Miss America contestants are prepping for their big night on September 14th!
Since 1921, some of the most beautiful and talented women from around the country have flocked to Atlantic City, New Jersey to compete in the Miss America pageant. Each year, audiences gather to watch the televised glitz and glamour and look forward to supporting their state in the competition. This year, Miss America fans have a lot to look forward to!
Here are some of the best moments from the Miss America pageant so far. Tune in to the pageant broadcast this Sunday at 8 PM ET on ABC.
Miss America is far more than just a pretty face. Judging by these two introductions, the pageant hopefuls also have quick wit and sharp tongues!
"From the state that brought you the first newspaper — remember those?" — Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York.
"Soon to be Dr. Massachusetts, I'm hoping for a great checkup tonight." — Laura Kuhn, Miss Massachusetts.
Whether they sing, dance, or play an instrument, the contestants are always crowd-pleasers during the talent competition. Miss Florida, 21 year old Victoria Cowen, dazzled the audience with a powerful lyrical dance, while Miss Kentucky, 23 year old Ramsey Carpenter, crushed the competition by playing "Orange Blossom Special" on her green fiddle.
Although she didn’t win the $2,000 talent scholarship, Miss Rhode Island, Ivy DePew, made a triumphant return to the stage after collapsing during the competition days before. After playing "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" on her piccolo, DePew thanked the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for helping her make a speedy recovery.
Aside from the contestants, pageant judges also have a few tricks up their sleeves. Judge and supermodel Kathy Ireland revealed that one of her secret talents was burping the alphabet. Pageant host Dena Blizzard, Miss New Jersey 1995, asked Ireland to showcase this talent, and couldn’t wait for it to go viral!
While intelligence, poise, and talent play a big part in the crown, Miss America still has a lot to do with beautiful bods. The Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit category proves that looks are important, but being healthy and setting a good example are a bonus.
Alex Keppler, a.k.a. Miss Oklahoma, won a $1000 scholarship in this category thanks to her strict regimen and healthy habits. Although Keppler and her trainer do their best to keep her on track, she assures us that she has her cheat days. For instance? Polishing off nine Walmart donuts in a donut competition!
The Miss America pageant is a huge deal for contestants. However, these ladies never forget where they came from. That’s probably why the pageant held a "Hot Dad" competition to let audiences know where the contestants get their good looks from! Fathers and grandfathers of the contestants strutted their stuff for the judges in between pageant daughters’ costume changes.
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