Michaela, 8, likes to do pirate stuff in pageants. They’re certainly not boring. They’re “glampirates.” Her talent routine is more difficult for this pageant. They don’t use coaches because her mom thinks she can do it. Her mom studied sword fighting and did baton twirling. They apparently go hand in hand. Her talent is singing. Preps by packing. They’ve got lots of props. Rather than ride in the van, her daddrives behind in motorcycle.
Sparkal, 7, has only done 3 pageants so far. Her dad liked that they had a hobby because it freed up time for him but then he got involved too. She likes to impersonate people. She has a fan club from her youtube videos (her imitating music videos). This is the biggest pageant she’s ever done and she’s nervous. Her mom googled information about what she needs. They pick out her clothes for formal wear, bathing suit, and talent. She’s never done the talent one before. She has a vocal coach.
Cassidy, 7, starting doing pageants at 2 months old. She’s done 100-150 pageants and gets really angry at the winners when she wins. Her behavior makes her stand out. Energetic aka “wild.” Undiagnosed ADHD her parents think. She doesn’t think she’s hyper. Her mom is equally competitive. Her mom stormed out when she didn’t win queen in her first pageant. If she loses this pageant she will slap the winner and take all the money. Goes to acting classes. She wants to be in a horror movie. Her mom bribes her with sunglasses to practice. It’s a big expense so they have to take pageants seriously. The cost effects the family.
Pageant time. Sparkal looks cute but in a dress that doesn’t quite like her clothing fits. Cassidy goes up and she says she doesn’t like being on stage all that much because she doesn’t like to smile. Her mom says she’s doing awful. She’s quite calm for her. She gets upset at her mother telling her to smile and throws a very calm temper tantrum. Michaela’s division is tough.
Cassidy and her mom talk about their issues. Michaela’s excited for swimsuit because she gets to do pirate stuff. Sparkal is all rockstar diva for swimwear. Cassidy apparently likes swimwear much more and “rocks it.” Her mom even cries and learns that she should stay in the back and be quiet from now on. Michaela’s excited for hers.
Talent competition time. Before the start Sparkal hears someone else singing that mkes her afraid to go on so as not to look bad. Cassidy is hyperactive due to lack of herbal supplement. She’s doing magic. Sparkal gets her confidence back and gets on stage. (PS- she can’t really sing…) She’s eh. Michaela has a whole act that includes baton twirling and dancing and she does very well.
Crowning. 5-7 yrs old. Cassidy gets Prettiest Eyes. Sparkal gets Miss Personality. High Point winner is…Cassidy. 8-10. Most Beautiful Face goes to Michaela. High Point is…Michaela. High Point winners are called back on stage to determine who won Overall High Point/Supreme. Cassidy’s mom assumes they won’t win. Michaela and her mom think she has a shot at winning. The winner is…Michaela! Cassidy looks sad. At least she doesn’t hit anyone though she does pop a balloon. (Her mom promised her a Nintendo DS is she won, knowing she wouldn’t get it.) $500 to Michaela.