The 2009 Miss America Pageant airs live from Las Vegas tonight at 8 PM on TLC. "I'm thrilled to return as host of Miss America Pageant on TLC," said Mario Lopez
"We're pleased to have Mario as this year's host; he has shown that he's a fantastic choice to emcee the show," said Art McMaster, President/CEO of the Miss America Organization. "As a star in all trades, Mario brings excitement and class to the pageant, not to mention the added thrill our contestants will have sharing the stage with him."
From actor to host, producer to writer; Lopez has already made his mark on Hollywood and he has no plans to stop. Most recently, Extra named him the single host of the daily nationally syndicated show. Concurrently, Lopez will continue his hosting duties on MTV's highest rated program, America's Best Dance Crew
. Lopez is no stranger to rigorous dance routines; in the third season of ABC's hit Dancing With The Stars
, he danced his way to the final round and earned the runner-up title.
"Mario is an excellent choice to host, bringing a charm and energy level that will only elevate the excitement of TLC's live broadcast. We look forward to having him in Vegas this year," said Brent Zacky, Vice President of Development at TLC. "In addition to Mario and the return of Clinton Kelly as special correspondent, this year's pageant promises to be the biggest ever, with America voting four contestants from COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWN directly into the pageant finals."