Saturday, September 1, 2007

Congratulations to Ohio's Erica Gelhaus, the Preliminary Talent Winner at the National Sweetheart Pageant!

Tonight Erica became the only double preliminary winner at the National Sweetheart Pageant! Just like at Miss Ohio, she won the Talent preliminary with Verdi's aria “Sapor Vorreste;" last night she won Swimsuit. Tonight's Swimsuit preliminary winner was Jennifer Louise Soileau of Louisiana.

Tomorrow the 30 contestants from across the U.S. will be cut to a Top 10 and one will emerge the National Sweetheart. I recently read that 22 of the 30 Sweetheart winners have gone on to win their state title; 5 of those became Miss America, 6 were in the Top 5 at Miss America and 5 made the Top 10. Best of luck Erica!

[Photo above by Paul Krajnyak.]

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