Chris Harrison on Which Bachelorette Would Go Farthest on Miss America — Exclusive
If anyone knows a thing or two about pageants it’s Chris Harrison, who is hosting the 2016 Miss America show for the seventh time this weekend. Chris is also a connoisseur of all things Bachelorette, so does he see any of his former leading ladies being able to snag the crown?
That’s what Wetpaint found out when we spoke to the “host with the most” this week in anticipation of the September 13 live broadcast of the show. After narrowing it down to our two recent leading ladies, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Andi Dorfman, he still struggled with the decision.
“That’s a tough call,” Chris admits, though he quickly adds, “I know Andi would do well on the question, the grace and elegance. Kaitlyn is such a big personality, I know she would do well in the interview, too.”
Sooooo, who has the better talent? “I’m going to have to give the edge to Kaitlyn because she has the talent to perform,” Chris finally decides… but there is a disclaimer. “Who knows what Kaitlyn would say in the interview process — that might sink her!”
You never know in 2015 — this is the new Miss America! When Chris first hosted back in 2004, things were a lot different. For example, Clay Aiken was the performer (he’d just won American Idol!), and the man who is now the face of Bachelor Nation was only a year into hosting the ABC franchise. “Miss America was kind of a big break for me,” he says.
“It’s the most challenging because it’s live, it’s two hours, you have to get a certain thing done in a certain amount of time. There’s just a lot of moving parts. It’s a wild ride,” Harrison reasons.
He’s also excited to meet the star-studded judging panel — especially American Sniper Chris Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle and former Miss America Vanessa Williams, who famously gave up her title in 1985 over a nude photo scandal.
“It’s the right thing to do having her back — it speaks volumes for her and the organization,” he maintains. “I think it’s time to forgive and forget and move on.”
There is, however, one celebrity contribution he just hasn’t quite figured out yet: Nick Jonas, who is acting as “music curator.”
“I’ve really spent the last two days trying to figure out what a music curator is and does,” the 44-year-old confesses. “I know what a wine curator does.. so are you picking the right vintage? What goes good with a Miss California? Is it like an ‘03 Whitney Houston? I hope Miss Texas walks out, he swishes her around and says, ‘Hmm, I sense Beyoncé,’ and Beyoncé comes on.”
Ha! Now that would be one heck of a show, Chris.
Miss America 2016 airs live Sunday, September 13 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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