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Miss America 2007
Lauren Nelson.jpg
DateJanuary 29, 2007
PresentersMario Lopez
VenueAladdin Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
WinnerLauren Nelson
Oklahoma Oklahoma
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Miss America 2007, the 80th Miss America pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada on Monday, January 29, 2007, making it the first time that the pageant was held on a weekday, rather than the traditional Saturday since 1927's contest.

The pageant was broadcast live on CMT from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Aladdin Resort and Casino, only the second time that the pageant has been held outside Atlantic City.

At the conclusion of the final night of competition, outgoing titleholder Jennifer Berry crowned Lauren Nelson as her successor. Both titleholders are from Oklahoma, only the second occurrence of two consecutive winners from one state. The last time that two titleholders from the same state won in consecutive years was 1959 and 1960, when Mississippi did the honor.

Selection of contestants

One delegate from each state was chosen in state pageants held in mid-2006. Prior to competing in state pageants, the majority of delegates first were required to win a local title. Each delegates title is pre-dated to 2006, for example Melinda Toole is "Miss Alabama 2006" rather than "Miss Alabama 2007".

Many contestants competed in state pageants in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems numerous times before winning titles, and some had previously in other states to those which they won their state title.

All contestants were required to be between the ages of 17–24, unmarried and a citizen of the United States. They were also required to meet residency and education requirements.


All delegates compete in an interview competition with the judges, based on their platform issue, and also in the swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions.

Prior to the nationally televised competition, the delegates participate in three nights of preliminary competition, where preliminary award winners are chosen in each category.

During the final telecast, following the announcement of the semi-finalists, the top ten compete in swimsuit and evening gown. The top five go on to compete in the talent competition, and the top three face a final interview round.



Final results Contestant
Miss America 2007
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10


Preliminary awards

Awards Contestant
Lifestyle and Fitness

Quality of Life awards

Results Contestant Platform
Winner Go Green! Global Warming Awareness
1st runner-up Strength Over Silence: Rape Awareness And Recovery
2nd runner-up Character Education
Finalists Various

Other awards

Awards Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Non-finalist Talent Award


The six judges for the competition were:[2]


State Name Hometown Age1 Talent Placement Awards Notes
Alabama Alabama Melinda Toole Birmingham 23 Vocal 4th runner-up Miss Congeniality

Quality of Life Award 2nd runner-up
Alaska Alaska Stephanie Wonchala Eagle River 21 Piano
Arizona Arizona Hilary Griffith Glendale 21 Vocal Quality of Life Award 1st runner-up Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant
Arkansas Arkansas Amber Bennett Carlisle 23 Vocal
California California Jacquelynne Fontaine Moorpark 24 Operatic Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
Colorado Colorado Janie Allen Arvada 23 Piano
Connecticut Connecticut Heidi Alice Voight New Haven 24 Vocal
Delaware Delaware Jamie Ginn Wilmington 25 Dance 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Kate Michael Washington, D.C. 24 Dance 2nd runner-up at Miss District of Columbia USA 2008 pageant
Florida Florida Allison Kreiger Miami 23 Dance / Twirl Later Miss Florida USA 06
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Amanda Kozak Warner Robins 22 Tap Dance 2nd runner-up Quality of Life Award Finalist 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant

Later Miss Georgia USA 2008
Hawaii Hawaii Pilialoha Gaison Kaneohe 23 Tahitian Dance Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
Idaho Idaho Katherine Crouch Rexburg 19 Piano
Illinois Illinois Heidi Ekstrom Mundelein 22 Ballet
Indiana Indiana Betsy Uschkrat Bloomington 24 Classical Opera Quality of Life Award Finalist
Iowa Iowa Emily Nicholas Clear Lake 21 Vocal
Kansas Kansas Michelle Walthers Towanda 21 Vocal
Kentucky Kentucky Rachelle Phillips Princeton 24 Vocal
Louisiana Louisiana Jamie Wilson Minden 23 Vocal
Maine Maine Karissa Staples Biddeford 19 Vocal
Maryland Maryland Brittany Lietz Edgewater 21 Dance
Massachusetts Massachusetts Michaela Gagne Fall River 24 Vocal
Michigan Michigan Angela Corsi Farmington Hills 24 Contemporary Ballet En Pointe Quality of Life Award Finalist 3rd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant
Minnesota Minnesota Nicole Swanson Lakeville 24 Classical Viola Non-finalist Talent Award
Mississippi Mississippi Taryn Foshee Clinton 21 Piano 3rd runner-up
Missouri Missouri Sarah French Columbia 21 Vocal Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004
Montana Montana Christie Hageman Billings 23 Vocal
Nebraska Nebraska Molly McGrath Omaha 23 Dance Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously Nebraska's Junior Miss 2001
Nevada Nevada Caydi Cole Las Vegas 22 Vocal Previously Nevada's Junior Miss 2003
New Hampshire New Hampshire Emily Hughes Gilmanton 23 Tap Dance
New Jersey New Jersey Georgine DiMaria Lodi 22 Violin Georgine M. DiMaria died at home in Lodi, N.J. at age 37 on August 28, 2021.
New Mexico New Mexico Christina Hall Albuquerque 23 Vocal
New York (state) New York Bethlene Pancoast Brooklyn 24 Tap Dance Non-finalist Talent Award
North Carolina North Carolina Elizabeth Horton High Point 23 Vocal
North Dakota North Dakota Annette Olson Baldwin 23 Vocal
Ohio Ohio Melanie Murphy Brook Park 20 Dance
Oklahoma Oklahoma Lauren Nelson Lawton 20 Vocal, "You'll Be In My Heart" Winner[1] Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously Oklahoma Teen 2004
Oregon Oregon Donilee McGinnis Scappoose 24 Tap Dance
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Emily Wills Beaver 24 Vocal Top 10 Preliminary Swimsuit Award Previously Pennsylvania's Jr. Miss 2001

2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 2005 pageant
Rhode Island Rhode Island Allison Rogers Providence 25 Piano Quality of Life Award Winner
South Carolina South Carolina Shelley Benthall Florence 21 Vocal Non-finalist Talent Award Previously Miss South Carolina's Teen 2003
South Dakota South Dakota Callee Bauman Huron 21 Vocal
Tennessee Tennessee Blaire Pancake Chattanooga 24 Vocal
Texas Texas Shilah Precious Phillips Plano 25 Vocal 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
Utah Utah Katie Millar Highland 20 Violin Top 10
Vermont Vermont Sarah Watson Enosburgh 20 Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
Virginia Virginia Adrianna Sgarlata Fairfax Station 24 Vocal Quality of Life Award Finalist
United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Stacy Smith 24 Steel Pan / Vocal
Washington (state) Washington Kristen Eddings Silverdale 20 Vocal Top 10
West Virginia West Virginia Tiffany Lawrence Shepherdstown 24 Vocal
Wisconsin Wisconsin Meghan Marie Coffey New Berlin 22 Dance
Wyoming Wyoming Jenileigh Sawatzke Cheyenne 24 Aerial Artist


Unusually, no former Miss USA delegates competed in this pageant, although Sarah French, formerly Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004 (and Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA) competed as Miss Missouri. Later on Amanda Kozak, Miss Georgia won the Miss Georgia USA 2008 title and competed at Miss USA 2008.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Associated Press (January 30, 2007). "Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson Wins Miss America 2007 Pageant". FOX
  2. ^ "Miss America: Press Releases: MAO Announces Judges for the 2007 Miss America Pageant". Miss America Organization. October 19, 2006. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-22.