|Subject: My Miss America Thoughts!! Better Late Than Never!!|
IVANA B. ASTAR
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Date Posted: 23:51:14 03/11/15 Wed
I watched Miss America and let me just say....I know we are in the year 2015 and times change and it's all about ratings but I sure as hell miss the days when we had top ten compete in everything. I also miss the days when the most WELL ROUNDED girl won, and not just a girl with a stellar interview and passable at everything else. Most importantly I miss TALENT....true God given talent that would keep me mesmerized for 3:15 seconds. Not this crap girls throw together for the sake of competing in a pageant that just so happens to have "talent". As far as the gowns, I have been vocal about not being a Tony Bowls fan, so when I heard he was designing all the gowns I nearly died. I will say, his designs have gotten a little better, but i'm still not fan enough to see all of his work showcased in one night. I will say I loved Virginia's and HATED Ohio's. I mean HATED!!! She looked like she had the curves of a 2x4 in that gown, plus it was so dated and not in a good way kinda dated.
I won't touch on everyone just the few things that stuck out in my mind.
MISSISSIPPI: Talented and robbed of a top 5 spot based on that alone. I mean seriously, beyond ridiculous!
TEXAS: Good lord what happened? Everything was wrong from head to toe. the face and talent....simply gorgeous, but the body and styling were a total no! How in the world did the Texas prep team let that physique get past Mid July! Plus that gown!! WTF?!?! They took a young, beautiful and vibrant girl and put her in a homely mother of the bride Zac Posen. such a shame, they ruined that girl!
OHIO: The girl literally stepped out of 1985 and I was in heaven!!
VIRGINIA: was my winner. Looks, talent, body, smarts. they missed the boat with this one.
OKLAHOMA: WTF?!?!? How in the world would what she did even be remotely considered dance?! I laughed for about more than half of that talent. She danced as if she was drunk and it was amazing!!
Kira's talent: SAD SAD SAD day when THAT type of talent can win Miss America. I mean seriously, it's the one thing that originally set us apart and now it's just laughable and seriously not at all a deciding factor in who wins Miss America, so just get rid of talent all together. I mean if you had told me in 1970 that a mediocre singer banging a red solo cup on the stage at Miss America could actually one day win....I would have laughed in your face and then slapped it! I mean seriously, I would have been more impressed if she got 2 dixie cups and some string and tried to make a long distance call!! Just pathetic.
I know my bitching and bellyaching will never bring back the glitz, glamor and pageantry of Miss America of tester year, but I sure do Miss it. I wanna see girls walking down the runway in liquid beaded gowns designed by Stephen Yearick with 2 Chandeliers hanging from both ears with hair the width of an opened umbrella!
Thats all I have.
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- Love, love, love, everthing you had to say, Ivana. I totally agree. So glad you're back! (NT) -- No name, 00:12:45 03/12/15 Thu
- To further comment about Texas. There was no prep team, just a bunch of different people telling Monique what she should and should do. The Board lost total control of preparation for Miss America to her former local ED. A mess!!! (NT) -- No name, 00:33:03 03/12/15 Thu
- I've got to go back and look at Miss OH's EG; don't remember it. (NT) -- No name, 06:52:03 03/12/15 Thu
- MS should have been top 5 - agree on that. (NT) -- No name, 07:02:55 03/12/15 Thu
- Florida wasn't mentioned? She was beautiful, had a nice talent, and had the best gown (the only gown that looked modern, not a rehash of the 1970's and 1980's like the rest) (NT) -- No name, 09:02:47 03/12/15 Thu
- Love everything you said! So glad you are back and don't mince words!!! I, too, would love to see us return to the days of sophistication and glamour with the gorgeous girls, gowns, and talent. However, with Sam in charge, that will never happen. He wants an "everyday" girl and that's what we have with the current MA. Too bad, I say. (NT) -- No name, 12:31:26 03/12/15 Thu
- Thank goodness someone finally speaks the truth about what really happened last year, only six more months (NT) -- No name, 13:20:57 03/12/15 Thu
- I just so happen to disagree with everything you just said. If we judged Miss America this way, the pageant would be gone in 3 years. Those girls don't CONNECT with 17-24 year old women across the country. Kira does! She's fun, fresh, intelligent, comfortable in her skin! (NT) -- No name, 13:47:53 03/12/15 Thu
- No she doesn't. And the hazing shows how out of touch she is. (NT) -- People who haze (bully) are not comfortable in their skin. There is a difference between arrogance and confidence., 14:32:57 03/12/15 Thu
- Nope...Miss America can be glamorous and still "connect" with young women--and everyone else, for that matter...our current titleholder is beyond ordinary; why strive to be Miss America anymore if ordinary wins it all! Just show up, no makeup, no talent...walk away the winner (NT) -- No name, 14:42:53 03/12/15 Thu
- Nothing about being Miss America is a glamorous job. (NT) -- No name, 16:19:17 03/12/15 Thu
- Wouldn't "beyond ordinary" be better than ordinary? (NT) -- No name, 18:24:55 03/12/15 Thu
- I thought the same thing. (NT) -- No name, 19:11:41 03/12/15 Thu
- That's what I thought, too. (NT) -- No name, 19:12:34 03/12/15 Thu
- The Brits have a saying, "Quite satisfactory", and they mean, literally, Quite Satisfactory. (NT) -- it sounds so pleasant, but it's a criticism, 23:32:12 03/12/15 Thu
- That's like saying a contestant is beyond ugly. It's NOT a compliment, you dope. (NT) -- Puh-lease., 14:06:51 04/02/15 Thu
- I consider it "extraordinary". Maybe you meant "falls short of ordinary". Which opens the question, what is really ordinary? (NT) -- No name, 18:43:34 04/02/15 Thu
- Unfortuantely you are right. The deterioration of the morals among our young people are down the tubes. I keep hoping for it to switch in the right direction. We need a good role model. (NT) -- No name, 07:47:29 03/13/15 Fri
- I agreed with just about everything you said, but let me tell you, I just about DIED at "I would have been more impressed if she got 2 dixie cups and some string and tried to make a long distance call!!" You nailed it! I won't hate on the cup, because frankly, I'd be waiting in line for a LONG time to get my turn, but my biggest issue is that simply was not a Miss America-level talent, let alone a winning one. The bar has been lowered, and once that happens, it's very difficult to raise it back up again. (NT) -- No name, 02:33:19 03/13/15 Fri
- if Kira scored a 10 in swimsuit, gown and interview and a 6 in talent, and no other contestant's composite was higher than that, then she totally deserves to win. With that said, Kira's talent should have eliminated her from the competition. MS and OH (I think) should have advanced. Women with spectacular interviews eg Mallory, Caressa are given inflated scores in other categories and this needs to stop. (NT) -- Reg, 09:22:47 03/13/15 Fri
- I love the two cups and string part! But the funny thing about her cup routine is that when everyone heard she won NY with it I saw many many many posts hoping it would make the MA stage so they could see it. When it made it to the stage they were upset it knocked other wonderful talents out. Can't have it both ways. (NT) -- No name, 09:26:55 03/13/15 Fri
- O.K. the cup thing was cute but, is that what we want from a Miss America....cute? I know we are beating a dead horse here but really, sitting on the stage and tapping a plastic cup. I'm embarressed for the system. (NT) -- No name, 09:57:46 03/13/15 Fri
- perhaps we should call it percussion instead of a red cup. that sounds a little classier (NT) -- No name, 10:18:15 03/13/15 Fri
- Do you people not get it? Miss America doesn't interact with people by doing her talent, she interacts with people by SPEAKING.... By being warm, engaging, in-tune to the world (and the people) around her. The reason talent doesn't matter is because it's not ACTUALLY a daily part of the job. The more you people blab and blab about talent, the more you reiterate how LITTLE you know about being Miss America or preparing your girl for the job of Miss America. Talent, like swimsuit, is to show that she is well-rounded and capable of applying herself in that category. This is not a talent show. (NT) -- No name, 11:06:24 03/13/15 Fri
- Then why have talent--she doesn't interact in SS either--so why have SS, and she usually doesn't "interact" in an evening gown either--so why have evening gown. There are people within our pageant world that will NOT be satisfied until Miss America becomes an interview competition. (NT) -- No name, 11:38:54 03/13/15 Fri
- This is how I see it re: the pageant vs. the job of MA. Kira has performed her talent and attended formal events. So the categories of Talent and EG have been utilized in her job as MA. A good foundation of healthy eating and exercise is pretty necessary for enduring the rigors of her travel schedule, so that's where (formal name) Lifestyle and Fitness comes in. Besides, how many times has this board complained when an MA didn't keep something resembling her pageant figure? But the most important job of MA is speaking, therefore Interview becomes the most important area of competition that influences the selection of MA. (NT) -- No name, 12:42:12 03/13/15 Fri
- Because, like I said, they showcase that she can apply herself elsewhere and that she is "well rounded." Well rounded doesn't mean American Idol superstar, it means she has something that others would consider talent. Maybe you all don't get Kira because she didn't stand at a mic and sing, but it doesn't change the fact that she CAN sing. The other phases of competition are necessary for a telecast, but your talent isn't going to make you intelligent in a congressional hearing or standing in the Oval Office with POTUS. What's going to do that? Your interpersonal skills, tact, humility, education and grace. THOSE are the things you learn about a girl in the interview room. (NT) -- No name, 12:43:01 03/13/15 Fri
- singing was very much a part of what Vanessa did during her reign and several other Miss Americas as well.I think depends a lot on the girl and her talent or lack of. (NT) -- No name, 12:56:18 03/13/15 Fri
- I think a Miss State/Miss America should be prepared to perform her talent when and if she's asked to do so...as a Miss Local I performed on numerous occassions and I was a dancer...but I always did when requested to do so because it was part of the job...so talent does make a difference--or at least it used to (NT) -- No name, 13:30:08 03/13/15 Fri
- If the jump rope girl had won I seriously doubt we would EVER have seen her perform as Miss America. She bounced on her butt for heavens sake! (NT) -- No name, 18:26:42 03/13/15 Fri
- Our state titleholder performs her talent at 98 % of functions (NT) -- No name, 18:40:46 03/13/15 Fri
- Which takes a lot of strength, coordination, and athleticism. She would have received lots of performance requests. (NT) -- No name, 02:13:51 03/14/15 Sat
- AND she won a prelim talent award bouncing on her butt! (NT) -- No name, 10:06:18 03/14/15 Sat
- I'm a current titleholder who, like Miss Hawaii, participated in precision jump rope and double dutch as a kid. The team I was one travelled up and down the coast promoting heart health and encouraging young people to find fun ways to exercise. We performed at professional basketball games, half-time shows, school events. It was an absolute riot with the spectators/students. Don't be so quick to judge. (NT) -- No name, 14:54:09 03/14/15 Sat
- it is very sad that you cannot see her talent as a way to reach children. ZThis is what she does and it is better than a tired old opera (NT) -- No name, 01:43:00 03/14/15 Sat
- I hate liquid beaded gowns. (NT) -- No name, 03:48:59 03/14/15 Sat
- I hear this defense all the time, and that's wonderful that she can perform the talent in front of children; however, anyone can do the same, really, whether or not they can also sing, tap dance, play piano, etc. There's just not a lot of skill involved. I could sit down for a couple of hours with a cup from the dollar store, practice a routine, and BAM! I now have a Miss America-caliber talent under my belt. See my point? The pageant has a difficult enough time trying to keep the talent portion credible, it doesn't help when amateur performances are rewarded. (NT) -- No name, 15:04:19 03/14/15 Sat
- I miss the suspense of the four runners up and winner being called from the top ten. That was the best. I agree with your post completely just had to add my two cents! (NT) -- Andrew-TX, 09:12:29 03/14/15 Sat
- Ivana: Answer me this? This review was written from you "finally watching the Miss America Pageant' . So where did you see TX's talent? She was long dismissed by that portion of the telecast. Funny. You made sure you told us how great that was. (NT) -- No name, 15:47:14 04/02/15 Thu
- In regards to Ohio's gown, her figure is not curvy and more like a 2x4, but I hated the gown as well. There are not many photos of her in the gown, so I bet not many liked it. (NT) -- No name, 15:55:51 04/02/15 Thu
- Mississippi looked so dated, song choice totally did not show her vocal capabilities! Not robbed at all, more like victim of alot of wrong choices made. (NT) -- No name, 11:25:43 04/03/15 Fri
- Nothing was eve mentioned about Miss AL in this review (NT) -- No name, 16:11:16 04/03/15 Fri