Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2016 Emily Wakeman (L) and Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay react after Hay was named Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wakeman was first runner-up.
Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2016 Emily Wakeman (L) and Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay react after Hay was named Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wakeman was first runner-up. Ethan Miller Getty Images
Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2016 Emily Wakeman (L) and Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay react after Hay was named Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wakeman was first runner-up. Ethan Miller Getty Images

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Théoden Janes -- who has covered entertainment at the Observer for nine years -- is a veteran of three Taylor Swift concerts (but won't admit that he actually likes her). Call him at 704-358-5897 or email: tjanes@charlotteobserver.com.