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American Idol Also Loves Pageant Queens

February 15, 2009

Miss Outstanding Teen America Contestants on American Idol

Everybody say world peace.

This year, American Idol has not one, but TWO, former Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Contestants.

Damn! I knew Jasmine Murray’s makeup palette looked familiar for a reason. She’s a pretty pageant princess! And come to think about it, Arianna Asfar kind of looks a teeny tiny bit pageant-y, too.

Asfar was Miss Outstanding Teen California 2005 and Murray was Miss Outstanding Teen Mississippi 2007. Both contestants are currently 17-years-old. Like Miss America, this “little sister” program is a scholarship program.

Wow. Asfar won it in a big state at a fairly young age. That Adopt-A-Grandparent program will ensure victory every time. Clearly, the other teenage pageant chicks in CA could not stack up, even if they had a few years on her.

TopIdol may loathe pageants and think Jasmine Murray needs to tone it down on the makeup a bit, but we’re all for making sure every kid has the opportunity to get to college. It seems like they’ve accomplished some good at a fairly young age. Here’s hoping these girls continue on to college after they’re booted from Idol.

Here’s a press release the organization issued:


Two former state titleholders continue on in their quest to become the American Idol

Orlando, FL– February 12, 2009

The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization announced today that two of their former contestants have made it to the next round on American Idol. Arianna Afsar, 17, was Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2005 and Jasmine Murray, 17, was Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen 2007.

Afsar originally auditioned in Phoenix, AZ and Murray auditioned in Jacksonville, FL. Afsar was the first runner-up to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2006 and started a mentoring program called “Adopt a Grandparent.” Murray was a top 10 finalist and has received recognition for her outstanding community service with the U.S. Dream Academy. Both girls received scholarship money for their achievements.

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, the “little sister” to the Miss America Organization, is a scholarship-based program offering accomplished teens the opportunity to be awarded funds for college. The program promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America’s teens. In the past four years, the organization has made available more than $3 million in college scholarships.

“Jasmine and Arianna are two perfect examples of what this country needs as the next America Idol. They are both academic leaders, community activists, and dedicated volunteers,” said Kim Parrish, president of MAOT. “They are well-rounded teens and would set a shining example for other teens to follow. MAOT is proud of these two former contestants.”

Both girls will continue on in the competition which can be seen nationally on FOX on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 8/7 Central.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2009 8:49 pm

    Jasmine Murray is polished for her age, but it remains to be seen whether she can advance out of the Group 2 showdown. Like Stevie Wright in Group 1, she will be competing against much older and more experienced contestants. This is one of the problems with the American Idol format… many contestants are most definitely NOT amateurs. In many cases, they are professional musicians seeking the lucky break that will give them a recording contract. Our survey says the Jasmine’s competition comes from 23 year old Megan Corkrey

  2. Nice_Guy permalink
    February 18, 2009 4:55 pm


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