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Suzette Charles - Miss America Talent Competition



Suzette Charles sings "Kiss Me in the Rain" in the 1983 Miss America Pageant.

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Comments:

Author Felix Papadakis (2 months)
Goosebumps.....she killed it.....the arrangement was beautiful...her
singing was amazing.....

Author Bruce Powell (7 months)
Vanessa is quite lovely, but always thought SC was slightly more
beautiful. And just a slightly better voice. Fitting that both of them
were Miss Americas, I guess.

Author Just Me (4 months)
Gorgeous! That pageant hair is everything, though. ^_^

Author Stage Aurora (5 months)
Wow!

Author CreoleLiveDoll (5 months)
beautiful!

Author Victor Talking Machine (5 months)
At this point in time, she really was prettier than Vanessa.

Author Michael Blackmon (6 months)
It's obvious she was the better singer

Author Victor Talking Machine (2 years)
@butler372 Here's what Suzette said in article for Santa Fe, NM newspaper:
Question: "How did Miss Charles feel when Miss Williams won the title and
she was named first runner-up?" Answer: "I was devastated, she says. "I
wanted to win so badly. I've wanted to win since I was 7! AND IT WAS SO
CLOSE. LATER I FOUND OUT I LOST TO VANESSA BY ONE POINT!"

Author victortalkingmch (6 years)
suzette versus vanessa: to me the edge was given to vanessa williams
because she was a double winner in both talent and swimsuit preliminaries.
suzette did not win her swimsuit competition. this is not to take away from
her enormous talent, though. i personally think if both girls had competed
the same night in talent prelims, suzette would have bested vanessa.

Author Mylam O'James (4 years)
Stunning performance! One can see just how strong a singer she was that
night. Brava!! Mylam O. James

Author josbo51715 (4 years)
I didn't know that this was a Barbra Streisand song.

Author aloofbooks (4 years)
@Parker528 It was common knowledge that the judges said that Vanessa
Williams was the CLEAR winner in the interview portion of the pageant.
there was no one within several points of her. This certainly helped her
win the crown.

Author sharnyboi (3 years)
AMAZING!!!!!

Author Victor Talking Machine (3 years)
"With the feeling that I get, I don't even mind if I get 1st runner-up..."

Author aloofbooks (6 years)
Her performance was good, but Vanessa Williams was slighty better,
moreover, Vanessa had a better body overall. The Miss America Pageant has
several competitions that a contestant has to perfom in. Overall, as
someone who watched the pageant that year, I would have to say that Vanessa
Williams outdid Suzette Charles, not by much, but I would have selected
her. I think the judges made the correct choice.

Author bon ami (4 years)
Clearly had the pipes. Vanessa had the overall better package--she has that
little something extra than Suzette, I was a little kid watching and
Vanessa was mesmorizing to watch. Vanessa also chose a better song to
perform than Suzette, so no mistakes were made in the final outcome of this
one.

Author shaqimianj (3 years)
Yall must of forgot this back in the days all white judges u have to sing
with less soul and vanessa did it she played her cards right lol

Author Victor Talking Machine (2 years)
@Adizero7000 no, suzette took over duties of miss america for the last two
months after vanessa williams was forced to step down.

Author butler372 (2 years)
My co-worker was a musician for the Miss America Pageant. He said the
judges believed Vanessa was sexier and had more star quality!!! He also
said it was so very close that they could have tossed a coin to pick the
winner. LOL

Author thesinger (3 years)
@TheCounslor 1st let the record reflect I AM BLACK..too her vocals where
less mainstream (meaning able to cater to black and white audiences) than
Williams' vocals...Charles..was point blank blowing like a sister from the
back of the church! Williams' was more subtle like a Pop(ular) Artist!

Author aloofbooks (4 years)
Exactly. While Suzette Charles was very talented and elegant, Vaneesa
Williams had more celebrity potential. I would give Charles , the slight
edge in vocal abiltiy, slight edge mind you, however in other areas,
swimsuit, evening gown, interview. Williams out did her.

Author hoyageorge (2 years)
@Adizero7000 She did sing too loudly, and she was just a bit too plain
looking when you put her side by side with Vanessa. She was an awesome
contestant, but first runner up was the perfect spot for her ... Vanessa
clearly outshone everyone the entire week. It was sort of a foregone
conclusion on Saturday afternoon leading up to the final night of
competition that it was Vanessa's to lose. i'm happy Suzette was able to
take over for Vanessa after she stepped down.

Author TheCounslor (3 years)
@thesinger what the hell are u talkin about " too much blackness". it was
enough "blackness" to get first runner up!

Author Done5908 (6 years)
I don't think she's performing anymore. According to the Miss America
organization, she's married to an opthalmologist, Leonard Bley, whose
practice is in New York City, and has two children, Hannah and Ilan.

Author lorimneal (5 years)
call me crzy, but i think the cosmos were on to something when vanessa was
crowned. i am a huge fan of hers--more so because of her personality than
her talent, cuz her acting has always left something to be be desired, and
her singing is best on vinyl. Charles is definitely the superior
vocalist...BUT..had Charles won she would have only been know as the 1st
black Miss America. Vanessa winning ended up putting the entire pageantry
circuit under the microscope, even to this day.

Author kevseb66 (5 years)
Not to take anything away from the sucess of Vanessa Williams but I always
thought Suzzette shsould have won Miss America 1983. She's just as
beautiful as Vanessa but a much more talented vocalist.

Author Bruce Beckford (3 years)
I'll never forget watching t his pageant and when the last two ended up
being Vanessa Williams and Suzette Charles I was already on cloud nine. I
loved this song then and it still hasn't lost it's flavor after all these
years. I also remember seeing her do guest appearance on Frank Place with
Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid. I wish her career had taken off she would
have been a true asset to the entertainment community.

Author EBertnyc (5 years)
Sing it Cuz!!!!

Author butler372 (5 years)
IS THAT FLOJO

Author josbo51715 (3 years)
@Adizero7000 No, she didn't win Miss America the year after. Vanessa
Williams had her crown taken away 11 months afterwards. Suzette got to
serve as Miss America for one month because she was the runner up.

Author Tryinitonmyown (3 years)
Thank you sooooo much for posting this. I've been looking for this
performance for years!

Author cushion93 (5 years)
Suzette's dress was uglier then sin. Williams has a much prettier dress and
was much better in swimsuit. Williams was top 2 in every category that
night that's why she won. Suzette was a great vocalist but had zero
charisma.

Author Frank Mercado (6 years)
Suzette voice is outstanding She is a little over 5 foot 3 with a beautiful
figure. Vanesa wasnt much taller.She was wonderfully trained and a sweet
girl not nasty at all.She had some bad luck and made some wrong moves in
show biz but she is a legitimate talent who made America proud.

Author PaiSLEE777 (6 years)
True, her stage presence was lacking, though she has a nice voice. I too
heard that she had a bad attitude. I know when they took the crown from
Vanessa, she too spoke not too kindly of her (of Vanessa). Oh well, cest la
vie. I am sure she is happy wherever she is.

Author Done5908 (5 years)
What was her mother like? Was she a good music teacher? Just wondering.

Author Devon3579 (6 years)
It's amazing how similar these posts are to American Idol. People always
assume negative things about a contender's attitude when it's obvious their
favorite is inferior. Suzette Charles' performance is the best vocal I have
EVER heard on the Miss America pageant! She went from the bottom to the top
of her range with no scooping or tonal changes. Very hard to do! I respect
Vanessa's win as it's an overall scoring process, but vocally she ain't in
the league. I know singing. This is it!

Author Done5908 (5 years)
Well...me for one, and the person who posted it for two. This performance
on the Miss America pageant I always remember as the best ever on the show.

Author kennedy campbell (3 years)
@maddwitch i agree just look at britney spears, she's def not the best
singer out there by a long shot yet very popular.

Author hoseala (6 years)
Thanks so much for posting this...I've never forgotten about this
performance....Her voice is Sooooo supple and pure....LOVE it...beautiful
song and rendition. Shame she didn't become bigger star...she deserves it.

Author MavNL43 (3 years)
omgsh! she's good! O__O

Author 100abovetheinfluence (1 year)
Vanessa probably edged her in interview, swim suit and evening gown.

Author cushion93 (5 years)
It's not but you also have to have a special something that makes you a
star, there are a lot of wonderful session vocalist and backup singers that
could blow a number of stars out of the water but for whatever reason they
never caught on. Vanessa had the "it" factor Suzette didn't.

Author maddwitch (5 years)
I don't care much about this who's better business, but I just wanted to
comment on your statement. Since when is popular success a measure of real
talent? People eat up crap all the time while some real talents fall by the
wayside for varied reasons. Being the most popular singer, doesn't always
mean you are the better singer. It just means the masses liked you better.

Author terpmaniac (6 years)
Vanessa Williams DID NOT have blonde hair and blue eyes(idiot). She has
brown hair and green eyes, which is fairly common among black people. God
some of

Author Jonathan Richards (5 years)
Beautiful....perfect!!!!

Author singers333 (1 year)
love it!

Author Victor Talking Machine (3 years)
still gives me chills...the other performance by eventual winner doesn't...

Author dadevi (4 years)
Nobody does old school singing like this anymore. *cries*

Author Sweeti4672 (6 years)
where talents limited to 1:50 - 2 minutes?

Author josbo51715 (11 months)
Vanessa chose a more popular song. Suzette Charles was too soulful and
Vanessa was just right.

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