The 2010 Miss America Pageant aired live last night from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Newly engaged Katie Stam passed on her crown to 22 year old broadcast journalism student Caressa Cameron. The Miss Virginia contestant, who is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, won the coveted crown along with a $50,000 scholarship for her year long reign as Miss America.
Cameron showed off her impressive singing skills, singing the Beyonce song “Listen” from Dreamgirls, and impressed the judges by her interview answer when asked about child obesity. “We need to get our kids back outside, playing with sticks in the street like I did when I was little.”
Miss California, Kristy Cavinder, is the first runner up and winner of a $25,000 scholarship, and will take over Cameron’s duties as queen if Cameron is deemed unfit throughout the year. The judges for the pageant included radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Vivica A. Fox, musician Dave Koz, American Idol‘s Brooke White and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. Mario Lopez hosted the event.
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Miss America Katie Stam has to turn over her crown tonight to the new Miss America, but she is loving her new jewel- engagement ring from fiancée Brian Irk. Irk, a personal trainer from Indiana, proposed to the pageant winner on Saturday in front of more than 600 guests during a fundraiser gala. People.com quotes the 24 year old beauty on her surprise engagement, “I started hyperventilating because I was so excited. He dropped down on one knee and he said ‘I love you so much. Will you be my Miss America forever?’” The couple will return home to Indianapolis and plan for a fall wedding.
The 2010 Miss America Pageant will air live tonight from Las Vegas, starting at 8 pm EST on TLC.
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