2011 Miss America pageant judges include Marilu Henner, Joy Behar
Marilu Henner, a 58-year-old actress known for the series "Taxi", is one of seven people set to judge the 2011 Miss America pageant, which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The other six judges are "The View" host Joy Behar, Miss America 1990 Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, "Dancing With the Stars" pro dancer Tony Dovolani, footwear designer Taryn Rose and country singer Mark Wills.
The pageant last aired on network television in 2004, after which ABC dropped it following record-low ratings. Chris Harrison, host of ABC dating reality show "The Bachelor," and "Dancing With the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke will host the pageant.
The first Miss America pageant took place in 1921. Winners of state contests are given scores based on their appearance in swimsuits and evening wear on stage and their answers given in prerecorded personal interviews and in response to a question asked during the live show.
The contest is not to be confused with Donald Trump's annual Miss USA pageant, which also selects a winner from among state beauty queens. The Miss America pageant features an additional talent portion, during which contestants are judged on acts they perform, such as singing, dancing and juggling routines.
Henner was a contestant on Trump's reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2008 and is a New York Times Best-selling author of eight books on health, fitness, and lifestyle.
"Miss America must be talented, intelligent and well-spoken, a leader, have a commitment to her community, be contemporary in her style and fashion - a relatable and individual 'it girl' who can connect with today's modern woman, as well as being physically fit," organizers said in a statement.
Caressa Camerica of Virgina beat 52 contestants to win the 2010 Miss America pageant, which awarded her $50,000 in scholarship assistance.