DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star James Denton has signed up to host the 2006 Miss America beauty pageant.

Denton, who plays TERI HATCHER'S love interest Mike Delfino in the hit US show, will present the 85-year-old contest at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on 21 January.

Miss America Chief Executive ART McMASTER says, "We're thrilled to have James on board ... As a star on TV's hottest show, he brings excitement and class to the pageant."