On Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m. the Miss America Pageant will kick off once again and be broadcast live from Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 52 contestants will be hosted by emcee Mario Lopez from EXTRA, America’s Best Dance Crew, and ABC’s Dancing With the Stars fame. http://www.missamerica.org/
This year’s panel of seven judges includes a Broadway star, Laura Bell Bundy (plays Elle Woods in Legally Blond: The Musical); a renowned denim designer, Paige Adams-Geller; a Miss America-turned-philanthropist, Nicole Johnson; an Olympic swimmer gold medalist, Cullen Jones; a casting genius, Beth Klein; an entertainment news reporter and anchor, Jim Moret; and the hottest hairdresser in Hollywood, Ken Paves.
The night before the Pageant, a gala dinner and fundraiser will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. http://cherrylsbridal.com/blog/?p=552
The 2009 Miss America Pageant also provides the culmination of the four-part TV reality series COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN, which followed the 52 Miss America contestants as they live together and face off in challenges that helped them better prepare for the pageant. The series premiers on TLC on Friday, January 2 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). A new wrinkle this year is that viewers at home will have the power to vote four contestants directly into the pageant’s Top 15.