|Subject: This Year's Interview DVD|
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Date Posted: 03:48:07 12/27/15 Sun
I always enjoy purchasing the interview DVD, because often times it sheds light on why a contestant did so well during the final telecast when it wasn't so evident based on their on-stage competitions. Betty was an exception to this, as I felt her interview was the weakest of those included on the DVD. She won the title this year based on her beauty, charm and stellar talent, not her interview. Regarding the judges: they asked A LOT of questions during the allotted time, and the contestants had to be quick on their feet. One judge, (I believe it was Rachel Zalis) often interrupted the contestant before she was allowed to finish her question, which I thought was a bit rude. There were hardly any questions asked related to the personal platforms. Mississippi explained hers when answering another question, which I thought was smart on her part; Virginia's "Power of Performance" platform was never addressed during her interview, nor was New Mexico's (who was the non-finalist interview winner.) Here are my comments regarding the contestants highlighted on this year's DVD.
Georgia -- Betty had a lot of enthusiasm and energy during her interview, but I felt it lacked polish. When asked how she would convince her generation that a celebrity involves more than just being famous, she repeated herself, in much the same way she answered her final question during the telecast. When asked why she decided to compete in the Miss America competition rather than just going on to Broadway, she stated that her life had recently taken a turn and that she was hoping to move to New York and begin auditioning -- but then stated that she really wanted to complete her degree before doing that -- but then stated that she wanted to pursue becoming Miss America because it would be a plus to her when she began auditioning for Broadway. It was a VERY CONFUSING answer. And also, in several interviews she states that she grew up in a home with no cable TV, but says that she grew up watching Andy Griffith, Gomer Pyle, etc. How is she familiar with those types of shows if she had no cable?? Young adults her age, for the most part, are not familiar with those classic sitcoms -- even though cable is readily available to most homes today. Betty did not finish her closing comments in the allotted 30 seconds -- the other contestants did. Overall, I felt she was trying too hard to impress the judges and the interview didn't have the conversational tone that the others did. My score for her would have been a 6.
Mississippi -- Loved her. With every question she was asked, she didn't miss a beat. You could tell that she is very intelligent, well-rounded, and had a Mississippi charm about her. Definitely more subdued than Betty, I wouldn't have had any problem with Hannah winning, but her violin performance was sub-par and basically an embarrassment to the classical violin community. Would have liked to have seen a bit more personality and humor from her during the course of the interview, but was still very impressed. I would have given her an 8.
Colorado-- The things that wowed me about Colorado were her sense of humor, how respectful she was towards the judges (often times she used the phrases, yes mam, or yes sir), and how she really came across as the girl next door -- someone who didn't want to be disqualified from the Miss America competition because she wasn't performing a trained stage level talent. I loved her honesty about that. She emphasized that she had the intelligence and the heart to become a great Miss America, and that was evident throughout her interview. She had such a natural rapport with the judges that I can see why (despite her talent which I think needed a little more pizzazz) she ended up placing so high. My score for her would have been a 9.
South Carolina-- The word that comes to mind when I think about South Carolina's interview is regal. I loved listening to her speak, and she would have been a great communicator as Miss America. The one thing that resonated throughout her interview is believing in oneself and that everyone can make a difference -- which is one of the reasons she chose to sing "I Believe" for her talent performance. I think she would have made an awesome Miss America, but once again her talent is what held her back from ultimately winning. My interview score for her would have been a 9.
Virginia -- A very intelligent young lady, she impressed me with her vocabulary while responding to the questions posed to her. She was thrown a curve ball question by Kylene Barker, which she didn't know the answer to (I'm surprised Kylene did that did that to her fellow Virginia sister) but she recovered nicely from it in her follow-up question. She emphasized the unique skills that she could bring to the Miss America title, and it's a shame that we didn't get to hear her talent performance as a friend mine stated it was one of the best three talents of the entire pageant during the preliminaries. This is another reason why they should narrow it down to 10 or 12 semi-finalists and let me compete in all phases of competition, rather than wasting time with unnecessary elimination rounds. My score for her would have been a 9.
New Mexico -- Cute as a button, the one thing that bothered me throughout her interview was how she rambled on with her answers, rather than being concise and to the point. Obviously, with this set of judges, she was cut off many times. She was very intelligent and articulate with what she had to say, but somewhere along the line in her preparation for Miss America, her judging coaches should have corrected her about rambling on with her answers. My score for her would have been a 7.
My intent is not to offend anyone with my comments, but these are my honest opinions based on listening to the interview DVD in conjunction with watching the Miss America telecast.
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