Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund,
reigning MIss America 2018.
The 91st edition of the Miss America pageant aired live from Atlantic City on ABC Television on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9PM ET.
That's when viewers across the country watched as Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, officially crowned her successor, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, as the new Miss America 2018.
The event also marked the first time in history that Miss North Dakota won the top prize at the Miss America pageant.
The first runner-up was Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, followed by second runner-up Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, third runner-up Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, and fourth runner-up Miss Texas Margana Wood.
Chris Harrison returned to host the 2018 Miss America competition for the ninth time, joined by Sage Steele, ESPN host and commentator, as co-host for the second year in a row.
Judges for the 2018 pageant included singer Jordin Sparks; country star Thomas Rhett; former Olympic skater Tara Lipinski: former MTV host Molly Sims, TV/radio host Maria Menounos; 2014 Miss America Nina Davulari; and People Magazine editor Jess Cagle.
the pageant was a big part of the glitz and glamour of the famed boardwalk when it was suddenly announced that Las Vegas would be the new home of Miss America.
However, in 2013, the pageant finally regained its crown as an Atlantic City institution after a six-year fling in Sin City.
Miss America on TV
Miss America premiered on the new medium - television! - in 1954.
The following year, legendary host Bert Parks added his showmanship and singing voice to the event. He would host the Miss America Pageant for the next twenty five years, and for a generation of pageant fans his rendition of "There she is, Miss America..." became closely identified with the beautiful women who walked the runway wearing the Miss America crown.
In 2012, contract and copyright disputes over "There she is" resulted in pageant officials dropping the famous song from the show. Today, fans continue to hold out hope that it might return as the traditional big finish to the Miss America pageant ....someday. Stay tuned.
Miss America around the Web
For more information on the history of the Miss America Pageant, these
sites bring an in-depth look with pictures, videos and plenty of good information, and even advice on how you can enter...
Miss America Pageant - The official site, and the place to find out about becoming a contestant, plus everything else you always wanted to know, featuring the latest news and announcements, Miss America trivia, history, video clips from past shows, a past-winners' photo gallery, current contestants, and media contact and registration info...
Miss America seeks relevance and ratings - Archived MSNBC article discussing trials and tribulations of keeping the Miss America pageant relevant to the concerns of women in the modern world - and the TV audiences of today. Included are a photo slide show of some crowning moments and a video of contestants in the teeny bikinis provided by Speedo...