Miss America 2008 is getting a major makeover, and you can expect a whole new look to the 87-year-old tradition when Hollywood producers add in glitz, glamour, sizzle and sex appeal to Saturday’s live telecast on TLC cable TV from the Planet Hollywood Resort casino.
For the first time ever, viewers will even be able to choose their own contestant. About 20 minutes into the show, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Mark Steines and right after the judges have been introduced, the 15 semi-finalists will be named followed by a 16th beauty selected by viewers who have voted in secret over the internet at the end of each of the four, one hour Miss America: Reality Check specials that have led up to this final showdown.
Meet the judges who are looking for that one and only “IT” girl as winner takes all:
Sarah Ivens, editor in chief of OK magazine; Robin Meade, CNN Headline News anchor; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic gold medalist; Kim Lyons, star of NBC’s The Biggest Loser; Jason LaPadura, High School Musical casting agent; Trace Ayala, Justin Timberlake’s partner in Wm. Rast Denim; and James Arthur Ray, leadership development executive. Their scoring is based on private interviews with each contestant (25%), talent (35%), eveningwear (20%), lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit (15%) and that knuckle-crunching on-stage question (5%).
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