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Miss America Betty Cantrell Thought She Blew Chance for Title (video!)

Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America 2016  last night (Sept. 13) after soaring on her operatic voice during the talent competition. (Photo: Miss America Pageant)

Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America 2016 last night (Sept. 13) after soaring on her operatic voice during the talent competition. (Photo: Miss America Pageant)

Betty Cantrell, the Georgia native with a soaring operatic voice, thought she blew her chances for the Miss America title after her onstage question. “I don’t know what he asked me,” she said after being crowned the 2016 beauty pageant winner in Atlantic City last night.

Cantrell looked poised in an aqua mini-dress when she was asked about the NFL “Deflatgate” scandal that engulfed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady was suspended for six games after an NFL investigation found that he probably knew game balls had been deflated for the NFL Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

But a federal court judge ruled that Brady wasn’t treated fairly during the investigation and overturned the suspension. Brady started the opening season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and won.

“Legalities aside, did Tom Brady cheat?” asked celebrity judge and country music singer Brett Eldredge.

Cantrell had to ask him to repeat the question. She briefly fumbled the answer saying she’d have to feel the balls herself to decided if they were deflated. But gamely followed up.

“If there was a question there, then, yes, I think he cheated,” she said. “If there was any question to be had, he definitely cheated and should have been suspended for that. He definitely cheated.”

Of course, she missed the fact that Brady’s due process rights were violated, but hey, cheating is cheating, and she scored in the end.

Cantrell, a 21-year-old student at Mercer University, was overwhelming in the talent competition with a soaring operatic performance.

The runner-up was Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts. Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, won last year’s competition.

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