New Miss Arkansas Looks Forward to Changing National Pageant

JUNE 26, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS, AR - The new Miss Arkansas, Amber Elizabeth Bennett of Carlisle, says she's looking forward to participating in a Miss America pageant that is in transition.  Bennett was named Miss Arkansas at Saturday night's conclusion of the annual state pageant at Hot Springs.

She said yesterday that she's excited about the changes underway in in the national pageant.  Tentatively scheduled for January or February, the Miss America pageant does not yet have a scheduled venue, though it will be televised for the second year by the Country Music Television network.  For the first time, the event will be reality television-based.  Judges will select eight of the finalists, but viewers will select seven by voting for their favorite contestants.

Bennett said she views the changes as a move forward and an adaptation to today's pop culture.

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