Miss America 2005
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|Miss America 2005|
|Date||September 18, 2004|
|Venue||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
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.
Selection of contestants
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.
|Miss America 2005|
Quality of Life
- Winner: Deidre Downs (Miss Alabama) - "Curing Childhood Cancer"
- 1st runner-up: Elizabeth Barchas (Miss Idaho) - "Promoting Understanding of Individuals with Disabilities"
- 2nd runner-up: Elizabeth Muto (Miss Nevada) - "‘H.E.L.P.’ing Children Overcome Adversities"
Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
Later 1st Runner up in Miss Utah USA 2007
- Elizabeth Barchas (Miss Idaho)
- Maria Maldonado (Miss Kentucky)
- Elizabeth Muto (Miss Nevada)
- Alyssa Spellman (Miss New Hampshire)
- Susan Yara (Miss New Mexico)
- Sarah Wiley (Miss Indiana)
- Carolyn Nicholas (Miss Iowa)
- Ami Vice (Miss Maine)
- Erika Ebbel (Miss Massachusetts)
- Whitney Weeks (Miss Missouri)
- Erica Scanlon (Miss New Jersey)
- Amanda Beagle (Miss Ohio)
- Ashley Eicher (Miss Tennessee)
The Miss America 2005 delegates were:
|State||Name||Hometown||Age||Talent||Placement||Special awards||Notes 1|
|Alabama||Deidre Downs||Birmingham||24||Vocal||Winner||Quality of Life Award Winner|
|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|
|District of Columbia||Therese Lizardo||Watchung, New Jersey||24||Tahitian/Hawaiian Dance|
|Florida||Jenna Edwards||Miami||23||Pop Vocal||Preliminary Swimsuit||Later 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 Award for Legal Studies||Triple Crown winner - previously Miss Idaho Teen USA 1998 and Miss Idaho USA 2001|
|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 - previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1998 and Miss Louisiana USA 2000|
|Maine||Ami Vice||Lisbon Falls||23||Classical Vocal||Non-Finalist Talent, Bernie Wayne Scholarship Award for the Performing Arts|
|Maryland||Tiffany Jenkins||Silver Spring||24||Vocal|
|Massachusetts||Erika Ebbel||Cambridge||23||Classical Piano||Preliminary Talent, Non-Finalist Talent|
|Mississippi||Jalin Wood||Waynesboro||23||Piano||Later Miss Mississippi USA 2007|
|Missouri||Whitney Weeks||Chesterfield||24||Tap Dance||Non-Finalist Talent|
|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||
Later 1st Runner-up to Miss Utah USA 2007
|Virginia||Mariah Rice||Mechanicsville||24||Lyrical Dance|
|Virgin Islands||Kinila Callendar||St. 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|
1 Abbrevs: NF = Non-finalist, RU = Runner-up, T = Top, Nat Sweetheart = National Sweetheart (competition for Miss America runners-up)