***New Premiere Date: Tuesday, January 12 at 10pm ET/PT. New Episodes continue to air Tuesday Nights***
WE tv'S LITTLE MISS PERFECT RETURNS TO THE STAGE, EXPLORING MORE OF THE ON-AND-OFFSTAGE LIVES OF JUNIOR BEAUTY QUEENS BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 AT 10pm ET/PT
Pageant Guru Michael Galanes
- Whose Pageants Provided Inspiration for the Film Little Miss Sunshine -
Offers His Expertise at What it Takes to Bring Home the Crown
Exclusively on LITTLE MISS PERFECT
"It's this innate gift that I have; the animals had Doctor Seuss and the pageant community has me."
It's More Than Just a Pageant. New Season Explores Real-Life Stories of Family Dynamics,
Economic Realities and the Thrill of Competition.
NEW YORK, NY - November 18, 2009 - It's time to grab your sashes and crowns - WE tv's original one-hour docu-series LITTLE MISS PERFECT returns for its second season, exploring the ins and outs of the junior beauty pageant world and revealing behind the scenes footage of the families, contestants and professional experts who participate. The new 12-episode season showcases 24 girls, each from very different backgrounds, but all with their eye on the same coveted prize - the title of Little Miss Perfect. So, get out your "Wow Wear" outfit, tease your hair and settle in for the new season of LITTLE MISS PERFECT, kicking-off Tuesday January 12 at 10pm ET/PT.
Each episode of LITTLE MISS PERFECT explores what motivates young beauty pageant contestants and their families to participate. Glitz pageants like Little Miss Perfect entail exhausting rehearsals, originality, stamina and money, and the pressure can become very strenuous on both the girls and families alike. For some it may be just a hobby, as one mother works hard to make sure her daughter understands pageants do not take the place of excelling in school - "To me that comes first, then the pageants," she states. For others, it's a way to strengthen their mother-daughter bond. One young competitor says, "Doing pageants makes me and my mom's relationship stronger." Some moms feel pageants offer a platform for their daughters to gain confidence and discipline and yet for others, it's merely a way to make some extra money. But for all of them, it's more than just a pageant.
In the world of junior beauty pageants, there's one reigning king amidst many beauty queens, and that's National Pageant Director and Founder of Little Miss Perfect, Michael Galanes, who returns exclusively to WE tv. Galanes, aka the "Sultan of Sequins," is revered among parents and coaches as the master at knowing how to place girls in the top five. His input is sought regularly and he mentors multiple competitors as they prepare for the competition. Galanes is absolutely passionate about his work, living and breathing every aspect of pageantry. "Upon meeting a kid I can figure out exactly what needs to be done. It's this innate gift that I have; the animals had Doctor Seuss and the pageant community has me, Michael Galanes," he states. His pageants also served as the inspiration for the film Little Miss Sunshine. In addition to Galanes, the series highlights the many coaches, choreographers, make-up artists, seamstresses and extra hands involved.
WE tv's cameras capture the good, the beautiful and the meltdown moments that occur as pageant day nears. While some relationships between mothers and daughters (or sometimes, grandmothers, mothers and daughters) flourish with excitement as the pressure mounts, others become increasingly strained. The sizable costs cause tension too. In one LITTLE MISS PERFECT episode, a pageant mom explains the challenges of dressing her daughter, Angelina, "We're gonna go through her closet, and hopefully be able to find something and dress it up. I'm hoping the judges in the pageant will take into consideration what the economy is like now - that not everybody can spend a thousand dollars for a �wow' outfit."
LITTLE MISS PERFECT quickly became one of WE tv's most popular shows after it launched last February. Exploring the real-life stories and workings of the junior pageant world, LITTLE MISS PERFECT reveals a world known to few, but coveted by competitors, and what really motivates each family to take part.
BEING MICHAEL WEB SERIES AT WETV.COM
Visit www.WEtv.com/littlemissperfect for exclusive LITTLE MISS PERFECT extras. Pageant director Michael Galanes will provide behind-the-scenes info and tips on the pageant industry, in addition to "Being Michael," a WEtv.com video series featuring exclusive interviews with the pageant guru. Visitors can also find Michael's blog, as well blogs from the pageant moms and daughters, cast bios, photos, quizzes and a community forum for discussion.
LITTLE MISS PERFECT is produced by North South Productions. For WE tv, Senior Vice President of Original Productions and Development is John Miller and Executive Producer is Danielle Ostroske.
About WE tv
WE tv (http://www.wetv.com), a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, is the premier source for women looking to satisfy their curiosity with fascinating, original stories and entertaining, fresh content that is relevant to key stages of their lives. Available in more than 74 million homes, WE tv's programming offers viewers compelling perspectives on women's lives ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, presented in a non-judgmental voice. The network's originals such as the provocative signature series Bridezillas; and critically acclaimed, viewer favorites The Locator - the network's most watched series ever, Secret Lives of Women, Amazing Wedding Cakes and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, allow viewers to observe and become emotionally involved in the real-life stories of everyday women. WE tv is available in HD and WE tv On Demand is available in more than 30 million homes.
SEASON 2 EPISODES
EPISODE 1: MADISON vs. ANGELINA (Nashville, TN)
Premieres TUESDAY, January 12 at 10:00 - 11:00pm ET/PT
At eight-years-old, Madison has it all - a supportive family, a dedicated coach and some groovy outfits. Nicole, Madison's mom, thinks the add-ons - acrylic nails, hairpieces and a spray tan - will help her daughter win. Meanwhile, Madison's best friend - ten-year-old Angelina - is also competing in the Little Miss Perfect pageant, but taking a much different approach. Without a lot of money to spend, Angelina's mom, Dani, is shunning glitzy extras in hopes that Angelina's sparkling ways will win over judges. With a rented dress on hand, Dani is showcasing Angelina's natural looks. As pageant day looms, Madison relies on the help of a coach to perfect her routine, while Angelina, a relative novice, struggles to choreograph a roller-skating routine practically solo. Will the fresh-faced newbie pull off the big win? Or will pageant-savvy Madison capture the title of Little Miss Perfect: Nashville?
EPISODE 2: SHELBIE vs. DESTINEE (Dallas, TX)
Premieres TUESDAY, January 19 at 10:00 - 11:00pm ET/PT
Although nine-year-old Shelbie has been competing since she was a baby, she was never a big winner. Now, after a long break from pageants, she is ready to give it a go again. Her mom, Stacie, thinks the Little Miss Perfect pageant is the platform for Shelbie to shine, and is determined to do whatever it takes to make Shelbie the "total package" needed to win. That means making sure she has the most polished routine, competitive clothes and, thanks to an orthodontist, sparkling smile. At the age of eight, Destinee, however, is a seasoned pageant contestant who poses a serious challenge to Shelbie - until, that is, Destinee, along with her parents and dance teacher, realize her routine may be too hard to pull off. Things get even tougher for Destinee when she wakes up with a stomach bug on pageant day. Can Destinee pull it together, or will Shelbie make her mark as the next Little Miss Perfect: Dallas?
EPISODE 3: BRIANNA vs. LEXI (Dallas, TX)
Premieres TUESDAY, January 26 at 10:00 - 11:00pm ET/PT
Five-year-old Brianna and her mom, Griselda, are new to pageants, but Griselda is sure Brianna has what it takes to win. In fact, the family is so convinced that Brianna's dad, Marco, works two jobs to help pay pageant costs. On the other hand, five-year-old Lexi is born to a veteran pageant family, with her mother and grandmother boasting more than 25 years of pageant experience. Grandma Jackie choreographs Lexi's routines - and keeps the sugar flowing to boost Lexi's energy. Still, Lexi struggles through rehearsals. Meanwhile, mom Griselda hires a coach for Brianna and becomes increasingly strict with her daughter. Will Brianna and her family be ready for the biggest pageant - and one of the biggest expenses - of their lives? Or will Lexi's family history help secure the Little Miss Perfect crown?
EPISODE 4: TRINITY VS. TAYLOR (Atlanta, GA)
Premieres TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 at 10:00 - 11:00pm ET/PT
Kelly and her seven-year-old daughter, Trinity, have been doing pageants for years and, according to Kelly, Trinity has won just about every pageant she's competed in. Eight-year-old Taylor is also a seasoned competitor, albeit on the natural pageant circuit. But when Taylor's mother, Marie, agrees to let her daughter compete in Little Miss Perfect - her first glitz pageant - the family has no clue as to what they are getting themselves into. But it's Trinity and her mom who start buckling under pressure as pageant day approaches. Kelly starts to unravel, while Trinity appears overwhelmed by the glitz, glamour, and subsequent stress from her mother. Meantime, when Taylor also grows anxious, her mother brings in a professional coach to help prep her daughter with less than a week to go. It's hard to tell whether winning is more important to Trinity or her mother -- or whether Taylor will pull off her first glitz pageant victory and win Little Miss Perfect: Atlanta.
EPISODE 5: ASIA & KAYLEE (Nashville, TN)
Premieres TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 at 10:00 - 11:00pm ET/PT
Asia, age five, is an accomplished beauty queen on a mission to impress the toughest judge of all: her mom. With her military mom coming home for the first time in months, Asia is preparing for the upcoming Little Miss Perfect pageant with the help of her grandmother Debbie and a major "Wow Wear" production featuring a motorized military tank! Asia's stiffest competition is Kaylee, a four-year-old stunner with a personality to boot. Eager to win, Kaylee's mom, Amy, calls on the professional advice of pageant director Michael Galanes and, with only two days to go until pageant day, changes both Kaylee's routine and pageant clothes. Despite a bad case of nerves, Kaylee approaches pageant day with charm that could rival Asia's flash. Only one girl, though, will ultimately wear the Little Miss Perfect: Nashville crown.
**EPISODES 6-12 WILL CONTINUE TO AIR TUESDAYS AT 10PM ET I PT
THROUGH APRIL 6TH; DESCRIPTIONS TBA**