(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The 2006 Miss America Pageant will take place in Las Vegas at the Aladdin in Las Vegas and will air live on CMT on January 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. "Las Vegas is the perfect host city to bring new energy to The Miss America Pageant as we continue to grow our brand," said Art McMaster, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization. "It will truly be exciting to take our contestants there. It should make for a fantastic pageant and great television."
"By bringing Miss America to Las Vegas, we are coming to a top-rate production town with excellent promotional opportunities," said Paul Villadolid, vice president, programming and development. "The Aladdin Resort & Casino helps us create a glamorous new vision of the pageant and gives us an inspiring venue for the crowning of the next Miss America."
"We are thrilled to host the Miss America Pageant at the Aladdin, future home of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino," said Michael Mecca, president and CEO for the Aladdin Resort and Casino. "This event belongs in Las Vegas and where better in Las Vegas to hold it than on this property. We have the most central location on The Strip and we are home to the most beautiful theatre in the city." — Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen