10:46 p.m. It's over for tonight. Tomorrow is it. The finals of the 2009 Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia's Outstandng Teen.
10:33 p.m. The preliminary winners for Miss Georgia 2009 are Miss Capital City Kristina Kay Higgins, 24, in swimsuit and Miss University of Georgia Briana Jewett, 20, in evening wear. Both win $250 scholarships. The talent winner is Miss Southeast Georgia Carly Floyd, 20, who clogged to Michael Jackson's "Bad."
The preliminary winners for Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 are Miss Wayne County Adeline Kenerly, 15, in fitness and Miss Atlanta Sara Diggins, 17, in evening wear. The talent winner is Miss Southern Empire Madison Brett, 17, who tap danced to a medley from the Broadway show, "Smokey Joe's Cafe."
10:31 p.m. David Williams tells Sam Haskell that he'd like to be the featured singer at Miss America this year.
April tells the audience members where to go to visit with their contestants.
10:25 p.m. Chasity Hardman sings "Endless Love" with featured singer David Williams. They sound really, really good together.
After the song, Chasity chats with hosts Michael Ruddell and April Brinson Slaughenhoup. Her new recording is available in the lobby, and a portion of one of the songs is played. She wrote this one as well. Chasity said she'll autograph any CDs.
10:16 p.m. Michael and April sing "No Air" as all the contestants walk out in evening wear.
The evening wear preliminary competition begins. There are some truly gorgeous gowns.
10:12 p.m. During the long set shift, the hosts, Michael Ruddell and April Brinson Slaughenhoup, read through a lot of acknowledgements, including three Miss Georgia "family" members who died this year, David Laney, Floreida Harrell and Miss Georgia Maudie Walker.
They also introduce the former Miss Georgias in the audience.
Michael Blair, who hosted the Miss Georgia Pageant for 12 years, is in the audience.
10:08 p.m. Finally, a tribute to Michael Jackson. The hosts do "Name That Tune" with the audience, giving away Aflac T-shirts and ducks.
9:56 p.m. The final segment of the talent group begins with a pianist.
There are 663 people watching WRBL-TV 3's live feed.
At last, a baton twirler! Hey, she's good.
The only mention of Michael Jackson was when a clogger chose "Bad" to dance to. Strange that there's been no mention of either his death or Farrah Fawcett's.
With Bill Heard Chevrolet out of business, KIA is supplying the courtesy vehicles for lthe pageant.
9:45 p.m. The onstage question-and-answer session begins. But first, Michael Ruddell is acknowledging long-time supporters.
9:32 p.m. The first of the final talent group in the preliminary round begins with, guess what? A dancer.
9:29 p.m. Michael Ruddell sings "Every Girl Can Be a Princess," as the little girls walk out.
9:28 p.m. Intermission is over. April Slaughenhoup looks great in a black dress. Sam Haskell is still in the lobby selling books. "That's great," she said of the book sale because the proceeds go to the scholarship fund.
9:09 p.m. Intermission begins as the judges dance.
9:06 p.m. A special performance of "Single Ladies" by Chasity Hardman is dedicated to Sam Haskell, the chairman of the Miss American Organization. She's wearing a gold outfit and dancing better than Beyonce.
8:55 p.m. Featured singer David Williams is singing as the Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teens in evening wear walk out.
Michael Ruddell says 500 people are watching the live feed on WRBL-TV 3. That's all? I'd think people who can't make it to Columbus would be watching at home. I guess I'd be wrong.
The girls in the White Group are coming out one by one and are answering a random question that they pull out of a vase. A sample question: "Should students be allowed to buy soft drinks and fast food in school?"
8:53 p.m. Winners of makeovers for contestants' mothers are on stage now.
8:38 p.m. The talent competition resumes for the teens with yet another dance number. There certainly seems to be a lot of dancers this year.
8:32 p.m. the 2008 Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen Hilary Pulos and Clinton Kiles are dancing to a '50s-tinged number, just before the fitness competition. It's kind of a jive. Nicely done.
The contestants come out, wearing a black skort and form-fitting top with tennis shoes.
8:20 p.m. The first group of the Outstanding Teen talent group is performing. The first one is a dancer.
April is wearing a beautiful red gown.
8:13 p.m. Miss Georgia 2008 Chasity Hardman is wearing a silver sequined minidress and singing accompanied by two body builders to begin the swimsuit competition.
Each contestant walks out, hands the scarf wrapped around her hips to one of the body builders and struts ou and poses, while a taped commentary plays.
8:09 p.m. One of the drummers leave the line and bring in the hosts, Michael Ruddell and Miss Georgia 1998 April Brinson Slaughenhoup.
The judges are Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham; Mia Seminoff Davis, a dancer; Robert Dothard, a fitness professiona; Chad Lemon, an event planner and Meri Robinson of Columbus State University, director of annual giving.
The auditors are announced. They are from Robinson Grimes.
8 p.m. The rest of the Northside drumline lead the Miss Georgia contestants to the Heard stage. Now they're introducing themselves.
7:55 p.m. Three members of the Northside High School drumline herald lthe entrance of the Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen contestants. Each teen introduce herself to the audience.
7:52 p.m. The show really begins. The audience is waving posters, fans and light sticks, waiting for their contestants to walk out on stage.
7:50 p.m. David Willias sings the National Anthem, and just like Wednesday, does it very well.
7:30 p.m. The show begins, but there is a special guest tonight.
Sam Haskell, the chairman of the Miss American Organization, spoke about his experiences working at the William Morris Agency. He was the vice president and worldwide head of television for the agency. He has written a book, "Promises I Made My Mother." All proceeds from the sale of the book goes to the Miss Georgia scholarship fund.
He tells a funny story about meeting Bette Davis.
Haskell is on a 60-city book tour. Columbus is his 36th stop. He tells a great story about Chasity Hardman during last year's realtiy show before the pageant.
7:25 p.m. Five more minutes until the show starts and people are urged to take their sats. People are still walking in.
7:20 p.m. The announcement is made that the show will begin in 10 minutes. Slowly, people are coming into the Bill Heard Theatre, making their way to their seats.
The third night of the preliminary competition for the Miss Georgia 2009 and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2009 is tonight. The competitions begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway.
Tickets are $50. The finals are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Heard Theatre. Tickets are $75. Tickets for both nights are still available.
Those interesting in watching the competition can go to www.wrbltv.com and watch it live on your computer.