Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Brett Eldredge: Loses His Mind as a Miss America 2016 Judge

It’s a tough life being a Country Star! 
Brett Eldredge drops new album then judges Miss America 2016!

Although Brett Eldredge the 2014 CMA New Artist of the Year winner may have been disappointed not to receive any recent 2015 CMA nominations his week ended with a jaw-dropping event when he was a judge for Miss America 2016! and dropped his second studio album on Sept 11th!
Brett's new album, ILLINOIS, featuring his latest aptly named hit, "Lose My Mind"! is now on sale Amazon UK - UK iTunes  

Miss America 2016 Judge Brett Eldredge told ABC News what he was looking for in the contestant:
29-year old Brett Eldredge had the tough job of judging the Miss America Pageant held on Sunday night (Sept 13, 2015) at the Boardwalk Hall Arena on Sunday (September 13) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, shown on  ABC.
Brett Eldredge on the Miss America
red carpet

Though he hails from Illinois and now lives in Tennessee, Brett said he was going in with no bias towards those two states in the competition.
He told ABC Radio, "I am open for all, for everybody, and may the best gal win."

Pageant Material: Though Brett has never judged a pageant before, he has been around them since he was a little kid attending the fair in his home town of Paris, Illinois.

"I'm from a farming community, so they had the Cow Queen, and they had all sorts of crazy pageants," Brett said. "I grew up seeing that stuff."
Brett still performs at big fairs and festivals across the country, so he still catches a glimpse of local pageant winners from time to time. 

When it comes to Miss America, Brett said he had a few key elements he was looking for in a contestant.
He said he's was looking for "a girl that can act on her feet, that can answer on her feet and be witty and smart and quick to their answers and also show their beauty and be elegant and also, you know, show their talents."

Of course, Brett was looking forward to judging the swimsuit competition, too.
He added, "Who doesn't want to see that? As a guy, you know, I'm excited."

Brett tweeted: Suited up and ready to judge Miss America!

Brett tweeted: Holy swimsuits!!!....getting sweaty up in here @MissAmericaOrg ! #MissAmerica 
Brett's worm's eye view of the Miss America
swimsuit judging CLICK to ENLARGE!!

Brett tweeted: Ma judge squad tonight!

Brett’s fellow judge singer, actress, dancer, and model Zendaya Coleman was in attendance on the carpet at the Boardwalk Hall Arena on Sunday (September 13) in Atlantic City, New Jersey looking sezy wearing a white Michael Kors Fall 2015 gown crafted with caviar-beads to give the piece beautiful lustre (Image).
Amy Purdy, the Paralympic bronze medalist showed up to judge and looked terrific in a gorgeous gown with side cutouts. As a judge for the competition, the former Dancing With the Stars contestant totally nailed the red carpet in an incredible dress that is giving us SO much style envy. The 35-year-old showed off her amazing, slender figure in the form-fitting gown, which had an embellished blue, black and white top half leading into a simple black fabric for the skirt portion. The halter top neckline and subtle side cutouts added the perfect amount of sex appeal whilst rocking totally classy and chic (Image)

Head judge Vanessa Williams performed onstage during the 2016 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was a highly anticipated return to the stage 32 years after she won the crown in 1984 and then resigned following a nude photo scandal. The 52-year old sang and then was offered an opology by the current Miss America CEO Sam Haskell. Sunday marked her first time back at the pageant since the scandal. She has since become a world-famous stage and television actress and vocalist.
Miss America Competition - JUDGES Brett (R)

The Miss America 2016: Preliminary competitions
These took place held on Tuesday (Sept 8), Wednesday, and Thursday nights, with contestants taking home scholarships for both talent and swimsuit contests each evening.
Double win: Miss Iowa Taylor Wiebers was one of three swimsuit winners at this year's Miss America competition, having also taken home an award for the talent portion (Image) earning a $1,000 scholarship in reward for the way she flaunted her figure in a bikini. Taylor Wiebers, 21, wore a blue halter two-piece (Image!) during the segment though no physical feats are actually performed on stage during that time - unless, that is, you count walking in five-inch heels in front of millions of people a physical feat.
High notes: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell (Image - Image) showed off her pipes singing “Tu, Tu Piccolo Iddio” from the opera Madama Butterfly.

Making music: Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez's talent stood out, as the pageant pro performed on the drums (Image)
Miss America finalists flaunted their figures - and an array of weird and wonderful of skills - in hotly-contested swimsuit and talent rounds. Pageant competitors included contestants from all 50 states, The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who showed off their swimwear during the preliminary rounds. Contestants from Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida took home scholarships for the swimsuit round, which is officially called Lifestyle and Fitness. Read more and lots of pics!: Daily Mail UK

The Top 10 contestants in the Miss America pageant were selected.
They were: Miss Florida; Miss Oklahoma, Miss Louisiana, Miss Tennessee, Miss Texas, Miss Alabama, Miss Colorado, Miss South Carolina, Miss Mississippi and Miss Georgia.
The pageant included contestants from all 50 states, The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
It was the 95th year of the pageant, which began in Atlantic City as a way to extend the summer tourism season.
Read more and photos: Daily Mail UK

Miss Georgia is crowned the new Miss America:
Read FULL report and lots of pictures at Daily Mail UK

Baciliky "Betty" Cantrell (born September 1, 1994) from Warner Robins, Georgia, was crowned Miss Georgia 2015 and on the night added a further title when she was crowned Miss America 2016 by Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev.
Baciliky is the first Miss Georgia to be crowned Miss America since Miss America 1953s Neva Jane Langley. See Betty’s photo gallery at

Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev crowns Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell 
as Miss America 2016, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Atlantic City, N.J. 
(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

#PokerFace “Judging” by the media photo’s Brett had a dead-pan expression and looked almost bored by the event or was it put on deliberately so not to reveal any favouritism towards the contestants.

It will have been “hard” not for Eldredge to not get excited when Cantrell, a 21-year-old student at Mercer University, rocked a magenta bikini with gold accents for the swimsuit portion of the competition, a segment that judge Vanessa Williams said was more about what the contestants had on the inside than their physical appearance.

According to judge Amy Purdy the Miss America organisors told them not to smile. She later shared “I'm so glad I can finally smile”!

During the interview part of the evening the Don't Ya singer Eldredge asked Betty is she thought Tom Brady cheated in The 2014 AFC Championship Game football tampering scandal (commonly referred to as Deflategate)
"I think I'd have to there to see the ball and feel it to see if the ball was deflated or not deflated, but if there was a question there then yes, he cheated. if there was any question to be had then he definitely cheated then he should of been suspended for that, that's not fair"
Miss America 2016 Swimsuits 13Sept2015 (Credit) AP
Georgia on his Mind?

 5 things to know about Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016
1. Her first name is Baciliky, which means "royalty." According to the Miss Georgia website, Cantrell, who has Greek and German ancestry, was named after her Greek grandmother. She also sings in her Greek Orthodox church choir and is a member of a Greek dance group.
Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin, Miss Louisiana, April Nelson, Miss America 2016, 
Betty Cantrell, Miss Mississippi, Hannah Roberts, Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson attend 
The 2016 Official Miss America After-Party at on September 13, 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ 
(Sept. 13, 2015 - Source: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

2. COUNTRY GAL: She grew up on 700 acres "managed for wildlife" in Warner Robins. There, she learned skills such as "driving a full-sized John Deere tractor, plowing and seeding fields, and handling a shotgun," the Miss Georgia website reports. In a video posted to her Twitter account, she adds, "I grew up in the country with no cable TV." She graduated from Macon's Mount de Sales Academy in 2012 and attends Mercer University, where she studies vocal performance.

3. Her dream is to perform on Broadway
4. Her platform is "healthy children, strong America." According to the Telegraph, her parents own a sports medicine and physical therapy center. "Child obesity is a real problem" she told the Ledger-Enquirer.
5. She is the second Miss Georgia to win Miss America. The first Georgia winner was Neva Jane Langley Fickling of Macon, who was named Miss America 1953.
 "I couldn't be more happy to represent my state," Cantrell posted on her Twitter account.

On Monday Sept 15 Good Morning America had Brett Eldredge performing live on GMA and who should he happen to see again but a nice photobomb courtesy of Miss America! Yes, newly crowned Baciliky Cantrell said she is “a fan” of Eldredge!
Watch Brett performed Loose My Mind - ABC News

Two years ago Brett Eldredge wandered the streets of New York City unnoticed. 
Brett & Baciliky on the set of GMA (Sept 14)

His debut album, BRING YOU BACK, was less than 1 week old, and his single "Don’t Ya" was about to be declared the most-played song on country radio. 
He was thankful for the success and already planning to repeat it. While "Bring You Back" would go on to produce two additional No.1 songs, on that balmy August day in 2013, Eldredge was focused on what was next - his second album

Many artists wait a year or more after releasing an album to start work on the next one, but Eldredge already had begun the writing process. "It's a cliche I hear a lot: You have your whole life to write for your first album and only a couple of months to write for your second album," Eldredge said.
He was determined that wouldn’t be him.
Brett's New York City trip Itinerary for taping of various national TV shows and interviews
Sept. 11: album release
Sept. 13: judge Miss America pageant
Sept. 15: appear on "Good Morning America"
Sept. 16: appear on "Live With Kelly & Michael"
Read more - The Tennessean
 Yes, GMA had Miss America (Baciliky Cantrell) take over their Instagram while hanging out with them! 
Video: Instagram Images: Instagram
Watch Miss America 2016s >> Interview

Eye For The Ladies!
Watch the official music video for Brett Eldredge's single "Lose My Mind" (5.9 million views; first published on Apr 22, 2015).

The music video was directed by Joel Robertson and premiered in April 2015. It co-starred Victoria's Secret model Rachel Hilbert.
Brett’s “Lose My Mind” video is downright sexy — and YES it was all his idea! Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex >> caught up with the country star, who dished on the inspiration behind the visual.
The video shows Eldredge in a straightjacket in the arms of one super hot nurse!
The video actually premiered during the ACM Awards on one of their many Jumbotrons, but was released online days later. Eldredge said the idea came to him while he was on an airplane.

The country singer got pretty lucky with his co-star and Victoria’s Secret model!
She’s a Victoria’s Secret model, which was cool,” he said of Rachel Hilbert, giggling. “She was an awesome person. Literally the day before the video she jumped on board to do it. 
Like she’d heard about it the day before and we were like, ‘We’d really like her to do this,’ and she was like, ‘I’ll get on a plane right now.’ 
She got on a plane and was in Nashville by midnight and we were on filming by like 8AM.”
Although Eldredge is proud of his latest work, it did cause one family member to cringe just a little. “My mom said she had to close her eyes for a couple of parts,” the singer admitted.
Earlier in the year Victoria's Secret models Gigi Hadid and Rachel and singer Cody Simpson attended The Ultimate Spring Break Bash hosted by Victoria's Secret PINK in March 2015 at Surfcomber Miami See Getty Images 
Rachel is the gorgeous New Face of Victoria's Secret PINK: See Her Working It in Bikinis, Lingerie! at Us Magazine
The 19-year-old model was spotted taking in some fun in the sun while poolside at a Miami Beach hotel Read more: Daily Mail

Yes we digress
Brett has previously enjoyed success with two Billboard Country Airplay No1s "Beat of the Music" (chart dated June 28, 2014) and "Mean To Me" both led for 1 week each.
Eldredge’s debut album, BRING YOU BACK (Warner Music Nashville), released Aug 6, 2013 made a debut at No.11 on the Billboard 200 and No.2 on the Country chart with sales of 21,119 copies (11,209 Physical + 9,910 Digital). Eldredge’s set marked the best opening-week rank and sum for a rookie male since Dustin Lynch’s self-titled album opened at No.1 (#13 BB200 selling 23,077 copies) on Sept. 8, 2012.
"Lose My Mind" was released on May 4, 2015 as the first single from Eldredge's second album, ILLINOIS. Eldredge co-wrote the song with Ross Copperman and Heather Morgan
 It also debuted at #31 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs on its debut week, selling 21,000 copies. The song has sold 299,000 copies in the US as of September 2015.
After 21 chart frame it has reached #5 on Billboard Country Airplay and No.6 on Hot Country Songs.
>> Brett Eldredge “Illinois” (Official Audio Video)

In review UK based For The Country Record (by Nick Jarman) wrote: Comparing ‘Illinois’ to ‘Bring You Back’ is difficult since ‘Illinois’ has much more of a modern slant. However, I would say that whilst ‘Illinois’ never hits the heights of Brett’s debut offering, it doesn’t stoop to the lows either. I would say that ‘Illinois’ is a very solid offering, with every song being good, and few being outstanding. I love Brett Eldredge and I like ‘Illinois’. I would highly suggest a listen, even if it is only to absorb the best male voice in country music.

Brett Eldredge - Illinois (Atlantic Nashville) 12 Tracks/ Time: 39:37
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I ain't pageant material
I'm always higher than my hair
And it ain't that I don't care about world peace
But I don't see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage
I ain't exactly Ms. Congenial
Sometimes I talk before I think, I try to fake it but I can't
I'd rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain't

God bless the girls who smile and hug
When they're called out as a runner up on TV
I wish I could, but I just can't
Wear a smile when a smile ain't what I'm feelin'
And who's to say I'm a 9.5
Or a 4.0 if you don't even know me
Life ain't always roses and pantyhose


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