Did you know that Miss American contestants have to compete in a pop quiz as part of their quest for the crown? I didn't, but that's because I think the Miss America pageant is not quite as exciting as a bass fishing tournament, and slightly cheesier than a Quattro Fromage pizza. If only I could suggest a few questions for the hairspray divas to ponder, then maybe I'd find a reason to be interested. Well, thank $DEITY, my wishes have been granted:
Eager to prove its beauties are brainy, too, the Miss America Pageant will expand its pop quiz this year, offering fans the chance to pose questions to contestants and help pick Miss America 2003.
The new wrinkle, announced Wednesday, will allow viewers to suggest questions -- via the Internet -- to be asked of the five finalists in the pageant, scheduled to air live on ABC on Sept. 21.
The results will count for 10 percent of each woman's score.