Miss America Pageant ‘threepeat’ wrapped up in 30 seconds, with shout-out to red solo cups

Not everyone has time to watch the “most gorgeous women in America” strut around stage in swimsuits and evening gowns.

If  you’re a “cut to the chase” kind of person, here is the 30-second version of the evening.

For the third year in a row, Miss New York won the competition held Sunday night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

The winner, Kira Kazantsev, used a red cup to draw attention to her talent routine.

She sat on the floor and sang a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while tapping the cup. The idea was inspired by a movie clip from the 2012 film “Pitch Perfect,” where Anna Kendrick’s character auditioned for an a cappella group to the song “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.”

Unlike Kendrick, who used the cup to add rhythmic enhancements to her own voice,  Kazantsev used it as a prop.  Since she was accompanied by musicians, the sounds from the cup were buried. 

 Here’s a clip of both:

The cup gig was a success. The only thing getting more attention this morning is the clip of Miss. Nebraska flashing her who-ha to the world!

Michele Kirk


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