially being there but she had a good competition night. It was nice to see Massachusetts competitive again. Theyíve had a few girls over the years that should have done well but did not. After the first round, I didnít have ID, KY, ND (just by sheer points if they didnít play into the gimmick) and AR advancing. By gown, I had KY and MS, although I should have known her talent would be featured. I just didnít think MS had a lot of energy. Truthfully, I think OH should have been gone but I knew darned well that if her talent wasnít featured there would be a backlash. They also needed that for social media, but then Kiraís talent created that in and of itself. I knew OH was running out of steam and I didnít think she was going to be in the top 5. But MA was coming on stronger and stronger. The first few talents save MS were pretty bad. I thought MS was going to make the top 5 with her talent. She was mediocre every other way but I donít know, this top 10 seemed rather dull at times. There was no real energy out of most of them. Maybe it was just the show itself. I donít know if I was the only one that felt this way, but it seemed to lack energy. And that top 15 announcement, judges save, etc took up almost a half an hour. It wasted time. Back in the 70s they had at least 2 minute talents and they worked in 2 cheesy production numbers. Thereís no reason that much time had to be wasted. By the time they worked down to the last talent, I knew it was going to be AL. I thought the best talents were OH (by a mile), FL, MA, VA, and MS. By that time, I thought that pageant politics and talent would play out. So I had the final five being MA, FL, NY, AL and MS. Although, I saw AR gain steam throughout the night so I wasnít surprised she was in the top 5. I was surprised at VA. She was certainly solid. And I think with Kira being a sure thing, it was quite an honor for whoever would be first runner-up. By that point, I was also considering an outside possibility of MA or AR winning. But by the final questions ,I knew FL was out of the running. She was just so lifeless when she answered that question. I was hoping that Kira would have got that question, I knew she would have blown it out of the park. But it all worked out well, anyway. I didnít think any of the answers were bad, really. Iíve heard a lot worse over the years. At the end, I had VA as 4th runner-up, NY winning, with MA, AR and FL for the spaces in between. Although, I thought AR and MA would the the top 3. I wasnít that far off with it. And the rest is history.
So, our new queen is off to her TV shows. And I mean thisóKira has more of a queen quality than most of the Miss Americas over the last few years. Nina was prissy, Mallory was a firecracker, Laura was a classic beauty, and Teresa was young and cute. But thereís something very charismatic about Kira. I hope that more people will give her a chance. I also think there are some who are wary of the crown staying in New York, that times are changing, etc. And the talent.
I will post more on some of what I touched on with judging later, because there has been a major shift. Overall, I say allís well that ends well, but there needs to be some major repairs along the way.
P.S.óThe Tony Bowls gowns were as boring as I thought they would be. But I donít think he got his moneyís worth for that sponsorship, which might be a blessing. It wasnít even mentioned that all the contestants were in his gowns, and they were just blurs on the stage at that point. I guess from a contestantís standpoint, at least they didnít pay for it.
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