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    Oh my gosh, Miss Indiana is amazing.

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    Yay, I was so happy for the top 3 (Washington, New Mexico, and Indiana)! I was actually a bit surprised that Indiana won the scholarship in addition to the two other girls, regardless of the fact that she was definitely deserving of it. However, District of Columbia is beautifully eloquent; she definitely deserved a scholarship as well. Rhode Island's personability seems to be what pulls me towards her, though; I'm hoping she wins.

    Miss Arizona and Wisconsin are gorgeous, by the way.

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    I was glad to see Washington win, especially. NM is a cutie as well. Glad that Alaska was in the top 10. I kinda like her.

    But I agree with some of the others who said they wished they could have spent more time with all the other girls they didn't show. I think I maybe saw California once. Maybe.

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    did they even rank Miss Michigan?

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    Yeah! My early pick, Miss New Mexico, won. I was also happy to see my birth state of Minnesota be in the top ten.

    You're all right that they didn't show all of the contestants. My home state (California) wasn't shown at all. Perhaps next year they'll expand the series to 6 or 7 episodes to give all the contestants a chance to shine.

    I still think Miss Florida will take the crown. Good luck to all.
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    Miss Minnesota came out of nowhere! I don't think we have seen her featured, even a little bit.

    Miss Florida. I don't find her attractive or compelling in any way.

    This show was taped before the pageant competition began so their top ten does not necessarily reflect the pageant judges choice. But I would not be surprised to see most of them front runners. My hunch is that there were many states the panel just knew would not make it to the top 16 so they didn't bother to cover them.

    mayukhers112, why were you surprised to see Miss Indiana win a scholarship?
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    It's just that the judges were saying she was too safe with her answers. I was expecting Miss District of Columbia to win. Miss Illinois really shined, too.

    I agree about Miss Florida.

    Yeah, was Miss Michigan even ranked? She's amazing.

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    I admit I snuck a peak at the final 16 online. It doesn't show for at least an hour where I live.

    In case ya'll want to know, they are
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    The final 15 are Miss Michigan, Miss Iowa, Miss North Carolina, Miss California, Miss Indiana, Miss South Carolina, Miss Georgia, Miss Washington, Miss Arkansas, Miss Virginia, Miss Texas, Miss Wisconsin, Miss Florida, Miss Mississipi, and the TV audience’s vote of Miss Utah — a military vet.


    And early out from that group, according to the Web,
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    Miss Tennessee, Miss Arkansas, Miss Florida, Miss Mississippi, and Miss Utah are out. Then Iowa and Georgia.


    And according to what I read, here is how it all played out:
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    The fourth runner-up is … Miss North Carolina.

    The third runner-up is … Miss Virginia.

    The second runner-up is … Miss Washington.

    The first runner-up is … Miss Indiana.

    And Miss America is Miss Michigan!
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    here's the results of Miss America:
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    Miss Michigan crowned Miss America By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press Writer
    7 minutes ago



    LAS VEGAS - Miss Michigan Kirsten Haglund, a 19-year-old aspiring Broadway star, was crowned Miss America 2008 on Saturday in a live show billed as the unveiling of the 87-year-old pageant's new, hipper look.

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    Haglung, of Farmington Hills, Mich., sang "Over the Rainbow" to clinch the title. She beat Miss Indiana Nicole Elizabeth Rash, the first runner up, and Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto, the second runner up for the $50,000 scholarship and year of travel that comes with the crown.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Sporting updated hairdos, sassy attitudes and red carpet-worthy fashion, a crop of 52 newly made-over aspiring beauty queens was trimmed as they competed for the top tiara Saturday in the Miss America Pageant.

    Contestants wore blue jeans and added a bit of humor to the traditional opening number, the parade of states.

    "Where we consider ice fishing to be a major league sport, I'm Miss Minnesota!" Jennifer Ann Hudspeth said.

    Producers had hoped a new confident attitude would show through on the catwalks, and Miss Utah, Jill Stevens, an Army medic who served in Afghanistan, didn't disappoint.

    "Home of the country's highest birth rate as long as the Osmonds don't move," she announced.

    Miss Utah didn't make it to the final 10, but she took the disappointment with pluck. When her name was called, she dropped and gave the audience push ups before joining the other losers.

    Stevens however was selected "America's Choice," based on voting via text messages from viewers of a reality show that was designed to make over the beauty queens and draw in a younger audience.

    Among the top eight finalists: Miss Michigan Kirsten Haglund, granddaughter of Miss Michigan 1944; Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto, an aspiring lawyer from Wapato, Wash.; Miss California Melissa Chaty, a 24-year-old opera singer and Miss Wisconsin Christina Thompson a violinist.

    The long-struggling pageant promised a new look for this year's beauty battle. "Entertainment Tonight" reporter Mark Steines was the master of ceremonies of the show, which aired on cable channel TLC.

    Clinton Kelly of TLC's hit "What Not to Wear" also helped with the hosting duties. Kelly had instructed the girls on how to update their looks during the reality show.

    The pageant sounded and looked different. A deejay spun dance music from turntables set up on stage. Contestant danced and waved to the audience during commercials breaks.

    Usually tame by modern TV standards, the swimwear competition kicked it up a notch. Most contestants wore black bikinis, and some struck provocative poses and twirled as the audience howled.

    Those who didn't make the cut as finalists were awarded a girl's favorite consolation prize.

    "Carbohydrates!" Kelly yelled, as pastries were handed out on stage.

    The losers were seated on risers on one side of the stage, while the parents of the finalists, in black tie, were seated on the other.

    The crowning at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip caps a four-week reality series, "Miss America: Reality Check," which followed the contestants as they were pushed to shed the dated look of Miss Americas past and adopt a hipper style.

    The show was the 87-year-old pageant's latest in a series of attempts to find an audience with a younger demographic after more than a decade of declining ratings.

    The fading institution has struggled to find a television home since being dropped from network television in 2004. It spent a two-year stint on Country Music Television before being picked up last summer by TLC, a cable channel reaching 93 million homes in the U.S.

    TLC added the pageant to its reality-TV stable, and announced plans to reinvent the look of the show and find an "It girl" ready for modern celebrity.

    The pageant has not fared well in the age of reality television, despite a series of recent experiments that have added quiz shows, viewer voting and "new" style.

    It moved to the Las Vegas Strip in 2006 and promised a back-to-basics formula that would revel in its old-school charm. The show continued to lose viewers. It fell to an all-time low of 2.4 million viewers in 2007 and was dropped by CMT.

    This year's reality TV infusion, "Miss America: Reality Check," was notable for taking a decidedly irreverent tone with the long-revered pageant. Style experts took shots at the earnest contestants' hair, makeup, talent and stiff parade wave, and Saturday's crowning was billed as the big reveal.

    The winner takes home a $50,000 scholarship and embark on a year of promoting the pageant, her platform issue and the Children's Miracle Network, a pageant partner.

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    I was very disappointed that the winner was the same type that wins the contest every other year. I was hoping they would make a point by picking a winner that represents the "new" Miss America.

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