Published Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 | 7:58 p.m.
Editor’s Note: If you do NOT want to know the results of the 2013 Miss America Pageant before it airs tape delayed from PH Live at Planet Hollywood at 9 p.m. PT on ABC, do NOT read this live blog.
The 2013 Miss America Pageant, in its 92nd year, crowns the successor to Laura Kaeppeler of Wisconsin at PH Live in Planet Hollywood and airs on ABC. The hosts are Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor” and Brooke Burke-Charvet of “Dancing With the Stars.”
The 53 hopefuls arrived at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 3 and have kept up a jam-packed schedule leading to today’s pageant. Check out our full coverage -- reports, photo galleries and videos -- at our 2013 Miss America Pageant special section.
The live blog begins with the pageant at 6 p.m.
6 p.m.: 2012 Miss America Laura Kaeppeler sings the national anthem as the USAF Thunderbirds, who are celebrating their 60th anniversary, fly over The Strip in a videotaped opening. Chris Harrison, in a black suit and black tie, and Brooke Burke-Charvet, ravishing in red, make their opening remarks.
The first stop is The Neon Museum. Miss Alabama gives a shout-out to native boy Channing Tatum. Miss California touts Google. Miss Colorado praises the Denver Broncos, who just lost in their playoff game in OT against the Baltimore Ravens.
At Mizumi in Wynn Las Vegas, Miss Idaho talks about Big Foot. Miss Illinois touts Abraham Lincoln. Miss Kansas talk about her state being home to the first female mayor. Miss Maryland calls her state “the crabbiest.”
Now at Fashion Show mall, which Burke-Charvet calls “Fashion Mall Show.” Miss Massachusetts talks about her state being the home of Aerosmith. Miss Nevada receives big cheers. Miss New Jersey, who lauds the first Miss America from her state.
At “O” in the Bellagio, New York talks about her state’s spirit post-Sandy. Miss North Dakota talks oil. Miss Pennsylvania is from The Steel Capital of the World. Miss South Carolina: “Y’all are the ones with the accent!”
At Voodoo in The Rio, South Dakota says their seasons are winter, winter, winter and road construction. A shout-out to “Dancing With the Stars” from Miss Texas. Miss Virgin Islands is ready to bring the heat! Miss Wisconsin talks about “cutting the cheese!”
Harrison gives props to Burke-Charvet for kicking cancer.
6:12 p.m.: Miss Montana Alexis Wineman is the America's Choice contestant.
6:16 p.m.: The judges are introduced: former longtime “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart, fashion designer Bradley Bayou, 2012 Olympic gymnastics champion McKayla Maroney, “Good Morning America’s” Sam Champion, “DWTS” pro dancer champion Cheryl Burke, 2009 Miss America Katie Stam Irk and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John.
6:18 p.m.: The Top 14 joining Miss Montana are Miss Texas Danae Couch, Miss Utah Kara Arnold, Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden, Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers (who is the pre-pageant favorite), Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson, Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan, Miss Maryland Joanna Guy, Miss Illinois Megan Ervin, Miss Indiana Merriebeth Cox, Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss Florida Laura McKeeman, Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt and Miss Iowa Mariah Cary.
6:24 p.m.: Next up is swimsuit. Harrison announces that the judges get to add one more semifinalist, making it the Top 16, after the commercial break.
6:28 p.m.: The judges are still conferring. Twenty-three Miss Americas are in the audience. The contestant added is Miss Washington Mandy Schendel.
6:35 p.m.: A video shows Kaeppeler singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Swimsuit counts for 20 percent. Miss Montana is in blue. The song is “Scream and Shout” by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears. Miss Texas is wearing red. Miss Utah is wearing black. Miss Oklahoma is in black. Miss Wyoming is in red. Miss South Carolina is in white. Miss Tennessee is in red. Miss Alabama is in green. Miss Maryland is in green. Miss Illinois is in black. Miss Indiana is in red. Miss New York is in black. Miss Florida is in red. Miss Kentucky is wearing a pink-and-purple print. Miss Iowa is in red. And Miss Washington is in white.
6:46 p.m.: The Top 12 for evening gown are Miss Washington Mandy Schendel, Miss Maryland Joanna Guy, Miss Texas Danae Couch, Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan, Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, Miss Indiana Merriebeth Cox, Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson, Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden, Miss Illinois Megan Ervin and Miss Iowa Mariah Cary.
6:55 p.m.: It’s time for evening wear, which counts for 20 percent. Miss Washington is in black with two diamond waistbands. Miss Maryland is wearing white. Miss Texas is glittering in purple and white diamonds. Miss Alabama is in a gold tapestry. Miss New York is in white. Miss South Carolina is in white with peek-a-boo cutouts. Miss Indiana is in blue with a glittery top. Miss Tennessee is in white with a gray glittering trim at the top. Miss Oklahoma is in satin gray. Miss Wyoming is in black. Miss Illinois is in red with a large ruffle train. And Miss Iowa is in black.
7:06 p.m.: Talent counts for 30 percent. Miss Texas Danae Couch twirls batons to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.” Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson sings Adele’s “Turning Tables.” Miss Illinois Megan Ervin dances to Journey’s “Faithfully.” Doughnuts are brought onstage for the non-semifinalists.
7:16 p.m.: Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton tap dances to Michael Buble’s version of The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden plays an original composition on the piano. Miss Maryland Joanna Guy sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.” Miss New York tap dances to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing.”
7:29 p.m.: Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers plays The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” on the piano. Miss Iowa Mariah Cary tap dances to Scatman John’s “Scatman.” And Miss Washington Mandy Schendel sings Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” (it was pitchy and bad).
7:42 p.m.: Now it’s the dreaded onstage questions. Burke asks Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton about reality TV shows, parents and children. Clifton says to take them with a grain of salt. Stam Irk asks Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers about Brent Musberger’s remarks about Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb. She says his comments were OK. Champion asks Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan about Newton and gun control. She says to educate people about guns, not fight violence with violence. Bayou asks Miss Iowa Mariah Cary about marijuana. “It’s OK for recreational use and medical care,” she says. Did she slip up?! Maroney asks Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden about children and ADHD drugs. She says it’s the parents’ decision but to make an informed choice.
7:53 p.m.: Kaeppeler takes her final walk. The fourth runner-up is Miss Iowa Mariah Cary. The third runner-up is Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden. The second runner-up is Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton. The first runner-up is Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, and the 2013 Miss America is Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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