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Her cup runneth over: Miss America explains crown-winning talent

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, right, gets a kiss from her mother, Julia Kazantsev, after Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J.
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, right, gets a kiss from her mother, Julia Kazantsev, after Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. AP

After watching Miss New York win the Miss America crown by playing with a red plastic cup on Sunday, we just have one request: Bring back the baton twirling.

People are still shaking their heads today over what Kira Kazantsev did on stage in Atlantic City.

For the talent portion of the competition Kazantsev ripped off a scene from the 2012 movie, “Pitch Perfect.” In the movie, Anna Kendrick tries out for an a cappella vocal group by accompanying herself on a song while clapping and banging on a plastic cup.

At the Miss America pageant on Sunday, Kazantsev also sat on the floor and banged away on a red plastic cup while she sang “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Social media went bonkers.

“Oh so when I sit cross-legged and bang a red solo cup on the ground I’ve ‘had too much to drink’ but when she does it she’s Miss America,” tweeted @sageboggs.

“My dog uses a red cup as a chew toy. Crown her up! #MissAmerica #redsolocup,” tweeted @LforLibby

After she won, Kazantsev told reporters that yes, she had been inspired by Kendrick’s performance in the movie.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Jane Austen fans aren’t as happy. As Kazantsev performed her odd act this little bit of trivia flashed across the screen: “Loves Anything Jane Austin.”

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