Brooke Burke-Charvet Named Co-Host of the Miss America Pageant

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Brooke Burke from "Dancing with the Stars" will co-host the Miss America Pageant.

In just a month, Las Vegas will be overrun with the lovely contestants of the Miss America Pageant. Today, the Miss America Organization announced Brooke Burke-Charvet as the returning co-host for the 2012 Miss America Pageant. Brooke is the co-host of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” in March, having earned the coveted mirror ball trophy as season seven’s champion with her professional dance partner, Derek Hough.

In January, she will release two new fitness DVDs, “Transform Your Body With Brooke Burke: Strengthen & Condition” and “Tone & Tighten,” and her first book “The Naked Mom,” will be released in paperback in February.  With close to two million Twitter followers, Brooke has made a name for herself as a trusted resource in the world of motherhood and the social media network, motivating her to co-create the website, an online community for “the woman behind the mom.” As a pro blogger, Brooke offers an in-depth look into her personal life on the site, building upon her own powerful “Mommy” brand. As a successful entrepreneur, Brooke created the online store, in 2007, featuring her popular post-pregnancy belly wraps, Tauts.

This is Brooke’s second time co-hosting the Miss America Pageant.

Last week, the Miss America Organization announced the judges for the pageant. The panel of seven judges includes an accomplished dancer and musician, an international journalist, a talented reality TV producer, the matriarch of one of the recognized families in Hollywood, a successful actress, a fitness pioneer and a popular journalist. Each judge will evaluate the contestants from the preliminaries through the final night of competition, which will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas on Sat., Jan. 14.

The judges include Mark Ballas, one of the dancers on “Dancing with the Stars” for nine seasons who won two mirror ball trophies in Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson.

Raul de Molina, host for Univision, joins the judges. Mike Fleiss is executive producer of “The Bachelor” franchise, which also includes “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor Pad.” Kris Jenner from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and mother of Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian also was named a judge.

Teri Polo stars as Theresa Hayden Keen on ABC’s “Man Up!” She is best known for her role as Pam in the “Meet the Parents” movies. Chris Powell, the host and transformation specialist on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” is the judging panels fitness expert.

Lara Spencer, the lifestyle anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” rounds out the judging panel.

The three nights of preliminaries will take place on Jan. 10-12 at Planet Hollywood’s Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the preliminaries, as well as the Miss America Live Event, will be available soon. For information on all ticket sales visit Teresa Scanlan of Gering, Neb., is Miss America 2011.

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