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Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers is First Runner Up at Miss America

Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan wins crown.

Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers finished second to Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan at the Saturday evening Miss America pageant at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

The Clemson University 21-year-old performed "I Want You Back" by the Jackson Five. She also captured a preliminary swimsuit competition title.

She was crowned Miss S.C. Teen in 2009 and landed in the Top 10 in that year's Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition.

Only two South Carolina women have carried the Miss America crown over its 92 years. It's been more than 19 years since anyone from the Palmetto State has won the national pageant.

Update: Ali Rogers has landed in the Top 5 in the Miss America pageant.

In the interview portion, Rogers was asked about the dust-up surrounding ESPN sportscaster Brent Musburger, who was criticized for ogling over former Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb, who sat the stands at the BCS Championship game.

Rogers said she didn't find the comments objectionable, since Mussburger was simply calling the woman beautiful. Webb dates University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. ESPN apologized for going "too far" with the comments.

Update: Miss South Carolna ali Rogers made it into the Top 10 and performed "I Want You Back" by the Jackson Five on piano.

Update: Miss South Carolina made it into the Top 15 at the Miss America Pageant. The contest started at 9 p.m. and should wrap by 11 p.m.

Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers is the odds favorite to win the Miss America title tonight, according to a Las Vegas oddsmaker.

The 21-year-old Clemson University student is the 8 to 1 favorite, according to Las Vegas Review Journal. The pageant gets underway at 9 p.m. on ABC. Roughly 15 million Americans are expected to to tune in.

Rogers captured a preliminary swimsuit competition win, a key sign that she'll make a strong showing in the overall points total.

Only two women from the Palmetto State have been crowned Miss America over the years. The last was in 1994.

The former U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham aid, Rogers got a congratulatory message from the state's senior senator this morning.

"Best of luck to our former intern @AliARogers as she represents South Carolina in the Miss America Pageant," Graham tweeted this morning.

Yancy Box January 13, 2013 at 09:48 PM
(continued) I also managed to balance college (four dgrees), internships, friends and family. The problem is, Ali did not BALANCE her time or she would have practiced more in order for her performance last night not to suffer. She knew going into the pageant she would be perfoming in front of a TV audience. If she was not prepared perhaps she should have stayed at home. 21 must have been the time you turned into an idiot. Anyone that does not call a 21 y/o an adult is an absolute ignorant idiot. Yes, I agree you do mature a lot more between 20 and 30 and even 40; however, you are certainly an adult at the age of 21. According to our government you are an adult at 18. Ask the men and women that are fighing for us in the Middle East that are between the age of 18 and 20. I sure they will be the first to tell you they are an adult. Get a life and stop trying to defend Ali's embarrassment. And if you want or have taught your children to be dishonest rather than honest, shame on you. And in the case you have taught them to be honest, I am quite sure some idiot down the road will tell them they are rude too.
malepianoplayer January 14, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Ali is certainly more talented than the new yorker. She should win. BTW this is not a piano contest.
Paige January 14, 2013 at 07:42 AM
When deciding who should be the spokesperson for this organization, as well as for their national service platform, The Children's Miracle Network, personality, charisma, and the "it" factor take precedence over talent. As malepianoplayer said, this is not a piano competition.
Yancy Box January 14, 2013 at 08:22 PM
All of these contestants know the talent portion of the competition rates higher (35%) than any of the other portions. Ali is not more talented than Miss NY or she would have won. Paige, you are correct in everything you say. However, the Miss America pageant does not agree. Miss America think talent should be the "it" factor and being Ali's talent was sub par she did not win.
Pat Dozier January 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM
We all remember when you won Miss America, Yancy Box, but don't put someone down that finished second. Talk about needing to get a life. You weren't bullied, you are the bully.

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