October 10, 2007 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
Pageant Place, a new reality series from MTV, premieres Wednesday,
October 10th at 10:30PM ET/PT. Pageant Place goes behind the sashes
and crowns and shows the world what happens to beauty queens after they
win. Pageant Place is an 8-episode series, and the show will follow
Miss Universe Riyo Mori, Miss USA Rachel Smith and Miss Teen USA Katie
Blair as they reign and live together for one year in a New York City
While it’s a long-held tradition of the Miss Universe Organization for title holders to room together annually, Pageant Place marks the first time viewers will get to see the girls’ home away from the spotlight.
Adding to the glamour and drama is Blair’s successor, Miss Teen USA 2007, Hilary Cruz who moves in mid-season, and former Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner, who serves as unofficial peer advisor to the beauty queens throughout the season. A very familiar face to reality TV fans will also be dropping by to check-in on the girls. Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization which produces the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants annually, will be helping to make sure the girls stay on track.
According to a description of the series, Pageant Place will follow the girls as they maintain a grueling schedule, become sudden stars and learn to temper the natural jealousies and friendships that arise. The girls also have a now sober Tara to guide them away from the temptations and unrelenting attention that led to her notoriety when she was Miss USA.
The cameras show all the triumphs, fun and drama, as they deal with being plucked from obscurity and learn what it takes to be Queen. Crossing the globe to become Miss Universe, 20-year-old Riyo attempts to handle the culture shock of being so far from her home in Japan and her sick grandmother who raised her; 22-year-old Rachel struggles to step out of the shadow of her predecessor’s notorious reign and leave her own mark; in addition to weathering the challenges of a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend Josh, 19-year-old Katie prepares to relinquish her crown to 18-year-old Hilary and step out of the limelight she has grown accustomed to; and Tara, now 21-years-old, tries to rebuild a reputation that was almost destroyed during her reign and impart some crucial wisdom to her four counterparts.