Miss America Contestants Stun Us With Their "Talents"

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Unlike previous incarnations, the 2008 Miss America Pageant, taking place this Saturday night, is going to be more "modern" (read: less middle-aged lady makeup, more spunk), or so says Ugly Betty's Michael Urie of TLC's Miss America: Reality Check. But holy shit: Judging from the photos of the young women "performing" (and yes, thank you Lord, there is baton-twirling!) in the preliminary competitions in Vegas today, it doesn't look like much progress has been made. A gallery of the pageant contestants (and did I mention the baton-twirling?!), accompanied by the musings of both myself and Dodai, begins after the jump.

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[Las Vegas, January 23. Images via Splash]

DISCUSSION

To be fair, I don't think the whole "modern" idea was sprung on them until the TLC show. These girls have probably had these talents prepared for like a year.