Since I was able to see all of the prelims, I feel justified in commenting on the turnout of Miss America. To be fair, I did miss a few performances due to trips to the bathroom, but I pretty much saw every girl compete in every phase of competition. I'll start by saying that I felt so proud to be wearing Octavia's button and telling everyone that I was cheering for Miss Michigan. She looked amazing, and she was so gracious at visitation. It really makes no difference to me whether our girl places first or last so long as she appreciates the experience, and Octavia did just that. I watched last night as the other contestants greeted her and said their goodbyes, and it is obvious that she was well-liked and respected, which truly comes as no surprise to me. She has so much to look forward to, both as Miss Michigan and afterward. I'm grateful that she will be representing us overseas next year. If you ask me, we need people like her to help boost our reputation.
After every pageant, there is always talk of who won, who should have won, etc. In general, I was pleased with the outcome. I was impressed with Miss Texas and thought she should have made Top 5, and I wanted North Dakota to make Top 10 just because I liked her. Plus, she's from a state that doesn't make it that often, and I like rooting for the underdog. I think Octavia could have easily been in Top 10, along with about 12 others who didn't make it. It was such a strong group this year that it was hard to single out 10. There were also a few great talents that were not shown on national television, namely
Arkansas and South Carolina, both singers. Next year, I suggest CMT skip the Miss America party bit, but other than that, I thought they did a great job with the telecast. I'm anxious to hear how the ratings turned out. As always, I enjoyed seeing several members of our Miss Michigan family, and especially enjoyed meeting former Miss Wayne and Miss Michigan, Audrie Chernaukas (please forgive my spelling).