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Maria Menounos, former Miss America Nina Davuluri added to celebrity judges panel for final night of 2018 Miss America Competition

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Wed, Aug 23rd 2017 06:50 pm
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The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC on Wednesday announced TV and SiriusXM host, CEO of Afterbuzz TV and bestselling author Maria Menounos, and former Miss America Nina Davuluri, will join ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett, author, actress and model Molly Sims, multiplatinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and People Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle as the esteemed panel of celebrity judges for the final night of The 2018 Miss America Competition.
The live broadcast will air from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 10 (9 p.m. EDT/PDT), on the ABC Television Network.
"I understand all too well the emotions of stepping on to the Miss America stage," Davuluri said. "I'm honored to be able to help shape the legacy of the Miss America Organization over the next year!"
The judges' panel will evaluate the contestants' performances in lifestyle and fitness, eveningwear, talent, interview and on-stage questions during the competition. The evening will showcase the intellect, grace and talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia), as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America.
The seventh judge's name for the final night of The Miss America Competition will be revealed closer to the competition.
As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC's "The Bachelor" franchise and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") returns to host the competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN's "SportsCenter on the Road" and "SportsCenter: AM") joining as co-host.
Voting is still open to the public for the "America's Choice" contestant. The public can vote at missamerica.org/vote and facebook.com/missamerica. People are permitted one vote per day, per user. Voting will close at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 5. The chosen contestant will be announced during the live broadcast, with the top 15. The Miss America preliminary judges panel will select the remaining contestants in the top 15. It is possible for "America's Choice" to also be among the judges' selection.
For the latest news, follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

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