'American Idol' finalist becomes new Miss Mississippi
VICKSBURG, MS (WNTZ) — Jasmine Murray, 22, was crowned Miss Mississippi 2014 at the Vicksburg Convention Center this past Saturday.
Murray, representing as Miss Riverland, competed against 40 other women from across Mississippi to win the coveted title. Each of the contestants competed in preliminary competitions prior to Saturday night's final, as the field was narrowed to ten semifinalists.
The semifinalists then competed in evening gown, talent and swimsuit before narrowed again to five finalists. The winner was chosen based upon the final on-stage question posed by elected Mississippi political leaders.
Murray will compete this September in Atlantic City, N.J., against 52 other women from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Miss America 2015 title. If she wins, Murray would become the fifth woman from Mississippi to win the Miss America crown.
Murray is no stranger to competition. She finished in the top 13 on the eighth season of Fox's American Idol in 2009. That experience helped her in talent competition, where she sang Christina Aguilera's version of "Something's Got a Hold on Me" from the 2010 film Burlesque.
Murray also represented Mississippi in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition in 2006. Upon her win on Saturday, she became the first woman to win both the Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen and Miss Mississippi titles, the state titles for the Miss America Organization.
The Miss Mississippi crown was placed on Murray's head in front of statewide dignitaries, the new Miss Louisiana 2014 Lacey Sanchez, and family and fans who were in attendance. Miss Mississippi 2014 was emceed by Miss America 2009, Katie Stam Irk.