Miss Louisiana Wows Miss America Pageant — and the Internet — with Yodeling Ventriloquism Act
Laryssa Bonacquisti and her puppets spurred surprised smiles from the judging panel
During the talent portion of the 2018 Miss America competition, one act stood out from the rest.
After a slew of song and dance routines, Miss Louisiana — Laryssa Bonacquisti — took the stage with two puppets and performed a ventriloquist act, complete with yodeling! Bonacquisti, 22, and her puppets sang Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers’ country western-classic “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.”
Social media was abuzz after the performance, with delighted Miss America viewers sounding off on Miss Louisiana’s memorable set.
“All I want to see is the puppets already, I no longer care about any other talent,” one fan tweeted.
Added another: “Ventriloquist yodeling should be an instant win.”
Bonacquisti took up ventriloquism 16 years ago; she opened up about how she got into the unusual art on Instagram recently.
“Ventriloquism is something I began at the age of 6 and it has been such a gift,” Bonacquisti wrote. “My ‘friends’ help me get my message across to people of all ages! I cannot wait to show everyone why I love my talent on the Miss America stage!”