The Miss America pageant has suffered a bit of a come-down, and departed the networks this year for Country Music Television. The pageant tried to spruce itself up by moving to Las Vegas and putting on a more contemporary swimsuit competition. There is, of course, a certain tension between being a beauty pageant and being a scholarship program, which is how Miss America has billed itself in recent years.
In any event, Jennifer Berry, Miss Oklahoma, won the title tonight, rather predictably. Here she is:
Personally, I liked the less-tall-and-skinny Miss Georgia, who played the piano well and turned out to be the first runner-up:
On the whole, my teenage daughters–the core audience for televised beauty pageants–thought it was a good event. Maybe next year it will be back on one of the networks.
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