American Idol 8 alum, Jasmine Murray, was crowned Miss Mississippi Saturday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Jasmine competed in the competition as Miss Riverland. Her win came at the end of 4 days of competition, which consisted of performances from local dancers and singers.
The season 8 Top 13 finalist will now compete in the Miss America pageant, Sept. 14 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It’s the first time in eight years the pageant will return to its original home.
Jasmine, only 16 when she competed, advanced to the Top 8 as a wildcard pick, but was eliminated in the first week of finals, along with Jorge Nunez. She didn’t advance far enough to make the summer tour.
This year’s Miss Mississippi Pageant was the singer’s third in a row. In 2012, she was the first runner-up.
Just moments after she was crowned, Jasmine said, “I’m just so excited and thankful for this opportunity right now. It’s such an honor to represent my state, and it’s a privilege. I look forward to promoting my platform, ’13 Going on 30: Teaching Girls to Embrace Their Age’ on a bigger scale.”
Via the Clarion Ledger