some changes to Miss America pageant inspired by reality TV.

some changes to Miss America pageant inspired by reality TV.
Among The Miss America Pageant’s new changes for 2001, which include renaming the swimsuit competition the “lifestyle and fitness” competition, the contestants eliminated in the early rounds will be able to vote against one of the finalists. The president of the organization says that unlike other crappy shows like Survivor (“People are out there inventing things like ‘Survivor’ and portraying it as reality TV”), Miss America has always “been providing viewers with high-stakes reality television,” Variety reports. Yeah, right. The drama is so high-stakes they had to adopt part of another show to maintain interest.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.