Saturday, March 31, 2007

Burlington woman made it to final 15 at Miss USA pageant

Burlington - Among the 15 semifinalists in the 56th annual Miss USA pageant held March 23 in Los Angeles was Miss Wisconsin-USA, Caitlin Shea Morrall, 23, of Burlington.

Morrall is the first Wisconsin entrant to place among the Miss USA semifinalists since Kathryn Joy Wituschek of Milwaukee in 1979, according to officials of the event.

Morrall, who won her state title Sept. 2 in Richland Center, is an education major at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Before her victory, she served as Miss Racine in 2002, Miss Milwaukee in 2003 and Miss Burlington Area in 2006 and competed in the Miss Wisconsin America pageant in Oshkosh four times. She is the first from Burlington to win the state crown and the first from Racine County since Kimberly Jean Totdahl of Racine won in 1991.

Winning the 2007 Miss USA crown was Rachel Renee Smith, 21, of Clarksville, Tenn., who will compete in the 2007 Miss Universe pageant May 28 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Legend laments dropping of pageant

Piece of Americana, says Ralph Emery

The news of CMT dropping the Miss America TV show is another blow to an American institution that has struggled to find a place in modern popular culture.

The 86-year-old contest, which began as a publicity stunt for Atlantic City boardwalk business owners, became a TV event of Super Bowl proportions, drawing 80 million viewers in its heyday. After 50 years on network television, ABC dropped Miss America in 2004 when ratings fell to a record low, which is how it came to air on CMT.

Nashville broadcasting legend Ralph Emery, a veteran radio and television broadcaster for more than a half-century, lamented the news that the pageant has lost its home again.

"It's a piece of Americana that I hate to see dropped by the broadcasting industry."

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NBC to Broadcast Miss Universe 2007 Live on May 28 From Mexico City, Mexico

NBC to Broadcast Miss Universe 2007 Live on May 28 From Mexico City, Mexico

NEW YORK and BURBANK, Calif., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Donald J. Trump, NBC and Paula M. Shugart, President, Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 56th Annual Miss Universe Competition will air live from Mexico City, Mexico. The glamorous live event, featuring some of the world's most beautiful women, will air from the National Auditorium (Auditorio Nacional), on NBC and Telemundo on Monday, May 28, 2007 from 9-11 p.m. ET.

''Mexico last hosted the competition in 1993 and we are excited to be back for the 2007 show,'' said Paula M. Shugart. ''Mexico offers an abundant supply of breathtaking locations and the warmth of the Mexican people will resonate throughout the world as we showcase the country.''

Puerto Rican native, Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006 will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast. During her reign, she has traveled the world as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research, and legislation. The newly crowned Miss Universe will go on to do the same.

Each contestant from more than 80 countries around the world will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2007. In recent years, worldwide distribution of the popular competition has topped more than 170 countries.

Donald J. Trump, Executive Producer and the Gurin Company will again produce Miss Universe 2007 with veteran television Writer and Executive Producer Phil Gurin at the helm.

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) competitions, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. Utilizing its global grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education such as: the Latino Commission on AIDS, Global Health Council and God's Love We Deliver, Miss Universe is armed to impact women today.

Website: http://www.missuniverse.com/



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Miss USA 2007, Rachel Smith on The Oprah Winfrey Show

by AP

March 30, 2007

In this handout photo provided by Harpo Productions Inc., Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith, of Clarksville, Tenn., is shown with Oprah Winfrey Thursday, March 29, 2007, during taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago. Smith was a former intern for Harpo Productions and was being welcomed back and congratulated on winning the crown Friday, March 23. The show will air nationally on Monday, April 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Harpo Productions Inc., George Burns)



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Christchurch entrant wins Miss Universe NZ

11:16AM Sunday April 01, 2007

A young Christchurch woman has won a shot at the Miss Universe beauty pageant title in Mexico later this year.

Laural Barrett won the Miss Universe 2007 New Zealand competition and $25,000 of prizes in Auckland last night.

Sylvia Laurenson was runner-up, followed by Jessica Body.

Miss Barrett's twin sister Sharaine was a runner-up in last year's competition.



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A Patriotic Visit with Miss America 2007



This past week, Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson has been in the Virginia and Washington, DC areas promoting her personal platform of Internet Safety, MAO's national platform, Children's Miracle Network, and participating in numerous patriotic events.

Last Thursday, Lauren received in-depth training at the Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Center and received the key to the city of Bedford. She was also sworn in as an Honorary Deputy Sheriff - an honor also held by NBA basketball player Shaquille O'Neal.

On Monday, Lauren had the honor of participating in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Tuesday night was the USO's Annual Awards dinner that honors outstanding individuals for their commitment to public service and volunteerism. Lauren sang the National Anthem and met First Lady Laura Bush, country star Trace Adkins, and 'America's Beloved Tenor' Daniel Rodriguez.

For more information on Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson
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www.missamerica.org/miss-america/miss-america-travels.asp

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Friday, March 30, 2007

VIDEO: Miss USA's Parents Brag On Daughter's Success

Miss USA Rachel Smith received one of the most coveted crowns in the country Friday night. Smith, a Belmont University graduate from Clarksville, made her parents very proud, but they said she won't let fame go to her head.

From the comforts of their rural, Montgomery County home, and just back from a whirlwind trip to Tinseltown, Beverly and Rodney Smith offered a glimpse inside their daughter.



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Nielsens: A big move for 'Dancing'

Miss USA misses. NBC's Miss USA Pageant Friday skidded to a record-low 7.4 million viewers, down from last year's 7.7 million.

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NBC RATINGS RESULTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 19-25

* On Friday, "Miss USA 2007" delivered the night's biggest audiences among women 18-49 and 18-34 and was the #1 non-sports telecast in its time period in adults 18-49 and total viewers. "Miss USA" grew by 30 percent in 18-49 rating and by 28 percent in overall viewers from its first to its final half-hour. NBC won Friday night among women 18-49 and 18-34.

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Miss America joins local effort to promote Internet safety


Wednesday, March 28, 2007 1:43 PM EDT

Miss America Lauren Nelson shows off her new honor as an honorary deputy sheriff with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.
Seven years ago Lauren Nelson found herself almost the victim of an online predator. Now, the 20-year-old Miss America is helping children, teens and parents learn how to avoid similar situations.

Her experience came during a sleep-over with several friends, all in their early teens. While on the Internet they interacted with a man who approached them online. "We gave him information (about ourselves) not knowing how dangerous it would be," she explained this week during a visit to Bedford. The man later approached one of her friends.

Now she uses her platform as Miss America to help others learn the truth about the dangers of the Internet.

"There are tips that I give to kids, there are tips that I give to parents," she said this week. "Kids, don't talk to strangers, don't share personal information and involve an adult if you feel uncomfortable.
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Miss Missouri comes home

Thursday, March 29, 2007

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Miss Missouri, Amber Seyer of Oran, kneels by the box of the kittens her cat gave birth to while she was competing for the Miss USA title.
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ORAN, Mo. -- A week before the biggest night of her life, Miss Missouri Amber Seyer of Oran said she got a sign that it wasn't her time to be crowned.

As a devout Catholic, she reads from a prayer book every day during Lent. While preparing for the Miss USA pageant in Los Angeles last week, she couldn't resist flipping ahead in the book to see what the prayer was for March 23, the day of the pageant.

The 20-year-old aspiring beauty queen didn't need to read between the lines to understand the prayer's message that day.

"Lord, I need you today, things aren't going as planned. But I know that you will continue to fulfill my purpose in life," read the prayer.

Seyer took the bad news in stride, saying she felt blessed just to be part of the event.

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NBC Extends Miss Universe Deal

Pageant remains on network through 2010

March 29, 2007

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Miss America may be crowned on cable these days, but her beauty-pageant counterpart, Miss USA, is staying on network TV.

NBC and the Miss Universe Organization -- which is controlled by Donald Trump -- have agreed to a three-year extension of their current contract, which ends this year. Both pageants will remain on the network through 2010.

"Under the auspices of Donald Trump, NBC and the Miss Universe Organization, there has been renewed interest in these series of beauty pageants, especially among a new generation of younger viewers," NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly says. "NBC is proud to maintain this unique American cultural tradition as a viable series of competitive programming specials that continue to be a popular source of family entertainment."
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It's closing time for 'Stimmung Stunde' German music radio show

Posted: March 29, 2007
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He's not the biggest name in Milwaukee radio, but Tim Kretschmann has had a loyal following for 17 years as the host of one of a dwindling number of radio shows targeting European immigrants and their descendants.

Now, his "Stimmung Stunde" German music program is signing off for the last time after the 10 a.m. show Saturday on WJYI-AM (1340).

It's a sign of changing radio times, with one German music show remaining on WJYI - the half-century-old "Continental Showcase" at 1 p.m. Saturdays.

There's also Hartford's WTKM-FM (104.9), which airs 15 minutes of German music at 4:15 p.m. daily, and the "Hallo Deutschland" program at 10 p.m. Sundays.

But the assimilation of Americans whose family roots reach to European countries has cut into the audience for such programs. That's made it difficult for ethnic broadcasters, like Kretschmann, to support their passion for radio.

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Miss America loses TV contract

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
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The Miss America Pageant has been dropped by Country Music Television, leaving the 86-year-old pageant without a TV outlet for the second time in three years.

The Viacom-owned network, which had rights to air the pageant through 2011, notified the Atlantic City, N.J.-based organization that it will not exercise its option to televise the contest "in 2008 and beyond," the cable network said in a statement issued to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Pageant officials said they've begun the search for a new TV home.

"We are embarking on discussions with potential new television partners to further expand our new marketing efforts and to ultimately broaden our viewership," pageant head Art McMaster said in a statement.

The news is another blow for an American institution that has struggled to find a place in modern popular culture. After 50 years on network television, ABC dropped Miss America in 2004 when ratings fell to a record low. CMT picked up the pageant, moved it to Las Vegas from its home in Atlantic City and updated its look with reality-TV elements.

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The Miss America Organization Announces Return of Emmy Award-Winning Producer Don Mischer and Will Seek a New Television Partner for the 2008 Pageant

Atlantic City, NJ – March 30, 2007 - The Miss America Organization announced today that it will seek a new television partner for the 2008 Pageant. Over the past two years, the Miss America Pageant has garnered strong ratings and demographic success on cable and looks forward to building on that success with a new partner.

The Miss America Organization's Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell, III stated, "We have reorganized and reinvigorated the Miss America brand, as well as our overall operations so that our 86 year tradition can be presented in a much bigger way. Our track record is terrific, ratings and demographics of the past two Pageant telecasts over multiple airings have significantly increased the Pageant’s overall reach.”

Haskell continued, “We are also thrilled to announce that Don Mischer, will once again be joining us to produce a spectacular 2008 Pageant. His impressive career includes producing Barbra Streisand’s Millennium television event, the Emmy Awards, and the Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games. He also produced and directed the 2007 SuperBowl halftime events and has won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards for directing and producing. In addition, the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas has expressed an interest in an on-going relationship with the Miss America Organization.”

The Pageant’s previous relationship with television partner, CMT, enabled the Miss America Pageant to reach a new segment of audience and provided the Miss America Organization with the entrĂ©e into cable where the overall ratings have soared, giving CMT its two highest rated programs in its history with the 2006 and 2007 Pageants.

Art McMaster, President and CEO stated, "We are grateful for our two year run on CMT which successfully led us into cable television and enabled us to achieve our goal to attract more viewers. We were able to achieve the highest overall ratings in recent years for the Miss America Pageant by reaching over 36 million viewers over multiple telecasts. As we reach this new turning point, we are embarking on discussions with potential new television partners to further expand our new marketing efforts and to ultimately broaden our viewership. The 2008 Miss America Pageant will mark a new path for our Pageant that has been televised since 1954 and which remains a great American tradition."

The 2007 Miss America pageant drew a significantly younger audience than last year, increasing its 18- to 24-year-old audience by 257 percent. During its initial airing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday night (Jan. 29), CMT placed second in all of basic cable in that age demographic. The premiere of the pageant averaged 2.4 million viewers, making it CMT's most-watched telecast since last year's airing. Cumulatively, the pageant reached 7.2 million total viewers in its two airings on Monday night.*

The first network broadcast of the Miss America Pageant was in 1954 as America witnessed the multi-talented Lee Meriwether crowned on national TV. This year, Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson was crowned at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue also hosted the 2006 Miss America Pageant.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to www.missamerica.org.

*Nielsen Media Research

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

VIDEO: Miss USA 2007 Registration and Fitting

The 51 Miss USA 2007 Contestants go through Registration and Fittings.



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Miss N.H. asked to stay away due to link to N.C. tobacco company

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Police and school officials have asked Miss New Hampshire to take her anti-smoking message elsewhere, because they say they weren't told a North Carolina-based tobacco company was paying her to appear.

Dana Mitchell, the police department's prevention coordinator, disinvited Emily Hughes in an e-mail Tuesday. Hughes, Miss New Hampshire 2006, was scheduled to take part in the Dover Coalition for Youth's "Kick Butts" week starting Monday at Dover Middle School, according to Foster's Daily Democrat.

Bob Oxford, executive director of the state pageant program, said R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s sponsorship of school presentations by Hughes is routinely disclosed and reported in media accounts. If it wasn't done in this case, it was inadvertent, he said.

The company is based in Winston-Salem, N.C.

In an e-mail, Mitchell said Reynolds offers "lame and mixed messages" on tobacco and hands out literature describing smoking as "an adult choice."

In telephone interviews, Hughes and Oxford said she, not R.J. Reynolds, writes scripts for the presentations, which stress the importance of making good decisions in a range of situations. Hughes, who has a master's degree in elementary education, said she takes her cues from school officials before her appearances and often tackles issues such as bullying, peer pressure and the consequences of bad decisions.

She said she thought her dustup with Dover officials was being blown out of proportion, but said, "It's their choice, certainly."

Oxford said the company pays Hughes $250 per presentation for as many as 20 presentations. He said the pageant program typically seeks $150 for her other appearances.

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Paris & Nicole Search for the Next Jon Benet

TMZ has learned that on a "Beauty Pageant Camp" themed episode of the new season of E!'s "The Simple Life," Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will help bring out the "Jon Benet Ramsey" in a hopeful troop of little girl beauty queens. No botched police investigation necessary!
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie
On-set sources tell TMZ that in a segment taped two weeks ago at the Woodland Hills Hilton, Paris and Nicole spent a week training ten little girls and their moms in the ins-and-outs of becoming a real-life "Little Miss Sunshine." Don't worry, Paris and Nicole were not judging the talent portion! TMZ has learned pageant judges included a former Miss Rhode Island and Nick Verreos from "Project Runway."

When it came time for the actual pageant, producers threw in a twist -- the pageant was actually for the moms, not for the girls, who were made-up like pre-pubescent mini drag queens... just like Paris and Nicole!


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People's Daily Online -- Miss International Beauty Pageant opens in Beijing

People's Daily Online -- Miss International Beauty Pageant opens in Beijing: "Miss International Beauty Pageant opens in Beijing
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The 47th Miss Universe Beauty Pageant recently began in Beijing. The pageant is sponsored by the International Culture Association and KESSLES. The national final will be held in September and in October, the global final will be held in China.

The Miss Universe contest was first held in Long Beach, California, in 1960. Since 1970 it has always been held in Japan. This contest has been running for 47 years and promotes communication and friendship. Organizers hold the pageant in the spirit of 'friendship, kindness and humanity'. The pageant helps to raise money for poor people."

Bikini Secrets of the Miss USA Pageant

The secrets to pageant-perfect bods from the ladies of Miss USA!

You probably saw them strutting their stuff in high heels and teeny weeny bikinis during Friday night's Miss USA pageant. So how did these beauty contestants get those super-flat abs and tiny waists? Diets, squats and, for some, the occasional ziti binge!

"I was on a very strict diet plan," Miss Maine tells us. "I had a nutritionist and a trainer."

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Airman says she is done with beauty pageants


By Seamus O’Connor - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 28, 2007 10:59:10 EDT

Second Lt. Kelly George’s beauty pageant career came to a close last Friday night. This year’s Miss Arkansas USA didn’t capture the Miss USA crown, but at least “I got my two seconds” in the spotlight, she said.

George lost out in the first cut, when the field of 51 contestants shrunk to 15. Two more rounds cut the pool to five, from which Miss Tennessee USA, Rachel Smith, was chosen as this year’s winner.

The whirlwind, live TV event was “really exciting,” George said, and “definitely different from doing any other type of TV.”

“It’s always difficult when you’re up there, and you’re finding out just with everyone else who is in the top 15, who’s in the top 10,” she said. “All those girls, we might look like collected up there, but it’s definitely a little nerve wracking to be on national television and to find that out.”

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104 votes separate Miss Universe NZ contestants

With five days to find the New Zealand entrant for the international Miss Universe contest, just 104 votes separate the top two contestants.

Twenty four young women are in the running to represent New Zealand at the event won in 1983 by New Zealander Lorraine Downes.

Melissa Lowe from the Auckland region leads the contest on 661 votes over second-placed Amanda Hiroti, from Wanganui, on 557.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Melinda McNett


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Melinda McNett, Miss Fond du Lac 2006, will be our guest on PageantCast 064, releasing tomorrow morning.

We will include my review of Miss USA's telecast, some news, and a great podsafe tune by the Brand New Heavies!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

PAGEANT GIVES CHILDREN THE CHANCE TO BASK IN THE SPOTLIGHT


It started with an idea two years ago by 2007 Miss Georgia Teen USA Jena Sims to give children fighting cancer an opportunity to experience being part of a pageant that allows them to be celebrated by family friends. Since then, the prince and princess of Hope Pageant has taken to the road with stops in Georgia, New York, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The latest stop was Pomona as Casa Colina played host to the California version of the pageant on Tuesday afternoon inside the medical facility’s Tamkin Education Center.

Nearly 20 boys and girls from Casa Colina’s Children Services, which serves children with acquired and developmental disabilities, participated in the pageant where each child had a moment to shine in the spotlight. The ages of the children ranged from 11 months to 11 years, with each one presented with an award and a certificate of participation along with a crown or tiara at the end of the pageant.

“I wanted everyone to have their time to shine and be a winner,” Jenna said. “Everybody left as a winner.”

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Vanessa Williams Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES – (March 21, 2007) – In the end for Vanessa Williams, it was a fair trade. She may have lost her Miss America crown because of negative publicity surrounding some nude photographs, but her star glowed white hot on Monday.

Williams became the 2,331st star on the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her fellow cast members from the TV show "Ugly Betty," in which she plays a devious magazine editor, cheered her one at the ceremony in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

"We were so happy to get Vanessa," said Salma Hayek, the show's executive producer. "She is brilliant because she is so nasty on the show, but in reality she is the sweetest person."

Williams turned in her crown as the first black Miss America in 1984 after Penthouse magazine published nude, sexually suggestive photographs of her taken several years earlier. In the following years, Williams has performed on Broadway, released Grammy-nominated albums and acted for both feature films and television.

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Miss USA 2007 Preliminary Competition


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  • March 19, 2007: Miss USA hopefuls take the stage during the swimwear portion of the Miss USA 2007 preliminary competition in Los Angeles.
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