The CW’s television reality program “Crowned,” a mother/daughter beauty pageant, has chosen it’s first pair of winners. The Daredevil Divas – – Moya and Jenileigh – – took home the $100,000 prize, matching tiaras, and matching crown diamond necklaces.
Mother, Moya, age 51, had no beauty pageant experience going into the competition. Daughter, Jenileigh, age 25, had been entering pageants since the age of nine. Both women are athletic and love living life to the fullest. However, the sudden death of Moya’s husband cost her just about everything in her life; that is, except for her daughter, Jenileigh. The pair joined the contest in hopes of giving Moya a new start in life.
Going into the last night of the competition, four teams were still in place. They included the Daredevil Divas, the Dream Gals, the Gifted Dolls, and the Sincere Sexy Redheads.
During the swimsuit competition, the Daredevil Divas took a slim lead with 27 points. The Dream Girls and the Gift Dolls followed closely behind with a score of 26 points. The Sincere Sexy Redheads lagged behind with only 23 points.
The judges chose the Divas as winners of this category because they were coordinated and synchronized, didn’t forget to feature one another, exhibited good teamwork, and were relatable. In particular, the judges appreciated that “mom” didn’t try to compete in the same vein as her daughter. She chose a one-piece suit with a sarong, leaving the bikini to the younger generation.
During the talent competition, the Divas lost their slim lead to the Gifted Dolls. The judges felt that the Diva’s aerial act focused too heavily on the daughter and didn’t include the mother enough. In contrast, the Dolls worked hand in hand with their dancing routine; showing remarkable energy, and operating as a real team. The Dolls garnered a perfect score of 30 points. The Divas received 28.
The Dream Gals sang “Come Rain or Come Shine.” The judges complimented them on their teamwork, relationship with one another, and their style. However they only awarded them 25 points.
The redheads did a solo and piano routine to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” However, they flubbed up twice, stopping in the middle of the song to begin over again. And the daughter was terribly off key. They ended up being awarded only 20 points.
Before the evening gown competition was completed, an ambush desashing took place. The Sincere Sexy Redheads were sent packing; leaving only the Daredevil Divas, Dream Gals, and Gifted Dolls behind.
In the evening gown competition, the Divas and the Dolls tied at 28 points each while the Dream Gals slid even further behind with just 26 points. Therefore, going into the interview round of the competition, only one point continued to separate the top two teams.
During interview, each team was asked what the platform for their reign would be and how much of their winnings they would be willing to put into their chosen platform. The Gifted Dolls chose the platform of “The Gift of Life.” Since mother, Mindy, had suffered from kidney disease, the two were familiar with the importance of organ donors. For that reason, they hoped to help spread the word about the gift of life.
The Daredevil Divas chose the platform “If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It.” The idea behind their platform was to develop ways to communicate with children the importance of believing in themselves and their dreams. They stated that they were willing to spend the entire $100,000 prize money toward achieving that ultimate goal.
Whether the Divas can or will live up to their word to spend all of the prize money on their platform, there is no doubt that it was their interview response that ultimately helped them surpass their stiff competition. I have to agree with the judges’ decision. I think the judges made the best choice based on how the standings fell within each of the categories. Whether it was the best choice, overall, remains to be seen.
I’m still not a big fan of beauty pageants and doubt that I will watch this one again if it is repeated next year. However, I enjoyed the fact that it was a different type of pageant and one that focused on the importance of the mother/daughter bond. I’m not sure all of the contestants understood or ever actually “got” that concept, but most did and it was a beautiful sight to behold.
Congratulations Daredevil Divas. You have been crowned!