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Seyer to take part in Miss Teen USA competition tonight

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Amber Seyer
SIKESTON -- After nearly two weeks of preliminary competition, Miss Missouri Teen USA Amber Marie Seyer of Oran, along with 50 other state delegates, is taking the competition to another level at the Miss Teen USA Pageant, which will be broadcast live from Palm Springs, Calif., at 7 tonight on NBC.

"It's weird because it doesn't seem like a competition -- I'm having too much fun," Seyer said in a phone interview from Palm Springs Monday. "It's so much different than I expected it be. It's more like we've been practicing than competing."

Seyer, the daughter of Tom and Sherry Seyer of Oran, has been in Palm Springs since July 29. Last week approximately 30 of her family members and friends flew out to Palm Springs to watch the pageant tonight. Much to Seyer's surprise, the 17-year-old said she's been able to see her parents, family and friends more than she thought she would.

And the competition couldn't be friendlier, Seyer said.

"The girls are great," Seyer said about her fellow contestants. "There's not a bad apple here. I'm blessed to experience this."

One of the highlights of Seyer's two-week experience is winning one of about 15 spots to perform in the front of the stage during the opening dance number.

"I had to audition about six times," Seyer said. "It was really hard."

Scott Grossman who choreographed films like "Miss Congeniality" and "Chicago" is the choreographer of the Miss Teen USA pageant, Seyer noted.

Over the past two weeks, the girls have done a preview show, interviews and preliminaries. Plus they've had lots of rehearsals, Seyer said.

"I'm meeting a lot of new people. One of the things I wanted to do was talk to all the girls about the differences of living in each other's states, but I've found that there really aren't that many differences between us," Seyer said.

One of two of Seyer's Miss Missouri Teen sashes is turning into a souvenir. It's full of pins from every state delegate along with signatures from co-hosts Mario Lopez and Brooke Burns, Seyer said, adding that she hopes to add the pageant's musical performers Jessica Simpson's and American Idol runner up Justin Guarini's autographs to her sash.

And speaking of Lopez, Seyer said she and the other delegates have spoken with the "Saved By the Bell" and "The Other Half" star.

"He's really nice," Seyer said about Lopez. "And he's got those cute dimples."

For this year's pageant, instead of the regular Top 10 contestants, the top 15 delegates will be announced -- giving five more girls a shot at the title.

If she wins tonight, Seyer will have a few options to choose from. She can choose to live at home and continue to go to school for her senior year, which would require Seyer to leave on a plane every Friday night and come home every Sunday night, she said in an interview prior to her departure for Palm Springs.

Or Seyer could also be home schooled which would be very easy to do since she has only three credit hours to finish high school, she said. And there's another option: to live with the current Miss USA Susie Castillo and Miss Universe Amelia Vega at Trump Towers in New York for the year.

If Seyer doesn't win, she will return home late Wednesday and start her senior year at Oran High School Thursday.

Members of the Oran community plan on showing their support by gathering at the Oran Jaycee Hall around 6:30 tonight and watching the pageant on a big screen TV, noted Seyer's aunt, Lori St. Cin who wasn't able to make it to Palm Springs.

Seyer said she wants to make her family and friends proud of her and hopes she doesn't let them down.

When asked what advice she's using to get her through the competition, Seyer replied, "FROG. Fully rely on God. When you think about it, it makes so much sense," she said.

Whatever the outcome tonight, Seyer can expect a warm homecoming whenever she returns to her friends and family in Oran.

"Win or lose, she's a winner," St. Cin said about her niece. "No matter what, we're all just so proud of her."

To view pictures of Seyer in Palm Springs or to vote for her as Miss Photogenic, visit www.nbc.com or www.missteenusa.com.