The clock is ticking as intensity starts to rise. Preliminary competition is officially over and as I write this entry, the judges are sitting in a room down the hall discussing the top ten finalists. It is almost like a secret society meeting. This is all part of the judging process where each judge will score the top ten contestants that are given to them by the auditors a composite score that will carry over into the Saturday night final competition.
In the meantime, the contestants have to try to relax and let fate ride its course, but it is easier said than done. Tomorrow night will be the final pageant for the Teen contestants and that means a night off for the Miss contestants, which also means even more time for the nerves to fester internally since their finals are not until Saturday.
IMAGES: Behind The Scenes Countdown To The Miss Michigan Crown
Thursday was an incredible showcase of a wide variety of talent ranging from impeccable vocalists and dancers to original performances with the saxophone, marimba, bass guitar and drums! If boy bands were able to become a craze why not a Miss Michigan girl band? It doesn’t hurt that they are beautiful as well as talented. I just may have to work on managing that!
As competition progresses, I want to highlight Thursday's preliminary winners and share with you exclusive behind the scene interviews that the ClickOn Cam captured with the winners:
Taking home the Overall Talent award was Miss West Michigan, Kelly Oles:
Lastly, Thursday's preliminary talent award in the Teen division went to Brooklynn Lambert of Monroe.
Since I am serving as this year’s emcee, I will have to keep my predictions to myself. Needless to say, I have some ideas of who I think are the frontrunners, but every year there are always surprises and I can’t wait to see who they are!
From the land of rhinestones and spray tan,
Miss Michigan 2008
Local 4's Ashlee Baracy: Miss Michigan 2008