Highlights From the Insane Miss America Pageant

Rich Juzwiak · 09/15/14 09:10AM

On last night's Miss America Pageant (and its preceding Countdown show), we were treated to ventriloquism, rhythmless red-cup percussion, a slew of factoids about the contestants as they did performed their talents ("Slapped a shark as a kid," "Attacked by a Cheetah in Zambia"), an embarrassing song by Miss Tennessee's parents from the audience, a Toddlers & Tiaras-inspired Pixy Stix binge, and Game of Thrones fandom. I've never seen a wackier mainstream U.S. pageant, nor a better one and no one fell or fucked up an interview question or anything. A great job all around.

The New Miss America Is From Park Slope

Taylor Berman · 01/13/13 01:01PM

Brooklyn, a young, up-and-coming borough of New York City, truly has it all now: Last night, Mallory Hytes Hagan, a 23-year-old who lives in Park Slope, was crowned Miss America. Hagan, formerly Miss New York, beat out 52 other contestants (including one named Mariah Cary, aka Miss Iowa, who placed fifth) to win a $50,000 scholarship, which would afford her approximately 5/6ths of one year at NYU. Congratulations Mallory!

Watch Miss Arkansas' Miss America Yodeling-Ventriloquism Act

Whitney Jefferson · 01/17/11 11:17AM

Something very magical happened during the talent portion of Saturday's Miss America contest. No, we're not talking about Gretchen Carlson's permanent deer-in-headlights eyes—we're talking about the crazy yodeling/ventriloquism hybrid that Miss Arkansas performed.

Paula Abdul Rises From the Dead

Richard Lawson · 05/24/10 03:44PM

She's back, baby, and ready to judge you. Also today: Movie roles in a variety of independent pictures, we find out what happens at the end of Cannes, and the triumphant return of Miss America.