I watched all four episodes of “Miss America, Reality Check” as part of my duties at Ugly Betty News. Michael Urie, one of the stars of UB, hosted the reality show on TLC.
The premise was simple: Miss America is hopelessly out of date, the whole pageant world does not represent real women, nobody cares anymore, and this show (MARC) was an attempt to change all that. Instead of hair and makeup that made the girls look like they were 40, new, fresh, “it” looks would be crafted for each contestant.
Some of the makeovers were stunning. Miss Alaska basically cut off 90% of her hair. The short cut really fit her vibrant personality. Miss New Mexico went from that plastic look to a kind of beauty a man can’t take his eyes off of. What they did with her, and a few of the others, was a stark change, and for the better.
Apparently, the pageant is undergoing even more changes than to superficial things. If the broadcast tonight follows the same pattern as the reality show, gone will be the “world peace” type Q&A. For instance, in last night’s episode of MARC, they posed a surprise question to Miss Washington about gay marriage. She then coolly revealed that she had two daddies herself. (Being a reality show, of course it was pre-planned, IMHO). But, can you imagine this kind of discussion in the Miss America pageant? There might be fireworks!
Even the choosing of the contestants themselves seems to have changed. Miss Utah is a soldier, and to be honest, the least feminine of all the contestants. Yet, I found myself cheering for her .
One disappointing thing, Miss Tennessee, Grace Gore, might be gorgeous, but the reality show made her come off as a jackass. I have no idea if she’s really a jackass – reality shows have a tendency to distort reality through creative editing. She really seemed to have a problem with the very outgoing, silly, and brash Miss Alaska. But that was probably just editing. You can read this profile and see she’s no idiot. But, you never know; she may still be a jackass.
Anyway, since they are apparently trashing all the old conventions and who knows what the heck is going to end up happening tonight, are you interested enough to watch the pageant on TLC tonight? We’ll be watching, at least.