(LAS VEGAS) — One night before you get to ogle actors and actresses on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards, you can ogle beautiful women in swimsuits at the 2013 Miss America Pageant.
The TV event airs on ABC this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, live from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The judges for this year’s pageant include Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke, Good Morning America’s Sam Champion, fashion industry leader Bradley Bayou, former Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart, Shark Tank mogul Daymond John, 2011 World Vault Champion McKayla Maroney, and Miss America 2009, Katie Stem Irk.
Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet will host the event as the judges work together to evaluate each contestant and decide who will get to wear the tiara — and take home thousands of dollars in scholarship money. The fact that the contestants are competing for cash to pay for school is something that not a lot of people realize, says Burke-Charvet, who adds that there are other long-held misconceptions about the pageant.
“I don’t think people really realize how intelligent these women are and that most of them are competing for scholarship money,” she tells ABC News Radio. “They’re incredibly accomplished women, so charitable, and I was was really impressed at how dynamic they are.”
Calling the contestants’ looks “just a portion of this competition,” Brooke-Charvet added, “I think poise and personality are a big part of it [too].”
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications
Jim Bennett, Deseret News