Here She REALLY Is

The Miss America Pageant hopes to boost ratings this year by easing restrictions on the types of swimsuits contestants can wear. Thongs and bikinis are still outlawed, however. The pageant, which already announced it is cutting back (from 10 to five) on the number of talent acts it broadcasts, will hit the airwaves an hour earlier this year to draw more viewers. There will also be scoring changes, with more emphasis on contestant interviews, pageant chief Robert Beck said Monday. The 79th annual Miss America Pageant airs Sept. 18 on ABC. Donny and Marie Osmond will be cohosts.

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