The director of this pageant is Tonya Bailey, and I am pretty sure I've seen her before as the director of other pageants. She let us know that the pageant winner would get a custom crown and a custom play home...so there was sure to be some competition.
In her last Toddlers and Tiaras pageant, MaKenzie didn't take home any crowns, so she and mom Juana seemed to be especially determined to win at the Lollipops and Gumdrops pageants. Her mom even bought her an outfit to wear as she arrived at the pageant!
Next up was a girl whose mom bought her first pageant dress before she was even born. Brooke began doing pageants from the moment she was born, and Kaylie began before she turned one. Their mom, Joni, and their dad seemed to have made their house a shrine to the girls. I saw their faces on the walls, on the couch...everywhere! On a positive note, these girls seemed down to earth, and even though they compete against each other in pageants, they seemed to get along and enjoy being sisters.
Hailey was third, and at nine, she seemed to be quite a polished contestant. This is surprising because she started at the age of seven. Mom Shemanda seems to be a supportive, but not overbearing, pageant mom. Hailey seems to really bring it, and I can see how she'd be stiff competition. She's trained by a drag queen, and as we've learned in past pageants, having the drag queen edge can help the girls bring home the crowns.
During pageant prep, MaKenzie was a brat (shocker), the sisters were fun and Hailey handled pageant prep like a pro.
Beauty was the first competition, and it's heavily based on facial beauty. The girls in each division stood in a stage for this, and at this point, I became pretty sure MaKenzie wouldn't be taking home the crown. Not only was she smiling like a maniac, but her stomach was showing...it was not good! Next, they did their walks one by one. I hate to say it, but I am not convinced that MaKenzie has what it takes anymore to compete in pageants. She didn't look confident and she didn't seem to be the best in the competition. She even made some missteps during her routine.
Kaylie and Brooke were both phenomenal on stage. You could truly see their personalities, and you could see how different they truly are. Hailey was third. Her poise onstage was just as good as it was during practice, and her smile was genuine. After her routine, Hailey was devastated because she "almost fell on her face," and mom was very supportive, which was nice. Granted, she really didn't almost fall on her face - I barely noticed her misstep - but I give her credit for sharing her emotion in a quiet way and her mom credit for handling the situation in a proper, supportive way.
Up next was Candy Wear. MaKenzie was first of the group and she saw the MaKenzie Mouse outfit we saw in People Magazine. She danced to the 'meet me at the apple tree' song. She made up the routine as she went, and it wasn't too bad. However, the song choice and outfit didn't seem to go together for me...and I'm not convinced as to what they had to do with candy.
Kaylie was next. She wore a candy colored striped dress and pretended to be at a boutique. She was good, but lost her smile at the end. Brooke was dressed in a costume that looked like it was supposed to look like fire, and she rocked her routine. She did back handsprings and kept her smile glued to her face.
Hailey's outfit actually had to do with candy. She pushed a cart that was labeled Hailey's Glitz Candy Cart. She wore a colorful striped shorts / overalls set with a white shirt. She looked a bit 50's, which a judge noted. It was awesome.
6 Year Old Division
8 Year Old Division
9-10 Year Old Division
Candy Wear Winner: Kaylie
Mini Supreme: Hailey
Beauty Photo Supreme: Brooke
Beauty Supreme: MaKenzie
Ultimate Grand Supreme: Sadie