What the what? A woman playing a red plastic cup beat out all other singers and dancers to take the Miss America crown.
Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, brought it home for New York - the first ever state to win three years in a row. Her unlikely talent featured tapping a red plastic cup on the ground while singing Pharrell Williams’s smash “Happy.”
The AP said Kazantsev caused a social media "furor" over her performance. #solocup became a trending hashtag, the New York Daily News notes, with one commentator hypothesizing that the Miss America judges must have been "drinking heavily this evening" and another musing, "All these parents spending all this $$$ on dance lessons when all they needed was a solo cup."
Another flurry of social media attention happened when a typo that flashed onscreen reporting that Kazantsev "loves anything Jane Austin." The correct spelling is "Austen."
"The reason why I chose to do that talent is I wanted every single little girl in America to be able to see that you can do that talent—you can do whatever talent you want on national television—even with a red cup—and still be Miss America and have the time of your life. I literally in that minute and 30 seconds had the most fun I've ever had, and that's because I stayed true to myself and I did what I wanted to do for my talent, no matter what everybody else told me, and it paid off. I'm very happy about it."