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Miss Mississippi 2010: Preliminary competition begins

VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) - Rehearsals like this one will take place all week until each step and production number are second nature for the 45 contestants.

"It is an exhilarating experience.  I love to perform, and I love to entertain, and that's why I was put on this earth, to make people laugh and to just go and have fun," said Miss Delta Blues Caitlyn Smith.

"I love to perform, um, and I'm always nervous, and I'm always adrenaline rushing and excited, but once I get out there, um, and just start playing.  It's just, my favorite part for sure," said Sarah Beth James, Miss Metro Jackson.

"I'm changing it up this year.  I'm doing 'Bridge over Troubled Water,' and I actually was gonna do two other songs, but they both got the boot from the corporation," said Miss Central Mississippi Katherine Barkett.

Talent and the judges' interview count the most when tallying the scores for contestants. Several veterans said that is the opportunity to truly stand out with the judges.

"I'm doing the same song, 'Simba Confronts Scar' from The Lion King, and it's gonna be Danielle's broadway show," said Danielle Smith, Miss Mid South.

"You sing, you sing from the heart," said Miss Riverland Jessica Cofield.  "And for a chance to get on that stage and sing in front of hundreds of people, and sing from the heart, that is, there's nothing like it."

"I'm singing 'At Last' by Etta James.  It's a very, um, classic cut.  It's, it's just close to home.  It's something I've done before.  It's something that just felt right to me," said Miss New South, Tiffany Boyte.

The first 15 contestants compete in talent with musicians, dancers, and vocalists.  Many of the veterans will compete in swim wear and evening wear with an on-stage question.

Preliminary competition begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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