With the wide array of talents being shown in local, state, and national pageants for the Miss America Organization, you have to wonder which talent has the best record of winning at Miss America? Through my research I have found the top three record winning talents through the winners of Miss America (this is only about overall winners, not talent award winners).
3. Combination Talents
In a previous article, I gave ideas for pageant talent. One of the ideas was combining two talents at once. Our first Miss America to have competed in the talent portion of the competition (because Miss America did not have a talent portion in the pageant until 1935), Miss Pittsburgh, Henrietta Leaver, actually performed two talents at once. Henrietta sang and tap danced. T his was the beginning of the talent competition within Miss America, and this was also a new way to showcase the talent of girls across America. Throughout the years, Miss Americas that have performed two talents at once have been a wide range of singing and dancing, to playing piano and the flute, to art display and vocal melodies. Singing and conducting, to puppetry and singing have also won the hearts of MAO judges.
Combining two talents at once is a great way to show how skilled you are in different aspects, but as I have stated before, it can sometimes hurt you. You must first perfect both talents before putting them together. Talent is a time for you to shine and show the judges how skilled you are in whatever talent(s) you pursue, so be sure to have all parts of your talent in tip top shape.
Dance is a wonderful way to show not only how athletic you are, but how graceful you are. Coming very close to first, dance has produced many Miss Americas. In fact, our current Miss America 2014, and former Miss America 2013 both performed a dance for their talent. One particular dancer I look up to is Miss America 1995, Heather Whitestone. She was the first deaf Miss America, and her talent was dance. She memorized the beats of the music and did all she could to perform the best dance of her life.
She once said, “Through ballet I was fortunate to find a place to escape, a refuge from my feelings of being an outsider. The dance studio was the one place I felt accepted and 'just like everybody else' was in the dance studio. Hoping to improve the rhythm of my speech, my mother had enrolled me in a ballet class when I was five years old. The ballet class boosted my self-esteem.” Heather's love for ballet helped shape her into a young woman with self-esteem but also helped her become Miss America.
This is our number one winning talent that former Miss Americas have performed for their talent, and of course, won. Thirty-one out of the seventy-nine Miss Americas that have won since the talent portion became a part of the competition have sang for their talent. Forty-three out of seventy-nine had vocal as either their talent or a part of their talent (if they combined talents). From operatic performances, to belting out showtunes, the number one talent that Miss Americas have had is vocal. Singing gives you a chance to show the beautiful voice you have in whatever way suits it best.
The different array of songs that our Miss Americas have sung throughout the years and won really leaves it all on the table to pick what type of song you would look for. Your song should be something that makes you sound your best, but that you relate to as well. Don't always go for the hit song everyone hears on the radio; sometimes your number one hit would be something you would never expect.
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