Here we are AGAIN! Sometimes I begin to wonder if the “Miss America Magic” will run its course and perhaps my passion will fade from repetition, familiarity or even exhaustion (Miss America is a L O N G week, people)… but the truth is… it doesn’t. Every time we get down to the point of crowing a new girl, the excitement is still there – and the anticipation of who will win the crown tonight is all over the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. You can’t avoid it!
But before I get to the heart of this blog – I also want to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who attended our “Junkie Meet and Greet” at Starbucks yesterday morning! What great fun to meet people who love this organization as much as I we do, LAUGH and compare notes of our finalists! For those of you who entered our contest, we’ll see whose predictions are the closest, and reward you with a “Junkie Prize”. It’s always special to share “Miss America” with kindred spirits! 🙂
NOW! Let’s get back to business! Here are your winners from Thursday night’s preliminary competition! Miss Washington in Swimsuit and Miss North Dakota in Talent!!! 🙂
Although I chose Miss North Dakota in our previous blogpost, I also noted that I wasn’t sure her ‘kind’ of Talent would be rewarded at Miss America. She sang a laid-back, and simple (and I mean that in a good way) version of “To Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan. When you watched her, you could picture yourself in a late night coffee bar, relaxing with your favorite cup of joe after a long day. She made you feel at ease – and wasn’t anything but herself. To me, she was the clear winner of the night.
Now – regarding Swimsuit… I’m still kicking myself for missing this one… Mandy Schendel from Washington was flawless! And – I should’ve known that a former Miss Teen USA winner would know how to ‘bring it’ in the Swimsuit competition. I have no idea what she does to work on her ‘core’, but it’s working, honey! WOWZERS! 🙂
So – That makes me 4-6 this year… and 3 for 3 with Talent this year!!! I congratulated myself with a plate full of carbs last night… (Chicken and Waffles to be specific)… Perhaps that says something about my ability to choose Swimsuit Winners after all (LOL!) 🙂
HOWEVER – I FULLY REALIZE that what everyone really wants to see… is my list of Finalists for tonight! In truth… I’m going to need a few more hours for that one (and much more coffee)… so, stay tuned and I’ll post my predictions later this afternoon! 🙂
OH – and have you heard there’s an “American Idol-like” Twist to tonight’s finals? I’m wondering if the TV audience might be able to ‘bring back’ someone into the Top 15 that didn’t make it? Or perhaps a new celebrity judge will join the panel tonight? Or perhaps 2 or 3 girls will get to perform their talent – even though they didn’t advance from the Swimsuit Round??? Hmmmmmm…. you’ll have to watch everything tonight to find out!
THE PREDICTION BLOG IS COMING UP NEXT! 🙂