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Amber Dempsey was the original winner of the Little Miss Springfield Pageant. At the pageant sign-ups, Lisa encounters a formidable competitor in the form of Amber Dempsey, a blond girl with "eyelash implants" to make her act more adorable to the judges. After some makeovers at the beauty parlor and encouragement from her family, the day of the pageant arrives. At the introductions, Lisa emphasizes her goals of making Springfield a better place, while Amber catches the adoration of everyone with her eyelashes' blinking. Lisa's talent segment consists of a jazzed-up rendition of "America the Beautiful" and "Proud Mary." After Krusty's questions with the little girls (where Amber once again relies on her eyelashes), the runner-up is announced as Lisa, and the winner is Amber Dempsey. However, at her first appearance, rain and thunderstorms occur, and a powerful lightning bolt strikes Amber's scepter. She is hospitalized for her injuries, and Lisa takes her place as the acting Little Miss Springfield.
Later though, after Lisa figures out the Little Miss Springfield pageant is sponsored by Laramie Tobacco, she starts to rebel, which angers the Laramie Cigarettes company and so the board conspires to strip Lisa of her title and reinstate Amber Dempsey. This is done by means of a technicality when Homer wrote the word "OK" in a space marked "Do not write below this space."