MAO Prelims

I’m putting in photos of our MAO prelim winners. Here we go:

Night One:
Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson
Miss Texas Shilah Phillips

Night Two:
Miss Nebraska Molly McGrath
Miss Hawaii Pilialoha Gaison

Night Three:
Miss Pennsylvania Emily Wills

Miss California Jacquelynne Fontaine

All of these photos and more, can be found at http://www.missamerica.org/compete2007/



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Pageant life makes Miss America fans out of men, too

ALEX VEIGA

Associated Press

Behind every girl making her way through the gantlet of pageant life in hopes of being crowned Miss America there’s a father, husband, brother, boyfriend or some other man who’s probably along for the ride.

They may not know – or ever really want to know – what “ballet en pointe” is, or hold an appreciation for tap dancing, opera, or renditions of half-century old standards.

Yet, they come every year to watch the Miss America succession unfold, even if it’s a little painful at times.

“If I had a choice to watch the Patriots and Indianapolis, I’d watch the Patriots and Indianapolis versus the show,” said Mike Hamilton, of Auburn, Wash., an engineer by trade who volunteers helping coach local contestants how to tackle the thorny interview portion of the pageants.

For Hamilton, the pageant’s appeal now rests in being able to glean pointers for the girls he coaches. But the show itself is not his thing.

“I’m not into it for the pageantry or the program,” he said.

Like many of the men gathered this weekend at the Aladdin Resort & Casino to see the crowning of a new Miss America on Monday, Hamilton first became involved in the pageant through his daughter, who won local contests and the state title in 1995.

“It’s like kids in sports, you go to all your kids’ games,” Hamilton said.

Men easily made up a third of the crowd at one of the gatherings of relatives, friends and supporters of the 52 contestants vying for the title this year.

Some seem out of place, perhaps the allure of gambling tugging at their focus.

Not so with Patrick Coffey, whose 22-year-old daughter, Meghan, is Miss Wisconsin.

Praise for the pageant life comes easy for the 63-year-old university administrator who lives in a suburb of Milwaukee.

He’s watched his daughter compete as a baton twirler since she was very young, and says the pageant is an extension of that.

Along the way, Coffey says, he’s come to appreciate the pageant’s offerings.

“I’m not going to say I was dragged kicking and screaming to this, that was not the case,” said Coffey, a photo of his daughter pinned onto his lapel.

Ben Beran is a more recent Miss America enthusiast.

“I’ve honestly never been to a pageant thing in my life,” said Beran, 22, a pre-med student at Marquette University who is dating Coffey’s daughter.

“I’m obviously here because I’m dating her, but I really enjoyed myself tonight,” Beran said after watching performances on the second night of preliminary competition. “Just seeing the girls tonight, they’re a lot better than I thought.”

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Miss America Pageant distances itself from ‘other’ pageants

Las Vegas, Jan. 28 (AP): While Miss USA winners were frantically trying to cling to their crowns last month in the wake of scandals, a collective groan could be heard rising from Miss America fans who felt the guilt by association.

“Nobody knows the difference,” said Miss Michigan Angela Corsi, who worries that such out of bounds behaviour feeds into stereotypes about pageants. “I think people already have the wrong idea.”

But the pageant world, some of which is gathered in Las Vegas for the 2007 Miss America Pageant on Monday, knows the difference.

Miss America is the older, more mature, more substantial of the two, its fans say. There is a talent contest that counts for more than the swimsuit competition. Scholarships are on the line.

Miss USA is judged on an interview and her poise in a swimsuit and evening gown. She is hip, sexy and co-owned by Donald Trump.

In the words of a pageant adage: Miss America is the girl who lives next door, Miss USA is the girl you wish lived next door.

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Miss Georgia hopes to bring title back to midstate

By Jenny Gordon

TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER

It all started as a way to pay for college.

Now more than four years later, Amanda Kozak is competing in one of the largest scholarship pageants in the world – the 2007 Miss America Pageant. To date, she has earned more than $30,000 competing in pageants, which has enabled her to graduate from college debt-free.

The reigning Miss Georgia has more than a few fans in her home state, many in Middle Georgia. Kozak, 22, graduated from Warner Robins High School in 2002 and earned a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from Valdosta State University in 2006.

Kozak will be competing for a title that only one other Miss Georgia has won.

Neva Jane Langley Fickling, a 1955 magna cum laude music graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon, is the only Miss Georgia to win Miss America. She won the title in 1953.

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Miss Louisiana Podcast new episodes!

The Miss Louisiana Podcast has some new episodes live from the Miss America competitions in Las Vegas. Congratulations to this program for their innovation in providing these updates!

You can check out the podcast at Miss Louisiana Podcast.



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Miss America 2007 Airing Monday

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

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Watch The Miss America Pageant live from The Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, January 29 at 8/7c on CMT (Photos Courtesy CMT)

Television star Mario Lopez of Dancing With the Stars and formally of Saved by the Bell will be hosting the 2007 Miss America Pageant. The Miss America pageant (different from the Miss USA pageant) is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the fifty states plus two territories of the United States of America. The first-prize winner of the national pageant is awarded the title of “Miss America” for one year.

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Lopez recently was the runner-up on the hit ABC program Dancing With the Stars and has since signed a talent deal with the CW network and, under this deal, Lopez will continue to be a recurring host of Weekend Extra. Miss America 2006 Tulsa, Oklahoma native, Jennifer Berry, will be handing over her crown.

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Who will be the next Miss America?

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Kristen Eddings performs her rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life” during the talent portion of the Miss America pageant Saturday night in Las Vegas.

By Kassie Korich
Jan 28 2007

LAS VEGAS – With only one day left until the new Miss America is crowned, Miss Washington Kristen Eddings is ready for the big night.

“I’ve had a lot of fun, I’ve been calm,” she said with a smile.

Three nights of preliminary competitions concluded Saturday at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino (the soon-to-be Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino). It was an important night for Eddings who performed her talent, worth 35 percent of her total score. The Silverdale native made it her own, belting out her jazzed up rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life.”

“She rocked it,” exclaimed Janelle Stevens, who attended Seattle Pacific University with Eddings. “It was phenomenal.”

After Saturday night’s preliminary, Eddings had a chance to meet for a short time with her large fan base of family and friends. Tears welled in her eyes as she greeted and hugged her friends and loved ones.

With the preliminary competitions complete, Eddings will join 51 other hopefuls tomorrow night on the Miss America stage where the winner will be crowned. The pageant airs at 8 p.m. on CMT. Judging the competition are Debbie Allen, an actress, director, producer, choreographer, singer, dancer and Emmy winner; Nigel Barker, who made his debut as a celebrity photographer and judge on “America’s Next Top Model;” Delta Burke, an accomplished actress, author and producer; Michael Feinstein, who is nationally recognized as one of the premiere interpreters of American popular song; Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Chris Matthews Show;” and former Miss America 1981 Susan Powell, the host of her Discovery Channel show, “Home Matters.”

In the preliminary competition scoring is based on five categories: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, 15 percent; Evening Wear, 20 percent; Talent, 35 percent; Private Interview, 25 percent; and On-Stage Question, 5 percent.

In the final round of competition tomorrow night, contestants will be judged on Composite Score, 30 percent (Top 10); Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, 20 percent (Top 10); Evening Wear, 20 percent (Top 10); Talent, 30 percent (Top 5); On-Stage Question, (Top 3). On the final ballot each judge ranks the top three contestants in order of how he/she believes they should finish. The pageant’s outcome is based on the point totals from the final ballot.

The new Miss America will receive a $50,000 scholarship.



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