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Video: Miss Utah gets a do-over

The beauty pageant contestant tries again on 'Today'

Video: Miss Utah gets a do-over

From left, recording artist and host Nick Jonas, television personality and host Giuliana Rancic look on as Miss Utah Marissa Powell answers a question from the judges during the interview portion of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)
From left, recording artist and host Nick Jonas, television personality and host Giuliana Rancic look on as Miss Utah Marissa Powell answers a question from the judges during the interview portion of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari) FR170524AP

Welcome to the Internet universe, Miss Utah.

Marissa Powell, 21, became a sensation after she developed a brain cramp during the question portion of Sunday's Miss USA contest. More people (6 million +) watched the video of her verbal meltdown than watched the pageant on HLN.(4.56 million).

Powell, a former volleyball star, froze up when judge Nene Leakes asked for her thoughts on gender and salary disparity. “…how we are continuing to try to strive,” said Powell before stalling completely.

This morning she got another shot at the question, joining Miss USA, Erin Brady, an accountant from Connecticut, on Today. Matt Lauer serves up the fateful question on a platter, and … Powell does better then continue to try to strive.

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There was a funny bit at the top of the show when Today cameras flashed on Powell in the green room, diligently poring over The Economist. Some light reading material over coffee.


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