Miss Nice vs. Miss Hip

Which pageant's better--Miss America, which takes place this weekend, or Miss USA? As the formula grows tired, each organization is doing everything it can to shore up its beauty queen's territory. Here's what a fight card might look like.

TITLE MISS AMERICA

POPULATION 14,046,000 TV viewers

SPIN Worthy; emphasizes education and charitable service

NEW HOST Donny and Marie Osmond

SITE Atlantic City, N.J.

TALENT Each of the Top 5 contestants (rather than the Top 10) will give a two-minute performance

ENTERTAINMENT 98[degrees]--in a video performance

SCORING New emphasis on speaking skills. Onstage interview is now worth 20% (an increase of...

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