December 11, 2010 10:00 AM by Shayla Perry
The Miss America pageant is coming back to ABC on January 15th and hosting the live event will be The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison, along with Brooke Burke of Dancing with the Stars. Who did the network tap as judges for the 90th year of the “scholarship competition”? Here’s a hint: Most of them are somehow related to ABC.
The ties to ABC are no coincidence and are part of the network’s three year deal with the pageant.
The Miss America pageant hasn’t aired on network TV since 2004, when ABC dropped it due to record low ratings. Why are they coming back now–who knows?! But at least they’ve picked some hosts with charisma–Chris Harrison of The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars’ Brooke Burke.
The seven judges for the pageant were revealed during Wednesday’s episode of The View (also on ABC) and were chosen for their varied “expertise” and ability to assess the 53 contestants in the swimsuit, evening gown, talent, and interview competitions. (Note: Okay, admittedly, it’s been a while since we’ve watched Miss America, so as a refresher–this one includes Canada and Mexico, right?)
The contestants will participate in several days of preliminary competitions at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which will include interviews with the judges.
The judges for this year’s pageant are Joy Behar, Emmy award winning comedian and co-host of The View; actress Marilu Henner; country singer Mark Wills; Marc Cherry, creator of ABC’s Desperate Housewives; Debbye Turner Bell, former Miss America (1990); Dancing with the Stars’ Tony Dovolani; and shoe designer Taryn Rose.
The 90th Miss America pageant, hosted by Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke, airs LIVE, January 15th on ABC.
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