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Miss America


"Countdown to the Crown"

PerryBe sure to watch Kendria Perry 10 p.m. tonight on TLC's "Miss America: Countdown to the Crown." An accomplished musician, Perry is taking a yearlong break from being a creative enterprise management student at the Heinz College to complete her service as Miss Pennsylvania 2008.

Hosted by Tyler Harcott, the series follows 52 state title holders as they live together on the Queen Mary luxury ocean liner and face a series of team and individual competitions to help them prepare for the pageant — and prove they have what it takes to be the next Miss America.

America has the chance to be a judge and select four of the contestants they think deserve to make it into the pageant. Voting begins after the 15 gold-sash finalists are selected and will be conducted via text messaging at the show's Web site on Friday, Jan. 23 at 11 p.m.

The pageant will air live on TLC from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Jan. 24, and is hosted by Mario Lopez.

(Pictured at right is Miss Pennsylvania Kendria Perry.)

Heidi Opdyke