These off-the-charts fabulous pageant talents set the bar for excellence. In our humble opinion, these are the best pageant talents ever performed:
- Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995—ballet en point to “Via Delarosa“,
- Terry Meeuwsen, Miss America 1973—”He Touched Me“
- Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993—”A New Life“
- Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016—aria “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio’.
- Dorothy Benham, Miss America 1976—”Adele’s Laughing Song”
- Susan Powell, Miss America 1981—”The Telephone: Lucy’s Aria”
- Sandra Frick, Miss Florida—Ballet en point to “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
- Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989—classical violin solo
- Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, Miss America 1988—Polynesian-Tahitian dance
- Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011—”Whitewater Chopped Sticks” on the piano
- Jeri Ryan, Miss Illinois—”On My Own” from Les Misérables
- Miss California, Marlise Ricardos—”I Dreamed a Dream“
Heather Whitestone, Miss Alabama, who is profoundly deaf, performed a ballet en point to “Via Delarosa“. She could not hear the music but instead felt the beats. She was named Miss America 1995, the first woman with a physical disability ever to win.
Leanza Cornett’a performance of “A New Life” won her the 1993 Miss America 1993 title. Gives us goosebumps.
The performance of “He Touched Me” by Terry Meeuwsen, Miss America 1973, is considered by many to be one of the all-time best pageant talents.
Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016 won the crown performing the aria “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio’.
Dorothy Benham, Miss Minnesota won the 1976 Miss America crown with this gorgeous rendition of “Adele’s Laughing Song”.
Sandra Frick, Miss Florida, was possibly the best ballet dancer ever to perform at the Miss America Pageant. What few people know is that during her performance of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” at the Miss Florida pageant, she fell twice in front of the judges. She simply sprang back to her toes defiantly to win the state crown.
Miss America 1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko broke the mold of what talents could win Miss America with this Polynesian-Tahitian dance.
Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011 won the crown performing “Whitewater Chopped Sticks”
Susan Powell, Miss Oklahoma, won the 1981 Miss America title performing “The Telephone: Lucy’s Aria”
Gretchen Carlson, Miss Minnesota, was named Miss America 1989 after winning the talent competition with a classical violin solo.
Miss California, Marlise Ricardos performed “I Dreamed a Dream” in character