The Miss New York 2012 pageant took place on Sunday, January 15, 2012, and there were some very fun and familiar faces. Jamie Otis from ABC’s The Bachelor 2012 competed, and Scottsdale fans will not be at all surprised to learn that she earned the Miss Congeniality award. Jamie looked gorgeous onstage as Real Housewives vet Kelly Bensimon judged the competition alongside Celebrity Blogger Micah Jesse. Congratulations go to Brooklyn’s Johanna Sambucini, who will go on to compete in Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant in June. New photos from the event were made available Tuesday, and fans will enjoy seeing the stunning Otis as she competed for the crown.
Sunday’s pageant took place at the Purchase Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY. Over 200 stilettos took to the runway as the ladies participated in a New York-inspired fashion show that included the pageant staples of eveningwear and swimwear. The competition crowned both a Teen New York USA and Miss New York USA, who will go on to do a number of charity events throughout the upcoming year. The winning ladies not only make many high-profile appearances, they will learn all about handling the press, have the opportunity to travel across the country and be treated to sponsors providing a fantastic clothing wardrobe and Ron King hair. This was the first year the pageant was produced by K2 Productions, and their addition to the mix added a sizzle that did not go unnoticed.
The Bachelor’s Jamie Otis represented Central New York, and she was a Top 20 Semi-Finalist in addition to earning Miss Congeniality. Fans may be disappointed they haven’t seen as much as they’d like of Jamie on The Bachelor with Ben Flajnik, but perhaps this congeniality award explains it all: she has been too sweet and mature to get caught up in the “mean girl” drama fans have been seeing lately. Jamie obviously made a great impression during the Miss New York USA pageant and those who know her say she is just as sweet as she seems on the show. Sunday’s event was the first time the pageant has been televised, and the ladies looked stunning.
You can see Jamie Otis, winner Johanna Sambucini, the celebrity judges and more in the slideshow on the left-hand side of the screen. Mr. Naughty But Nice Rob hosted and Micah Jesse, Celebrity Blogger, joined Bensimon as a Celebrity Judge. Celebrity Judge Kelly Bensimon had a great time, noting that she would have “loved to have been a pageant girl,” while Jesse admitted it might have been one of the hardest jobs he has ever had.
Congratulations to Jamie Otis for her great finish! Fans will be tuning in to see more of Jamie on The Bachelor as she continues to try to win Ben Flajnik’s heart. ABC’s The Bachelor 2012 airs Monday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 15 in the Scottsdale area.