The Miss America Pageant airs on ABC on Sunday night, September 15, 2013 live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
That's no typo, and this isn't an old thread....it's true.
The iconic broadcast goes back to it's longtime host city, Atlantic City from the same venue that hosted it from 1929 to 2005.
Having spent the last 8 years 2,500 miles away in Las Vegas, and downgraded to basic cable for most of that time, the show comes "home", not only physically but also on the calendar as well.
It's now back in it's familiar September time frame, having been held during mid-January since 2006.
Due to the calendar adjustment, Mallory Hagan, the reigning Miss America, will be giving up her title after only 8 months, the 2nd shortest reign ever -- between Vanessa Williams (resigned in July 1984 after 10 months) and Williams' replacement Suzette Charles (holding the crown for 7 weeks until the next pageant was held).
The only things that longtime viewers might find still different is -- Sunday instead of Saturday, ABC rather than NBC (they're committed to Donald Trump's Miss USA these days), and the "There She Is" serenade will not be heard, either. The organization lost rights to it in last year, and it was noticed by viewers the last time, that only generic background music played during the crowning at the end. Apparently, the songwriter's widow had demanded too much from them, and they walked from negotiations.
Bert Parks must be spinning in his grave about that part. (oh, he's also not coming back for sure, unless they can work up one of those holograms....there's a cool idea ;) )
Those things aside, the show has gone back to some of its roots, at least for the next 3 years, which is the term of the current agreement. More likely than not, if it's extended a bit more, the show could see it's 100th anniversary in 2021 at it's home base, too.
This year, a few days out from the program, one contestant - Miss Kansas -- is making news for her choice not to conceal her body art (tattoo) during competition:
Edited by PShau, Sep 13, 2013 @ 2:32 PM.