Six VIPs have been tapped to pick a champ when the 97th yearly rivalry returns on Sept. 10, with a seventh judge to be declared nearer to the show. Balancing the present board are performing artist and creator Molly Sims, who once facilitated MTV’s House of Style, TV host and late mind tumor survivor Maria Menounos (who was delegated Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1996!) and 2014’s Miss America victor Nina Davuluri, who was the principal champ of Indian legacy and is currently a promoter for human rights.
Individuals manager in-boss Jess Cagle had just been declared as one of the current year’s judges, joining vocalist (and previous American Idol champ) Jordin Sparks, alongside nation star Thomas Rhett.
What’s more, the victor won’t simply be picked for looks alone — the Miss America rivalry is unique in relation to others in that there is an ability divide, and the champ gets a full school grant. Judges will assess exhibitions in way of life and wellness, evening wear, ability, meet and in front of an audience questions.
“I am honored to participate as a judge for the Miss America Competition this year,” Sparks, 27, said in a statement. “I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I’m lucky it’s given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No doubt they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent.”
Added Sims, “I’m so excited to be a judge at this year’s competition and am happy to participate alongside an organization that is an advocate for women’s education. I’m looking forward to seeing all the young women who have come this far and hearing more about them and their interests!”
Miss America will be hosted by Chris Harrison, and co-hosted by ESPN’s Sage Steele.
The 2018 Miss America competition will air live from Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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