Miss America Pageant 2014 began with the reigning Miss America, Mallory Hagan, saying “I’m back!” The Miss America Pageant is taking place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Boardwalk Hall, and it is sure to provide a lot of suspense and tons of beautiful women to look at during the two-hour competition. Who will be announced as tonight’s winner, and be crowned as the next Miss America? Can a Miss New York contestant win twice in a row?
Then, Laura Spencer and Chris Harrison introduced the show and the contestants, who were shown in locations all around the New Jersey waterfront and boardwalk.
Just introducing the 53 Miss America contestants took up several minutes of the show. Chris and Laura interspersed various comments like that the Miss America Pageant awards a lot of scholarships in-between the introductions of the contestants.
“Here they are, your Miss America contestants!” Chris finally said, when they were all seen together on the stage.
Chris then introduced the reigning Miss America, Mallory Hagan, then, saying: “How are you doing? Is this a little bittersweet for you?”
She said maybe a little, but it’s time for some other person to get the chance to be Miss America.
Miss Kansas was the first name that was chosen to move on into the final 15. She earned the highest votes from the American public voting using social media. Other people who will move on are
Chris then introduced the celebrity judges, like Joey Cantone, Barbara Cochran, Joshua Bell, NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, Lance Bass .
The second finalist announced by Chris: Crystal Lee, Miss California.
The others: Miss New York, Nina Davuluri; Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold; Miss Connecticut, Kaitlyn Tarpey; Miss Georgia, Carly Mathis; Miss Mississippi, Chelsea Rick; Miss Texas, Ivana Hall; Miss Arkansas, Amy Crain; Miss Missouri, Shelby Ringdahl; Miss Kentucky, Jenna Day; Miss Maryland, Christina Denny; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones; Miss Wisconsin, Paula Mae Kuiper; and, last but not least, Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh.
Next up will be the swimsuit competition for the Final Fifteen Miss America Pageant contestants.
Before that, though, we were shown the contestants in yesterday’s Shoe Parade. They rode around in awesome cars, sticking their feet out to show off their expensive and colorful shoes.
Laura asked the swimsuit clad contestants a couple of questions, then Chris introduced the swimsuit competition. Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, was first up, then Miss Califronia, Crystal Lee; Miss New York, Nina Davuluri; Miss Oklahoma,Kelsey Griswold; Miss Connecticut, Kaitlyn Tarpey; Miss Georgia, Carly Mathis; Miss Mississippi, Chelsea Rick; Miss Texas, Ivana Hall; Miss Arkansas, Amy Crain; Miss Missouri, Shelby Ringdahl; Miss Kentucky, Jenna Day; Miss Maryland, Christina Denny; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones (with a bedazzled brace on her knee); Miss Wisconsin, Paula Mae Kuiper; and, Miss Minnessota, Rebecca Yeh.The were all wearing Catalina Swimwear, and all looked — yeah, so it’s not politically correct to see this — HOT!
After commercial, three more contestants will be eliminated. Who will they be?
The twelve contestants to move on to the Evening Gown/Wear competition:
Miss Maryland, Christina Denny; Miss Connecticut, Kaitlyn Tarpey; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones; Miss Missouri, Shelby Ringdahl; Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold; Miss New York, Nina Davuluri; Miss Wisconsin, Paula Mae Kuiper; Miss Texas, Ivana Hall; Miss California, Crystal Lee; Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail; Miss Georgia, Carly Mathis; and Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh.
Chris said that Evening Wear counted for 20 percent of the final score. Miss Maryland, Christina Denny; Miss Connecticut, Christina Tarpey; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones; Miss Missouri, Shelby Ringdahl; Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold (she had on a great-looking white-and-black gown); Miss New York Nina Davuluri (in a yellow gown); Miss Wisconsin, Paula Mae Kuiper; Miss Texas, Ivana Hall (in a white gown); Miss California, Crystal Lee (she wore a purple gown); Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail (she had on a nice blue gown); Miss Georgia, Carly Mathis (in a white gown); Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh (wearing a purple gown).
The talent competition is next. First, special scholarship awards were presented to some of the women who did not move on, but did very well in the talent competitions before tonight. After the commercials, two more contestants will be eliminated.
Back from the break, the talent competition, which counts for 30 percent of the final count.
Miss Oklahoma will be the first one, singing “Don’t,” from the musical “Anyone Can Whistle.” She has a great voice; the snag is one that must be snag rapidly, which can be tough — then, it also showed off her vocal range, which was pretty impressive, though she could have nailed the last part of the song better.
Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was up next, performing a classical Bali Fusion dance I think that’s what was said, though one website said it was a “Bollywood” dance). I know nothing of this dance form, but it seems to be a very energetic one, and involves a lot of hopping and spinning — she did a very great job.
Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, who sang an opera-sort of song. She’d wanted to do something involving archery, I’ve heard, but her singing voice is really amazing — hopefully, she will move on.
Miss California, Crystal Lee, was next, performing ballet en point to The Swan. She was impressive, and showed off her tremendous ballet skills with her performance.
Miss Connecticut, Kaitlyn Tarpey, doing an Irish River Dance number, was next. She was incredible — her feet and legs moved so quickly. I think she may have really helped her chances to win the whole competition, and the crown, with this dance.
Miss Georgia, Carly Mathis, sang “On My Own,” from Les Miserables. Not nearly as good, in my opinion, as in the movie; but, she still did pretty well.
Miss Texas, Ivana Hall, was next — she sang “You Give Me Fever.” She has a nice voice, but I wasn’t as impressed by her performance as the ones of some of the other contestants.
The next to perform was Miss Minnesotta, Rebecca Yeh, who performed on the violin. She played extremely fast, and gave a virtuoso performance — she is incredibly skilled at playing the violin, obviously. She will likley score a lot of points with her performance.
Miss Maryland was up next. She sang “For Good” from Wicked. Thing is, it’s supposed to be a duet — she has a very nice voice, but it’s difficult to compare it with the original version.
The last one to perform and move on was Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones. She performed with a baton, and even with the brace on her leg, she toughed it out, and gave a very nice performance, switching from one baton to two. The audience applauded wildly — there was some doubt if she’d be able to continue in the competition at all, because of her knee injury.
Coming back from another commercial break, remaining Miss America Pageant contestants — five of them — were given questions by the judges. two would not be asked questions.
Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold, was asked a question about Miley Cyrus, by Joey Cantone. She said: “I have to respect her creativity.”
Miss Minnesotta, Rebecca Yeh, got a question from Lance Bass, about women who stood by their men in the political realm. She said she thought it was a good thing for them to stand by their men, though the men should not be involved in things like sexting.
Miss California, Crystal Lee, was asked by violinist Joshua Bell if it’s our responsibility to stop a country like Syria from using chemical weapons. She gave a pretty good answer, saying that it was, because we’re pretty much the only country that will stand up in these sorts of situations.
New York, Nina Davuluri, was asked a question about if it was okay for Julia Chen to have had her eyes operated on. She said, basically, yes, that it was okay if that’s what she wanted.
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones, was the last to get a question. A judge asked her a question about racial inequality and Miss Florida answered about economic inequalities, as her father is in the middle class. I don’t think she exactly got what the question was about, and she also ran out of time, and was cut off as she was trying to finish her answer.
Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, was again introduced, as she will hand over her crown to the next Miss America.
Miss Minnesota was the fourth runner-up; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, third; Miss Oklahoma, second runner-up; the first runner-up was Miss California, Crystal Lee; leaving Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, as the Miss America 2014!
This is the second year that Miss New York was chosen Miss America! Overall, it was a great Miss America Pageant, a homecoming of sorts, as it was once again back in Atlantic City, New Jersey. What do you think of the choice? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb