Current Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller shared some advice with the contestants before the second round of the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen preliminaries began Wednesday night.
“God all gave us our own gifts, so hold true to that,” she said.
That they did. With baton twirling, spoken word poetry and extreme jump-roping (just to name a few), the diversity of contestants’ God-given gifts was on full display at the Township Auditorium.
Here are some of the show’s highlights.
Lean with it, rock with it: The night opened with the Miss South Carolina competitors hitting the stage for a group performance. Donning red dresses with shimmering, silver waistlines and moving to wubbing electronic beats, the contestants put their own ladylike spin on some familiar dance moves. The “lean with it, rock with it” – as made famous by rap group Three Six Mafia – could be spotted on careful inspection, even though the choreography masked it with two arms to the sky in between leans. The choreography also borrowed a move or two from Beyonce’s “single ladies.”
Clarendon killed it: In both competitions, the ladies of Clarendon gave standout performances in the talent segment.
Miss Clarendon Teen Haley Erickson put on a unique performance, tap-dancing to a spoken monologue she wrote herself titled, “Dear 16 year-old.” The tapping was impressive, but her lyrics are what had the crowd on their feet. The dialogue cautioned an unknown 16 year-old on the dangers of melanoma, telling her to be proud of her pale skin instead of poisoning it in the sun. But she kicked patrons in the gut with her final words of the performance: “Dear Mom, I wish I could have told you this when you were 16.”
As far as the talent portion for the Miss competition went, Miss Clarendon Hannah Henshaw “Beat It.” Tapping to a dubstep remix of the classic Michael Jackson song on the five-year anniversary of his death is a great way to commemorate the late pop icon – pulling off a perfect moonwalk is an even better way.
Braving the pain: Despite tearing her ACL last Thursday, Miss Hilton Head Amanda Compton put on an inspiring performance – glitter-coated leg brace and all – with her dance to Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.” To keep from putting too much weight on the bum knee, Compton had to re-choreograph her entire routine last weekend. Luckily, she had received guidance from Miss Florida 2013, Myrrhanda Jones, who also shredded an ACL right before competition began. “She was determined to do it – to do what she can,” said Compton’s father, Armond. “She’s very competitive. She doesn’t like to quit.” The audience – like Compton’s knee – was blown away.
Take it back now, y’all: With powerful vocal chops and some jazzy skatting, Miss Landrum Jordan Fox transported the audience to the Roaring 20s. She looked the part, too, topping off a flapper skirt by fixing her hair into a neat, tight bob.
How?: At the end of her jump-rope dance routine, Miss North Charleston Sophie LaBelle sat down and – still sitting – continued to jump-rope.
The Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen competition continues with the third and final round of preliminaries at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Township Auditorium.