Miss America 2005

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Miss America 2005
Date September 18, 2004
Presenters Chris Harrison
Venue Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Broadcaster ABC
Winner Deidre Downs
Alabama Alabama

Miss America 2005, the 78th Miss America pageant, was held in Atlantic City on September 18, 2004, following a week of events including the preliminary competition.

The pageant was broadcast live on ABC from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Although this was not known at the time, this pageant would be the last held in Atlantic City until 2013, as the pageant moved to Las Vegas, Nevada beginning in 2006. It was also the last one to be televised by an over-the-air network until 2011.

At the conclusion of the final night of competition, Ericka Dunlap crowned Deidre Downs of Alabama as her successor.

Selection of contestants[edit]

One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2005. Prior to competing in state pageants, the majority of delegates first were required to win a local title. Each delegates title is pre-dated to 2005, for example Deidre Downs was "Miss Alabama 2004" rather than "Miss Alabama 2005".

Many contestants competed in state pageants in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems numerous times before winning titles, and some had previously in other states to those which they won their state title.

All contestants were required to be between the ages of 17-24, unmarried and a citizen of the United States. They were also required to meet residency and education requirements.


All delegates 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 nationally televised competition, the delegates participate in three nights of preliminary competition, where preliminary award winners are chosen in each category.

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



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2005
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10

Special awards[edit]

Preliminary awards[edit]

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit

Quality of Life award[edit]

Results Contestant
1st runner-up
  • Idaho - Elizabeth Barchas (Promoting Understanding of Individuals with Disabilities)
2nd runner-up
  • Nevada - Elizabeth Muto (‘H.E.L.P.’ing Children Overcome Adversities)

Non-finalist awards[edit]

Awards Contestant


State Name Hometown Age Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Deidre Downs Birmingham 24 Vocal Winner Quality of Life
Alaska Christina Reasner Sterling 22 Pop Vocal
Arizona Katherine Kennedy Tempe 24 Baton Twirling
Arkansas Lacy Fleming Hampton 22 Vocal 3rd runner-up
California Veena Goel Laguna Hills 22 Jazz Dance 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent
Colorado Laura Tobey Denver 23 Jazz Vocal
Connecticut Nikki Palmieri North Haven 22 Jazz Dance
Delaware Linda Kurtz Dover 21 Ballet
District of Columbia Therese Lizardo Watchung 24 Tahitian / Hawaiian Dance
Florida Jenna Edwards Miami 23 Pop Vocal Preliminary Swimsuit Miss Florida USA 2007
Georgia Danica Tisdale Atlanta 23 Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Talent
Hawaii Olena Rubin Kilauea 23 Vocal Miss Congeniality
Idaho Elizabeth Barchas Boise 24 Classical Piano Quality of Life 1st runner-up, Non-finalist Interview, Leonard C. Horn for Legal Studies Triple Crown winner: Miss Idaho Teen USA 1998, Miss Idaho USA 2001
Illinois Michelle LaGroue Naperville 24 Vocal
Indiana Sarah Wiley Carmel 24 Vocal Non-finalist Talent
Iowa Carolyn Nicholas Clear Lake 23 Flute Non-finalist Talent
Kansas Megan Bushell Wichita 22 Classical Vocal Top 10
Kentucky Maria Maldonado Lexington 22 Vocal Non-finalist Interview
Louisiana Jennifer Dupont Plaquemine 23 Jazz Dance 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Triple Crown winner: Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1998, Miss Louisiana USA 2000
Maine Ami Vice Lisbon Falls 23 Classical Vocal Non-finalist Talent, Bernie Wayne Scholarship for the Performing Arts
Maryland Tiffany Jenkins Silver Spring 24 Vocal
Massachusetts Erika Ebbel Cambridge 23 Classical Piano Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent
Michigan Kelli Talicska Auburn 24 Vocal
Minnesota Tiffany Ogle Waverly 24 Vocal
Mississippi Jalin Wood Waynesboro 23 Piano Miss Mississippi USA 2007
Missouri Whitney Weeks Chesterfield 24 Tap Dance Non-finalist Talent
Montana Evangelina Duke Billings 20 Vocal
Nebraska Brook Matthews Blair 24 Vocal
Nevada Elizabeth Muto Las Vegas 24 Monologue Quality of Life 2nd runner-up, Non-finalist Interview
New Hampshire Alyssa Spellman Derry 21 Vocal Non-finalist Interview
New Jersey Erica Scanlon Pitman 22 Vocal Non-finalist Talent
New Mexico Susan Yara Pecos 23 Vocal Non-finalist Interview
New York Christina Ellington New York City 22 Operatic Vocal Top 10
North Carolina Kirstin Elrod Cary 23 Classical Vocal 2nd runner-up
North Dakota Ashley Ford Cavalier 21 Vocal
Ohio Amanda Beagle Warren 24 Operatic Aria Non-finalist Talent
Oklahoma Elizabeth Kinney Mooreland 22 Tap Dance Top 10
Oregon Brook Roberts Roseburg 21 Vocal The Amazing Race 17 contestant along with her fellow home shopping host Claire Champlin
Pennsylvania Victoria Bechtold Johnstown 21 Classical Operatic Vocal
Rhode Island Aimée Belisle North Smithfield 24 Ballet
South Carolina Ann Wood Spartanburg 23 Lyrical Dance
South Dakota Kyra Korver Mitchell 23 Broadway Vocal
Tennessee Ashley Eicher Nashville 24 Vocal Non-finalist Talent
Texas Jamie Story Bedford 23 Classical Piano Top 10
Utah Amy Davis Bountiful 22 Classical Piano Preliminary Swimsuit 1st runner-up at Miss Utah USA 2007
Vermont Megan Yardley Burlington 24 Vocal
Virginia Mariah Rice Mechanicsville 24 Lyrical Dance
Virgin Islands Kinila Callendar Saint Thomas 24 Cultural Dance
Washington Allison Porter University Place 24 Classical Violin
West Virginia Julia Burton Petersburg 22 Pop Vocal
Wisconsin Molly McGrath Wisconsin Rapids 22 Theatrical Dance en Pointe
Wyoming Megan Reichert Dayton 19 Classical Vocal

External links[edit]