As we all know, there's no better way to jump-start a Broadway career than to work the national beauty pageant circuit…except maybe being plucked out of a crowd to perform an impromptu duet with a Broadway superstar.

Before Kristin Chenoweth made it big as the Tony Award-winning coloratura we know her as today, she was Miss Oklahoma City University 1991, Kristi Chenoweth — lover of sparkles and collector of cows (skip ahead to 1:47 for that gem) — but even that wasn't enough to win her the tiara.

She was beaten out for the Miss Oklahoma title by Gina Lynne Smith of Oklahoma State University. I wonder if they still talk?