Miss America 2009
|Miss America 2009|
|Date||January 24, 2009|
|Venue||Planet Hollywood Performing Arts Center, Paradise, Nevada|
The pageant was broadcast live on TLC from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, only the fourth time that the pageant has been held outside Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Selection of contestants
One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2008. 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 2008, for example Amanda Tapley is "Miss Alabama 2008" rather than "Miss Alabama 2009".
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 competed 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 participated in three nights of preliminary competition, where preliminary award winners were chosen in each category.
During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top fifteen competed in swimsuit competition. The top twelve competed in evening gown competition. The top ten went on to compete in the talent competition, and the top seven each faced a random question from an American viewer.
|Miss America 2009||
Quality of Life award
The seven judges for the competition were:
- former model Paige Adams-Geller
- actress and singer Laura Bell Bundy
- Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson
- Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones
- casting director Beth Klein
- hairstylist Ken Pavés
|Alabama||Amanda Tapley||Birmingham||20||Piano||Top 15||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up|
|Arizona||Erin Brittany Nurss||Sierra Vista||23||Dance||Non-finalist Talent|
|Arkansas||Ashlen Batson||Newark||21||Flute||Top 12|
|California||Jackie Geist||Vacaville||22||Ballet||Top 7||Miss Teen Paradise Valley 2000, 1st runner-up at Miss California Teen USA 2002, Miss Teen Vacaville 2002, 3rd runner-up at Miss Teenage California 2004, Miss Teen of the Nation 2004, Miss Vaca Valley 2006|
|Colorado||Jamie Dukehart-Conti||Arvada||23||Jazz Dance||Broncos Cheerleader|
|Connecticut||Ashley Glenn||Hamden||23||Lyrical Dance|
|Delaware||Galen Giaccone||Wyoming||20||Piano||Top 15||Preliminary Talent||Delaware's Junior Miss 2006|
|District of Columbia||Kate Marie Grinold||Washington, D.C.||22||Ballet||Top 10|
|Florida||Sierra Minott||Fort Myers||20||Jazz Dance||4th runner-up||Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2005|
|Georgia||Chastity Hardman||Columbus||24||Vocal||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent||Second African-American to represent the state in the Miss America pageant, Sherri Hill Model|
|Hawaii||Nicole Fox||Honolulu||Traditional Hawaiian Dance||Top 10||Quality of Life Finalist|
|Idaho||Elise Davis||Idaho Falls||20||Vocal|
|Illinois||Katie Lorenz||Plymouth, MI||24||Lyrical Dance|
|Indiana||Katie Stam||Seymour||21||Vocal||Miss America 2009||Quality of Life Finalist, Preliminary Swimsuit||Miss Kentuckiana Teen 2002, Indiana's Junior Miss 2005 and 2nd runner-up at America's Junior Miss 2005|
|Iowa||Olivia Myers||Sperry||22||Tap Dance||2nd runner-up||Can speak backwards|
|Kansas||Emily Deaver||Augusta||19||Vocal / Piano|
|Kentucky||Emily Cox||Campbellsville||22||Piano||Top 12||Quality of Life||Niece of Nancy Miss Kentucky 1990 Jane Cox; both won same local title (Miss Bowling Green) before winning state title|
|Louisiana||Blair Abene||Hammond||22||Vocal||Miss Teen Louisiana 2002|
|Maryland||Louise Schlegel||Silver Spring||20||Vocal||Attends the University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|Massachusetts||Alicia Zitka||West Springfield||22||Lyrical Dance||Graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst, Won national online K-mart Style competition|
|Michigan||Ashlee Baracy||Westland||23||Jazz Dance||Top 10||Quality of Life 1st runner-up||Michigan's Junior Miss 2003, Danced with Mario Lopez from "Dancing with the Stars", 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2007|
|Minnesota||Angela McDermott||Austin||24||Vocal||Performed the National Anthem at the Opening of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota|
|Mississippi||Christine Kozlowski||D'Iberville||19||Jazz Dance||Preliminary Swimsuit|
|Missouri||Lacey Fitzgerald||Kansas City||24||Vocal|
|Montana||Jennifer Hepner||Great Falls||23||Belly Dancing|
|Nevada||Julianna Erdesz||Reno||24||Vocal||Miss Nevada USA 2010|
|New Hampshire||Natalie C. Shaw||Hooksett||23||Vocal|
|New Jersey||Ashley Fairfield||Egg Harbor Township||22||Jazz Dance|
|New Mexico||Christina Olmi||Albuquerque||23||Vocal|
|New York||Leigh-Taylor Smith||New York City||22||Vocal||3rd runner-up||Preliminary Swimsuit|
|North Carolina||Amanda Watson||Raleigh||21||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|North Dakota||Tessie Jones||West Fargo||21||Piano|
|Ohio||Karissa Renee Martin||Woodsfield||21||Vocal|
|Oklahoma||Kelsey Cartwright||Collinsville||20||Lyrical Dance|
|Oregon||Danijela Krstić||Beaverton||24||Belly Dancing|
|Pennsylvania||Kendria Perry||Nazareth||23||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|Rhode Island||Francesca Simone||North Smithfield||23||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|South Carolina||Anna Perry||Florence||23||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|South Dakota||Alexandra Hoffman||Eureka||20||Vocal||Top 15||Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2006|
|Tennessee||Ellen Carrington||Jackson||21||Classical Vocal||Top 7|
|Texas||Rebecca Robinson||Buffalo||24||Tap Dance||Miss Congeniality|
|Utah||Kayla Barclay||Manti||18||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|Vermont||Ashley Ruth Wheeler||Lyndonville||21||Vocal||Preliminary Talent, Non-finalist Talent|
|Virgin Islands||Shamika K. Thomas||Saint Thomas||23||Vocal|
|Virginia||Tara Wheeler||Woodbridge||24||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist|
|West Virginia||Kayla Lynam||Short Gap||21||Piano|
|Wyoming||Courtney Gifford||Sheridan||19||Comedic Vocal||Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2005; first Miss America's Outstanding Teen contestant to win a Miss America state title, Miss Wyoming USA 2013|
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