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Date Posted: 00:47:27 09/16/14 Tue
I'm re-posting this because I saw random comments here and there demanding I apologize, telling me to eat crow, ya da ya da ya da. To which My standard response is, sign your name like an adult, and we'll talk. Until you do, your self-righteous demands are meaningless whining to me.
As you can see, I already DID apologize to Kira a few hours after the pageant aired, so why not focus your attention on the thousands of other people who have been making rude comments about her and how she is singlehandedly ruining Miss America.
Date Originally Posted: 01:28:38am 09/15/14 Mon
First I'll apologize to Miss NY and new Miss A for ragging at her about taking the competition seriously. Clearly she did. My only excuse was having a lot of other things on my mind and that dress just pushed one too many pageant buttons for me.
First, I thought her gown tonight was stunning. Second, her talent was much better than expected once I heard her sing. I wrongly assumed the cup was a crutch; it was a conversation piece.
And, I suspect, part of Kira's legacy to the pageant. I wouldn't be surprised to see them change the name of the talent competition to the entertainment competition, with more off beat talents, or standard talents made conversation-worthy by props, tricky costumes, really unusual music choices, etc.
As for the outcome of the pageant, Kira's very articulate and I bet she thinks on her feet very well. She has an "interesting" take on fashion to say the least; I can't wait until she gets her hands on her Joseph Ribkoffs. They'll probably be unrecognizable - and that's a good thing.
Frankly my single biggest thrill of the night was when Miss MA got called into the final spot in the top 5. Seeing AL, OK, TN and MS all get eliminated in one fell swoop is something I never thought I'd see in a Miss America pageant. Not because any of them are awful in any way, and not because I hate them. It's just they're all sash states and little Miss MA pulls the upset of the night by making the 5. I imagined she ruined a lotta folks Road to Miss America predictions.
So at the end of the night I'm fine with the winner; the judges could have done much worse, and judging by the top 5, they did seem to be all over the place; the top 5 were quite a diverse bunch in terms of personality, background, looks, just about any measure.
I'm thrilled the judges saw in Lauren what I did - an incredibly accomplished young woman who truly embodies the four points of the crown. Getting to know her this past month has been a real pleasure.
Finally, I'm not sure who won the Face of Miss America contest, but I know my personal winner in that category is Courtney Garrett, Miss Virginia. To me, no on else was even a close second.
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