I can't help but get sucked into the train wreck that is TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras. Simple concept: each show follows 2-3 toddlers as they prepare for a pageant. Thank goodness for The Learning Channel because I knew nothing about this topic previously!
Child1 is 3 1/2 and has been taking dance at preschool for the last two years. She's had three recitals and I was completely surprised when she actually danced in the most recent instead of standing on the stage pouting like she did the first two times. So the fact that these toddlers go on stage at a pageant WILLINGLY is just amazing to me.
In addition to actually getting on the stage, then moving in a routine, the toddlers (who participate in a pageant genre known as "glitz") also get fake teeth (known as flippers), spray tans, nails done, make up and false eyelashes, and hairpieces put in. And Child1 won't let me put her hair into a ponytail or use barrettes even if her hair is in her face!
The parents are of course the most interesting part of this, because who would do this to their child? After much watching, I've determined the answer is: former beauty queens, rich people with too much time on their hands, and poor parents who would overextend themselves thinking this will bring their children fame and fortune.
In case you can't find Toddlers and Tiara on TV (which would be amazing because I swear they run the show at least 6 times a day), WE ("Television For Women") also has a version called Little Miss Perfect, which follows toddlers as they compete in the pageant by that name. My favorite part is when the pageant host sings the song "Little Miss Perfect" which was specially written for the pageant. You can't help but cringe!