Toddlers & Tiaras: 7 Behind The Scenes Secrets
5. Long Days
Filming commonly takes more than seven hours and pageant contestants are expected to compete in three different categories. In between performances, most contestants head back to their hotel rooms to rest, change clothes or eat. Producers usually request the number of performances to be limited to 45 so that filming is completed within the allotted time but, more often than not, there are more than 45 performances.
4. Pageant Crack
Given the long hours spent filming, it shouldn’t be too surprising that pageant moms feed their children sugary, caffeinated drinks and candy, aka pageant crack, to boost their energy levels. June Shannon, Alana Thompson aka Honey Boo Boo’s mom, popularized this. She would feed Alana a combination of Mountain Dew and Red Bull before pageants, which she called “Go Go Juice,” to get pumped up for the competitions.