Friday, August 31, 2007

Is Miss America Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Time will tell! This November Miss America, Lauren Nelson, will be one of six celebrities to appear on the FOX game show "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" hosted by redneck comic, Jeff Foxworthy. This is part of “Sweeps,” which in TV land means a time period when ratings are calculated and thus TV shows and local newscasts do whatever they can to increase their viewership.

CLICK HERE for a website where you can vote for which of the six celebs will do the best on the show. It’s no surprise that the “Claymates” are out in force and Clay Aiken is currently leading with 75% of the votes, while another American Idol finalist, Kellie Pickler, has 0%! The other celebrities are Regis Philbin, skateboard great Tony Hawk and entertainment reporter Billy Bush.

While I think most pageant fans are happy for any television exposure, others are cautioning against how this may turn out. A couple years ago the Top 5 at Miss America had to participate in a quiz show; the network thought it would help ratings, but true pageant fans hated it and it made the women look stupid. Also, Miss America 1996, Shawntel Smith, was on Jeopardy during her reign, and apparently she did embarrassingly bad.

Hopefully Lauren will do well! All the celebs winnings go to charity.

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