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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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Date Posted: 20:44:05 09/21/20 Mon
In reply to: Fan 's message, "Contestants who were going to win until the final question" on 19:06:29 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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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 Mam 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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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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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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