|Subject: Miss Kentucky Night 1|
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Date Posted: 22:08:09 06/30/16 Thu
I have arrived in Kentucky and am giving my annual review of the Miss Kentucky Pageant! This is one of my favorites to follow. You will recall that I missed Jessica Casebolt (but predicted top 5), correctly predicted Jenna Day AND all runners-up in the correct order, missed Ramsey Carpenter (whom I predicted in 6th place with Laura Jones the winner) and missed Clark Davis (whom I predicted as 4th runner-up with Claire Butler as my winner).
First, let me say that I am extremely disappointed in the outgoing queen. A titleholder should ALWAYS be aware of her surroundings and behave respectfully and appropriately. The newly crowned teen, however, seems delightful and I believe she will make the semi-finals at the national pageant.
Remember that I did not see interviews, so my opinions are just that. My predictions on Saturday will be based only on what I have seen. Now for tonight’s recap:
ALPHA GROUP (TALENT / OSQ)
Brooke Way, Miss Southeast Kentucky: Violin, “Praeludium and Allegro”; Pretty girl in a pretty red dress. An unfortunate draw – first girl on the same night as a strong fiddler. The piece was okay, but I doubt strong enough for top ten. The backing track was not the best and I really feel that she should have performed something more up tempo.
Haley Taulbee, Miss Somerset Community College: Vocal, “New York, New York.” A surprise here. Styled perfectly in a see-through and black stoned gown with a fairly good command of her vocals. One of the stronger of the night. One of the more facially beautiful girls in the pageant. Not my talent winner, but a contender for the semi-finals and also a QOL finalist.
Abby Frazier, Miss Heart of the Parks: Vocal, I Know It’s Today;” Very, very teen.
Emily Sharp, Miss Lexington: Piano, Michael Jackson’s “I Want You Back.” Given that her father died last week, kudos to her for even being on the stage. The piece is not difficult – I have heard it many times – but the audience enjoyed it and it is a showy piece. Pretty white pantsuit looked very hip and cool. I don’t think she will make top 10 based on everything I saw tonight, but she may be on my bubble by Saturday. Great stage presence.
Lydia Allen, Miss Horse Capital of the World: I expected more from this talent given that Lydia advanced last year. It was pretty, but I would have thought the difficulty would have ratchetted up a notch in a year’s time. Still, I believe she will likely advance. She was also a QOL finalist.
Allyson Ledford, Miss TOPS in Lexington: Clogging Routine, “Soul Man”: I admit I am not a fan of clogging unless it is spot-on perfect, but this was very good.. This was very, very good. Based on talent only, she could contend for a top ten spot, but I don’t believe she will be as strong on Friday.
Molly Matney, Miss Wayne County Area: Vocal, “Natural Woman“: Pretty girl styled well – red must be “in” this year. Vocals were good, but shaky at times. I believe her nerves got the best of her. She carried herself well and I believe she might be a contender for a spot in the top ten.
Kelsey Ulery, Miss Bath County: Clogging Routine, Elvis Presley Medley; Clogger number two and not quite as strong as the previous clogger, but more fun to watch. She used some gimmicks that I though seemed teen-ish, so I can’t give raving marks, but the talent was fun to watch. I really did not like the talent outfit.
Cynthia Thomas, Miss River City: Vocal, “Vienna.” Loved the tangerine talent gown. Memorable. I believe she is solid enough to advance to top ten and possibly top five, but I don’t feel “winner.” I like the maturity level.
Haley Wheeler, Miss Mammoth Cave Area: Piano, “Whitewater Chopsticks.” The face of the pageant. Beautiful from a distance and up close. Gorgeous red gown – styled perfectly. I believe I heard a couple of bum notes and a pause or two, but the strongest pianist of the night. I sense top ten, but she appears to lack confidence.
Georgia Gardner, Miss Goldenrod: Vocal, “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” This was last year’ non-finalist talent winner. The music arrangement is awkward with a long (3-5 second) pause where nothing happens. She begins acapella and then the music starts about midway through. On the cusp for top ten, but will have to see what happens tomorrow.
Abbigaile Gibson, Miss Northern Kentucky: Vocal: “When we Were Young“. Strong vocals, but a limited range. She seems a bit timid on-stage to me and I wish she had gone with something that showed a bit more range. I did not like the talent gown – I thought it looked like a cross between being too teen and being too matronly.
Katie Bouchard: Miss Belle of Louisville: Clogging routine: I always appreciate when a contestant takes up a new talent in order to compete in the system. This was a good effort for a new clogger, but really needs time to perfect. The energy level was just not there and there were a lot of unnecessary tricks and poses that detracted from the routine. QOL Finalist. I think she will be strong in every other area, but talent should keep her out of the semis.
Karlee Crose, Miss Ohio Valley: Vocal, “Feeling Good “. I liked the black dress. The song was a little dark, I thought, so it was appropriate. Vocals were not at all bad, but I do not sense semi-finals.
Shelby Morgan, Miss Heart of Kentucky: Vocal, “Stone Cold.” So, this contestant had a cancerous tumor removed from her throat area just a few weeks ago, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I closed my eyes, I did hear Demi Lovato, so she pulled the song off, but I wish she had performed a Broadway tune as she did last year I loved the red talent gown – very different. I do love that she took a gamble, and I believe it will pay off with a top ten spot, but I don’t know if she we will go higher. If the judges appreciate the contemporary style of music, though, she could win. OSQ winner by a mile – no one else even close.
Laura Jones, Miss Danville: Electric Fiddle, “Smooth Criminal.” I have seen this talent before so I knew what to expect, but it is excellent. This is the one talent from tonight that could make a splash at Miss America, so it is my talent winner. Styled perfectly. My only absolute lock for the top ten from night one. No lower than second runner-up, I feel. She was the overall talent winner and I had second in OSQ.
MU GROUP (SWIMSUIT AND GOWNS)
Swimsuit standouts for me: Tyra Sengkhamyong, Alexis Murray, and Annie Franklin. The winner was Alex Francke, and I truly did not see that coming.
Standout gowns: Alex Franke in a red liquid beaded gown with a fabulous train; Tyra Sengkhamyong in a white mermaid style gown; Alexis Murray in a goldenrod gown that looked fantastic against her darker skin; Alyssa Robb in a gorgeous white gown; and Annie Franklin in a rhinestoned gorgeous creation.
I will try to post earlier tomorrow night! Good production this far.
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