It’s finally here! The 2017 Miss America pageant is back, and it’s expected to be better than ever. To watch the epic competition, which airs live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, see the live stream video here!
And it’s bound to be a great show. The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison and NBA Countdown‘s Sage Steele will come together to host the pageant, while Olympic star Gabby Douglas and Shark Tank‘s Mark Cuban will make appearances as celebrity judges. Betty Cantrell, who is the current Miss America (until later tonight), will crown her successor at the end of the show.
“It is more of a sporting competition,” Chris told ABC News before the show, noting that he and Sage will “treat the women as these competitors that have fought and really earned the right to be on that stage.”
“All of these women are using this to better their lives, better their careers … finish school,” he added. “It’s hard not to get behind an organization that just tries to empower women — considering I have a [daughter] in my house, you know, that I’m trying to raise and do the right thing with as well.”
To meet all the beauty queens who will be competing, click here. All 52 contestants from across the country participated in the preliminary competition before tonight, and now, they’re about to go head-to-head for that final prize! Let’s just hope the hosts don’t pull a Steve Harvey and say the wrong name.
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