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Best Emcees in Pageantry: 2018 Edition

28, July 2018

Emcees play a special role in every pageant. They set the mood of the night for the audience. A great emcee is able to engage the crowd, has impeccable public speaking skills and has a unique ability to make each contestants' onstage moment special.

This role is not one to be taken lightly. Emcees do a lot more than read a script. They put just as many hours as contestants into researching, learning choreography and getting dressed up for the big night. Here are the emcees that went above and beyond as submitted by pageant lovers everywhere.

Terrence J and Julianne Hough. Photo: Miss Universe Organization 

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Top 10 Pageant Emcees of 2017

10. Beth Martin

Beth Martin is a multi-winning national titleholder. She has taken the same great sense of humor and wit she has as a titleholder and adopted it as part of her role as emcee of American Beauties National and American Beauties Plus.

"She keeps the audience engaged and always laughing," one nominator wrote. "It's like a comedy show built into a pageant." Martin also spends the extra time to make sure each pageant goes smoothly. During rehearsal times, while double checking her script, Martin uses the extra time to crack a joke or two. "She takes the time to make sure each pageant goes smoothly and even has the best witty stories to tell between time," another nominator wrote. An emcee this dedicated to supporting pageants and titleholders by putting on the best show possible is more than deserving of a spot on this list.

Beth Martin. Photo: Pageant Planet Directory

Beth Martin. Photo: Pageant Planet Directory

9. Ashley Horsley

"Ashley Horsley is a phenomenal emcee," one nomination read. "I continue to be amazed by her stage presence and speaking abilities. Her talents serve to excite the audience and build anticipation for the announced winners. It's always an enjoyable pageant experience with Ashley at the stage helm!" This comment says it all. Horsley has served as an emcee for many pageants across the country. Most notably, she serves as the national and international emcee for the Pure International Pageant system. Her outgoing personality combined with her communications degree is perfect for the role of an emcee.

Ashley Horsley. Photo: Ashley Horsley

Ashley Horsley. Photo: Ashley Horsley

8. Teresa Scanlan

This former Miss America can largely credit her public speaking skills to becoming one of the youngest winners at only 17 years old. Now, seven years after Teresa Scanlan's reign, she has served as a coach, judge and emcee. Her warm presence and ease onstage bring contestants confidence as they take the stage. 

Teresa Scanlan. Photo: Facebook

Teresa Scanlan. Photo: Facebook

7. Diane DeNigris Hardgrove

Diane DeNigris Hardgrove has turned from an international queen to a pageant emcee. She won the title of Mrs. Arizona America in 2006. She then went on to win Mrs. America 2007 and eventually Mrs. World 2007. After crowning her successor, Hardgrove stayed involved with the system, serving as an emcee at all levels. Her infectious personality and her confidence at the podium land her a spot on this list. 

Diane DeNigris Hardgrove. Photo: Clinton Wade

Diane DeNigris Hardgrove. Photo: Clinton Wade

6. Cheryl Brehm

Cheryl Brehm is an American model and actress as well as a former beauty queen. She was Mrs. Tennessee America 2015. Her kind heart and spirit are uplifting for contestants as she not only serves as an emcee but as a role model.

"Cheryl always speaks eloquently and with a lot of grace," one nominator wrote. "She is very talented in 'ad lib' methods and she is able to keep things smooth even if she receives curveballs. Finally, her warm and sweet spirit is contagious; people have a great experience when she emcees because she is just being herself. You can see her inner and outer beauty as she composes herself. I’m on Team Cheryl!"

Cheryl Brehm. Photo:Rick Taylor Photography

Cheryl Brehm. Photo: Rick Taylor Photography

5. Mr. Tim

As one of the best showman in the country, Mr. Tim is more than deserving of a spot in the Top 10. He has emceed hundreds of pageant across the United States. As the "Voice of Pageants," he has captured the hearts of many directors, contestants and families.

“Mr Tim” Whitmer. Photo: East Coast USA Pageant

“Mr. Tim” Whitmer. Photo: East Coast USA Pageant

4. Joy Suprano

This actress spends her time between film shoots serving as the emcee for National American Miss. Joy Suprano has a blog where she writes about her experiences. She wrote that it is an honor to serve as the emcee and "be given a platform where can inspire young women to stay the course and follow their dreams." This dedication to the program is a hallmark trait in being a successful emcee. Suprano has undoubtedly touched many lives and will continue to touch many more. 

Joy Suprano. Photo: westsidetowestside.com

Joy Suprano. Photo: westsidetowestside.com

3. Steve Harvey

Talk about a comeback. After infamously announcing the wrong winner at Miss Universe 2015, Steve Harvey has bounced back to land at the number three spot. Part of this has to do with Harvey serving as his biggest critic. During both the 2016 and 2017 Miss Universe Pageants, Harvey roasted himself throughout the pageant about the mistake. He also invited the wrongly crowed winner, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, on "The Steve Harvey Show" where she formally accepted his apology. He has clearly taken the steps to make sure the mistake never happens again. The Miss Universe Pageant has run rather smoothly for the last two years. He has also announced the right winner. Let's hope he keeps it up...

Steve Harvey. Photo: Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization

Steve Harvey. Photo: Patrick Prather/Miss Universe Organization

2. Juilanne Hough

Juilanne Hough has brought her quirky and lovable personality to the Miss USA stage for the last two years. She, too, has been a part of pageant history by announcing both Deshauna Barber and Kára McCullough as the winners of the Miss USA title. Both women represented the District of Colombia, marking the first time the state has not only won the national title but won it back-to-back as well.

Hough could easily take home the title of "Best Dressed" emcee. Her jumpsuit at Miss USA 2017 had pageant girls across the globe scrambling to find a copy.

Juiliane Hough (right). Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Juilianne Hough (right). Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

1. Chris Harrison

Topping off the list is none other than Chris Harrison. While most famously know as the host of The Bachelor franchise, Harrison has also held a role on the Miss America stage. He first emceed the pageant in 2005. In 2012, he returned and has emceed the pageant ever since. This emcee has been a part of history more than a few times in his career. He was the first one to know and announce the New York Trifecta. From 2012-2015, the women representing the state of New York, Mallory Hagan, Nina Davuluri, and Kira Kazantsev, won the title of Miss America. It is the only time a state has won the national title three years in a row.

In addition, he also emceed the the 2016 Miss America Pageant alongside co-emcee Lara Spencer with class and grace. While history was made yet again in crowning winner Betty Cantrell, the pageant is most famously know for the moment when the organization brought head judge and Miss America 1983, Vanessa Williams, onstage and apologized for dethroning her after nude photos were leaked in the press. He also announced the crowning of one of the most popular Miss Americas of all time, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields.

This year, Harrison made history yet again by announcing the first Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, as Miss America 2018. After playing such a big role in pageant history, Harrison rightfully earned the top spot in this year's top 10. 

Chris Harrison. Photo Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Chris Harrison. Photo Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Emcees are essential to having a successful pageant. They help the program run smoothly while still being able to think on their feet. Who was your favorite pageant emcee? Comment below!

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9. Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca served the pageant community and the journalism community for many years doing an amazing job. She was the winner of the Kennedy Award in 2013 for her service in the television and news industry. Sadly, this October, she lost her battle to breast cancer at the age of 54 years old. We are so thankful for Rebecca's work and passion towards what she loved and how much she put into every job. We here at The Pageant Planet wish her family and loved ones the best.

Rebecca Wilson. Photo: Daily Tribune

Rebecca Wilson. Photo: Daily Tribune

8. Typhani Janelle Russo

Typhani is a hard-working young woman who has a passion for arts and education. She has competed in many pageants, danced for many years, and has also been acting and touring the country. She still serves to her pageant community by emceeing and being a light on stage during nervous moments for the audience and the contestants.

Typhani Janelle Russo. Photo: beautybrainsandheart.com

Typhani Janelle Russo. Photo: beautybrainsandheart.com

7. Amanda Pennekamp-Bluestein

As a past Miss South Carolina USA and Mrs. Galaxy, Amanda knows the ins and outs of how a pageant is run. She has had the opportunity to emcee and has done such a beautiful and fun job at it! She knows the nerves and excitement that flows through the room and does so great at making the area light-hearted and fun.

Amanda Pennekamp-Bluestien. Photo: angelsamples.com

Amanda Pennekamp-Bluestien. Photo: angelsamples.com

6. Rhonda Howdyshell

Rhonda has been in the pageant world, competing and judging for many great years. She also is the inventor of CrownClips, which help keep your crown in place. Rhonda has also had the opportunity to emcee pageants and help with different systems around the nation. She is very involved in charity and uses her place in the pageant world to promote what she believes in. 

Rhonda Howdyshell. Photo: All American Pageants

Rhonda Howdyshell. Photo: All American Pageants

5. Ashley Horsley

Ashley is the national and international emcee for the Pure International Pageant system. She has a degree in communications and has had experience in the pageant world by competing and holding titles. Being an international emcee isn't easy, but Ashley does such a great job that she makes it look like it!

Ashley Horsley. Photo: Ashley Horsley

4. Chris Saltalamacchio

Chris grew up in theatre and started growing his love for pageantry not long after. He now owns Pageantry By Chris and coaches girls all over the country in pageantry. He has spent more than 15 years in the entertainment industry appearing on stage for emceeing, public speaking, and being a state and national titleholder in male pageants.

Chris Saltalamacchio. Photo: Matt Boyd

Chris Saltalamacchio. Photo: Matt Boyd

3. Joy Suprano

Joy is an actress who has done many appearances in television, theatre, and film. She is best known for her roles in "We Are The Hartmans" and "A Little Help." Joy is the national host for one of the biggest systems in the nation, National American Miss. She has written blog posts about how much she enjoys pageantry and being a part of young girls' dreams.

Joy Suprano. Photo: westsidetowestside.com

Joy Suprano. Photo: westsidetowestside.com

2. Chris Harrison

Chris is most well-known as the host of the famous TV show "The Bachelor" and its sister show "The Bachelorette." Chris has been hosting the show for some time now but is also very well-known in the pageant world for hosting Miss America. Miss America is one of the biggest systems in the nation, and he does such a fabulous and fun job of hosting it every year!

Chris Harrison. Photo: NBC10

Chris Harrison hosting Miss America. Photo: NBC10

1. Steve Harvey

Oops... I'm sorry Steve. I made a mistake. You are actually not on the list. Maybe next time?

Steve Harvey at Miss Universe. Photo: ABC News

Steve Harvey at Miss Universe. Photo: ABC News

1. “Mr. Tim” Whitmer

Mr Tim has been an emcee for many years all across the nation. He has captured the hearts of so many pageant lovers and pageant families in the United States. He is well-known for his great personality and how well he works with all of the pageant contestants. Congratulations Mr. Tim!

“Mr Tim” Whitmer. Photo: East Coast USA Pageant

“Mr. Tim” Whitmer. Photo: East Coast USA Pageant

Thank you to all of you who submitted and voted for our amazing emcees. We cannot wait to see what the new year brings! 

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