TLC has announced Miss America: Reality Check, a four-part reality special that will follow 52 beauty queens as they prepare to compete in the 2008 Miss America Pageant, will premiere on Friday, January 4 at 10PM ET/PT.

Miss America: Reality Check will air on four consecutive Friday nights in the 10PM ET/PT time period leading up to TLC's live two-hour broadcast of the 2008 Miss America Pageant from Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Saturday, January 26 at 8PM ET.

For the first time in the Miss America Pageant's 86-year history, the 52 hopefuls will live together under one roof, and Miss America: Reality Check will follow them as they participate in numerous events and challenges geared towards preparing them for the main event.

"The Miss America of today is more than a pretty face," said Brant Pinvidic, senior vice president of programming for TLC. "These are remarkable women who have made great contributions to their communities. We want to give America the chance to get to know these women and follow their journey as they strive to obtain the Miss America title."

Throughout their journey, the girls' progress will be critiqued by celebrity stylist Jeanie Mae; Us Weekly editor Dina Sansing; and celebrity photographer Mark Middell. 

In addition, advice will also be offered by special guests including current Miss America Lauren Nelson; TLC What Not to Wear stars Stacy London and Clinton Kelly; makeup artist Napoleon Perdis; hairstylist Kim Vo; choreographer Fred Tallaksen; and fashion expert Randolph Duke.

Miss America: Reality Check will be hosted by Ugly Betty actor Michael Urie and is produced by PB&J Television for TLC.