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Date Posted: 15:59:03 09/22/15 Tue
I hope everyone is recovering nicely from the pageant. This was really a fun week for me and it culminated with a great final night. I am looking forward to Betty’s appearances this week. She seems to be very popular and I think her win is very well accepted. I also think that when it all came down, the top 5 was very credible and a nice one. Here is a rundown of the night:
First, I can’t begin to tell you the energy that was in the building as Vanessa came out. It was fantastic. I just was thrilled, and she did not disappoint. I thought the song was the perfect choice for her, and everything was very well done. And after the commercial break, the apology came. Of course, this was windbag’s time to shine and I was confused who really thought they were the bigger star. I am sure he is loving being all over the news this morning. I thought that it was very classy to apologize to Mrs. Williams, even from that video that was posted I know how she really went through a hard time. Even though I think windbag made it too much about himself, the overall idea was very nice. It is so to have Vanessa officially back, and I hope she continues to be involved as much as her schedule permits.
As far as the top 15, I wasn’t totally shocked at anything BUT the omission of Miss New York and Utah. I just don’t get it with either of them. Both had great weeks and were very consistent. Also, MN had a very good week but they always have an uphill climb at Miss America. Overall, I would have liked to see some different states besides the usual, but it was what it was this year. It was nice to see CO and NE. NE in particular had a good week and it’s like I said—we have got to start paying attention to Nebraska now. I loved her gown and I am glad the public got to see it. There were no real surprises when the top 12 were announced. I could have gladly lost Texas but she did well enough in the SS round to advance. I would have loved to see West Virginia in the top 10 with that talent but I understood her elimination. In SS, I thought the clear standouts were SC and GA. No one was really bad except for VA. I thought there were a lot of ones right in the middle.
In evening gown, I thought again that SC and GA were the standouts, as well as CO. She just looked so lovely in red. Even though NE’s presence was just okay, I was glad that America got to see that beautiful gown. It was one of my favorites this week. I wasn’t sure she was going to advance and I thought by this round TX was definitely out. I didn’t think her gown presentation was that strong. As they started to call out the top 10 in talent, I don’t think there were any surprises. To me, FL was a bit stronger in preliminaries, but she ended it well. LA was fantastic, her voice just filled the room. That’s about how she sounded in preliminaries. SC—I think the beginning of her downfall was that over the top performance. I actually think that the theatrics took away from her performance. She was singing to the judges at that point, but it was too much. CO—I was glad that America got to see her performance. She talked too fast, but she connected so much on a personal level. You know, talent is judged on many different things. Heather Whitestone evoked tears out of many and not because her dancing was a perfect 10 (although it was good). There have not been that many monologues over the years, but the difference between CO and the last few we have seen is that hers was not acting. Would I give it a perfect 10? No, but I just think she evoked something that a lot of people could relate to. AL—did a little better than preliminaries. She is not the perfect dancer, but she was entertaining and I thought the dance was a bit more original than what we are used to, so kudos to her. TN—entertaining, it wasn’t dynamic as far as the piano playing of a Marjorie Vincent or Lisa Somodi, but she was definitely hitting on all cylinders. I thought she was gaining steam and very steady throughout the night. OK—was a bit better than preliminaries. I thought it was respectable, not Vanessa, but respectable. TX—by far the most average of the top 10. Not awful, but her lack of talent was clear at that point. I did not have her past that point.
By the time they went to commercial, I was a bit concerned. I thought MS was surely in the top 10 by that point. I knew likely NE was at the end of the road but then IA and GA were left sitting. I really thought GA was out, simply because of knowing what happened in preliminaries. It didn’t seem possible based on SS, but I just thought that she couldn’t speak and it was going to be her downfall. I hated to see either leave, really. I wanted to see IA’s talent again. But realistically, she wasn’t bringing it. That kind of begs me to wonder what really happened in preliminary judging, I don’t get it. But more on that later. I knew MS was going to be called out and like everything else, she really stepped it up in talent. So, then there were three. Competition wise, I thought it was GA. Preliminary scoring wise, I thought it was IA. I was relieved, though, when I saw GA called out. And she stepped it up quite well. She had such a powerful voice, such a strong performance. She was clearly the best of the night. The talent was consistent, but I had GA and LA as the best, with MS behind them. Actually, I thought the talent was best that it had been in years. The worst was TX but everyone else was decent to good, and excellent.
By the time the top 7 rolled around, I figured TX was out. I feared CO was out as well and I thought OK would not be called. I figured the questions would be heavy hitting and I feared for whoever was going to get the Trump question, but I guess I did not have to LOL. When CO was called out, I was relieved. Now, do I think she gave the best answer? Hell no. It should have been Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, somebody. Not a comedienne. However, she was very articulate and answered her reasoning quite well. I didn’t think she was going to win but I was wondering if she would end up as a runner-up by that point. SC—she initially answered the question directly. However, her rationale didn’t make much sense and I thought she was all over the place. TN—I was very impressed with how much knowledge she had on the subject. And also surprised since I have watched many a Miss TN pageant over the years and most of them would not have answered that way. She stumbled over her words a little bit, but overall, very effective. After that, I had her at either 3rd or 4th runner-up. AL—I hope she is a. satisfied with her Miss America performance or b. wants to compete for Miss World because she will never last 5 seconds in the USA system LOL. I must say, that was the most hilarious answer I have ever heard out of a pageant contestant. Oh, how I wish Jon Stewart was still on the air right now. I am waiting for her to be invited on talk shows. Sadly, I am afraid of the nasty comments she will get from Trump directly. But you know what, I don’t think she cares and good for her. I couldn’t stop laughing and there were some giggles around the hall. Granted, I could not disagree more that Chris Christie is a good candidate, but I didn’t care. On a serious note, though, if she had any chance (which I don’t think she did) she was done with that. While she may have spoke her mind it would have made me think she had the potential to be a loose cannon. GA—At first, my first thought was that she wanted some more time. That was an impossible question. I think the better way to phrase it would have been “Do you agree with the NFL or the judge?” or something to that effect. I don’t think she answered it well and I was scared by that point. I still was convinced that SC was winning this but I was wondering if she was going to drop. MS—very concise, very intelligent, although I think I would have liked a little more of an explanation. However, she stayed within the guidelines. LA—just pageanty and did not answer the question directly. She was asked if it was a racist movement. That was a horrible question to ask and it was even worse to answer. I don’t blame her for trying to side-step it from a diplomatic standpoint, but she just was so pageanty. I thought that if she was going to place, which was a good possibility, that she might have blown it.
Here is how I had things after it was over:
I was thrilled to see AL place, especially after that answer. I think she was likeable just like everyone else. LA was about par for the course. CO was my pleasant surprise of the night. I said going into the final night that I could see everything from no placement to NFI to going far. And she went far. I am wondering if she gets a shoutout from Ellen, she should. I hope she gets invited to the show. She had a lot of good press about her monologue, so she might. Ellen, get her on! I still thought that there was an outside chance that MS might have won. However, I think she was a very worthy first runner-up. She really, really kicked it into high gear for the final night. She was consistent throughout the week but she just totally took it up a notch. Very well done, Hannah.
By that point, I was kind of shocked that we didn’t see GA called out. And I thought for sure that SC had won. I was surprised that TN did not place but it had to be close. I was thinking that GA’s lack of speaking finally caught up with her. I was thinking, “Okay, let’s just crown SC and get it over with”. And then they called out Betty! Judging by the crowd’s reaction it was a very popular choice. There was a lot of cheering. She looked beautiful as she walked that runway. She’s a star, and I am so glad that the judges saw it.
As far as SC, I think competition wise, she did everything that she could have done. Her competition was to perfection, there wasn’t anything she could have done differently. I really think her downfall is that she came across as over the top and too pageanty. Had she had a more natural confidence, she would have walked away, no questions asked. Remember during the week, I said that I just did not have a good sense of who she was. It was that, and also the fact that she just was over the top. I am just surprised that she wasn’t in the top 5, but she has nothing to be ashamed of. Kira sounded to be either crying or breaking up as she was being interviewed at the end. I know she loved being Miss America. I loved her finale gown, the color was perfect for her. All in all, I think it was a good pageant. I can’t say I was in love with every single choice of the preliminary judges, but what a great top 5. The cream rose to the top and we have a wonderful new Miss America. I think that talent was emphasized and talent was, without a doubt, a factor in Betty’s win. And I think the judges, especially the singers, recognized a star in waiting.
I can’t wait for Betty’s appearances this week. I always get sad when it’s over, and what is sad to me is that we hardly saw anything of the eliminated contestants this year. I guess I can empathize with the contestants when they have to go home after this experience. But then we get to meet the new Miss America and it’s always exciting.
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