ABC's 20/20 looks at the Miss America pageant in 'Pageant Confidential: The Road to Miss America," on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 (8-9 p.m. ET), leading into "The 2013 Miss America Competition," according to a Jan. 4, 2013 announcement from ABC Television Network. The special edition of 20/20 is anchored by Lara Spencer, anchor of "Good Morning America" and a former Miss America judge.
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"Pageant Confidential: The Road to Miss America" leads into the 2013 Miss America Competition," which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan.12 (9-11 p.m., ET) on ABC. The pageant is being co-hosted by “Dancing With the Stars” champion and co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison
The pageant is being judged by Bradley Bayou, Cheryl Burke, Sam Champion, Mary Hart, Daymond John, McKayla Maroney and Miss America 2009 Katie Stam Irk. At the end of the competition the woman named 2013 Miss America will be crowned by 2012 Miss America Laura Kaeppeler. Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler crowned Miss America 2012 (photos)
Miss America is a beauty pageant and a scholarship competition. According to information from ABC, Miss America must be intelligent, talented, well-spoken, a leader, have a commitment to her community and be modern in her style and fashion and physically fit. The woman who wins the title is supposed to be a relevant and individual young woman who can connect with today's contemporary woman.
"Pageant Confidential" takes viewers behind the scenes of one of the most iconic pageants in the world for a surprising and intimate look at what it takes to become Miss America. With exclusive, unfettered access to the winners of the Miss States pageants, follows the stories of several young women determined to don the coveted Miss America crown. The show documents the tears, fears and secrets of the Miss America pageant.
"Pageant Confidential: The Road to Miss America" shows some of the challenges faced by contenders, including: Miss Maine Molly Bouchard, who lost more than 50 pounds; Miss Iowa Mariah Cary, who struggles with Tourette's syndrome; Miss Montana Alexis Wineman, who tries to conquer her fears as the youngest and the only autistic woman competing; Miss New Mexico Candice Bennatt, who struggles financially to raise the money needed to compete; and Miss California Leah Cecil, who flubs a mock interview and works on getting it right in time for the big pageant.
The show also tells the stories of The sparkling women of those big beauty pageant sash states like Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers and Miss Florida Laura McKeeman; Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden, who was once a pig wrestler; Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt, who shares her "secret weapon" for a perfect on stage bikini; Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan, who works as a waitress; and Miss Utah Kara Arnold, a biochemist who hates manicures and getting her hair done.
For the first time ever, cameras also go behind closed doors with the judges to document the tense first meeting with the competitors, the all-important first interview believed to determine which girls will go all the way."Pageant Confidential: The Road to Miss America" also delves into the history of this nearly 100-year-old hallmark of American society by looking at past pageants and the women who have been here before.