Miss America 2017 is quickly approaching, and we know you’ve got questions! Don’t worry — HollywoodLife.com has made sure you know what day, time and channel to watch the epic pageant on. Details inside!
Who will be the next Miss America? Only one way to find out!
Let’s get right down to the who/what/where of it all — the pageant airs live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, at 9:00/8:00 PMc on Sunday, Sept. 11 on ABC. This past week, 52 stunning young contestants from across the country have been participating in the preliminary competition, and you can meet all of the beauty queens right here.
The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison and NBA Countdown‘s Sage Steele will host, while Olympic star Gabby Douglas and Shark Tank‘s Mark Cuban will serve as celeb judges. Betty Cantrell, AKA the reigning Miss America, will crown her successor at the end of it all. You definitely don’t want to miss it!
Miss America began in 1921, and was a way for local businesses to extend the Atlantic City boardwalk tourist scene from summer into September. The competition is not just about physical appearance — contestants are also judges based on their talents and interviewing skills — and we love watching the beautiful young women shine in every arena! This year is particularly momentous, as the first openly gay contestant (Erin O’Flaherty, AKA Miss Missouri) will be participating in the competition. We can’t wait!
Be sure to check back at HollywoodLife.com on Sept. 11 for full Miss America coverage, and click through our gallery, attached, to see all of the portraits of this year’s contestants!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for the Miss America pageant? Tell us which category you most look forward to, and which contestant you’re rooting for!