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01-21-2006, 08:17 PM
Well Miss America is in Las Vegas - the first time it's not being held in Atlanti City NJ where it got it's start. It should be no surprise that I want the show to be a complete flop after they had the gall to think that Atlantic City had anything to do with the poor ratings and not the fact that people just weren't interested in what they were trying to sell.

I find this article rather ironic since it says how they are going to their roots and traditions. Why the hell couldn't they do this in Atlantic City?

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- With the Las Vegas Strip as a backdrop, the Miss America Pageant was a world away from its longtime home Saturday but it was trying a back-to-basics formula.

In the first Miss America Pageant ever held outside Atlantic City, New Jersey, 52 women were competing for the title with "Desperate Housewives" plumber James Denton as emcee.

Among the contenders: A Radio City Rockette, a skydiver who wants to be a Fortune 500 CEO, and a dress shop owner who hopes the pageant's move will snap a 69-year-long Jersey jinx. (The last New Jersey contestant to win ran off with her chaperone and never served.)

After experimenting with pop quizzes, backstage interviews and other reality TV-style flourishes in recent years, organizers promised a more old-fashioned show this time out, with contestants wearing sashes and electing a Miss Congeniality for the first time in decades.

"I, for one, am tired of trying to make gimmick changes to this pageant that don't work," executive producer Bob Bain said.

For problem-plagued Miss America, the proceedings at the Aladdin Resort & Casino were a high-stakes affair.

Spurned by network television because of declining ratings, the pageant announced plans in August to move out of Atlantic City. Normally held in September, the event was postponed as organizers scrambled for a new TV outlet, ultimately settling on Country Music Television, a cable outlet with some 78 million subscribers.

Women have paraded at the pageant -- wearing swimsuits and smiles -- since a 16-year-old girl from Washington, D.C., won an eight-way bathing beauty revue in 1921.

The hokey seaside publicity stunt blossomed into an American icon, its Cinderella trappings and girl-next-door appeal becoming a television staple.

But its luster has been fading for years, the result of fragmented viewership and its airing on Saturday nights, historically a date-night dead zone for television.

The pageant was jettisoned by ABC after the 2004 crowning of Deidre Downs was watched by 9.8 million -- 500,000 fewer than tuned in the year before. The move literally pulled the runway out from under Miss America and led to a cascade of problems threatening its future.

The loss of revenue from the TV rights contributed to a $1.7 million deficit for the Miss America Organization, a nonprofit charity that runs the pageant.

Gambling that a move from Atlantic City would help revive interest, pageant organizers cast their lot with Las Vegas, no stranger to pretty faces and glitzy stage shows.served.

As with the Jets and Giants - thanks for the knife in the back. :mad:

01-22-2006, 07:35 AM
I watched some of it it was boring. It does not have the same flare it use to have. It was an Atlantic City tradition and should have stayed that way.

01-22-2006, 12:57 PM
Everything about that last night was HORRIBLE. Miss America SCREWED themselves over. It should have remained in NJ. And I know when the ratings and such come out they are going to realize how bad last night truely was.

01-24-2006, 09:30 AM
I totally agree, why take the Miss America Pageant away from where it all began? And I doubt ANYBODY actually watched the pageant because we all know just how many people actually watch the Country Music channel anyway. I was never a big fan of pageants, but the Miss America pageant was a staple of my childhood and adult life and living in NJ we used to ride down to AC to actually see the parade of contestants which was hokey yet kinda cool. Just goes to show you that NJ just can't seem to hold onto anything that actually makes the state look good.

01-24-2006, 08:16 PM
If all New Jerseyans knew something about the GREAT history this state has it might help hold onto events such as the Miss America pagent .We would be more willing to fight for these things . We should all plan on attending the N.J. State history fair on May 6 2006 at Washington Crossing State Park . I for one will be there . We should also spread the word about this event ! My personal motto is NEW JERSEY HISTORY SECOND TO NONE !

01-25-2006, 09:18 AM
Great message. I for one, will pass on the word about the NJ State History Fair to friends and family, it sure wouldn't hurt to know more about the state where you live. Thanks for the info.