Welcome back, T&T. I feel like a lot of reality shows wear out their premise after a couple of seasons, but the pageant world seems to have an endless number of crazies to keep it entertaining -- or, barring that, oddball characters that are worth revisiting a time or two, anyway.
Here's a question, for those who perhaps know the "biz" better than I do: is there any kind of objective criteria used for judging these things? I know there are vague categories like "Beauty" and "Outfit of Choice" and so forth, but within those, it seems like there should be some kind of ruberic. The judges will ocassional mention things that they "took points off" that seem so incredibly, stupidly arbitrary -- it just boggles my mind that people place so much value in earning these "titles" when there are absolutely no uniform standards for judging.
This pageant was the first I've seen that had a title of Mega Ultimate Grand Supreme. Is this a new thing? Is it higher than Ultimate Grand Supreme? And do I dare think that it's actually deliberately tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at the whole system? Nah; I don't think any "insiders" in pageantry have that level of self-awareness or self-deprecation.
Speaking of self-awareness, 'roid dad -- like all "bodybuilders" -- is IMO badly deluded if he thinks that his physique is attractive or that his "lifestyle" is healthy. His ex-wife seemed so level-headed and normal, and dare I say embarrassed that she was ever linked with such a toolbag. Let's hope she has custody of the kid and that the "fitness" twins won't warp little Brooke's self-image too badly. Pretty unbelievable that the dad is so incredibly into himself that he couldn't even let his kid have two minutes on stage without making it all about him. I'm sure if he could've figured out a way to be shirtless on stage during her "beauty" routine, he would've done it. The horrified looks from many of the audience members basically said it all.
Also horrifying: the amounts of caffeine and sugar being pumped into these kids by their irresponsible parents. Energy drinks can be bad news for teens and full-grown adults, much less small children. Personally I won't even touch them myself; giving one to a child is in my opinion basically like handing them a box of matches and hoping for the best.