Monday, August 15, 2011


Members of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization have been eagerly awaiting coverage of the 2011 pageant on the Style Network. Last night it aired on the popular reality show, "JERSEYLICIOUS".

Since true reality is not that interesting, the producers of the show created a story line, a rivalry between 2 beauty consultants, Tracy and Olivia. Tracy's grandmother, Catherine Schroeder, had entered the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2011, and Tracy was determined to help her out to be the best that she could be. She presented the idea of doing hair and makeup for all 13 contestants to Gayle, the owner of the Gatsby beauty salon. Her idea was accepted and a crew of hair and makeup specialists were assigned to the pageant.

Now, fast forward to June 2nd, the day of the pageant, and the scene is the contestants' dressing room at Harrah's in Atlantic City. After the crew meets the ladies, Olivia becomes partial to one contestant, Patricia Genovese, and offers her advice and options for 4 different "looks". Tracy overhears their conversation, and takes Olivia aside; accusations abound, resulting into a full blown cat fight with no holds barred. Patricia and Catherine were great in their roles: Patricia played a very agressive and competitive contestant who wanted to win no matter what the cost; and Catherine was calm, complacent, and just wanted everyone to get along.

The writers for "JERSEYLICIOUS" followed the standard formula as far as reality shows go: there were 3 other storylines that filled out the hour, with coverage of the pageant lasting about 12 minutes in all. The segment reached the expected conclusion with the crowning of the new Queen Desiree Nigrelli, with Tracy and Olivia expressing their disapointment that neither of their 2 faves had won.

The one major criticism of the show was the confusion over where the pageant actually was held. There were scenes showing the boardwalk, and the outside of Convention Hall, thus implying that the pageant was held there. Just to set the record straight, all who attended the pageant know that it was held at Harrah's. The MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT enjoys an ongoing relationship with Harrah's, and this year is the organization's 4th year with the hotel/casino, since leaving the Taj Mahal.

Cudos to the crew of makeup artists and hairstylists from "JERSEYLICIOUS" for doing a fantastic job of making each contestant look so beautiful. However, the show's writers did not do a good job of capturing the essence of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization, nor did they give the women who have entered into the "age of elegance" the respect they so richly deserve.

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