How else to respond to this but cringe, over and over again?
Posted by Bill Stilwell at February 03, 2004 10:42 AM
Fox Broadcasting Co. has picked up nine episodes of a makeover show with a twist: the 18 female contestants in "The Swan" will get plastic surgery as part of their transformations, but the finalists won't be able to see their new and improved faces until after they've participated in the finale, a two-hour beauty pageant.
Mike Darnell, Fox's executive vp alternative series and specials, stressed that in addition to going under the knife, the contestants will be put through rigorous emotional and physical reconditioning sessions as part of a three-month effort to transform "ugly ducklings" into "swans."
He said the drama of the show would be heightened by the women going through the "reveals" of showing off their new looks to the cameras and to their families before they can see it for themselves. The contestants will be winnowed to a final 10 by a panel of judges who will survey two women in each episode and decide which one of them has achieved "swan" status and will move on to the "Ultimate Swan Pageant," Darnell said.