Miss America 2008
|Miss America 2008|
|Date||January 26, 2008|
|Venue||Planet Hollywood Performing Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
Selection of contestants
One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2007. 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 2007, for example Jamie Langley is "Miss Alabama 2007" rather than "Miss Alabama 2008." Many contestants competed in state pageants in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems numerous times before they won titles. Some previously competed in states other than those where they won a state title.
All contestants had to be between 17 and 24 years old, unmarried, and a citizen of the United States. They had 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.
For the first time, sixteen semi-finalists were chosen (fifteen based on the judges vote and one extra "People's Choice" contestant based on internet voting). The top sixteen competed in the swimsuit competition, after which judges eliminated six contestants. This was the first time the eliminated contestants were called, rather than contestants called to progress to the next round. The top ten contestants competed in the evening gown competition, and then prepared for the talent competition. Eight contestants participated in Talent, and two were eliminated in the midst of the competition. The top eight then participated in a quickfire interview competition. In a return to past proceedings, the runners-up and winner were called out of the top eight.
|Miss America 2008|
* - America's Choice
Quality of Life award
|Pyramid Scholarship for Public Relations & Marketing|
The seven judges for the competition were:
- fashion designer Trace Ayala
- magazine editor Sarah Ivens
- Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- casting director Jason La Padura
- personal trainer Kim Lyons
- television news anchor Robin Meade
- motivational speaker James Arthur Ray
|Alabama||Jamie Langley||Wadley||23||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|Alaska||Cari Leyva||Anchorage||23||Vocal||Miss Alaska USA 2004|
|Arizona||Nicole Turner||Phoenix||24||Jazz Dance|
|Arkansas||Katie Bailey||Conway||25||Vocal||Top 16|
|California||Melissa Chaty||Redwood Valley||23||Classical Vocal||Top 8||Miss Teenage California 2003|
|Colorado||Maggie Ireland||Littleton||22||Irish Step Dance|
|Connecticut||Dana Daunis||Watertown||22||Vocal||Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent|
|Delaware||Brittany Dempsey||Dover||19||Jazz Dance||Delaware's Junior Miss 2005|
|District of Columbia||Shayna Rudd||Philadelphia||22||Jazz Dance||Non-finalist Talent|
|Florida||Kylie Williams||Jasper||24||Country Vocal||Top 16||Quality of Life 1st runner-up|
|Georgia||Leah Massee||Fitzgerald||22||Vocal||Top 10|
|Hawaii||Ashley Layfield||Kane'ohe||21||Lyrical Dance||Sister of Miss Hawaii USA 2008 Janelle Layfield|
|Idaho||Sadie Quigley||Idaho Falls||19||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|Indiana||Nicole Rash||Plymouth||23||Vocal||1st runner-up|
|Iowa||Diana Reed||Norwalk||23||Baton||Top 10||Preliminary Talent|
|Kansas||Alyssa George||Minneapolis||21||Classical Piano|
|Louisiana||Amanda Joseph||Pineville||21||Ballet en Pointe|
|Maryland||Shana Powell||Bowie||22||Operatic Vocal|
|Massachusetts||Valerie Amaral||Acushnet||22||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent, Miracle Maker|
|Michigan||Kirsten Haglund||Farmington Hills||19||Vocal||Winner||Preliminary Swimsuit|
|Minnesota||Jennifer Hudspeth||Apple Valley||23||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|Mississippi||Kimberly Morgan||Taylor||24||Vocal||Top 16|
|Missouri||Lindsay Casmaer||Hazelwood||23||Ballet en Pointe|
|Montana||Kristen Mantooth||Lewistown||22||Lyrical Dance|
|Nevada||Caleche Manos||Reno||23||Vocal||Quality of Life|
|New Hampshire||Rachel Barker||Amherst||19||Ballet en Pointe||Pyramid Scholarship for Public Relations & Marketing|
|New Jersey||Amy Polumbo||Howell||22||Vocal||Non-finalist Talent|
|New Mexico||Jenny Marlowe||Albuquerque||23||Vocal|
|New York||Elisabeth Baldanza||Oneonta||23||Contemporary Ballet|
|North Carolina||Jessica Jacobs||High Point||23||Ballet en Pointe||4th runner-up|
|North Dakota||Ashley Young||Grand Forks||20||Vocal Opera||Miss Congeniality|
|Ohio||Roberta Camp||Grove City||23||Vocal|
|Oklahoma||Makenna Smith||Oklahoma City||24||Vocal||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up|
|Oregon||Kari Virding||Tigard||24||Vocal||Non-finalist Talent||Miss Oregon Teen USA 2000|
|Pennsylvania||Rachel Brooks||Broomall||24||Vocal||Non-finalist Talent|
|Rhode Island||Ashley Bickford||Newport||22||Ballet en Pointe||Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Swimsuit||Triple Crown winner: Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2002 and Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2002, Miss Connecticut USA 2010|
|South Carolina||Crystal Garrett||Columbia||21||Vocal||Top 16|
|South Dakota||Kate Wismer||Britton||22||Classical Vocal|
|Tennessee||Grace Gore||Nashville||24||Vocal||Top 16||Quality of Life Finalist||Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2002|
|Texas||Molly Hazlett||Centerville||21||Jazz on Pointe||Top 8||Preliminary Swimsuit|
|Utah||Jill Stevens||Kaysville||24||Vocal||Top 16||America's Choice|
|Vermont||Rachel Ann Cole||Middlebury||21||Monologue|
|Virginia||Hannah Kiefer||Roanoke||21||Ballet en Pointe||3rd runner-up||2008 Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship|
|Virgin Islands||Janeisha John||Saint Croix||20||Jazz Dance||Miss US Virgin Islands 2010|
|Washington||Elyse Umemoto||Wapato||23||Vocal||2nd runner-up||Competed on Survivor 23 South Pacific coming in 15th place|
|West Virginia||Summer Wyatt||Princeton||21||Vocal|
|Wisconsin||Christina Thompson||Kenosha||23||Classical Violin||Top 8|
1 Age as at January 2008
Miss America Reality Check
A show on the pageant's new network, TLC, premiered on January 4, 2008, hosted by Ugly Betty actor Michael Urie. The premise of the show is to update the image of the Miss America pageant, which has seen a decline in popularity over the last few decades. In addition, viewers will be able to vote online and choose one of the delegates to be a finalist in the pageant.
- Kari Virding (Oregon) - Miss Oregon Teen USA 2000
- Ashley Bickford (Rhode Island) - Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2002, Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2002; Triple Crown winner
- Grace Gore (Tennessee) - Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2002
- Cari Leyva (Alaska) - Miss Alaska USA 2004
- Janeisha John (Virgin Islands) - Miss US Virgin Islands 2010, Miss Universe 2010 contestant
- "2008 MISS AMERICA "QUALITY OF LIFE" WINNER ANNOUNCED" (Press release). Miss America Organization. 2008-01-24.
- "Miss America: Press Releases: 2008 National Judges Announced for Miss America Live!". Miss America Organization. January 3, 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-22.
- "Ashley Bickford Biography". Miss Rhode Island. Retrieved 2008-01-24.
- Willenburg, Brandy (2007-07-20). "New Miss Tennessee plans to maintain strong Vanderbilt ties". The Reporter (Vanderbilt Medical Center).