Joshua Bell to Judge Miss America Pageant

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 05:55 PM

Violinist Joshua Bell conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Violinist Joshua Bell conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. (Chris Chrisodoulou/Sony Classical)

Along with their enthusiasm for travel and quest for world peace, Miss America contestants may wish to talk Kreisler and Sarasate this year.

The Miss America Organization said on Tuesday that violinist Joshua Bell will be a judge for the pageant when it returns to Atlantic City on Sept. 15.

Bell will be one of seven judges who vote to crown Miss America 2014. Joining him on the panel will be former 'N Sync singer Lance Bass; Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire; comedian and actor Mario Cantone; Barbara Corcoran, the real estate mogul turned investor on ABC's show "Shark Tank;" Carla Hall, co-host of ABC's food show "The Chew;" and Deidre Downs Gunn, an obstetrician and gynecologist.

Bell has previously performed on "Dancing with the Stars" (also on ABC; see below) though his spokesman confirmed that he won't be bringing his fiddle to the pageant.

Perhaps more unusual is the roster of judges who decide on the preliminary rounds, which includes former Boston Globe classical music critic Richard Dyer. The pageant will be telecast live on ABC, Sept. 15 at 9 pm.


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Comments [10]

concetta nardone from Nassau

Les, you left out Honey Boo Boo's mom. Does anyone really watch this.
Best wishes

Aug. 16 2013 10:20 AM

"...for whom the Bell toils?"
T-hee, t-hee.

Aug. 16 2013 02:06 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

Should Mr. Bell find himself in the tenuous position of casting the decisive vote in the final round, would this not be the case of for whom the Bell toils?

Aug. 15 2013 10:07 PM
Lara from NYC

Really? You would never have seen Heifetz doing something like that.

Aug. 15 2013 02:37 PM
LES from WDC

The selection of Joshus Bell is curious. Is he intended to deliver the classical music demographic, and has that demographic, large though it may be, simply ignored the show in the past, or is it the only demographic (gray hair) that still tunes in? Hard to know.

I don't see that Howard Stern or Dog the Bounty Hunter is on the panel.

Of course, Joshua Bell may have signed on simply for the fun of it. Or is going for the cross-over market.

In any event, he'll be arefreshing addition

Aug. 15 2013 02:35 PM
Frank from UWS

Yeah, these pageants are rather passe. It's hard to understand why someone of Bell's stature would want to be involved with this. To each his own I guess.

Aug. 15 2013 07:21 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

Hopefully this move does not signal that point in Mr. Bell's career when he "jumps the shark!"

Aug. 14 2013 06:25 PM
Daniel Polowetzky from NYC

This is really beneath Joshua Bell! How will he keep a straight face during the "talent" competition?

"I will now play Fur Elise on the accordion".

Aug. 14 2013 06:01 PM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Does anyone really care about the Miss America Pageant anymore? Whatever relevance it may once have had was gone a long time ago. Joshua Bell shouldn't waste his time on it.

Aug. 14 2013 01:12 PM
Rachel Hershberg

Oh, most pukey. How disappointing.

Aug. 14 2013 12:46 PM

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