MEMPHIS – Tally Bevis, a 23-year-old Miss Nashville from Springfield, Tennessee, was crowned Miss Tennessee on the final night of the pageant competition, held this year in Memphis.
The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts had been on hold for more than a year in anticipation of hosting the event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic. The three-day competition ended with the crowning of the new Miss Tennessee on Saturday.
The Miss Tennessee Pageant saw 30 contestants from across Tennessee compete for the chance to be crowned and enter the Miss America Pageant in Connecticut in December.
The Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization, licensed under the Miss America flag, has pledged to host the event in different parts of the state since the competition split in 2019. The first competition under the new board was held in 2019 in Knoxville. This Miss America-sanctioned contest is no longer a swimsuit part of the competition, and it focuses more on what organizers call a “social impact” platform. This year’s winner took home a scholarship of $ 15,000.
The judging criteria for the preliminary rounds are broken down with 35% focused on the private interview, 15% for the stage interview / social impact pitch, 35% for the talent part and 15% for the red carpet / outfit. evening.
The categories were weighted differently for the finals, with the evaluation criteria being 40% for the composite score, 10% for the interview on stage / the social impact pitch, 35% for the talents and 15% for the mat. red / evening wear.
The original field of 34 was narrowed down to the last 12, then narrowed down again to the first five.
If Bevis wins the Miss America title in December, it will be the first time a contestant from Tennessee has won at this level since Kellye Cash-Sheppard won the Miss America crown in 1987.