Saturday, January 30, 2010

Clinton Kelly will be hosting Miss America Pageant

Clinton Kelly of “What Not To Wear” will be hosting tonight’s Miss America Pageant, alongside former “Saved By The Bell”cast member Mario Lopez.

The judges invited for the event are the following: actress Vivica A. Fox, Olympian Shawn Johnson, radio host Rush Limbaugh, Grammy nominee Dave Koz, American Idol contestant Brooke White, actor Paul Rodriguez, Olympian Shawn Johnson and Miss America 2002 Katie Harman.

The reigning Miss America title holder is Indiana’s Katie Stam. She will be turning her crown over to tonight’s winner which will be announced at the end of the show.

A couple of preliminary awards have already been handed out earlier. Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk won the talent competition and a $2,000 scholarship, and Miss Oregon CC Barber took home $1,000 for besting the other girls in the swimsuit competition.

The 89th Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas will be aired at 8 p.m. EST on TLC.

Who is Clinton kelly?

Clinton Kelly is an American fashion consultant and media personality known for his role as co-host on What Not to Wear, a reality program that features fashion makeovers. He shares on-air duties with Stacy London. Kelly started his career as a freelance writer for several fashion magazines. Although he still continues to write he has since expanded into fashion consulting and designing. Before becoming co-host of What Not to Wear, Kelly "hosted a program on Q2 (part of QVC)" and worked as a freelance writer and editor at several publications in New York. He was an editor at Marie Claire and a deputy editor at Mademoiselle, where he was also a contributor under the pseudonym "Joe L’Amour". He later became the executive editor of Daily News Record, a New York-based weekly men's fashion and retail trade magazine.

While Kelly was at DNR, the producers at What Not to Wear decided to recast the male lead, Wayne Scot Lukas, and reached out to Kelly. After three auditions, Kelly was chosen as the new co-host, alongside Stacy London. He describes their relationship as "a brother and sister in the backseat of a car on a long car trip. Sometimes it’s fun and we’re playing games; but other times, it’s, ‘She’s touching me! She’s looking at me! I can hear her breathing!'"

Kelly is openly gay, but in comparing What Not to Wear with the preceding show Queer Eye—which pioneered gay men making over people seen as needing fashion advice—the Washington Blade noted some key differences:"[U]nless you have your gaydar on while watching the show, you would have no idea. There's nothing 'gay' about the show and he doesn't really talk about it on air. Viewers trust Kelly's expertise based on the strength of his choices rather than on the 'he's gay and he should know' fashion theory."[ Kelly's wedding to his partner is planned for 2009 at their home in Connecticut.

In 2008 Kelly served as a guest consultant on the TLC reality series Miss America: Countdown to the Crown. He also assisted Mario Lopez during the live pageant telecast.Also, in the 2010 Miss America contest he will host the pageant.

In September 2005, Kelly and co-host Stacy London co-wrote a book entitled Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body. In 2008, Kelly authored the book Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally be Better than Everyone Else.

In addition to his books and hosting duties on What Not to Wear, Kelly writes a weekly style column for the Chicago Tribune's RedEye. He's also a national spokesman for Macy's and has a clothing line through the QVC brand Denim & Co, which is known for its simple, classic, "easy-care" designs. In July 2008, his Extended Tab 5 Trousers sold out in seven seconds. He is quoted as saying "Looking good is every woman's inalienable right."

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