Miss New York, NIa Franklin,
reigning Miss America 2019.
WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2019
WHERE: Televised on NBC at 8PM ET live from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
BIG changes are in store this year for Miss America, with controversy swirling around a new date and new TV channel -- as Miss America says goodbye to Atlantic City (again!).
After returning from a short stint in Las Vegas, Miss America returned to its roots in Atlantic City in 2013 -- only to announce this year that it is again moving outside Altantic City to 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.
Also new this year, Miss America moves from its traditional television home on ABC to NBC, and to a new date -- a week before Christmas, instead of the usual weekend after Labor Day.
Watch for the reigning Miss America, Nia Franklin, crown her successor at the 2019 Miss America pageant live on NBC on Thursday, December 19, 2019 beginning at 8PM ET.
Meanwhile, keep it here for more details including the leading contestants, co-hosts, celebrity judges, and the announcement of a brand new Miss America at the 93rd annual beauty pageant.
Miss America 2018-2019 rewind
The 2018 pageant was a landmark, famous for what it didn't include -- the traditional swimsuit competition -- while spicing it up with plenty of controversy.
With a nod to the cultural revolution since the #METOO movement, Miss America 2.0 included what pageant organizers called a refreshing focus on "talents, intelligence and ideas."
This wasn't your mother's Miss America pageant.
The night's big winner was Nia Franklin, Miss New York, who walked away with the crown at the first major pageant ever to NOT include a swimsuit competition.
Fourth runner up was Miss Massachusetts; Third runner up was Miss Florida; Second runner up was Miss Louisiana and First runner up was Miss Connecticut
Judging the competition was professional boxer Laila Ali, TV journalist Soledad O'Brien, singer Carnie Wilson, radio host Bobby Bones, Grammy-winning musician Randy Jackson; country singer Jessie James Decker, and entrepreneur Alli Webb.
The year's co-hosts were “Dancing with the Stars” host Carrie Ann Inaba and television personality Ross Mathews.
Just up ahead, check out more information about the Miss America pageant including milestone moments, fun facts, and related resources around the Web:
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. More recently, organizers announced at the end of 2018 yet another move to a location as yet undecided.
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.
DID YOU KNOW? Miss America fun facts
1937 : Miss America skips town.
• California, New York, Oklahoma and Ohio boast the most Miss America wins with six each. States that have never produced a Miss America are Alaska, West Virginia, Montana, Maine, and South Dakota.
• Although pageant officials will never confirmed it, the diamond-encrusted Miss America crown will allegedly set you back about $200,000. During official appearances, Miss America wears a replica while the real crown is kept under lock and key until pageant night.
• 1937 is known as The Year Without a Miss America. Although Miss New Jersey Bette Cooper was crowned that year, she ran off with her boyfriend the next morning and later returned to school instead of fulfilling her duties as Miss America. No other contestant was given the title in her place.
• Before the 1945 pageant got underway, officials pressured Bess Myerson -- the first and only Jewish Miss America -- to change her name. But the New York City native refused, saying: "If I should win, I want everybody to know that I'm the daughter of Louie and Bella Myerson." And Myerson it remained.
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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...