Miss America Highlights: Miss New York Wins Competition By Playing With a Red Cup [VIDEO]

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New York took the crown for Miss America for the third year in a row at the annual pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sunday.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev shared her talent of playing with a solo red cup to the beat of singing Pharrell’s song “Happy.” The cup routine was inspired by actress Anna Kendrick’s scene in the film “Pitch Perfect.”

So I guess @Pharrell and I can’t stop collaborating. #MissAmerica #WhatIsHappening?? pic.twitter.com/AhsTA62PJJ

Runner-ups to Miss New York included: Miss Virginia Courtney Garrett, Miss Arkansas Ashton Campbell, Miss Florida Victoria Cowen and Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kahn.

The judges for the competition were Kathy Ireland, Donald Driver (a former Green Bay Packer and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant), Brigadier Gen. Anne Macdonald, social media entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and Miss America 1955 Lee Meriwether.

As the eliminations continued throughout the broadcast, there were plenty of ladies in bikinis “channeling their inner Beyonce.” (VIDEO)


Also, there was a lot of wearing white after Labor Day on stage during the evening gown portion of the event.


What you probably didn’t expect would happen this year at Miss America:

1) The crown of Miss America was won by playing with a red cup.  Click here to watch her performance during the Miss America competition.

Notably during her performance, ABC misspelled author Jane Austen’s name.

And here are the performances that did not win the crown:

  • Miss Arkansas Ashton Campbell sang the religious song “Via Dolorosa.” (VIDEO)
  • Miss Oklahoma Alex Eppler danced to David Guetta’s “Titanium.” (VIDEO)
  • Miss Mississippi sang a Christina Aguilera song. (VIDEO)
  • Miss Alabama danced to the Disney song “Let It Go.” (VIDEO)
  • Miss Virginia performed opera. (VIDEO)
  • Miss Florida danced to the song “Note to God.” (VIDEO)
  •  One performance that stole social media was Miss Ohio’s zany ventriloquism act. (VIDEO)
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2) Miss Iowa Aly Olson (VIDEO) and and Miss America judge Kathy Ireland (VIDEO) couldn’t help showing off their burping skills. 

3) One contestant admits that she was told to NOT do a goat impression but she did it anyway. (WATCH VIDEO HERE)

4) Miss Nebraska forgets to close her legs on national television. Social media goes nuts.

5) The questions were actually tough this year.

  • Miss Massachusetts was asked about rape on college campuses. (VIDEO)
  • Miss Virginia was asked about how to deal with ISIS. (VIDEO)
  • Miss Florida was asked about Ray Rice. (VIDEO)
  • Miss New York was asked about women in Congress (VIDEO)
  • Miss Arkansas was asked about children using guns. (VIDEO)