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Summarized by Janus Wilkinson

Donny and Marie Hosting Redone 'Miss America'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Producers of the 80th annual Miss America Pageant are hoping that a snazzy new stage set, a techno-pop version of "There She Is" and a boy band performing live will solve an old problem with sagging television ratings.

"It has a much younger, more contemporary feel," said the show's producer, Jeff Margolis, who gave the media a live sneak peek at the opening number Tuesday.

For the second year, the telecast will be hosted by Donny and Marie Osmond. Along with other changes, Margolis says, "We're not even calling it a 'pageant.' This year's telecast will simply be named 'Miss America.'"

Producers pushed the broadcast back a month so the ABC-TV broadcast wouldn't have to compete with NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games.


Pageant officials thinking young
Bergen co NJ Record (AP) 11Oct00 A2
By John Curran: The Associated Press


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