Well, I'm not leaving just yet! But today IS the final day of the 2012 Miss America competition. I'm almost out of hairspray and I've lost my voice, but you know what? I have had SUCH a good time.
I am looking forward to the telecast tonight (or this afternoon, I guess) but also a little anxious! Yesterday, Tony Eaton said there were some surprises in the show. I am excited to see what they are but I hope they go smoothly! Experiencing live television is both bizarre and very cool.
I hope that everyone tuning in at home has enjoyed watching our take on the pageant. The preliminary competition this year has been my favorite in the 6 years that I've been coming to the pageant. I know it's not polite to play favorites, but I cannot get enough of Dena Blizzard! She is so incredibly funny. The judges panel was also very fun and relaxed this year, which I think bodes well for whichever young lady they choose as Miss America 2012.
I have gotten to reconnect with a lot of my pageant friends and family this week, and that is a very cherished part of the Miss America experience for me. I know I am not alone in this - almost everyone views this week as a time to get together with far-flung friends.
And I have also had the chance to do a lot of interviews and research. The next few issues of fourpoints are going to be jam-packed with such great information - I am excited to share all of it with you!