Update: The finale of the Friday night preliminaries

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comJune 18, 2010 

Contestants in the 2010 Miss Georgia Pageant are divided into three groups for the preliminary judging, which continued Friday night. A win in the talent portion of the judging earns a $500 scholarship. Scholarships of $250 are given for swimsuit and evening wear winners.

For the first time this week, three new finalists emerged.

Talent: Miss Southern Heartland Christina McCauley, 21, who sang "This is My Beloved."

Swimsuit: Miss Rome, Briana Jewett, 21

Evening wear: Miss Atlanta Laura Stone, 23

Georgia's Outstanding Teens' preliminary competition winners are Amelia Hunt, 14, Acworth's Outstanding Teen in evening wear, Capital City's Outstanding Teen Camille Sims, 17, in fitness and Cobb County's Outstanding Teen Tara Steele, in talent, who did a jazz dance to "Right Now."

Here's a recap from the evening:

10:11 p.m. The finale begins with the co-hosts introducing DJ LuCa and UNEEK-EFX, and the announcement of the winners.

10:02 p.m.: Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook performs a Gershwin piece on the oboe, which is what she performed at Miss America earlier this year.

Co-hosts Slaughenhoup and Ruddell talk to Cook about her past year, including her work with her platform, which is to promote breast cancer awareness.

9:45 p.m.: The final contestants compete in talent.

They are Miss Shorter University Hannah Freeman, 21, sings "Quando M'en Vo" from "La Boheme"; Miss Elberton Fair Amanda Erwin, 23, plays "Root Beer Rag" on the piano; Miss Heart of Lakes Whitley Cooper, 21, plays Mawell Eckstein's "Rhapsodie" on the piano; Miss Heartland Christina McCauley, 21, sings "This Is My Beloved" from the operetta "Kismet"; Miss Cumming County Fair Alexis Caldwell, 18, sings "Good Morning Baltimore" from "Hairspray"; Miss Thomasville Hannah Barfield, 21, sings "If it Wasn't for Your Love," and Miss Southern Rivers Abby Killough, 19, sings "This Is the Moment" from "Phantom."

9:26 p.m.: The contestants in the Mu Group are interviewed by Joe Swaney of Atlanta's TBS, Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2004 Mandy Best and George Corradino, a retired Columbus educator.

They are Miss Music City Brittany McCalla, 24; Miss Wayne County Ashley Voyles, 17; Miss Augusta Brittany Hill, 21; Miss Cherokee Rose Michaela Lackey, 20; Miss Atlanta Laura Stone, 23; Miss Spirit of Georgia Brittney Griffith, 23; Miss Georgia Southern University Alexa Turpin, 21; Miss Gwinnett County Kristen Springer, 21; Miss Fulton County Kierra Gilchrist, 22; Miss East Georgia College Tiffini Rowland, 19; Miss Troup County, Jessica Scott, 23; Miss Georgia Cotton Lauren Arnold, 23; Miss Golden Isles Carly Floyd, 21, and Miss Greater Columbus Fair Colleen Stafford, 18.

9:14 p.m.: Half of the Alpha Group begin the talent competition.

They are Miss Capital City Jamie Kelton, 23, doing a contemporary dance to "Cry Me a River"; Miss Columbus State University April Hollingsworth, 21, singing "Don't Stop Believing"; Miss North Georgia Lakes Rachel Jones singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"; Miss Historic Southern Plains Whitney Cothran, 24, dance to "Don Quixote" en pointe; Miss Southern Rivers Leslie Farman, 23, plays Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto in A-Minor"; Miss Warner Robins Tara Scroggins, 21, tap dances to "Heartburn."

9:05 p.m.: After the Princesses leave the stage, the Mu Group are competing in evening wear.

They are Miss Music City Brittany McCalla, 24; Miss Wayne County Ashley Voyles, 17; Miss Augusta Brittany Hill, 21; Miss Cherokee Rose Michaela Lackey, 20; Miss Atlanta Laura Stone, 23; Miss Spirit of Georgia, 23; Miss Georgia Southern University Alexa Turpin, 21; Miss Gwinnett County Kristen Springer; Miss Fulton County Kierra Gilchrist, 22; Miss East Georgia College Tiffini Rowland, 19; Miss Troup County, Jessica Scott, 23; Miss Georgia Cotton Lauren Arnold, 23; Miss Golden Isles Carly Floyd, 21, and Miss Greater Columbus Fair Colleen Stafford, 18.

9:03 p.m.: We're back from intermission and the Princesses are introduced. Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook reads a fairy tale as princesses are on the stage.

8:45 p.m.: The intermission begins and people start to file out to the lobby to stretch.

8:34 p.m.: The Red Group of the Outstanding Teen competition are answering questions in the interview segment.

The teens are Southwest Georgia, Shana Oxford, 17; Warner Robins, Taylor Peterson, 14; North Georgia Lakes, Courtney Grop, 14; Coastal Empire, Taylor Blanton, 16; Rome, Katie Gregor, 16; Golden Isles, Juliette Jackson, 17; Acworth, Amelia Hunt, 14; Music City, Katherine McCauley, 17; Columbus State University Sydnie Cheplick, 16; Georgia Cotton, Lindsay Dobbs, 15; Heart of Lakes, Caitlyn Molnar, 16, and Troup County, Meagan Sharp, 17.

8:31 p.m.: The auditors are introduced, and then Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk performs. She plays "Por Una Cabeza" on the violin. Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2008 Hilary Pulos and Drew Griffis dance the tang as she plays.

8:27 p.m.: The judges are introduced and they talk about what they're looking for in a contestant in taped segments.

The judges are Dana Dalton, Jonathan Black, Sacha Turner, Kevin Hall and Candice Little Wickersham.

8:15 p.m.: The last half of the Blue Group of Georgia Outstanding Teen competes in talent.

They are Atlanta's Outstanding Teen Rachel Grimsley, 15, singing "Over the Rainbow"; Paulding County's Outstanding Teen Brooke Dorris, 14, singing "Joey Is a Punk Rocker"; Northeast Georgia's Outstanding Teen Alex Coffee, 15, doing a jazz dance to "When Love Takes Over"; Southeast Georgia's Outstanding Teen Jaicee Brewton, 17, tap dancing to "Hit Me Up"; Cobb County's Outstanding Teen Tara Lynn Steele, 17, doing a jazz dance to "Right Now" and University of Georgia's Outstanding Teen Victoria Hensley, 16, sings "Vittoria Mio Core."

8:12 p.m.: The White Group of the Outstanding Teens begins the fintess competition. The girls are wearing form-fitting T-shirts, shots and athletic shoes.

They are Augusta's Outstanding Teen Leah Rae Via, 16; Fulton County's Outstanding Teen Ma Ruh Williams, 16; Emanuel County's Outstanding Teen Madison Lynn, 14; Southern Heartland's Outstanding Teen Maggie Bridges 17; Rockdale County Fair's Outstanding Teen Haley Watkins, 16; Port City's Outstanding Teen Charlton Locke, 13; Southern Pines' Outstanding Teen Ashlyn Steverson, 16; Forsyth-Lake Lanier's Outstanding Teen Julia West, 15; Historic Southern Plains' Outstanding Teen Caroline Carroll, 14; Southern Rivers' Outstanding Teen Emily smith, 17; Capital City's Outstanding Teen Camille Sims, 17, and Newnan's Outstanding Teen Mandee Bloodworth, 15.

7:58 p.m.: The first half of Georgia's Outstanding Teen's Blue Group begins the talent competition.

They are Columbus' Outstanding Teen Julia Martin, 15, playing "Sonata in E-Minor, Opus 38, No. 1" on the cello; Cherokee Rose's Outstanding Teen Brooke Doss, 16, doing a jazz dance to the 2010 version of "Fame"; West Georgia's Outstanding Teen Lindsay Orr, 16, singing "At Last"; Spirit of Georgia's Outstanding Teen Presley Davis, 17, tap dancing to "The Rubberband Man"; Wayne County's Outstanding Teen McKenzie Boatright, 15, doing a jazz dance to "Absolutey Everybody" and Savannah River's Outstanding Teen Kendyl Pennington, 16, singing "Don't Rain on My Parade."

7:55 p.m.: Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk comes out and talks to the co-hosts.

7:50 p.m.: The final swimsuit preliminary competition begins.

The contestants in the Gamma Group are Miss University of Georgia Laura Lynn McLeod, 21; Miss Southwest Georgia Candace Howard, 20; Miss Central Georgia Fair Morgan Lothridge, 19; Miss Lake Lanier Raven Hall, 20; Miss Southeast Georgia Melissa Eldridge, 23; Miss Emanuel County Madison Brett, 18; Miss Cobb County Casy Walker, 21; Miss Columbus Lauren Edmonds, 21; Miss Rockdale County Fair Mia Jones, 21; Miss Georgia State University Cierra Gilchrist, 21; Miss Rome Briana Jewett, 21; Miss Clermont Days Courtney Piedrahita, 22, and Miss Northeast Georgia Jessica Black, 24.

7:47 p.m.: Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook and hip hop dance group UNEEK-EFX sing and dance to Lady Gaga's "Telephone" as the Miss Georgia contestants now in the swimsuit competition come on stage and dance. They're all wearing white outfits.

7:41 p.m.: Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup and corporate event planner/producer Michael Ruddell come out and the curtain closes as the stage crew gets the set ready for swimsuit competition.

7:39 p.m.: Now, Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 Brianna Godshalk comes out and the 36 contestants introduce themselves.

7:37 p.m.: The 40 Miss Georgia contestants come out and introduce themselves.

7:35 p.m.: The curtain opens, with Miss Georgia 2009 Emily Cook and hip hop dance group UNEEK-EFX in the center of the stage. The contestants, both Miss Georgia and Outstanding Teen, walking on stage.

Also are introduced are co-hosts Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup and corporate event planner/producer Michael Ruddell.

In the audience is a former host, Michael Blair, one of America's premier event planners.

7:33 p.m.: The audience members are waving signs and LED light-chasers, waiting for the contestants to come to the stage.

7:30 p.m.: The show begins with Mandie Best, Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2004, singing the National Anthem.

7:26 p.m.: The atmosphere seems much more charged tonight than Wednesday and Thursday in the Bill Heard Theatre inside RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

People are coming in earlier, looking for their seats and getting their things together before the show starts.

The judges have arrived and are also taking their seats.

DJ LuCa has been spinning tunes the last 15 minutes or so, playing Michael Jackson songs as well ones by R. Kelly.

People seem to be taking more notice of the music tonight, with some dancing in front of their seats.

People were asked to wear their pajamas for the Miss Georgia 5K run after the pageant. There are a few in their PJs, but not many.

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