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'Toddlers & Tiaras' says goodbye to Eden Wood, 'Glitz Eagle'

Thank heaven for little girls, for little girls get bigger every day... Though, sadly, that often precludes them from participating in beauty pageants. And while 6-year-old Eden Wood, the undisputed face of TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras," could likely ride the pageant circuit well into her 20s, she's hanging up her crown. As originally reported in July, Wood has retired from pageants after winning 300 titles. This means her final appearance on our beloved "Toddlers & Tiaras" will air Wednesday, Aug. 10, during the Season 4 finale. "I think she's following in the footsteps of some pretty big people who have done pageants, Wood's mother-manager Micki Wood told GMA last month, "like Oprah Winfrey."But Eden won't be spending her golden years relaxing on some Boca Raton jungle gym. Of course not. She's focusing on her brand, which includes promoting a slew of singles, a doll, a memoir ("From Cradle to Crown") and a line of... canopy... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/toddlers-tiaras-says-goodbye-to-eden-wood-glitz-eagle.html

'Toddlers & Tiaras': Allyson Loves Everything About Beyonce (VIDEO)

Four-year old Allyson is a huge fan of Beyoncé. But it's more than just a love of her music, confidence and style that attracts the pageant princess on 'Toddlers & Tiaras' (Wed., 10PM ET on TLC). Allyson is in love with the color of Beyoncé's skin. As her mother explains, Allyson only buys "brown" dolls, and isn't even happy with her own skin tone. "I like tanning so that I can get brown like Beyoncé," Allyson said. "I wanna be just brown." When she got her spray tan and saw the darker tone on her skin, she was so happy she started singing 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)' right there on the spot. Sure, it's a little strange, but at four years old, she knows what she likes and it's kind of adorable how devoted she is to the whole idea of brown. //www.aoltv.com/2011/08/04/allyson-loves-everything-beyonce-toddlers-and-tiaras-video/

Toddlers & Tiaras Pageant Mom: This Is My Hobby

Wendy Dickey has put 3-year-old daughter Paisley in "60-something" pageants, including Miss Sugarplum Fairy, as seen on this week's Toddlers & Tiaras (Wednesdays, 10/9c, TLC). Like many featured on the show, Dickey's parenting philosophy is unorthodox. Below, Dickey talks about bribing her child with sugar, emphasizing beauty at such a young age and referring to her child as "a little turd"... //www.tvguide.com/News/Toddlers-Tiaras-Paisley-1035766.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Toddlers & Tiaras': Still the most disturbingly hilarious thing on TV, 4 seasons later

Guilty pleasures don't hold our attention for long. So after four seasons, we admit that we're not as diligent about watching "Toddlers & Tiaras" as we used to be. (Our love for psychotic parents and sexy babies is more easily satisfied by encore viewings of the Tom Hanks spoof anyways.)But maybe that's a mistake. Thanks to some well-chosen clippage on a recent episode of "The Soup," three-year-old Olivia has revived our love of exploited, spray-tanned youngsters in under two minutes. While mother Karey praises Olivia's mature sensibility and "sass," we cut to shots of Olivia channeling that girl who crawled out of the well in "The Ring," creepily whispering "I don't like you" and calling mom a "crazy fool." The source material gives "Toddlers" a lot to work with, but the editors behind the TLC series are long overdue for an Emmy, the nonexistent Pulitzer Prize for Humor or at least an advanced Presidential pardon... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/toddlers-tiaras-still-the-most-disturbingly-hilarious-thing-on-tv-4-seasons-later.html

'Toddlers & Tiaras' Sneak Peek: Sibling Rivalry

There's nothing like a little sibling rivalry to liven up your run-of-the-mill child beauty pageant. In this clip from Wednesday's episode of 'Toddlers & Tiaras,' things heat up between sisters Kylie and Karley during the Miss Sugarplum Fairy pageant in Georgia. The girls are pageant vets, but have never competed against each other -- until now. What happens if one girl is crowned grand supreme and another walks away with nothing? Things won't be too cheerful around the family dinner table, that's for sure. Watch AOL TV's exclusive clip after the jump. The episode airs Wed., July 27 at 10PM ET. //www.aoltv.com/2011/07/26/exclusive-toddlers-and-tiaras-sneak-peek/

Eden Wood Lays Out Her Post-Pageant Career Goals on 'The View' (VIDEO)

Eden Wood recently retired from the pageant circuit and 'Toddlers & Tiaras' at age six, but she's still in show business. Wood performed Monday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), and also answered questions about what she plans to do with her post-pageant career. "I thought that we could just go and spend a little time and do my other things," said Wood. When Barbara Walters wanted to know what those other things were, Wood replied, "my career." To further clarify, Walters asked what Wood thought she would be at seven or eight. "Well, probably being a super star," she said. //www.aoltv.com/2011/07/18/eden-wood-the-view-post-pageant-career-goals-video/

'Toddlers and Tiaras' Star Eden Wood Retires From Pageants, But Not Child Stardom (VIDEO)

Imagine retiring at six years old. According to 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), 'Toddlers & Tiaras' star Eden Wood is doing just that, leaving behind the reality show and pageant scene. The piece said Wood (and, of course, her mother Mickie) is planning "her next big move." That will include a memoir, actions figures, and a canopy bed collection. The 'GMA' correspondent asked Mickie if she thought she was teaching Eden that being famous is what's important. "No," said Mickie, "because so much of her life has nothing to do with that. As long as she enjoys what we're doing and what she's doing, mama's gonna keep doing it. If, you know, if it leads to the Miley Cyrus status or the Selena Gomez or whoever, so be it. If it doesn't, that's fine, too." //www.aoltv.com/2011/07/13/toddlers-and-tiaras-star-eden-wood-retires-from-pageants-but/

Mother of Toddlers & Tiaras' Pageant Prince: "He's Very Comfortable in His Skin"

TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras (Wednesdays at 10/9c) is often criticized for exhibiting bad parenting, but this week's episode is garnering the opposite response. We were introduced to Brock Ritter, a now-8-year-old, self-described "diva," who lives in Michigan and pursues his interests in dancing, pageantry and occasionally dressing up like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz , despite teasing and what society dictates as gender-normative behavior. We spoke with Brock's mom, Tori, about letting her son be himself, pageantry criticism and what Brock's father thinks of all this... //www.tvguide.com/News/Toddlers-Tiaras-Brock-Tori-1035001.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Toddlers & Tiaras' Pageant Director to Critics: Don't Be Ugly

No show provokes a gut reaction like   Toddlers & Tiaras   (Wednesdays, 10/9c, TLC). Those who aren't entranced by the very specific, extremely odd cultural world of child beauty pageants tend to wring their hands and decry the behavior on display as despicable or abusive. Reality TV has a way of bringing out the armchair psychologists, but to tackle the issues the show brings up, we thought we'd talk to an expert on the side of the pageants: Annette Hill runs the circuit   Universal Royalty Beauty Pageants   that the show frequently profiles. She is outspoken, passionate and more than a little defensive over criticism. Still, she runs her business like an open book, having incorporated TV coverage from the start and keeping her pageants open to the public. (In the interest of providing full disclosure, she also invited me down to their nationals pageant in November. Should the invitation stand come pageant time, I will absolutely take her up on it.) Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/Toddlers-Tiaras-Annette-Hill-1034829.aspx?rss=news&partnerid=sidereel&profileid=01

TV Smackdown: 'RuPaul's Drag U' and 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

Okay, these shows don’t have a lot of overlap, right? Well, on one show tiny children are dressed in too much make-up, fake tans and ridiculous outfits to look like drag queens and win a contest, and on the other frumpy women dress themselves in too much make-up, fake tans and ridiculous outfits to look like drag queens and win a contest. Sounds pretty similar to me. Really, the number of actual drag queens on TV are starting to be outnumbered by female drag queen wannabes, if that makes any sense. Anyway, here’s a look at two non-cross dressing shows (what should we call this, anyway? Vertical dressing?) that are all about the glitz. Read More... //www.hitfix.com/blogs/starr-raving/posts/tv-smackdown-rupauls-drag-u-and-toddlers-tiaras