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Pageant Junkies | Hopelessly Addicted to the Miss America Program

The Pageant Junkies Podcast is your top source for positive pageant commentary regarding the Miss America Organization and Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Every week, Founding Junkie Carrie Lakey, brings you tips, tools, and interviews to help you take the crown.

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#106: Erika Grace Powell, Miss South Carolina 2005

At 19, she won the title of Miss SC (on her first try!).  A few years later, she won Miss SC USA (again, on her first try).  And while it's impressive that she finished as a semi-finalist in both organizations, it's what she's done SINCE her pageant days that has us SO EXCITED to share her story!  The New York Philharmonic, The Lincoln Center, TV shows, Movies, CMT, dick clark productions, America's Morning Show to name a few - Obviously, the girl has parlayed her pageant success into SO MUCH MORE!  Enjoy!!!

25mins

10 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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#145: Miss America 2017 Wrap-Up Podcast

Whew! Thanks for your patience - Here's our full summary of our experience from Miss America 2017! Inside today's episode you'll hear LOTS of name dropping taking place - and there's also a special announcement at the end for all of you die-hard Junkies out there... :)

27mins

15 Sep 2016

Rank #2

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Ali Rogers, Miss SC 2012

And now... After 3 months and 12 amazing podcasts - The most popular podcast in Pageant Junkies history belongs to... Ali Rogers, 1st Runner Up at Miss America and Miss South Carolina 2012! Ali's stunning beauty is only surpassed by her magnetic personality - Which is exactly why nearly 2000 Junkies have downloaded this interview! It's one of the best - ENJOY!!! She was near perfection on the pageant stage - but believe it or not, Miss South Carolina 2012 Ali Rogers, never thought of herself as a pageant girl! Plus - discover what made her more nervous than being at Miss America, all on today's Pageant Junkies Podcast...

16mins

20 Dec 2016

Rank #3

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011

Even though she was Miss America 2011, she’s STILL under the age limit to compete today! And during today’s podcast, Teresa Scanlan opens up about her age – and the significant challenges she faced as a 17 year old Miss America – on the 3rd most popular podcast in Pageant Junkies History… Today – We chat with none other than Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan!!! Teresa generously shares her whole pageant story… The good, the bad, and the ugly! But besides her amazing journey to the crown, Teresa also offers some excellent advice to pageant contestants today – the kind of advice that could change the entire Miss America Organization – if we let it. We hope you love this special edition of the Pageant Junkies Podcast! PS - Because we are re-airing this episode, I'm afraid we couldn't remove the message at the beginning of the interview - which is no longer available... My apologies Junkies!

42mins

6 Dec 2016

Rank #4

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Katie Stam Irk, Miss America 2009

She just gave birth to her 3rd child last night (not kidding) - Which means it's perfect timing to re-release her interview as the 7th most listened-to podcast in Junkie history! Miss America 2009, Katie Stam will always be one of our favorites because she is so darn authentic... We hope you enjoy this interview while Katie enjoys being a mom to her new baby boy... (Congrats Katie!) For our 100th podcast, we’re crazy, over-the-moon excited to talk to Katie Stam Irk, Miss America 2009!!! In today’s special episode, learn why Katie has never even seen her own Miss America preliminary performance – and discover how she felt being on the judge’s panel that selected Mallory Hagan! Katie is the real deal… And the perfect pick for a centennial celebration of the Pageant Junkies 100th podcast! ENJOY! 🙂

36mins

1 Nov 2016

Rank #5

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Bree Boyce, Miss SC 2011

Coming in at #10 on our list of the Pageant Junkies "Top 12 Podcasts of All Time" is Miss South Carolina 2011, Bree Boyce! Originally released on July 7th, 2015, Bree's interview is super eye-opening, and her Top 12 finish at Miss America is something Junkies will never forget... Today, Bree Boyce is known as “that pageant queen” who lost 112 pounds on her way to Miss America. But what’s not well-known, is that Bree also suffered from anorexia during her year as Miss South Carolina 2011. How did she go from obese to anorexic? And how did her life turn into a media-frenzy, literally overnight? Those answers and much more regarding Bree’s full story, can all be heard on today’s Pageant Junkies Podcast.

35mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Ashton Campbell, Miss AR 2014

Today we continue our "Pageant Junkies Top 12 Podcasts of All Time" - Coming in at #11, and originally published on February 26th, 2015 - it's Miss Arkansas 2014 and 2nd Runner Up at Miss America - Ashton Campbell! She tells us she hasn’t even seen her own Miss America interview yet – but in today’s Pageant Junkies Podcast, it’s easy to see why Ashton Campbell, Miss Arkansas 2014 was named the 2nd Runner Up at Miss America. We see “Purpose” and “Gratitude” all over her – and those 2 characteristics make a winner every time. Enjoy!

26mins

4 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Autumn Simunek, Miss SD 2015

You might be surprised to see Autumn Simunek's podcast at #9 on our all-time best list, but we're not! Autumn's reminder to "Own your story" is HUGE - And this interview from February 2nd, 2016 will encourage you more than you know... Five times competing at Miss South Dakota. Getting honest about her past. Discovering a new angle which brought new life to her platform. Trust me, if you’re competing in pageantry, you will be inspired by what Miss South Dakota 2015, Autumn Simunek had to overcome in order to make it to the Miss America stage. It’s all on today’s Pageant Junkies Podcast… #Strong

16mins

18 Oct 2016

Rank #8

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Jasmine Murray, Miss Mississippi 2014

Nobody can deny her talent - But Miss Mississippi 2014 Jasmine Murray, also has an undeniable faith!  We asked Jasmine about her faith during one of the first podcasts we ever recorded way back in 2014 - And now, her first single called "Fearless" is currently climbing the Christian music charts! I suspect this isn't the last we'll hear from Jasmine, which is exactly why we thought we'd re-post this podcast! Enjoy!

29mins

7 Feb 2017

Rank #9

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#070: Tricia Leines Pine, Miss Oregon 1996

Today we kick off our "Summer Throwback Series" featuring titleholders from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's!  We're thrilled to start this series with Tricia Leines Pine, Miss Oregon 1996 and 2nd Runner up to Miss America!  In today's Pageant Junkies Podcast, Tricia does a marvelous job of describing the "give and take" that happens as you enter a major competition... She says, although it's important to prepare as much as possible, you also have to "surrender the outcome."  What does that mean?  PLENTY!  You don't want to miss a minute of today's podcast!

25mins

4 Aug 2015

Rank #10

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Taylor Wiebers, Miss IA 2015

Honestly, I can't begin to describe today's podcast - It simply has to be heard. Enjoy our "3rd Runner Up" interview (the 4th most popular podcast of all time), from Taylor Wiebers, Miss Iowa 2015. She’s the first Double Preliminary Winner at Miss America in 15 years (FIFTEEN YEARS SHE SCREAMS!!!)… And today, Miss Iowa 2015, Taylor Wiebers, shares her whole pageant story – including the moment when she realized she wasn’t advancing to the Top 10. Every Junkie on the planet should hear this interview – Taylor is a class act and a wonderful example for all pageant contestants to follow – win or lose!!!

28mins

2 Dec 2016

Rank #11

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Betty Thompson, Miss OK 2011

After listening to this interview again, I'm reminded that a successful pageant career is all about the right perspective. Oh - and it helps to have a meddling brother too :)  Enjoy the "1st RU Podcast" - aka, the 2nd most popular podcast in Pageant Junkies history - from none other than Betty Thompson, Miss Oklahoma 2011... She’s short, she has an unusual platform and a non-traditional talent. And despite all of this – Miss Oklahoma 2011, Betty Thompson went on to finish as the 1st Runner Up at Miss America 2012! And in today’s podcast, you’ll hear what she told Laura Kaeppeler when they were the last two ladies holding hands, standing on-stage… Plus, Betty talks about what she wishes she would’ve known before starting her own pageant journey on today’s Pageant Junkies Podcast…

20mins

13 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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#109: Jade Kenny, Miss Maryland 2014

Welcome back Junkies! It's 2016, and I'm excited to share today's interview with Miss Maryland 2014, Jade Kenny... Jade was an international titleholder at the age of 15 and that experience taught her, "Dream big - Then once you accomplish that dream - Dream Bigger!" Jade's just beginning to accomplish her dreams thanks to the inner confidence she gained through pageantry - Learn how you can can do the same thing on today's Pageant Junkies Podcast... Check out this episode!

22mins

5 Jan 2016

Rank #13

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#109: Jade Kenny, Miss Maryland 2014

Welcome back Junkies!  It's 2016, and I'm excited to share today's interview with Miss Maryland 2014, Jade Kenny...  Jade was an international titleholder at the age of 15 and that experience taught her to "Dream big - then once you accomplish that dream - Dream Bigger!"  Jade's just beginning to accomplish her dreams thanks to the inner confidence she gained through pageantry - Learn how you can can do the same thing on today's Pageant Junkies Podcast...

22mins

5 Jan 2016

Rank #14

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#71: Catherine Lemkau Herd, Miss Iowa 1992

On her 3rd trip to Miss Iowa, and right before she aged out, Cathy Lemkau was thrilled to win her state title!  But her happiness quickly came to an end when the judges told her that she would be in the bottom 25 at Miss America.  What in the world did she do to go from "the bottom 25" in those judges' minds, to being a double prelim winner and 1st Runner Up at Miss America???  Let's just say, this podcast is killer.  Listen and learn... There's crazy amounts of wisdom inside...

25mins

6 Aug 2015

Rank #15

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#108: Rosie Sauvageau, Miss North Dakota 2012

At the age of 2, Rosie Sauvageau could play piano by ear.  And while her extraordinary gift paved the way for her to become a Preliminary Talent winner at Miss America - you may not know that Rosie officially "retired" from pageants not once, but twice, before being named Miss North Dakota 2012!  Further, Rosie also shares some great advice about following your heart and being wholly comfortable with yourself, on today's Pageant Junkies Podcast...

23mins

17 Dec 2015

Rank #16

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#143: Kalie Wright, Miss Idaho 2015

After Kaile's first pageant, her father actually said to her, "I don't ever want you to do this again." Well - Thank goodness he came around! Kalie was able to pay for college, compete on the Miss America stage and earn a Non-Finalist Talent Award, and be named the winner of the National Sweetheart Pageant! Today's interview with Kalie is the perfect backdrop for the National Sweetheart Pageant coming up this weekend - and will definitely put you in the mood for the massive amount of Miss America pageantry coming at us over the next 2 weeks! Enjoy!

20mins

30 Aug 2016

Rank #17

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Taylor Wiebers, Miss IA 2015

Honestly, I can't begin to describe today's podcast - It simply has to be heard. Enjoy our "3rd Runner Up" interview (the 4th most popular podcast of all time), from Taylor Wiebers, Miss Iowa 2015. She’s the first Double Preliminary Winner at Miss America in 15 years (FIFTEEN YEARS SHE SCREAMS!!!)… And today, Miss Iowa 2015, Taylor Wiebers, shares her whole pageant story – including the moment when she realized she wasn’t advancing to the Top 10. Every Junkie on the planet should hear this interview – Taylor is a class act and a wonderful example for all pageant contestants to follow – win or lose!!!

28mins

22 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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#107: Allison Cook, Miss Oregon 2013

Miss Oregon 2013 Allison Cook, has earned herself five concussions... Yes - FIVE!  But she doesn't let it get her down.  And instead of a bunch of excuses, Allison has a wonderfully positive attitude and a strong head on her shoulders (concussions aside - ha!).  Plus, she has some great advice for Junkies competing today - it's all on today's Pageant Junkies Podcast...  

20mins

15 Dec 2015

Rank #19

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Top 12 Podcasts of All Time - Megan Ervin, Miss IL 2012

One of our first podcasts released in 2016, Megan Ervin's interview comes in at #8 on our Top 12 Podcasts of All Time... It's almost a mini-tutorial of how to win your state title - Which is exactly why it's been so popular! Enjoy! If you need a little motivation to kick yourself into gear for 2016, look no further than today’s interview with Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois 2012! This lady is DRIVEN – and Megan offers several tips and tools to help any young woman interested in competing on the Miss America stage. Plus – Learn all about Megan’s 41 pound evening gown named, “Big Red” on today’s Pageant Junkies Podcast…

25mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #20