Miss America 2009 Contestants - Page 2

On January 24, 2009, the Miss America 2009 Beauty Contest will takes place at Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The reigning Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund of Farmington Hills, Michigan will crown her successor. The Pageant will be broadcasted live on TLC from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and hosted by Mario Lopez.

All 51 delegates will compete in an interview competition with the judges, based on their platform issue, and also in the swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions.

Prior to the televised competition, the delegates will participate in three nights of preliminary competition, where the preliminary awards will be given to the winners in each category.

During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top ten compete in swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Then, the top five go on to compete in the talent competition, and the top three face a final interview round.

Meet the 51 Official Candidates:

Miss Kentucky
Hometown: Campbellsville
Emily Cox, 22
Talent: Piano
(Her Aunt is Nancy Jane Cox, Miss Kentucky 1990 (Both won same local title, Miss Bowling Green) before winning state title)

Miss Louisiana
Hometown: Hammond
Blair Abene, 22
Talent: Vocal
(Miss Teen Louisiana 2002)

Miss Maine
Hometown: Topsham
Adrienne Watkinson, 23
Talent: Violin

Miss Maryland
Hometown: Silver Spring, 20
Talent: Vocal
(Studying at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Miss Massachusetts
Hometown: West Springfield
Alicia Zitka, 22
Talent: Lyrical Dance
(Graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst and also won a national online K-mart Style competition)

Miss Michigan
Hometown: Westland
Ashlee Baracy, 23
Talent: Lyrical Dance
(Miss Junior Michigan 2003 and also Danced with Mario Lopez trom "Dancing with the Stars")

Miss Minnesota
Hometown: Austin
Angela McDermott, 24
Talent: Vocal
(Performed the National Anthem at the Opening of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota)

Miss Mississippi
Hometown: D'Iberville
Christine Kozlowski, 19
Talent: Jazz Dance

Miss Missouri
Hometown: Kansas City
Lacey Fitzgerald, 24
Talent: Vocal

Miss Montana
Hometown: Great Falls
Jennifer Hepner, 23
Talent: Belly Dancing

Miss Nebraska
Hometown: Alliance
Gretchen Bergquist, 24
Talent: Vocal

Miss Nevada
Hometown: Reno
Julianna Erdesz, 24
Talent: Vocal

Miss New Hampshire
Hometown: Hooksett
Natalie Shaw, 23
Talent: Vocal

Miss New Jersey
Hometown: Egg Harbour Township
Ashley Fairfield, 22
Talent: Jazz Dance

Miss New Mexico
Hometown: Albuquerque
Christina Olmi, 23
Talent: Vocal

Miss New York
Hometown: New York City
Leigh-Taylor Smith, 22
Talent: Vocal

Miss North Carolina
Hometown: Raleigh
Amanda Watson, 21
Talent: Vocal
(Miss Garner 2008, Miss ANTSO 2005 Sweetheart Division)

Official Candidates:   Page 1   Page 3
Preliminary Awards:   January 20   January 21   January 22
Winners:   Top 15   Top 12   Top 10   Top 7   Crowning


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