The annual Miss America Competition is an evening filled with glitz and glam when 52 women representing their home states and territories compete to bring home the crown. All the contestants boast smarts and talents, which will result in an intense competition for the coveted Miss America title.
The 97th Miss America Competition will return to Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m./ET) on the ABC Television Network. Packed with glitz and glam, the spectacular evening will showcase the serious smarts and tremendous talent of 52 women representing their home states and territories as they compete to bring home the crown. At the conclusion of the intense competition, one woman will win the coveted Miss America title.
“As we barrel towards our 100th Anniversary, I am so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with dick clark productions, ABC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in Atlantic City as we join forces to create great television and continue celebrating the empowerment of America’s most outstanding young women,” said Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization.
“The 2018 Miss America Competition” follows three days of Preliminary Competitions and two weeks of various Miss America events held on and around the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk. The 52 contestants will also participate in the celebrated, fan-favorite “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade, which will travel along a two-mile route on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Saturday, September 9.
Miss Arkansas, Savvy Janine Shields, was crowned Miss America 2017 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 96th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Returning for his 8th time as host, Chris Harrison was joined by co-host Sage Steele and celebrity judges Ciara, Mark Cuban, Gabby Douglas, Sara Foster, Laura Marano, Cole Swindell and Miss America 1985 Sharlene Wells Hawkes. The evening included a 9/11 tribute in honor of the 15th anniversary.
The Miss America Organization empowers young women to achieve their personal and professional goals by awarding scholarships for college and graduate school while instilling a spirit of community service through its national network of state and local competitions.
dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization collaborates on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of the show. The companies also work together to develop and leverage the historic brand in new business ventures and programming. Tony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions continue to produce the annual Miss America Competition.
Famous Miss Americas include: Lee Meriwether, Mary Ann Mobley, Phyllis George, Vanessa Williams, and Gretchen Carlson. The 52 contestants who competed for the title of Miss America 2016 represented all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.