2013 Miss America airs Live from Planet Hollywood in
Las Vegas, Saturday, January 12 on ABC
“Good Morning America” revealed the diverse panel of national judges for the 2013 Miss America Competition on this morning’s show. This year’s panel of seven esteemed judges includes an accomplished designer and member of Oprah’s “Glam Squad”; Indiana’s very first Miss America turned marketing professional and philanthropist; a global broadcasting icon and television host who has interviewed the biggest celebrities to the President of the United States; an award-winning dancer, choreographer and television star; a well known morning television broadcaster and weather editor; an entrepreneur, business icon and television star, as well as a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist. Together, the team of judges will have the important task of evaluating the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
(9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This year’s panel of judges is comprised of experts in each of the fields that a young woman must excel, in order to be named Miss America. Miss America must be intelligent, talented, well-spoken, a leader, have a commitment to her community and be modern in her style and fashion - a relevant and individual young woman who can connect with today’s contemporary woman, as well as being physically fit. As announced today on “Good Morning America,” this year’s seven judges are:Bradley Bayou
– Bradley gained widespread recognition for his many contributions to the fashion industry. As a member
of the Council of Fashion Designers of America he has received numerous industry honors, including “Mercedes-Benz Presents” Designer for Los Angeles Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios. While the BRADLEY BAYOU couture label is a favorite among celebrities, he also has a ready-to-wear namesake collection at QVC where he has translated couture quality and the fundamentals of his book The Science of Sexy into an affordable clothing line. Bradley’s fashion pieces have graced the covers and pages of many magazines and periodicals including Vogue,
and In Style. He is a member of Oprah’s “Glam Squad” and has been a contributor on www.oprah.com
as well as an ambassador for NEDA, National Eating Disorder Association, promoting healthy body images in the media and fashion industry. Cheryl Burke -
Cheryl has over 20 years dancing experience and several championship titles under her belt, and as a professional dancer Cheryl has tangoed and sambaed her way into the hearts of millions through the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars” and recently became the show’s first professional dancer to appear in the finals four times, becoming champion twice with Emmitt Smith in Season 3 and Drew Lachey in Season 2. Now at 27, she has used her appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” to propel her career into different avenues. In 2008 she opened her first dance studio, the highly successful Cheryl Burke Dance and has authored a best-selling biography.Sam Champion
– Sam is the weather anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and also serves as weather editor for ABC News. In addition to covering the national forecast, Sam travels for weather-related stories around the country and the globe. Since joining “Good Morning America,” he has reported from the frontlines of California wildfires; hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana; and from winter storms in Denver, Chicago, and Boston. As part of the morning broadcast’s “The New 7 Wonders of the World series, “Sam has even broadcast live afloat in the middle of the Polar Ice Caps. He reported from Louisiana on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which included a dive in the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, he regularly brings tips and information on how to be environmentally efficient to his regular “Just One Thing” reports. Sam also hosts “Sea Rescue,” a weekly series broadcast nationally on Saturday mornings.Mary Hart
– Mary is best known for hosting “Entertainment Tonight” for nearly 30 years. Her reporting has included interviewing nearly every major motion picture, television and music star of the last 30 years from Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Sinatra to George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Justin Bieber. Mary was the only entertainment journalist to interview all of the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and she has been honored by American Women in Radio & Television with the Gracie Allen Award, which recognizes those responsible for “exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of broadcasting and electronic media.” She was also presented with the Samaritan Award by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation for her work on behalf of several children’s charities. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and as Co-Chair of the New Hospital Campaign she helped pave the way for the opening of the new building in July 2011. She is also an ambassador for Childhelp USA that combats child abuse across America.Daymond John
– Star of ABC hit show “
Shark Tank,” Daymond is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. Daymond has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. Daymond is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and he has received over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year. McKayla Maroney –
McKayla is the 2011 World Vault Champion and this past summer in London she let the world know that she'd arrived. As a member of USA's 2012 Olympic Women's Gymnastic Team, "THE FIERCE FIVE," she earned a gold medal with her teammates as she performed a historically epic vault, which will forever be remembered. After arriving home from the Olympics, McKayla discovered she had competed on a potentially career ending toe fractures which required surgery, and a fibula fracture. In spite of these injuries, she joined the Kellogg's Tour. She has become an internet sensation after inspiring the blog website “McKayla Maroney is NOT impressed.” She recently shot a guest star role on the CW television show, “Hart of Dixie,”
and will be shooting a second one soon.Miss America 2009 – Katie Stam Irk
– During her year of service, Katie traveled over 250,000 miles on behalf of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, our armed forces, and her personal platform of promoting community service and involvement. Katie has continued to travel the country on her national speaking tour as an advocate, spokeswoman, host, author, branding professional, and performer. She is an Executive Consultant for New Sunshine, LLC in Indianapolis where she specializes in product development and marketing. Serving on the Board of Directors for Ovar'coming Together; Indiana's ovarian cancer awareness organization, Katie is passionate about ovarian cancer research, education and support groups.
On Saturday, October 13th, Gary Collins passed away in Biloxi, Mississippi. Gary, was the devoted husband for over 40 years to Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley and was a beloved member of the Miss America Family. He will fondly be remembered as the Host of the Miss America Pageant from 1984 until 1989 when he served as Miss America's Master of Ceremonies for the telecast.
As we reflect on Gary’s prolific and Emmy Award winning television career that spanned over four decades, he will be warmly remembered for his time as the Miss America Pageant’s host which marked a special era in our Organization. He will always be remembered for his genuine smile and engaging personality, both of which he brought to the telecasts each year. Gary's television career began after serving in the U.S. Army.
Sam Haskell, Chairman of the Board for The Miss America Organization, expressed his condolences, “We were truly saddened to learn the news of my friend’s passing who was such a talented television actor and who made wonderful contributions to the television industry for over 40 years, his legacy will be lasting. Our hearts are heavy today, for we extend our deepest sympathies to my friend and fellow Mississippian, Mary Ann, our Miss America 1959. We will forever remember Gary’s incredible smile, his welcoming personality and the style that he brought to the Miss America stage during the 1980’s. On behalf of the Miss America family, we send our love and prayers to Mary Ann and her family.”
In addition to hosting the Miss America Pageant during the 1980s, Gary also hosted the television shows Hour Magazine for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1983 and The Home Show. Gary appeared in numerous movies and was a fixture on television in the 1960s and 1970s, playing a variety of guest roles in comedies and dramas including Perry Mason, The Love Boat and Ironside, among others. He also starred in regular series including The Wackiest Ship in the Army and The Iron Horse in the 1960s and The Sixth Sense in the 1970s. He also appeared in Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island and so many other memorable television shows from that time.
Our thoughts and our prayers are extended to our Miss America 1959 Mary Ann and their daughter, Clancy Collins White at this time of sorrow. We will treasure the memories of our dear friend, Gary.
Miss Wayne County Scholarship Organization organizers are holding the second annual Miss Wayne County Princess Program.
The event is maintaining the mission of the scholarship program to help young women become successful leaders. The Princess Program is for girls ages 4-12.
Each princess will receive a tiara and sash and participate in the 2011 Miss Wayne County Pageant on Sept. 10 at Churchill High School in Livonia.
They will also be guests of honor at a Princess Tea Party at the Governor Warner Mansion in Farmington. Guests will include Miss Wayne County 2010 Sarah Suydam, the 2011 Miss Wayne County contestants, and Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen 2011 Cassidy Nugent.
This program offers friendship and mentoring and is not a competition. The participation fee is $50. All fees support the Miss Wayne County Scholarship Organization.
Participants do not have to be a Wayne County residents. To apply, visit www.misswaynecounty.org
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Two-Hour Pageant Event Returns
to Las Vegas and Will Air Live on ABC
Sam Haskell, Chairman of the Board of the Miss America Organization, announced today that the 2012 Miss America Pageant will return to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for a week of preliminary competitions, culminating in a live telecast on ABC, Saturday, January 14.
"The 90th anniversary Miss America Pageant
on ABC was a tremendous success, taking the ratings crown as the most-watched non-sports program on Saturday night on ABC," stated Sam Haskell. "With the success of our re-branding of Miss America, we have attracted a new audience and look forward to working with ABC and Planet Hollywood to make the 2012 broadcast event even more memorable for our viewers.”
The three nights of preliminaries will take place on January 10, 11 and 12 at Planet Hollywood's Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the preliminaries, as well as the Miss America Live Event
will be available soon. For information on all ticket sales visit www.missamerica.org
"We are thrilled to be returning to Planet Hollywood again for our 7th consecutive year," said Art McMaster, President & CEO of the Miss America Organization. "While other cities have pursued hosting Miss America, Las Vegas along with Planet Hollywood and Caesars Entertainment have exceeded our expectations, and we will continue to build on the traditions created in Las Vegas."
Miss America has called Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino home since moving to Las Vegas from Atlantic City in 2006. Teresa Scanlan, of Gering, Nebraska is the 90th Anniversary Miss America.
For information on Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, please visit http://planethollywood.com
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011 Miss Wayne County Scholarship Pageant, an official Miss America preliminary.
Any woman age 17-24 who lives, works full time or attends school full time in Wayne County is eligible to apply. Contestants will compete in the following categories: interview, lifestyle, swimsuit, evening gown, talent, and on stage question.
The winner will receive a cash scholarship and will represent Wayne County at the 2012 Miss Michigan Pageant to be held in Muskegon. The application deadline is Aug. 21. To apply online, visit www.misswaynecounty.org
For more information, call (734) 367-0560 or e-mail SheilaMae116@aol.com
Applications are also available for the Miss Wayne County Princess Program, a noncompetitive pageant experience open to girls ages 4-12. Visit www.misswaynecounty.org
The pageant is set for Sept. 10 at Livonia Churchill High School, 8900 Newburgh, Livonia.Source: HometownLife.com
It is with such great sadness we inform you of the passing of one of our most beloved Miss Americas, Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel. Jean passed away on Sunday evening and although, she has passed, she will live forever in our hearts.
We were so very proud and privileged to have Jean join us for our 90th anniversary celebration of the Miss America pageant in January and will cherish those moments that we had to spend with her. From her participation in the events to her love and support of the program, Jean will always have a very special place in our hearts and this organization that she loved and served so well.
In 1943 Jean took the commitment of a "War-Time" Miss America to heart, she embarked on a Bond-selling tour that would result in her being honored by the United States Treasury Department as the individual who had sold the most Series E Bonds that year. Jean was instrumental in posing the idea that Miss America should be awarded a college scholarship which has remained the hallmark of the Miss America Organization.
After serving her year as Miss America, Jean's remarkable talent enabled her to embark on a singing career, which included work on radio and television, two South American tours, the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and in every State of the Union but Maine. Ultimately, her dream became a reality when Jean became the first Miss America to star in a Broadway musical- "Of Thee I Sing"- opposite Jack Carson.
Over the years, Jean has continued to be a great supporter of The Miss America Organization. She was a remarkable Miss America and a dedicated individual - committed to our Organization and has forever touched our hearts. We offer our condolences and prayers to Jean’s family, her friends and especially to her Miss America sisters who she treasured so dearly.
Miss Wayne County 2009 Anjelica Franciso with Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel at the 2010 Miss America Evening of Dreams
Linwood, NJ - Jan. 20,2011 - The Miss America Organization announced today that the 2011 Miss America Pageant presented by DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse had a new reach of 14.6 million viewers on ABC, based on an average viewership of 6.7 million people, up 49 percent from last year.
The pageant, which aired from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, drew ABC's biggest non-sports audience in the timeslot since April 2009 and easily placed second to Fox for the night. The announcement of the 90th Anniversary Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, a 17-year-old from Nebraska and one of the youngest winners in the history of Miss America, kept ratings growing through the night despite the gridiron competition of two NFL Divisional Playoff games.
In the first half-hour of the telecast, Miss America was in third place with 5.25 million viewers, but for the remainder of the 2-hour live telecast (tape delayed on the West Coast), the pageant held onto second place for the night, with the audience growing to 7.85 million viewers.
MAO Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell announced, “The Miss America Pageant’s return to ABC after six years on cable television was a nearly 50% audience increase over last year’s broadcast. This was an outstanding performance in terms of audience growth with the help of our wonderful partners ABC, Tony Eaton with Tall Pony Productions, and our presenting sponsor DSW. We thank them for their support of this 90th anniversary show that will now mark a new era for our organization.”
In addition, the 2011 Miss America Pageant was ranked 2nd in women aged 18-34!
"Miss America is back and stronger than ever as witnessed by over 14 million viewers this year," said President and CEO, Art McMaster. "We're so happy that everyone tuned into see the pageant back on ABC, and we are confident that Miss America’s audience will continue to grow with our network partner, ABC!"
Las Vegas, NV - January 15, 2011 - Miss Nebraska 2010 Teresa Scanlan from Gerig, Nebraska was crowned Miss America 2011 tonight at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The final night of the 90th Anniversary of the Miss America Pageant presented by DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse was broadcast live from Las Vegas on ABC.
Teresa's triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the country during her year of service as Miss America 2011. She will travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her platform of Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk, and acting as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.
In addition, Miss America 2011 will be the official spokesperson for Joseph Ribkoff International Clothing Company, who will provide Teresa with a full wardrobe for the year.
Teresa will be a student at Patrick Henry College. Her scholastic ambition is to attend law school and she ultimately hopes to become a judge and eventually a politician. Along with the title of Miss America 2011, Teresa won a $50,000 scholarship sponsored by Artistry exclusively by Amway to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Teresa performed "White Water Chopped Sticks" on the piano.
Las Vegas, Nevada - January 13, 2011 - Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan was named Thursday night's preliminary Talent winner for her piano performance of "White Water Chopped Sticks," during the third night of competition of the 2011 Miss America Pageant presented by DSW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Teresa will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss Oklahoma Emoly West, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black Swim 'n Sport swimsuit. -Emoly will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Las Vegas, Nevada - January 12, 2011 - Miss Rhode Island Deborah Saint-Vil was named Wednesday night's preliminary Talent winner for her vocal performance of "Smile," during the second night of competition of the 2011 Miss America Pageant presented by DSW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Deborah will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Also in the spotlight was Miss Alabama Ashley Davis, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black Swim 'n Sport swimsuit. Ashely will receive a $1,000 scholarship.