Friday, December 22, 2006


Miss America 2007 Contestants Enroll In Pre-Pageant Training For CMT′s PAGEANT SCHOOL: BECOMING MISS AMERICA Premiering Friday, January 26 At 9:00 P.M. EST

Two-Hour Special Also Premieres On MTV Sunday, January 28 At 9:00 A.M. On VH1 Monday, January 29 At 6:00 P.M. And Logo Monday, January 29 At 3:00 P.M. And Tuesday, January 30 At 7:00 A.M.

For the first time in the history of the Miss America Pageant, all 52 contestants will meet in one location, Los Angeles, for a crash course in all things pageantry in PAGEANT SCHOOL: BECOMING MISS AMERICA, premiering Friday, January 26 at 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. on CMT. The two-hour special will also premiere on CMT sister networks, MTV on Sunday, January 28 at 9:00 a.m., VH1 on Monday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. and Logo on Monday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 a.m.

PAGEANT SCHOOL: BECOMING MISS AMERICA levels the competitive playing field by helping each contestant refine their look, sharpen their skills and bring them all one step closer to the crown. Led by pageant coach and former Miss America runner-up Erika Schwartz Wright and Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry, the show employs a distinguished panel of experts, including Miss America 1971 Phyllis George, Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio and famed pageant coach Dale Smith Thomas, who critique the contestants and provide essential instruction for their success in the pageant. Official pageant judges Delta Burke, Michael Feinstein and Debbie Allen also drop by for a special contestant Question & Answer session.

The PAGEANT SCHOOL week consists of individual preparatory events, including pageant walk training, swimsuit and beauty competitions and a unique fitness lesson designed to build physical confidence. At the end of their training, contestants nominate three hopefuls for the title of "Miss Congeniality 2007." Immediately following the telecast, viewers will be able to vote online at to award this title to one lucky contestant, with the winner being revealed live at the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. The 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT premieres on CMT Monday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. from The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

CMT offers fans an insider′s look at, where they can learn more about each of the competitors. The CMT website features highlights of all 52 contestants with personal photos, videos, bios and more. In January, the network′s broadband channel CMT Loaded will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and video, including excerpts from the popular talent competition.

PAGEANT SCHOOL: BECOMING MISS AMERICA is produced by Julie Pizzi and Patty Ivins at PB&J Television, with Paul Villadolid and Nicole Zien serving as executive producers for CMT. CMT will also air PAGEANT SCHOOL on Saturday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. as well as Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The 2006 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT premiered on CMT last January and ranks as the most-watched telecast in CMT′s history. Since its premiere, re-airings of the Pageant have been seen by more than 27 million different viewers.