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The talent competition can be one of the most entertaining aspects of any pageant. But what does it take to prepare a winning talent presentation? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2011 Talent Award winner Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, and Top 10 Semi-Finalist as well as Louanne Gamba Insturmental Award winner, Miss Texas Kendall Morris about what it takes to get a big score during the talent competition. We’ll talk about balancing your talent technique with audience appeal and the difference between a local competition and winning at the national level. Plus, Valerie will answer your coaching questions about developing a winning pageant platform. You’ll learn everything you need to know to wow the judges at you next pageant competition!
Episode Segments:
Pageant Talk Radio: Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson

Betty dances with the world known McTeggart Irish Dancers, but that didn’t mean she had a winning talent right off the bat. She shares her winning secrets, and details on how she changed her routine through the years from something forgettable into a top scoring talent.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Miss Texas Kendall Morris

Being able to play an instrument is a great talent, but the key to winning is picking the right piece to play. The fabulous Miss Texas Kendall Morris tells us how to put together a winning instrumental talent performance, and how she went about picking the right music to play to emphasize her talent.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Secrets to a Winning Platform

Valerie opens the mailbag to answer listener questions on how to build the perfect pageant platform for your next competition.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Kendall Morris
Kendall Morris, Miss Texas 2011, has been traveling the Lone Star State since last July promoting Leukemia awareness, speaking to students, and making numerous appearances. She is a 21-year-old student at Texas Christian University majoring in Journalism with a Broadcast emphasis. In 2006, she was crowned Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen where she went on to win Preliminary Fitness and Evening Gown Awards at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. At the 2012 Miss America Pageant, Kendall placed in the top 10 and won a Preliminary Swimsuit Award and the Louanne Gamba Instrumentalist Award.

Kendall on Twitter

Kendall on Facebook

Miss Texas Website

Betty Thompson
Betty is a senior elementary education major at Oklahoma State University. Her platform is Milk, It Really Does a Body Good, which was inspired by growing up on a small dairy farm in rural Oklahoma. Betty dances with the world known McTeggart Irish Dancers and represented the USA at the World Irish Dance Championships for 4 years as well as the All-Ireland Irish Dance Championships for 5 years where she was the first Oklahoman to medal. In the 2012 Miss America pageant Betty was named 1st Runner up and received a Preliminary Talent Award.

Betty on Twitter

Miss Oklahoma on Facebook

Miss Oklahoma Website