Toddlers and Tiaras: Beauty Pageant Show Premieres This Month

Cynthia Dermody
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Toddlers & Tiaras

Scene from "Toddlers and Tiaras"

The new docu-series "Toddlers and Tiaras" premieres January 27, 10 p.m. on TLC, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the season opener today.

Each week, the reality show will follow several contestants of different ages, including kids under 5, through the pageant scene. There's only one toddler in the first episode -- spunky 2 year old Ava Perez from Santa Rosa, Texas.

"We're sure she's going to grow up to be a mega superstar," says her dad, David, who makes all Ava's outfits, which are overflowing from the racks in her room. That toddler has five times as many clothes as I do, LOL!


Toddlers & Tiaras

Scene from "Toddlers and Tiaras"

The two other girls profiled are older -- 6 year old Rebecca, a Hannah Montana fan who wants to be a rock star, and 9 year old Meaghan, an aspiring gymnast. There's a scene showing Meaghan working with her coach at gymnastics class with her mother yelling at her to "follow through with that flip" underneath a sign that says "Parents, please do not coach your children."

The girls were all competing for a $5,000 prize in the Universal Royalty competition -- a glitz pageant that means the more diamonds, sparkles, wigs, hairpieces, and fake eyelashes the better.

Little Ava looked gorgeous, though she was more concerned with playing with her blankie than letting Daddy curl her hair for the big competition. When she bounded on stage in her glamorous silver gown with Mama, she twirled around, fell, got back up and waved to the audience.


Toddlers & Tiaras

Scene from "Toddlers and Tiaras"

This particular pageant had a category for moms -- so all three mommies worked the stage in bathing suits along with their daughters. Now that takes guts. One of the older girls even made a bet with her mom -- if she wins, she gets to go to the snake farm. If mom wins, daughter has to make her bed for a week.

Anyway, I found the show fascinating; It gave me a glimpse at a world I know very little about.

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