This week, we saw the Universal Royalty Pageant, with director Annette Hill (again), and an old Hollywood glamour theme. Oh yeah, and a $10,000 cash prize.
The contestants and their parents this week had some issues, to say the least.
Isys, 6, and mom Erika both sounded congested during this episode. I'm not convinced that Isys genuinely enjoys being in pageants. Isys' dance trainer was named Teffany (awful spelling) and I'm pretty sure Teffany is a man. Props to Teffany if she is, because everyone has the right to be themselves, but I'm just not sure if I'm imagining it.
Mia's, mom Marina is from Russia, and she said her husband wanted a Russian bride, so he found her online and they got married. They seem to have a happy marriage, so props to them. Dad's even interested in Mia's pageant career! 4 year old Mia seems like a genuinely happy kid, so I really liked this family, until I saw them at the pageant.
I love that Mia performs for elderly people as pageant practice. It seems like a great way to for Mia to practice while making people happy. Also, Mia was adorable - she has a teddy bear named Mischa who only comes out for pageants. The smile on Mia's face was priceless when she saw Mischa. Mom said giving Mischa to Mia is like giving Pixi Styx to most kids, although in my opinion, much healthier.
Saliz, 7, claims to be a diva impersonator. Her mom, Sarah, seems to really want to make her famous. It also seems like mom Sarah combined her name with someone named Liz to get her daughter's name. I'm definitely not a fan of the same. It's pronounced Suh-liz, but I want to say it like Suh-leez when I see it in writing. Saliz's mom spent $1,200 on her beauty dress, which seems like a lot, but I guess it's not crazy if you genuinely believe that you can win the pageant's $10,000 cash prize.
Mia went first for beauty. I loved her onstage! She had a great, genuine smile. She was very poised and the judges reacted very well to her. She may not be as picture perfect as other girls, but she had way more personality than many of them. Unfortunately, mom wasn't happy because pageant director Annette Hill cut Mia's beauty walk short. I didn't like that mom got so emotional about this and told Mia that she didn't win and it's already over. Ouch, mom! Build Mia up, not break her down! Mom wanted to quit, and sometime during her meltdown, Mia walked out of the hotel room. (Note: the judges thought that Mia did have her time onstage and actually stayed on longer than the other girls.)
Isys was next in beauty. Her smile wasn't as strong as Mia's, and I have to say, I didn't love her dress. It was a bit too colorful and overwhelming in my opinion. Plus, the judges didn't seem to love her - one said her heart wasn't in it.
Saliz was great. She was very polished, although I don't think her facial beauty was as strong as Isys' or Mia's. I also didn't love the color of her dress (red) but the fit was perfect on her.
For celebrity wear (after dad convinced mom to continue in the pageant), Mia was Shirley Temple. Unfortunately, many other girls were as well. The difference for one judge was that Mia actually sang, and that made her stand out. Although one other Shirley Temple went out cute and authentic, and then went into a non-20's themed sexy dance.
Isys was second, and I think Annette Hill was dressed as J-Lo. She looked like something between a belly dancer and a flapper in cowboy boots, and was completely uninspired. Unfortunately, this pageant was kind of a mess for Isys, probably because she wasn't feeling well.
Saliz was Nicki Minaj. (Again, not 20's themed, but whatever.) She did okay, in my opinion. Her moves looked like something out of a Zumba class and she kind of lip synched to the words. Despite my opinion (and the fact that a judge found her costume age-inappropriate) her mom thought she did great.
4 - 5 Age Group
Mia didn't realize that not winning yet was a good thing because she pulled for a higher title. And who could blame her after her mom's outburst?
6 - 7 Age Group
Most Beautiful: Isys
Miss Congeniality: Saliz
Ultimate Photo Supreme: Hailey
Ultimate Novice Supreme ($500 cash winner): Mia
Mom was not thrilled, thinking that this was nothing. On the other hand, Mia was thrilled and wanted to use the money to go to SeaWorld. I hated how Mia had to cheer up her mom after winning Novice Supreme - it was a good title and Mia shouldn't have to cheer up her mom.
Ultimate Grand Supreme: Meaghan (an 11 year old who looked much older, but maybe just in comparison to the other girls).
Saliz was upset because her mom promised her she'd win some money...bad call, mom!