Despite her flub, Miss Utah Marissa Powell, far right, made it to the final rounds of the 2013 Miss USA pageant.
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Despite her flub, Miss Utah Marissa Powell, far right, made it to the final rounds of the 2013 Miss USA pageant.

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Pageants are nerve-wracking.

Participants are judged on every aspect of their looks, personality and ability to discuss anything from affirmative action to peace in the Middle East – all in front of thousands, sometimes millions of people.

As Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, demonstrated in Sunday’s Miss USA contest, it’s not always easy to think on your feet in such circumstances. Whether you’re a model, talent show contestant or member of the local Toastmasters chapter, things can get pretty awkward when you lose your composure in front of a crowd.

But at least we can look back on those flubs and and smile, right? Here are some of the most cringe-worthy pageant moments of recent memory.

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