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Subject: Contestants who were going to win until the final question


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Fan
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Date Posted: 19:06:29 09/21/20 Mon

I thought this would be an interesting topic of discussion. Who are some of the contestants that come to mind who had it in the bag to win the competition until the final question/answers?

I would say definitely Larissa Meek (she had the highest points swimsuit and evening gown) and everyone thought she was going to win but then she blew it with the "I'm not much of a sports fanatic" answer. I still think it was absolutely ridiculous that they decided to ask questions about sports at a beauty pageant.

Carrie Prejean is another one who was 100% going to win until her final answer. I also can't help but think if South Carolina teen usa 2007 didn't royally bomb her question and become the laughing stock of the country for a little bit, she would have won too (although I loved Hilary Cruz and I think she deserved to win)

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[> Subject: I will never not believe Marissa Powell was winning until her answer


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Ameli
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Date Posted: 20:15:40 09/21/20 Mon

I think Erin was the default

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[> [> Subject: I was just starting to type the same thing. I agree with the three in the original post and Marissa was the next one that occurred to me.


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Doot
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Date Posted: 20:18:39 09/21/20 Mon

I was just starting to type the same thing. I agree with the three in the original post and Marissa was the next one that occurred to me.

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[> [> [> Subject: I feel like if Marissa didn't mess up on her question she would have taken Alabama's spot as first runner up. However, I believe that nobody was beating Erin Brady. She was the clear winner for a majority of the pageant.


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Belle
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Date Posted: 08:18:19 09/22/20 Tue

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[> [> [> [> Subject: I agree that was Erin's night. She exuded such confidence and energy.


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rarely have I seen anyone come out of nowhere like Erin did to dominate on finals night
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Date Posted: 09:21:57 09/22/20 Tue


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[> [> [> [> Subject: 110% agree. She outperformed every other woman on that stage that night. It was amazing, and fun, to watch, especially for us long suffering Conn. pageant fans. You could argue I suppose that Marissa was more dramatically pretty- though I always felt personally that the prettiest contestant in the finals that night was Texas- but again, Erin just dominated, kind of like Schitt’s Creek at the Emmy’s on Sunday.


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Deshard in SF
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Date Posted: 00:22:56 09/24/20 Thu


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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: Personal opinion of course, but I thought Erin and Mary Margaret were by far the prettiest contestants. Marissa look too Joan Crawford for my tastes. AndnI feel kind of bad saying this but I'm going to say it anyway -Miss Texas was slightly cross-eyed


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Date Posted: 17:32:29 09/24/20 Thu


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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Was at the pageant at the room was electric when Erin was on. Caught me off guard as my pageant ego did not notice her any earlier. 2013 was one of those years where hype was around girls who were vets, coached by then-reputable folks, directed by then-reputable folks, or had the most expensive gowns or were Sherri's sweethearts. Erin was none of these.


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Yet she was on FIYAH that night
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Date Posted: 21:41:24 09/24/20 Thu


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[> Subject: For Miss Universe: 1999 - Diana Nogueira & Miriam Quimbao. I actually thought Spain had it in the bag all night since her scores were high all around. After Miriam used her fall in prelim EG to her advantage in Top 5 Question, I thought these two were neck and neck. Top 3 FQ was a disaster for both. Spain ended her unfinished answer with "well?" and Miriam had a difficult time verbalizing her thoughts. Until then, I thought the crown was going atop one of their heads. Also, MU 2010: Venus Raj - Loved her in SS, LOATHED her EG. But the roaring crowd and her charm had me convinced she was the chosen one....until she had a "major-major" breakdown in FQ.


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 20:43:29 09/21/20 Mon


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[> [> Subject: I always thought Miriam Quiambao and Venus Raj were the chosen ones during their years. Every time Venus would walk to her mark after making the cut to the roaring crowd, Ximena always had a worried or not pleased expression as if she possibly felt Venus was gonna take it all. As with many of the Filipino reps, the interview was the downfall for both. I would love to see a Miss Philippines speak Tagalog or their native dialect during their interview someday on the Miss Universe stage


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Date Posted: 10:00:51 09/23/20 Wed

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[> Subject: For Miss USA: 1997 - Angelia Savage (Florida). She was in the lead going into Top 6 and barely missed Top 3 coming behind eventual winner and future Miss Universe, Brooke Lee. Also, 2015 - Anea Garcia. I never cared for her looks but she had the unique birth story/platform, the height and the fan base. Her tripping over her gown multiple times caused her nerves to skyrocket into orbit but as soon as she opened her mouth in Top 5, I knew it was over. She then bombed her FQ yet still placed 2nd RU, which shows the judges had her in 1st before questions.


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 20:44:05 09/21/20 Mon

That year was awful for both rounds of questions. I was not a fan of Olivia Jordan, but after the question rounds, she was clearly the only viable winner. I loved Brittany McGowan, but she also self-destructed during the questions. It's interesting that 2015 was the last year we saw such a debacle. After that, they started giving the contestants some topics to prepare for, and I think it's a great idea. I used to clench up all the way through the Top 5 questions, dreading the next meltdown. Now they tend to go much, much better.

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[> [> Subject: That year (2015) was awful for both rounds of questions. I was not a fan of Olivia Jordan, but after the question rounds, she was clearly the only viable winner. I loved Brittany McGowan, but she also self-destructed during the questions. It's interesting that 2015 was the last year we saw such a debacle. After that, they started giving the contestants some topics to prepare for, and I think it's a great idea. I used to clench up all the way through the Top 5 questions, dreading the next meltdown. Now they tend to go much, much better.


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Doot
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Date Posted: 20:52:43 09/21/20 Mon

That year was awful for both rounds of questions. I was not a fan of Olivia Jordan, but after the question rounds, she was clearly the only viable winner. I loved Brittany McGowan, but she also self-destructed during the questions. It's interesting that 2015 was the last year we saw such a debacle. After that, they started giving the contestants some topics to prepare for, and I think it's a great idea. I used to clench up all the way through the Top 5 questions, dreading the next meltdown. Now they tend to go much, much better.

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[> [> [> Subject: I couldn't look directly into my screen every time that hideous pink quinceanera ball gown came on. But yes, it was a crazy year -- so much so that Mamé Adjei (aka Maleficent due to her gown choice) had a look of shock and chagrin when she was announced as 4th RU! LOL! I kind of like the finalists not knowing the topics before hand, since FQ then becomes a challenge of wit, speed, composure and impromptu intelligence. When they get a head's up, they basically memorize a pre-written blurb. USA 2017 was a great example of this where each of the Top 3 were so eloquent to the point it didn't seem realistic or natural. Don't know if that makes sense. I'm still in the fetal position on the floor due to your post about my sweetheart Veruska! lmao!


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 21:00:35 09/21/20 Mon

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Yeah, I guess there has to be a balance between totally random questions (which, let's face it, no one in any other field has to face, except maybe politicians) versus rehearsed responses. I was pretty unhappy after 2015. I think MUO should generally try to make the contestants look good and avoid YouTube moments. A meltdown like Caitlin Upton's ultimately hurts the credibility of the pageant, because everyone looks like an idiot. As for Veruska, well, I'm sure she is a lovely human being... but that hair... the arched eyebrows... ARGH! Damn it, now I have snapped into a fetal position.


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Doot
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Date Posted: 21:18:17 09/21/20 Mon

Yeah, I guess there has to be a balance between totally random questions (which, let's face it, no one in any other field has to face, except maybe politicians) versus rehearsed responses. I was pretty unhappy after 2015. I think MUO should generally try to make the contestants look good and avoid YouTube moments. A meltdown like Caitlin Upton's ultimately hurts the credibility of the pageant, because everyone looks like an idiot. As for Veruska, well, I'm sure she is a lovely human being... but that hair... the arched eyebrows... ARGH! Damn it, now I have snapped into a fetal position.

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[> Subject: The MU2012 judges were eyeing on Irene all night, with Olivia not so far behind. But both messed up their FQ so the judges got so confused, made a split second decision, settled for Olivia and painfully placed Irene on third despite that awful interview. They were clearly looking for facial beauty at that time.


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Alyssa’s Pinoy Fan
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Date Posted: 01:09:55 09/22/20 Tue

The MU2012 judges were eyeing on Irene all night, with Olivia not so far behind. But both messed up their FQ so the judges got so confused, made a split second decision, settled for Olivia and painfully placed Irene on third despite that awful interview. They were clearly looking for facial beauty at that time.

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[> [> Subject: Agreed. Irene was clearly #1 in their eyes because if scoring was solely based on FQ, she would have been 4th RU. The fact she placed 2nd RU (like Anea Garcia at MUSA 2015) indicates she was the frontrunner up until that point.


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 01:14:12 09/22/20 Tue


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[> [> [> Subject: Irene Esser in that green gown was another contestant who was clearly a standout from the audience as Miss Venezuela. Osmel knew how to make his girls pop onstage. That being said, I don't think Irene (or Anea) would have won even if they didn't bomb their answers. Looking good is one thing, but I have to give the two Olivias - Culpo and Jordan - credit for showing personality when it counted. Anea unraveled from program-settings and Irene was too busy trying to be fun and crazy and a laidback surfer all at once.


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1st runner up at best IMO.
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Date Posted: 01:21:35 09/22/20 Tue


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[> [> [> [> Subject: Maybe Anea but not Irene. Irene has more personality than Olivia C who was walking like she had a neck or back problem. I don’t understand how she made past SS and EG with that walk. But yes, we all agree she’s facially very Miss Universe. And she got me after gracefully handling that interview with a rude reporter (who obviously grew up bullied for being ugly) during her reign.


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Alyssa’s Pinoy Fan
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Date Posted: 11:10:32 09/22/20 Tue

Maybe Anea but not Irene. Irene has more personality than Olivia C who was walking like she had a neck or back problem. I don’t understand how she made past SS and EG with that walk. But yes, we all agree she’s facially very Miss Universe. And she got me after gracefully handling that interview with a rude reporter (who obviously grew up bullied for being ugly) during her reign.

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[> [> [> [> Subject: You weren't kiidding about Irene being too busy trying to be fun and crazy and i thought it made her more annoying. I remember when she won Miss Venezuela, she had a more calm, elegant, classy demeanor where I felt she was probably programmed by Osmel to have a more out-there happy go lucky personality at Miss Universe to stand out


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Date Posted: 10:23:35 09/23/20 Wed


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[> Subject: Miss PA 1993: Her Top 6 answer cost her as the judges did like her. Miss USSR 1991: Her final answer gave her no chance to overcome Lupita. Miss Belgium 1981: She lost her chance at a higher placing due to her answer. Miss Ireland 1983: There was no final answer, but her EG cost her a Top 2 finish.


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Date Posted: 08:24:25 09/22/20 Tue


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[> Subject: Add Kelli Hu and her Top 6 answer. As much as actress Kelli was overdramatic at times during her interviews, I always thought she could've taken it all had she made it to the top 3. But her "Give her that chance!" fart-smelling expression killed her chances


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Date Posted: 08:29:21 09/22/20 Tue

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[> [> Subject: Yes, she did have a face when she answered which probably left a bad taste in some judges that were luke-warm to her during SF.


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Old Fan/New Name
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Date Posted: 08:45:49 09/22/20 Tue


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[> [> Subject: It's interesting. I wonder how would the other 4 fared at miss Universe? Venezuela and Colombia were claiming top 3 spots. But I do think Hawaii easily could have won. Georgia, Kansas, and Pennsylvania would have been top 6.


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Original Rican
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Date Posted: 19:20:04 09/22/20 Tue


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[> [> [> Subject: Kelly Hu was my pick for USA that year. Her beauty was undeniable. *This comment was edited due to the accounting firm of Basketball_Fan correcting my confusion*


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 00:19:50 09/23/20 Wed

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Miss Universe 1993 was in Mexico. Miss Universe 1994 was in Philippines.


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Basketball_Fan
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Date Posted: 00:34:50 09/23/20 Wed

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: Yes it was. I am getting everything jumbled today. :( I just spent 5 whole hours defrosting my freezer. The inside looked like an ice crevasse on Mount Everest. I cut my knuckles and everything! Miss USA 2020 is still being held in Fargo, North Dakota, isn't it? lol


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 02:43:53 09/23/20 Wed

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[> Subject: I always thought the gorgeous Miss Georgia 1992 Jennifer Prodgers was on the path to take the crown that year but then got stumped on her question.


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Cali_Dude
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Date Posted: 17:56:23 09/22/20 Tue

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[> [> Subject: Jennifer was perfection to me that year and I wasn't at all surprised she entered the Top 6 in 1st place. Part of me thinks the way Toller Cranston's question was worded threw her off. "100 years from now, who would historians select as the most influential woman of the 20th century and why?" How the hell would she know? She'll be dead by then. And technically, that all depends on the values, morals and priorities of historians/people in the year 2092. At the rate of humanity's decline today, historians would probably choose some turkey like Yoko Ono. Cranston should have simply asked Jenn whom she thought was the most influential woman in the 20th century. Period.


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 03:07:10 09/23/20 Wed

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[> [> [> Subject: Cranston wrote a book and he said he ruined her chances because he changed the ?. It should have been Who is the most influential woman?


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Date Posted: 10:45:35 10/14/20 Wed


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[> Subject: 1993 remains one of the most brutal. But at top 6. With the exception of new jersey, the remaining 5 were exceptional. Hawaii easily could have been top 3 but she wasn't as confident Kenya or Kansas. Pennsylvania, still breaks my heart to this day. And even still I think the judges loved her because her scores were still high.


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Date Posted: 19:14:07 09/22/20 Tue


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[> [> Subject: I wish we could turn back time so that Hawaii and Penn. could have advanced that year. Their types of beauty didn't come along too often around that time in pageantry.


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MU_Critic
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Date Posted: 00:21:20 09/23/20 Wed


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[> [> Subject: IMO, Kenya was the only one of the Top 6 that could have handled the Mexican audience as well as she did. Kenya's poise is what got her the USA crown anyway. She didn't fold.


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[> [> Subject: I agree with Kenya being the only one who could handle the booing Mexican crowd that year. I think Kelli would've been poised at first but then eventually crack and become hysterical and making weird faces once the "Get on your Feet" production number started. As for Pennsylvania and Georgia, the poor things would probably get swept off the stage by Milka Chulina's and Miss Mexico's gowns


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Date Posted: 10:36:16 09/23/20 Wed

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[> [> [> Subject: I agree that Kenya was probably the best candidate to handle the rowdy crowd of hooligans that year. I'm glad Kenya got back at the nation of Mexico by shoving her Little Sister outta the way during EG after the curtsy while thinking to herself 'adios chica!'.


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MU_Critic
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[> [> [> [> Subject: Lol at the dance number. I agree. But those were always pre taped. Kenya didn't show any emotion while being booed. But Rachel looked like she was about to cry. Partly because she was still embarrassed she fell on international TV, she made the top 5 and Mexico did not and she got booed during top of 5 question. By the way I got fed up with hearing about the Oprah leadership academy!


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Date Posted: 19:40:50 09/23/20 Wed


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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: By time Rachel made Top 5 and mentioned Oprah for the billionth time, I started to boo her too. lol


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Date Posted: 21:19:58 09/23/20 Wed


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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: I feel like that's the only reason why Rachel won Miss USA in the first place. She stood out with the whole Oprah thing. No other contestant could compete with that and it was mighty impressive to have that on your resume. I really wanted Danielle Lacourse to win that year but I knew it wasn't happening and nobody could beat Rachel


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Date Posted: 07:38:28 10/14/20 Wed

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: MUO needed Rachel Smith and her Oprah connection to clean up the mess that was 2006. The cuts at Miss USA 2007 were strategic to ensure Rachel's win.


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Date Posted: 11:43:19 10/14/20 Wed


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[> [> Subject: I was rooting for Kenya after semi-final interviews -- then I switched to Pennsylvania...yet she bombed question & the judges didn't cut her any slack. So -- just goes to show -- stick with your initial instincts.


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Good year yet not as exciting as Carole Gist's.
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[> Subject: I will never get over Larissa Meek. She was the whole package that year. I really felt her pain after the question/answer round. You could just see the disappointment in her face after that. Also Miss Oklahoma USA 2004 was really strong until she opened her mouth. That's when everyone realized how much of an airhead she was


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[> [> Subject: I do not think Oklahoma was a airhead. She was young and her answer showed that by saying Hannah Montana


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Date Posted: 10:55:23 10/14/20 Wed


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[> Subject: Last year 2019. Ali Gonzalez. Wanna be Miss Texas. Opened her mouth and dust came out.


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There is a reason she never won Texas
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[> Subject: Contestants who were going to win until the final question


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GA 2006
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Date Posted: 21:30:34 09/24/20 Thu

I thought she might have a outside chance.

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[> Subject: Madhu Sapre (1992) was well on her way of winning the 1992 Universe title. She gave a remarkable and eloquent answer to the judge’s question and moved into the final three with the highest score among the top 3 . . . then came the final question. Madhu’s provided an honest and candid response and one that she thought was important. Unfortunately, it’s not the most politically correct “world peace” response we have become accustomed to hearing at Miss Universe. I applaud Madhu for being open, honest and, probably said the first thing that came to her head.


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[> [> Subject: Michelle McLean may have won with a typical pageant answer but we all know how she started a children's charity in Namibia. If she used some of her Miss Universe prize money to start a children's charity, then that's the ultimate example of putting your money where your mouth is.


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Date Posted: 22:25:43 10/13/20 Tue


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[> [> [> Subject: Madhu Sapre also continued her quest to share her passion of athletics by posing for this advert lol CLICK INSIDE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


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[> Subject: Miss Universe 1978: Judi’s answer was weak in delivery while Margaret knocked it out. Miss USA 1983: Some say Lisa’s reference to God did her in, but Julie did have a great answer and delivery.


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Date Posted: 17:19:09 10/14/20 Wed


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