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An Exclusive Look At Miss Montana USA: Part 3

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Micah: Over the last couple of days, we've given you a full look at Miss Montana USA, the whole pageant experience both from on-stage and behind the scenes, and now the most important part, getting that one on one interview with a contestant, and we happen to have one, and that's Miss Elise Jesse…

Elise: What's up…

M: …who became third runner-up at Miss Montana USA.  First of all, congratulations.

E: Thank you.  Thanks Micah.  Yeah, he was there supporting me, so I want very thankful for that.

M: Well, I was glad to be there.  So first of all, kind of tell us about the whole pageant experience.  How was the whole weekend for you?

E: The whole weekend was really exciting.  It's a lot of work and preparation that goes into it.  We rehearsed about twelve hours a day.  We had a preliminary show as you saw and then the final show as well, so it was a lot of work but it was a great experience overall. 

M: Alright, so, what are some things people may not know about pageants?  There's a lot of stereotypes, a lot of misconceptions.  What are some unique things about pageants that people at home may just not know about?

E: I think the general perception that people have about is from that show Toddlers & Tiaras, right?  Everyone thinks that a lot of pageant girls are bratty and non-ambitions but really, these girls are driven.  They go on to become CEO's.  They're spectacular, nice role models and they're doing a lot with their careers and their life.  A big stereotype for me was, you know, I'm a sports reporter.  You wouldn't generally think that a sports reporter would be into pageants because those two really don't go along, but you know, it's a competition in its own right.

M: Well, expound upon that a little bit more, you know, there's those stereotypes.  You don't necessarily think, like you said, pageant girl and sports reporter going together, but tell us about the competitiveness of it.

E: Oh yeah, I mean these girls train three to four hours a day in the gym, they're training their mind just so they're able to keep up on current events and answer those tough questions that you can sometimes get in the top five final answers…just like an athlete.

M: Yeah, just like an athlete.  So what are some of your favorite things?  Give us a best part of the week and a worst part of the week.

E: Alright, so the best part of the week, I would have to say, would be meeting a lot of girls.  Now through social media, I can keep up with them.  Some are from Kalispell, Butte, Helena and I can keep up with them with Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.  The thing that I disliked about the weekend was wearing heels for twelve hours a day, three days in a row.  My feet are a wreck.  You don't want to see it.  No.  Ugly.

M: You probably don't.

E: No, you don't.

M: Now, I know another one of her favorite parts was, the weekend got over, you can splurge a little bit on eating.  I was there and witnessed it so I can confirm it happened, but what did you do right after the pageant was over?

E: I ordered a large, stuffed crust pizza with pepperoni all over it from Pizza Hut and I dug in.  That was the real competition, right?  I got five pieces down in one sitting.

M: She did.  She did.  I watched it.  It was very impressive…but once again, very competitive.  So last thing, there are a lot of girls out there.  They're watching.  They like pageants.  They want to compete or maybe they're not so sure pageants and they've been approached about them.  What's some advice you'd give to girls out there who are maybe interested in competing in Miss Montana USA.

E: I would say, if you want to participate, even if you're a teen from Miss Montana Teen USA, go ahead and do it.  Take that step.  Take the risk.  It's such a great time, especially if you're looking for confidence, if you're trying to find out who you really are, you really have a lot of growth and it shows your character in those situations, those tough situations during the weekend.  If you want to prepare for it, hit the gym or you can call me up.  I'll help you out.  I'll coach you.

M: Thank you so much Elise for joining us and congratulations once again… third runner-up for Miss Montana USA right here at KFBB.  We're very proud of her.

E: Thank you, Micah.  And thank you so much for coming.  All of my coworkers came and supported me.  I'm so thankful to you.  Thanks.

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