Celebrity Judges Announced for the 2006 Miss America Pageant
Jane Kaczmarek, Brenda Strong, Jerry Rice, Leeza Gibbons, Brian McKnight,
Robert Verdi & Sharlene Wells Hawkes Will Serve As Miss America Judges
Pageant To Air Live on CMT Saturday, January 21, 2006 From The Aladdin Resort
& Casino In Las Vegas
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 11 -- An NFL great, a multi-platinum
recording artist, a "Desperate Housewives" star and a fashion guru are among
the judges for the 2006 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT, it was announced today by the
Miss America Organization.
Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Brenda Strong ("Desperate
Housewives", Miss Arizona 1980), Jerry Rice (NFL receiver), Leeza Gibbons
(TV/radio host), Brian McKnight (recording artist), Robert Verdi (fashion
expert) and Sharlene Wells Hawkes (Miss America 1985) will all serve as judges
for the final night of this year's pageant, which for the first time will be
held in Las Vegas.
"We're delighted to announce such an eclectic and star-studded group of
judges for the final night of this year's pageant," said Art McMaster,
president and CEO of the Miss America Organization. "These individuals will
rate our contestants and vote for the new Miss America, and I know they're
each up to the challenge."
Hosted by James Denton, the 2006 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT premieres live on
CMT on Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (tape-delayed to the West Coast).
CMT secured the rights to the MISS AMERICA PAGEANT through 2007, with options
to renew through 2011.
CMT, America's No. 1 country music network, carries original programming,
specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by
established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world
premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by
MTV Networks, reaches more than 78.7 million households in the United States.
Go to country music's biggest web site at http://www.CMT.com.
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement
programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young
women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local
organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship
assistance. For more information, go to http://www.missamerica.org.
The Aladdin Resort & Casino, the future home of Planet Hollywood Resort &
Casino, is a joint venture partnership involving Robert Earl, founder and CEO
of Planet Hollywood International, Inc., Bay Harbour Management LC and
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. The property will continue to
operate as the Aladdin Resort & Casino during the renovation process which is
scheduled for completion in the second half of 2006. Upon completion of
renovations the property will be re-branded and renamed the Planet Hollywood
Resort & Casino, a Sheraton hotel. For more information, go to
Web Site: http://www.CMT.com http://www.missamerica.org