Miss America 2007
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|Miss America 2007|
|Date||January 29, 2007|
|Venue||Aladdin Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
Miss America 2007, the 80th Miss America pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on January 29, 2007, which was a Monday, making it the first time that the pageant was held on a weekday, rather than the traditional Saturday.
At the conclusion of the final night of competition, outgoing titleholder Jennifer Berry crowned Lauren Nelson as her successor. Both titleholders are from Oklahoma, only the second occurrence of two consecutive winners from one state. The last time that two titleholders from the same state won in consecutive years was 1959-1960, when Mississippi did the honor.
Selection of contestants
One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2006. 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 2006, for example Melinda Toole is "Miss Alabama 2006" rather than "Miss Alabama 2007".
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 2007|
|Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit|
Quality of Life award
The six judges for the competition were:
- entertainer Debbie Allen
- photographer and television personality Nigel Barker
- actress Delta Burke
- musician Michael Feinstein
- television personality Chris Matthews
- television personality Susan Powell
|Alabama||Melinda Toole||Birmingham||23||Vocal||4th runner-up||Quality of Life 2nd runner-up, Miss Congeniality||NF 04, T10 05|
|Alaska||Stephanie Wonchala||Eagle River||21||Piano||1RU 03, 05|
|Arizona||Hilary Griffith||Glendale||21||Vocal||Quality of Life 1st runner-up||NF 03, T10 04, 1RU 05 and T10 Nat Sweetheart 05|
|Arkansas||Amber Bennett||Carlisle||23||Vocal||T10 2005|
|California||Jacquelynne Fontaine||Moorpark||24||Operatic Vocal||Top 10||Preliminary Talent||T10 04|
|Connecticut||Heidi Alice Voight||New Haven||24||Vocal||4RU 03, T10 04, 2RU 05|
|Delaware||Jamie Ginn||Wilmington||25||Dance||NJ: T10 01, NF 02, 3RU 03, 1RU 05 and 4RU Nat Sweetheart 05|
|District of Columbia||Kate Michael||Washington, D.C.||24||Dance||2RU Miss District of Columbia USA 2008|
|Florida||Allison Kreiger||Miami||23||Dance / Twirl||T10 02, T10 03, T15 04, NF Miss Florida USA 06|
|Georgia||Amanda Kozak||Warner Robins||22||Tap Dance||2nd runner-up||Quality of Life Finalist||T11 04, 1RU 05 and 1RU Nat Sweetheart 05, Miss Georgia USA 2008|
|Hawaii||Pilialoha Gaison||Kaneohe||23||Tahitian Dance||Top 10||Preliminary Talent||NF 05|
|Illinois||Heidi Ekstrom||Mundelein||22||Ballet||4RU 03, NF 04, T10 05|
|Indiana||Betsy Uschkrat||Bloomington||24||Classical Opera||Quality of Life Finalist||TX: NF 02, T10 03, T10 05|
|Iowa||Emily Nicholas||Clear Lake||21||Vocal|
|Kansas||Michelle Walthers||Towanda||21||Vocal||3RU 05|
|Kentucky||Rachelle Phillips||Princeton||24||Vocal||TN: NF 01, 02, 04|
|Louisiana||Jamie Wilson||Minden||23||Vocal||NF 02 & 03, T10 04, 1RU 05|
|Massachusetts||Michaela Gagne||Fall River||24||Vocal||NF 03 & 04, 2RU 05|
|Michigan||Angela Corsi||Farmington Hills||24||Contemporary Ballet En Pointe||Quality of Life Finalist||NF 02, 3RU 03, 1RU 04 & 05 and 3RU Nat Sweetheart 05, 4RU NS 04|
|Minnesota||Nicole Swanson||Lakeville||24||Classical Viola||Non-finalist Talent|
|Mississippi||Taryn Foshee||Clinton||21||Piano||3rd runner-up|
|Missouri||Sarah French||Columbia||21||Vocal||Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004|
|Nebraska||Molly McGrath||Omaha||23||Dance||Preliminary Swimsuit Finalist||T10 03, Nebraska Junior Miss 2001|
|Nevada||Caydi Cole||Las Vegas||22||Vocal||Nevada Junior Miss 2003|
|New Hampshire||Emily Hughes||Gilmanton||23||Tap Dance||3RU 02, 2RU 03, 4RU 04, 1RU 05|
|New Jersey||Georgine DiMaria||Lodi||22||Violin||NF 02, 3RU 03, 1RU 04, T10 05|
|New Mexico||Christina Hall||Albuquerque||23||Vocal||2RU 04, 1RU 05|
|New York||Bethlene Pancoast||Brooklyn||24||Dance||Non-finalist Talent||PA: T10 02, 3RU 03, T10 04, T10 05|
|North Carolina||Elizabeth Horton||High Point||23||Vocal||T10 03|
|North Dakota||Annette Olson||Baldwin||23||Vocal||1RU 04|
|Ohio||Melanie Murphy||Brook Park||20||Dance||T10 05|
|Oklahoma||Lauren Nelson||Lawton||20||Vocal||Winner||Preliminary Swimsuit||Oklahoma Teen 2004|
|Oregon||Donilee McGinnis||Scappoose||24||Tap Dance||T10 04, NF 05|
|Pennsylvania||Emily Wills||Beaver||24||Vocal||Top 10||Preliminary Swimsuit||2RU 02, T10 04, 1RU 05 and 2RU Nat Sweetheart 05, PA Jr. Miss 2001|
|Rhode Island||Allison Rogers||Providence||25||Piano||Quality of Life||3RU 05|
|South Carolina||Shelley Benthall||Florence||21||Vocal||Non-finalist Talent||Miss SC Teen 2003|
|South Dakota||Callee Bauman||Huron||21||Vocal||NF 04 & 05|
|Texas||Shilah Phillips||Plano||25||Vocal||1st runner-up||Preliminary Talent|
|Utah||Katie Millar||Highland||20||Violin||Top 10|
|Vermont||Sarah Watson||Enosburgh||20||Piano||Non-finalist Talent|
|Virginia||Adrianna Sgarlata||Fairfax Station||24||Vocal||Quality of Life Finalist||NF 04, 2RU 05|
|Virgin Islands||Stacy Smith||24||Steel Pan / Vocal|
|Washington||Kristen Eddings||Silverdale||20||Vocal||Top 10||NF 02|
|West Virginia||Tiffany Lawrence||Shepherdstown||24||Vocal||NF 01, T8 02, T10 03, T10 05, T10 Miss West Virginia USA 2006|
|Wisconsin||Meghan Coffey||New Berlin||22||Dance||4RU 05|
|Wyoming||Jenileigh Sawatzke||Cheyenne||24||Aerial Artist||CA: NF 04 & 05|
- 1 Age as at January 2007
- 2 Abbrevs: NF = Non-finalist, RU = Runner-up, T = Top, Nat Sweetheart = National Sweetheart (competition for Miss America runners-up)
Unusually, no former Miss USA delegates competed in this pageant, although Sarah French, formerly Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004 (and Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA) competed as Miss Missouri. Later on Amanda Kozak, Miss Georgia won the Miss Georgia USA 2008 title and competed at Miss USA 2008.
- "Miss America: Press Releases: MAO Announces Judges for the 2007 Miss America Pageant". Miss America Organization. October 19, 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-22.