RESULTS: Miss Georgia preliminary winners: Swimsuit -- Miss Hummingbird Festival Courtney Hinesley; Talent -- Miss Fulton County Gabrielle Booth.
Outstanding Teen preliminary winners: Fitness -- Marietta, Kelly Hutchinson; Talent -- a tie between Historic Southern Plains, Taylor Peterson and Southeast Georgia, Caitlan Coleman.
Here's a recap of the first night of Miss Georgia.
This is how it works: The Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen contestants are each divided into three groups. There are three nights of preliminary competition. Each group competes in one category each night.
Each night, winners will be crowned. For Miss Georgia, categories are: talent, evening wear/onstage question, swimsuit. For Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen: talent, evening wear/onstage question, fitness.
Tonight's competition started at 7:30 p.m., but the action was held for 15 minutes to allow people to buy tickets and get inside the theater. That's unusual for a Miss Georgia Pageant.
Some other interesting observations:
* The swimsuit competition still features the women in high heels. What woman wears heels at the beach?
* Several contestants are using songs from "Glee" and "Smash," including Miss Statesboro High.
* Miss Columbus sang a bit of an old Fifth Dimension song. I wonder if she knows Marilyn McCoo lived in Columbus when she was little.
* Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" is part of Miss University of Georgia's talent. Yes, there's belly-dancing at Miss Georgia.
Director/producer Barbara Motos decided to do something different this year. The co-hosts are Miss Georgia 2012 Leighton Jordan and Georgia's Outstanding Teeny 2012 Jameson Kenerly. Singer Sam Holder is the third co-host. They spend some time introducing themselves and talking a little about what the pageant means to them.
The Miss Georgia Dancers dance before Georgia's Outstanding Teens, wearing short, poofy dresses bodices with sequined bodices, in different vibrant colors, introduce themselves. The contestants, wearing short black, sequined dresses, introduce themselves. The two Columbus girls get the biggest reaction from the audience.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson welcomes the audience in a taped message. The opening number begins as the Miss Georgia Dancers appear. They are Evari Pickett and Claythan Conerly of Atlanta and Joshua Edens, a Columbus State University student. Miss Georgia 1999 April Brinson Turner sings the National Anthem.