In a way, it is one of those ideas that is at once brilliant and one of those "well DUH" moments. The Miss America pageant does not generate the kind of interest and excitement it once did. Changes in culture, especially television culture, have meant some significant changes in the way we view - if we view them at all - these proto-reality shows. While "pageant" has evolved into a definite genre unto itself, with the contestants carefully boned and trained and laquered and sequined (in a lifelong lifestyle process that for some, begins almost in infancy) into super-stylized glittering indistinguishable creatures somewhere in between Las Vegas showgirls and Disney princesses in appearance, and Stepfordized politicians' wives in manner and bearing, the nature of our interest in televised pageants has changed so much that making changes to the shows is a no-brainer. Miss America Reality Check claims to turn the pageant on its ear, bring it up-to-date, actually take it out of that very defined pageant genre and make it into something new and different - a reality show! Hee-hee. Little joke there. But the girls receive some mixed messages and some of the "advice" they receive is blatantly contradictory. While some are counseled to show more personality and humor, others are reprimanded for showing too much personality and reminded that not everyone is going to appreciate their humor. One is upbraided for being quirky. The two girls who do actually have their own "real" look and exhibit individual "real" personalities have been called out for it twice in two episodes. While the first two episodes, including makeover day, have included a lot of talk, and some walking of the walk, in the area of transitioning the girls' physical appearance away from the stylized pageant conventions toward a more "modern glamor" direction, the one girl who turned down the makeover, but toned down her eyeshadow, was first scolded and later praised for it. I don't envy this gaggle of poor hamsters. The producers and "experts" can't seem to decide how or how much or even if, they want to "change" Miss America at all. We should probably prepare for the "New Miss America" to look - and sound, and be - a lot less different than the Old Miss America than advertised in the promos for the show. Miss America Reality Check's mission, it turns out, is not out to turn the pageant on its ear at all, but maybe drape the ear with a softer, layered hairdo as opposed to the architectural and immobile structures of pageants proper.