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After six months of auditions, tests and eliminations, Miss Multiverse Australia found their top ten contestants who will go through to the National Finals in August.
The search is on for Australia’s most multifaceted model that is not only beautiful on the outside but has a good education, interpersonal skills, social skills, emotional intelligence, catwalk and photographic skills and is also fit and healthy.
With over 700 applications, only 50 ladies were accepted as Regional Finalists. The Regional Finals were held in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney over the month of June when 30 more contestants were disqualified or eliminated, leaving 20 ladies in the run for the National Finals.
The last month seen many tears, jealousy and sadness but even more triumphs, laugher and happiness. Not all eliminated and disqualified contestants were happy with the decision but some accept their fate with grace.
“This is a competition, and even though it is extremely hard for me to say goodbye to contestants, we all know that there can only be one winner and I will need to do this 49 more times” says Yolandi Franken, National Director.
The top twenty contestants had to spend the past week on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the big announcement of who will be the Miss Multiverse Australia National Finalists.
Miss Multiverse Australia is a new reality TV show that is launching in Australia this year after great success in America and South America over the last few years. The Australian team needs to ensure that the Australian representative is the best of the best, has all the skills that is required and has a very good change of bringing home the world title.
During the Regional Finals, contestants were tested on all levels ranging from physical, mental, social, leadership, teamwork, IQ, sportsmanship and much more.
All regional events started with a formal interview, IQ test and general knowledge test, followed a swimwear catwalk test and a fun group activity.
Contestants were in shock when learning that they were required to do the tests and there was a sharp rise in anxiety and a drop in confidence. The organisers were very pleased to learn that all the contestants did fairly well, with a few scoring exceptionally well.
“It is important that contestants realise that we are looking for models with a wide variety of other skills and attributes” says National Director, Yolandi Franken.
The group activity in Perth was a Flying Trapeze Lesson at Cirque Espace, in Brisbane it was rock climbing and upside down abseiling organised by Green Frog Adventures, in Melbourne an Urban Race (Amazing Race Style) through the streets of Melbourne by Urban Quest and in Sydney it was bowling at Kingpin in Strathfield and a lesson in Australian war-history by the Secretary of the RSL concord veteran group.
Yolandi Franken says that the strongest group was the VIC group with six of the ten National Finalists being from there and Sydney only brought two contestants to the table.
Being a reality TV show that looks at all aspects of the contestants, everyone around them took note of their behaviour and gave notes, however it was the main guest judges whose opinions carried the most weight. Anthony Rice from iModelFashion magazine, Dean Marzolla from Aussie Elite Group, Sonalika Pradhan and Vishwajeet Pradhan from the label, Vitamin and National Director, Yolandi Franken.
The Miss Multiverse Australia National Finalists 2017 are:
Ashton Hayden (VIC), Dana Trebar (NSW), Gabrielle Keaton (NSW), Grace Hann (VIC), Jessica-Lee Murphy (VIC), Karli McGunigle (QLD), Shanelle Chase (VIC), Sheralyn Hill (VIC), Stephanie Bridger (VIC), Joei Serrano (QLD).
For the 13th consecutive year, JM BEST ENTERTAINMENT of Orlando has been named the Producer of the 2017 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant to be held at the Linda Chapin Theatre at the Orange County Convention Center July 25th – July 29th. JM BEST ENTERTAINMENT produces television and special events all over the country including: The Nashville Christmas Parade, The US Dream Academy Gala, The National Cherry Blossom and National Memorial Day Parades in Washington, DC, the 4th of July Parades both in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago and Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to name a few.
John M Best is a 3-time EMMY Award winning producer for the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade for ABC, The Chicago Auto Show and The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival for WLS-TV in Chicago. He is in pre-production for the 98th Anniversary of the 6ABC Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, The Nashville Christmas Parade and The Chicago Auto Show.
When it was time to welcome Pope Francis to the United States and open the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, John teamed with Access Philadelphia and long-time producing partner Maria DiBenedetto to produce that historical event. The team also produced the opening Kick-off Event last summer for over 7,000 Volunteers for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
John M. Best said, “Many members of our production team has had the privilege to be part of this organization from day one. To see so many talented and bright young women go through this program has been amazing. It is incredible to be back for the 13th year producing the pageant. Our team really enjoys working with the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization and bringing new and fresh ideas to the pageant. It is a privilege to work with the 51 incredibly bright state representatives. All of us look forward to seeing everyone back in Orlando in July.”
The production team that will be producing MAOTeen this year are:
John M. Best – Executive Producer & Director, Sarah Griffith – Producer, Pamela Bolling – Staging Director & Choreographer, Arin Dale & Aris Poulos – Coordinating Producers, Andy Bamberger – Video Director, Deb Shoemaker – Production Stage Manager, Don Mascheri & Diacom Video Productions – Video Producer and Video Production, Brenda Goldsmith – Production Manager, Jack Gooch – Production Designer, Jason Roland – Lighting Designer and Erich Dale – Production Coordinator.
HOST CITY, DATES & NATIONAL PAGEANT VENUE ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL PAGEANT
Crowns of Inspiration, Inc, the independent owner and producer of the National Miss Teen, Miss, Ms & Mrs Pageants announced today the details of the 2018 national pageant event!!
PAGEANT DATES: Thursday, July 26th – to Saturday, July 28th HOST CITY: Historic & Family Friendly Williamsburg, VA HOST HOTEL: FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER
6945 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia, VA 23185
Atlantic City, NJ (July 10, 2017) – The Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization’s are excited to announce Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Nicole Jia will join the Miss America and MAOTeen contestants in Orlando, Florida, this July to participate in a Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon!
In 1991, students at Indiana University founded dance marathon in the memory of Ryan White, a fellow student who passed away from HIV/AIDS. The program now spans North America, benefiting hundreds of hospitals and countless kids in the United States and Canada. Dance marathons have become a tradition on campus and in the community.
The Miss America Organization, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will host the marathon on July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET at The Rosen Centre during the national MAOTeen Competition and the Miss America contestant orientation. Miss America Savvy Shields and MAOTeen Nicole Jia will emcee and do their part to keep the contestants dancing and raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!
Miss America Contestant Donations:
All donations made in the name of a national Miss America contestant during the dance marathon July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET will count towards the marathon total and benefit their overall national contestant fundraising.
To make a donation during the marathon, visit: www.missamericaforkids.org. Click “Search for a Contestant” then enter the contestants first name, last name, and state. Select the contestants personal donation page from the list and make your donation. Or, check out our contestants social media accounts for their individual donation links and help raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships!
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Contestant Donations:
All donations made in the name of a national MAOTeen contestant during the dance marathon July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET will count towards the marathon total and benefit the contestants fundraising total for the MAOTeen Miracle Maker Award. The fundraising deadline for this award has been extended to July 28, 2017 at 10 pm.
To make a donation during the marathon, visit: www.maoteen4kids.org. Enter the contestants first and last name in the search bar and select their personal donation page to make your donation to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!
About The Miss America Organization The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.
About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. The MAOTeen organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives across the country. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen contestants raise over $300,000 annually to help improve the lives of CMNH children and families. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Every year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat more than 10 million kids – that’s 32 million hospital visits annually. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through corporate partners and fundraising programs. These donations support research and training, purchase equipment, and provide charitable care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn why member hospitals rely on community support at www.CMNHospitals.org.
ANNOUNCING THE 2017 MAOTEEN COMPETITION PANEL OF JUDGES
Meet the panel that will select Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 live in Orlando, Florida at the Linda Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center
Tampa, FL (July 7, 2017) – The MAOTeen Organization announced today the distinguished panel of judges that will have the tough job of narrowing the field of 51 to just 1…MAOTeen 2018!
From preliminary competition to the event finals, these judges will be looking for the young lady that represents the best of America’s outstanding teens.
DR. DEBBYE TURNER BELL
Miss America 1990, Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, is a veterinarian, journalist, minister, motivational speaker, wife and mother. For three years she served as the lead U.S. anchor for Arise News, a global news network, and she was staff correspondent for CBS News for 11 years, being dubbed The Early Show’sresident veterinarian and periodically reporting for the CBS Evening News. Currently, she can be seen as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Arkansas State.
Benjamin Brecher, an operatic and concert tenor, has gained great acclaim with his many performances on the opera and concert stages. Having performed over 50 operatic roles with more than 40 orchestras at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including 15 roles with the New York Opera, Mr. Brecher specializes in the high lyric tenor repertoire. He is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Benjamin is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, the New England Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University.
PROFESSOR HILARY LEVEY FRIEDMAN
Professor Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist who teaches courses on after-school activities, pageantry, and sports at Brown University. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University and the University of Cambridge. Her first book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, follows families with elementary school-age children involved in chess, dance, and soccer, covering the activities, what they mean to parents and children and the implications for inequality and gender in the educational system.
Sinead Norenius is a business development and marketing executive with strong social media roots with the beauty and fashion industries. She is currently a partner at The Pienza Collective, where she helps clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of e-commerce technology, digital marketing, social media strategy and influencer outreach, along with preparing clients for TV Shopping (QVC, HSN, Evine) and other retail distribution channels. She was also the Founder and CEO of the premium influencer marketing network, iFabbo. iFabbo was a spinoff of Sinead’s skincare company, Beautisol, a luxury sunless tanning brand.
JULIA (JULIE) CARELL STADLER
Julie Stadler’s passion for competitive ballroom dancing inspired her to create Dance Network, the first-ever digital network which showcases all styles of dance in one place. Stadler is co-owner in Carell Family, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm. Julie and her sisters continue their family’s philanthropic legacy of supporting their community and issues surrounding the health and wellness of children. She currently serves on the Board of Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
DR. JAMIE WELLS
Dr. Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP, is a Board-Certified physician with over a decade of experience caring for patients and the Director of Medicine at the American Council on Science and Health. She served as a Clinical Instructor/Attending at NYU Langone, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel and St. Vincent’s Medical Centers in Manhattan. Dr. Wells not only graduated from Yale University with honors and was inducted as a junior and elected President of Jefferson Medical College’s Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society; but also, has been named a New York Super Doctor.
MEET THE AUDITORS
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Submitting material to the PageantCast is as easy as 1-2-3!
Come up with an idea! (We know you have a great one! A recent crowning! A shout out! An appearance you just did!) Record a short video (8 to 28 seconds is best) on your phone or webcam; remember to tell us your name and title in the video Send it to [email protected]