DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Wednesday -

IHAD fairly low ex­pec­ta­tions of Lit­tle Miss Per­fect, and they were largely met. It’s not the cir­cus that Tod­dlers and Tiaras is, a show for some rea­son I didn’t even en­joy as a spec­ta­cle. And I re­ally thought I would.

Maybe it’s be­cause I’m not in­ter­ested in hear­ing from chil­dren on tele­vi­sion. I just don’t find them en­ter­tain­ing.

You’ll see tonight in the in­ter­view por­tion of the Lit­tle Miss Per­fect pageant just how dull they can be.

These girls are aged be­tween five and nine, so no great sur­prise there. The other cat­e­gories they’re judged on are Wow Wear, which en­tails them dress­ing up in some sort of cos­tume, and Evening Gown. Yes, evening gown. Guess it would be pervy if they had a swim­suit sec­tion.

The pageant di­rec­tor

is Michael Galanes, who is a bit fab­u­lous. ‘‘ The mums think I’m a god, pretty much, and bow to me reg­u­larly. Un­til they lose, then I’m the devil.’’

We fol­low two lit­tle girls each week and tonight it’s Ash­ley Ramkissoon, 8, and Brandi Jean Pip­kin, 9, both from Florida.

Brandi Jean seems nice, keeps it all in per­spec­tive. So does her mother, more or less, given how some of them are.

Com­pare and con­trast Ash­ley’s mother, who shows us how much her daugh­ter loves ‘‘ pageantry’’ by get­ting her to demon­strate the dif­fer­ence be­tween a fake smile and a real smile. See if you can tell them apart.

‘‘ I think that pageant mums have got­ten a bad rep be­cause they want to know why are we dress­ing our chil­dren up, why are we do­ing this,’’ Tina Ramkissoon says, ‘‘ but for a pageant mum it’s no dif­fer­ent than any other sport . . . It’s no dif­fer­ent than putting makeup on your daugh­ter for cheer­lead­ing competition and let­ting her wear a lit­tle short skirt. There is no dif­fer­ence. I guess you would think we were do­ing some­thing wrong if you have an ugly child.’’ Lit­tle Miss Per­fect Life­Style You, 8.30pm

Host: Michael Galanes

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