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It's Time to Judge Miss America!
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Well, it’s time to start the countdown to this year’s exciting Miss America pageant! This year's contestants will demonstrate their community leadership throughtheir community leadership through their personal platforms, their amazing diversity of talents through the talent competition, and their poise and confidence through the personal interview and on-stage competition. But how could anyone possibly pick just one winner from all these amazing contestants? Join Valerie as she talks with Rick Brinkley, the official Judges Consultant for the Miss America Organization, about everything you’ve always wanted to ask about judging at Miss America. Get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a judge and what this year’s panel of judges will be looking for! If you’ll be scoring in the audience or watching from home you won’t want to miss this episode!
Episode Segments:
 
Pageant Talk Radio: MAO's Rick Brinkley
Rick talks about his involvement with the Miss America Pageant, how the pageant has changed since he’s been involved with it, and what the organization is doing to keep Miss America relevant in today’s society. He also discusses training for judges, how contestants can make a connection with the judges, and why pageants can be won or lost in the interview room.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Rick Brinkley, Part Two
Rick talks about this year’s crop of celebrity judges (including controversial choice Rush Limbaugh) and tells Valerie how they go about selecting their celebs. He then takes us behind the scenes to show us what Pageant Week is like for the judges, and what they do to prepare them & keep them fresh.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Rick Brinkley
Rick Brinkley is a former Emmy-nominated producer of the Sally Jessy Raphael Show who left the show to go to seminary. For the past 10 years he has been the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. However, over the course of the past 31 years, there has been one constant….and that is the Miss America Organization. In addition to his past careers, for the past 5 years he has been the national judging consultant for the Miss America pageant.

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