InterFACE Promotions Director Makes Her "Judging" Debut on TLC's 'Toddlers & Tiaras'
Online PR News – 20-August-2012 – New York, NY – When one thinks of little girls they typically think of dolls, jump rope, and nail polish. However for the young girls who were competing in the beauty and talent competition called the “Hollywood Stars Pageant” they were more interested in other things, like dance routines, wigs, costumes, and bringing home the big trophy. TLC’s popular and sometimes controversial series “Toddlers and Tiaras” was there to capture all of the tears and triumphs, as well as InterFACE’s own Head of New England Promotions who was featured as a competition judge.
The Hollywood Stars Pageant takes place in the greater New Jersey and New York areas and is headed by Jonel Orellana, a former child actor and current musical theater coach, and directed by Maria De Santis, owner of talent agency Xist Model and Talent. The pageant aims to find some of the most talented and focused young women in the tri-state area. Competitors can be girls from age 3-15 and will compete in areas of talent, modeling, and performing. TLC's hit series "Toddlers and Tiaras" details the experiences of pageant contestants and their hopeful mothers who are preparing the girls for a series of competitions. Many of the moms are willing to do just about anything to ensure their child claims the prize, hence the mixed emotions surrounding the show.
The Promotions Director was chosen as a judge as a result of her extensive expertise in promoting thousands of InterFACE clients, and as a talent manager for over 35 years. During her career she was personally responsible for helping to launch the careers of major stars like The Cosby Show's Raven Symone, and Sarah Hyland, Modern Family's breakout star. She was joined at the judges table by two other industry veterans, David Waldron from casting company Central Casting, and former pageant competitor and instructor Evelyn McCleod. Together the trio tried to pick the girls who exhibited the most talent and stage presence. “When judging something like this you basically are looking to see if they look you in the eye, or is their smile genuine," she explains. "Do they have stage presence? Are they enjoying themselves?” Well enjoy themselves they did. She and the judges saw several adorable performances, including a 50's sock-hop themed routine, a Madonna inspired dance, and even a take on a burlesque performance. However, it was the "mini-Beyonce" contestant who stunned the judges with her pint-sized, spot-on rendition of Beyonce's popular hit "Single Ladies" that wowed the judges and caused them to crown her the grand prize winner. The winning contestant also scored a contract to be represented by kids talent agency Xist Model and Talent for modeling and acting.
“I really enjoyed myself. The rest of the people on the panel with me were delightful and fun," she states. "When you're with fun people it's always at least a good time.”
Check out 'Toddler and Tiara's Season 6, Episode 4 "Hollywood Stars Pageant"' on Amazon.com.
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