For the first time in history, the Miss America Organization will ask viewers to help elect the final 15 contestants for their upcoming pageant. It's all part of the seven-part series, Finding Miss America.
Each episode will expose viewers to the previously closed-door competitions the judges use to pick the finalists; Variety says contestants will be randomly divided into seven groups and will compete in the categories of evening wear, swimwear, talent and one-on-one judge interviews.
At the end of each show, viewers will be able to vote through their phone and on CMT.com; portions of the selections will be announced live during the January 2007 pageant telecast. From there, the judges will pick the winner.
Look for Finding Miss America to air close to the live pageant broadcast.