It’s now definite that the 53 women who will compete for the 2010 Miss America Pageant title will arrive at Planet Hollywood exactly two weeks from today. Once they’ve checked in at the casino resort, they will gather on the hotel’s Strip front forecourt for the red rose welcome ceremony and pose for the first group photographs.
The first event for the contestants -- now including Miss Puerto Rico for the first time, as well as Miss District of Columbia and Miss Guam -- will be the next morning at a breakfast sponsored by IHOP honoring Children’s Miracle Network at the resort’s major ballroom, followed that night by their first outing for gondola rides at The Venetian.
I’ll chat with host Mario Lopez on Jan. 29. That night, I will emcee the Dinner of Dreams, with 2009 Miss America Katie Stam of Indiana as my co-host. It’s difficult to believe that 12 months have gone by since I was the first to interview Katie after she was crowned.