As 51 women competed for the Miss America title Sunday night in Atlantic City, N.J., one contestant became a viral sensation, thanks to her unusual talent.
Miss Louisiana, Laryssa Bonacquisti, performed with two ventriloquist dummies, yodeling through her showcase. The impressive display made her a social media sensation.
Miss Louisiana is a good ventriloquist! She's beautiful & funny! She can Yodel! She did a great job! #MissAmerica— Aaron J. (@TheRealAJ_) September 11, 2017
I don't know anything about pageants, but Miss Louisiana can yodel without moving her lips, so that should count for something. #MissAmerica— Dave Ceule (@DCoolDog) September 11, 2017
YODEL TAKEOVER #MissAmerica— Josh Jackson (@Joshua_Jackson_) September 11, 2017
"I got to have three brains," she told Inside Edition. "I have got to talk for all three people."
Sunday’s Miss America contest was less about swimsuits and evening gowns and more about politics.
Judge Jordin Sparks asked Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis about Russians hacking the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Davis said the president was innocent “because not enough information has been revealed.”
Miss Texas, Margana Wood, was questioned about the president's belief that there was shared blame on both sides of the Charlottesville protests.
“It was very obvious it was a terrorist attack and I think that President Donald Trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and making sure all Americans feel safe in the country,” she said. “That's the No. 1 issue right now!”
Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was asked about the president's withdrawal from The Paris Climate Agreement. She called it “a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”
Judge Tara Lipinski posed a question to Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel about Confederate statues and whether they should be kept.
“I don't think the answer is to get rid of these statues. I think the answer is to relocate them into museums,” Schoeffel said.