Here's a look at what happened at the 2009 Miss Georgia competition during Wednesday's preliminary round:
10:04 p.m. Featured vocalist David Williams sings "Get Here" as the contestants move on the stage for the announcement of the preliminary winners.
In the Outstanding Teen competition, Miss Atlanta, 17-year-old Sara Diggins won preliminary fitness competition.The evening wear winner was Miss Capital City, 17-year-old Colby Dee Coskery. The preliminary talent winner was Miss Cobb County, 16-year-old Brianna Godshalk, who played "Zigeunerweisen" on the violin.
In the Miss Georgia competition, 20-year-old Christina McCauley, who is Miss Southern Empire, won the swimsuit competition. The evening wear winner was Kristen Little, 19, Miss Georgia State University. The talent winner was Miss Capital City, Kristina Kay Higgins, 24, who sang "There Will Come a Day."
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10 p.m. Chasity Hardman, Miss Georgia 2008, sings her final song, "I Believe I can Fly." She's going to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Her first recording is available in the lobby.
9:50 p.m. The hosts are singing in the big production number for the evening wear competition. As always, there are some gorgeous gowns.
9:48 p.m. Every night the hosts announce former Miss Georgias in the audience. Only Nancy Carr Buntin is in the audience tonight.
9:45 p.m. The hosts are bantering, while the set is being changed. April is making fun of Michael.
9:42 p.m. Miss Columbus gets a do-over on her talent because of a technical glitch.
9:30 p.m. The onstage interview portion is over; the next talent group begins with a tap number. Wow! A different kind of talent number: A song from the comedy "Nunsense."
9:27 p.m. I made a mistake. The swimsuit competition was the Miss Geogia contestants. I just realized that.
9:21 p.m. The interview portion of the competition begins. One of the competitors, Miss Fulton County, is a teacher already.
9:07 p.m. The talent portion of the Miss Georgia Pageant begins with a dance number to the Jennifer Hudson song from last summer's "Sex and the City" movie.
9 p.m. Intermission is over and it's the "Ahhh" moment as the Princesses are introduced. One of the little girls almost had a mishap as she didn't notice a tiny step on the runway. Fortunately, she stayed upright.
8:45 p.m. The judges are dancing to Olivia Newton John's "Physical," as intermission begins..
8:36 p.m. The evening wear competition begins for the Outstanding Teen begins. Each of the teens are asked a question. The first one is should teenagers be allowed to have a cell phone at school.
8:33 p.m. The Teen talent competition is over with a competitor singing "Over the Rainbow."
I'm going to have to bring a flashlight or some light source tomorrow night.
8:21 p.m. The next group of Teen talent competitors are on stage now. A lyric dancer is dancing to "Amazing Grace." Now, she's doing acrobatics on two folding chairs.
8:15 p.m. The Outstanding Teen's fitness (in lieu of swimsuits) competition begins. Last year's winner, Hilary Pulos is performing with Clinton Kyles to numbers from "Grease" and other 1950s songs. The contestants are wearing what looks like skorts with form-fitting tops and tennis shoes.
8:13 p.m. The final contestant is Miss Columbus' Outstanding Teen, who gets a rousing ovation from the audience.
8:10 p.m. It's getting hot inside the Bill Heard Theatre. Another teenager is tap dancing.
8:03 p.m. The talent competition for the Outstanding Teen begins with a tap dancer dancing to "Boogie Wonderland," but not performed by Earth Wind and Fire.
8:02 p.m. I just noticed something. The contestants walk out with a wrap around their hips. They take them off and drap the wraps around the necks of the body builders.
7:57 p.m. The swimsuit competition begins. Miss Georgia 2008 Chasity Hardman came out and sang, along with two body builders who escort the contestants out.
Each contestant walks out as a tape-recorded comment from each one plays.
A personal observation: It's really difficult to type in the dark!
7:51 p.m. The judges are being introduced, including Dorothy Benham, Miss America 1977, and Meri Robinson of Columbus State University. Instead of the hosts reading a sheet of paper with their qualifications, there was a taped segment talking about what they're looking for in the next Miss Georgia.
7:49 p.m. The hosts are introduced. Michael Ruddell and April Brinson Schlaughenhoup, Miss Georgia 1998.
Another observation: There's something inherently wrong with an all-white drumline.
An observation: In past years, each contestant was given a choice of three outfits and shoes that had a common color or patterns. Some of the time, none of the three outfits were completely flattering for some of the contestants.
This year, it looks like each contestant chose their own outfit for their introductions.
7:43 p.m. Another drumline accompanies the Miss Georgia contestants down the aisle of the Bill Heard Theatre.
The noise level is intense now as the women introduce themselves.
7:35 p.m. The Outstanding Teens are introducing themselves, accompanied by a drumline.
Now, it's 7:34 p.m. and the show's about to begin. The crowd is waving their posters, fans and light sticks in anticipation of seeing their contestants.
7:30 p.m. It started right on time with David Williams singing the National Anthem very, very well.
Five minutes before showtime!
The noise level in the Bill Heard Theatre is rising steadily. Some high-pitched screams already.
And it's a fashion show in the theater, with lots of sequins. A lot!
It's 7:22 p.m. and the Bill Heard Theatre is quickly filling up with family, friends and franchise officials. Some of the girls in the audience are wearing miniature crowns like Miss Georgia wears. Many are carrying fans featuring photos of the faces of their favorite contestants.
Others are carrying much larger poster-sized photos. Still others are wearing pom-poms that light up.
Everyone seems excited.
Tickets for Miss Georgia 2009 and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 are still available at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts box office, 900 Broadway. The two competitions were combined last year.
Tickets are $25 Thursday; $50 Friday and $75 Saturday.
The competition begins nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the Bill Heard Theatre.