Kris Jenner, Mark Ballas to decide who next Miss America is


Kris Jenner, appointed beauty pageant judge. (Charles Sykes/AP)

Kris Jenner, Mark Ballas of “Dancing With the Stars” and “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer will help decide who becomes the next Miss America.

The three TV personalities are among the seven judges of the upcoming Miss America pageant, all of whom were revealed this morning on “Good Morning America.”

Nearly every one of the judges has some connection to the ABC network. Oh, did I mention that the Miss America pageant will be broadcast Jan. 14 on ABC? I am sure that’s purely coincidence.

In any case, here are the seven people who apparently have the professional credentials to determine who should win a beauty contest.

From the Field of Beauty, as the pageant’s press release puts it: Kris Jenner, mother of Kim Kardashian, author and executive producer of any and all reality shows about her family. She definitely knows something about beauty. I mean, she got a chin lift on basic cable television and everything.

From the Field of Performing Arts: Mark Ballas. Because “Dancing With the Stars” now qualifies as an example of the performing arts. Also, it airs on ABC.

From the Field of News and Entertainment: Lara Spencer of “Good Morning America,” which airs on ABC.

From the Field of Talent (is Talent now officially a field?): actress Teri Polo of the “Meet the Parents”/“Focker” movies. She also currently stars on “Man Up!,” a sitcom that airs on ABC.

From the Field of Communications: Raul de Molina, host of the infotainment program on “El Gordo y La Flaca,” which airs on Univision. Wait a second ... Univision isn’t ABC! How did that happen?

From the Field of Star Power: Mike Fleiss, executive producer of “The Bachelor,” which airs on ABC. (Phew. Order has been restored.)

And finally, from the Field of Fitness: Chris Powell, host of “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” a show that, yes, is part of the incredibly tightknit ABC family.

Who will get to represent this country by weeping while a tiara is placed on her head? It’s up to these seven individuals. Personally, though, it doesn’t matter to me who they choose. I still plan to think of Melissa McCarthy as the real Miss America.


(Mark J. Terrill/AP)
When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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