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Miss America 2019 is Nia Franklin

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(CNN)The new Miss America is Nia Franklin.

Representing New York, Franklin was crowned the 92nd Miss America at Sunday’s event in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, was named first runner-up.
“It took a lot of perseverance to get here,” Franklin said after her win. “I want to thank my beautiful family, my mom and my dad, who is a survivor of cancer.”
An opera singer, Franklin is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and earned her master’s degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts. She moved to New York after being accepted at the Kenan Fellow program at Lincoln Center Education in Manhattan.
During the competition, Franklin, who is black, described how music helped her find her identity.
“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.”
She said she plans to advocate for the arts during her tenure as Miss America.
“Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the pageant. Judges included Laila Ali, Bobby Bones, Randy Jackson, Jessie James Decker, Soledad O’Brien, Alli Webb and Carnie Wilson.
The Miss America organization, which was recently renamed Miss America 2.0, has faced considerable controversy in the past year.
In December, the Huffington Post revealed emails that showed former CEO Sam Haskell mocking competitors with misogynistic language. Haskell resigned shortly after, along with the organization’s president and board chair.
Following the report, journalist and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson was appointed chair. In May, Regina Hopper was named president and CEO. Among the changes spearheaded by the new leadership was an end to the swimsuit portion of the competition, which was met with mixed response.
Both Carlson and Hopper have faced calls to resign from state directors and former Miss Americas.
Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, aired her greviences with the organization, specifically with Carlson, in a letter that went public last month, stating she had been “silenced.”
“Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis,” Mund’s letter stated. “After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll.”
Carlson denied Mund’s allegations in a statement on Twitter, saying she was “saddened beyond words.”
With the exception of passing the crown to Franklin, Mund was noticeably absent from most of Sunday’s ceremony.

New Miss America is glad she didn’t have to wear swimsuit to win

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New Miss America is glad she didn’t have to wear swimsuit to win

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she’s glad she didn’t have to.

Nia Imani Franklin, who won the title Sunday night in Atlantic City while competing as Miss New York, said the changes in the 98-year-old are a welcome modernization.

Meeting reporters soon after winning the crown, Franklin said she’s glad there was no swimsuit competition because it enabled her to eat a little more.

“These changes, I think, will be great for our organization,” she said. “I’ve already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they don’t have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship.

“And I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that,” Franklin said. “And all these women onstage are more than just that.”

“And I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that,” Franklin said. “And all these women onstage are more than just that.”

Her victory Sunday night resurrected a string of successes the Empire State has had in the pageant in recent years. Mallory Hagan, Nina Davuluri and Kira Kazantsev won the title from 2013 to 2015 competing as Miss New York.

A classical vocalist whose pageant platform is “advocating for the arts,” Franklin sang an operatic selection from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night.

She wrote her first song at age 5. It went “Love, love, love, love, is the only thing that matters to me, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.” At the prompting of an Associated Press reporter, she sang the song at her post-victory press conference as audience members snapped their fingers.

Franklin won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition.

She said during her onstage interview that she was one of only a small number of minority students in school growing up, but used her love for music and the arts to grow and fit in.

The fourth runner up was Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras; third runner up was Miss Florida Taylor Tyson; second runner up was Miss Louisiana Holli’ Conway, and the first runner up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei.

The judges narrowed the field of 51 candidates during the pageant Sunday night from Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The decision to drop the swimsuit competition created a good deal of controversy and criticism of current Miss America leadership. Minutes before the nationally televised broadcast began, a comedian warming up the crowd mentioned that there would be no swimsuit competition this year, and was met with loud boos in the hall.

The swimsuits were replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks from contestants regarding President Trump, and NFL player protests, among other topics.

Behind the scenes, a revolt is underway among most of the Miss America state organizations who demand that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign.

The former Miss America, Cara Mund, says the two have bullied and silenced her, claims that the women deny.

Upon taking over at the helm of the Miss America Organization last winter following an email scandal in which former top leaders denigrated the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas, Carlson and Hopper set out to transform the organization, dubbing it “Miss America 2.0.”

Unhappy with how the swimsuit decision was reached, as well as with other aspects of Carlson and Hopper’s performance, 46 of the 51 state pageant organizations (the District of Columbia is included) have called on the two to resign.

Mund only appeared at the very end of the pageant before the next winner was crowned. She was not allowed to speak live; instead a 30-second taped segment of her speaking was broadcast.

Miss America 2019: Is The Pageant Still Relevant Today?

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Controversy and drama continue to swirl around the Miss America pageant.

The entire premise of a beauty pageant wherein women are lined up cattle-call-style and pitted against one another seems rather counterintuitive in the age of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. But as we have seen time and again, controversy can be a very good thing when you’re vying for ratings, or attention of any kind.

In the case of the Miss America pageant, the attention surrounding this Sunday’s show has been plentiful. It began with the June announcement on Good Morning America that the women competing will no longer be doing so based on their physical appearances. This is what the organization claims, at least.

The organization announced in June that it had scrapped its swimsuit competition and revamped its image. “We are no longer a pageant,” former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson said at the time. Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, went on to say, “We are a competition.”

The elimination of the bikinis might be considered a good thing, but is the term “competition” an improvement on the term “pageant”? Rebranded as Miss America 2.0, the pageant-slash-competition is stepping into the 21st century with what many hope is an entirely new look and feel as it attempts to modernize itself moving forward.

It will be very interesting to see how many tune in when the Miss America competition airs this Sunday on ABC, as it will be the first time in the organization’s 98-year history that the women strutting the stage won’t be doing so clad in revealing bikinis and high heels. In addition, the evening gown segment has been revamped; the contestants can wear whatever they feel confident in and whatever best fits their personal style.

The fact that the organization claims the women will no longer be judged on their physical appearances, with the focus now instead on who they are beneath the makeup, hair and sexy clothing, is an improvement. The women will be judged on their social impact initiatives, and female empowerment will take center stage. And instead of competing in barely-there bikinis, they will be judged with a “live interactive session,” a move that seems to be a carefully choreographed step in the right direction.

Still, the question remains: Is such a “competition” relevant in a day and age when women are finally gaining equal footing and having their voices heard? It seems counterintuitive to pit women against one another in a competition of any kind, especially one once famously based on appearance as the main factor of “winning.”

It is, however, admirable that the organization has vowed to make necessary changes moving forward in an effort to improve both its message and its impact on the women competing against one another. Such changes began with the removal of the old leadership, including the 2017 ousting of former CEO Sam Haskell and other executives after body-shaming emails of former winners surfaced. Within months, the organization appointed women to the top positions. At the helm joining Carlson are Regina Hopper, Miss Arkansas 1983 and a CBS News correspondent, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp, Miss America 1991 and an assistant attorney general in Florida, as chief executive/president and chairwoman, respectively. There is also a predominantly female board of trustees. These women understand the role the winner will play, as many are former Miss Americas themselves.

The goal under the new regime is to modernize the competition and reform Miss America into a platform for building women up. Carlson, who famously sued former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in 2016 for sexual harassment, has been credited with helping start the movements of the last few years. Her lawsuit unleashed a torrent of suits that led to the downfalls of a plethora of high-powered men like Bill O’Reilly, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.

Despite her efforts for women, there have been claims made against Carlson, and Hopper, by winner Cara Mund that she’s doing the opposite of empowering women. Mund said she felt she had been “systematically silenced, reduced and marginalized” once she had won. Carlson vehemently denied these claims. In the midst of the scandal, representatives from 22 state pageants called for the resignations of Carlson and Hopper.

Back to the question: Does America need such competitions, or pageants, in the first place, and are they relevant? Though we’ve seemingly gone far beyond the interest in surface-based beauty, and instead opt for what a woman truly stands for, there are still opportunities for women that arise out of such competitions.

As to Miss America’s relevancy, the viewers will decide this for themselves. Viewership has seen a steep decline in recent years, but there’s also been a significant drop in those vying for the title. In 1970, an approximate 70,000 women competed in local, state and national Miss America pageants, and as of 2017, that number dropped to less than 4,000. 

Miss America, once considered must-see TV, has seen a steady decline over the decades. When it first aired in 1954, approximately 27 million tuned in. It’s important to note that, at the time, not every household had a television. In the 1960s, three out of every four households, about 60 million people, tuned in.

By 1984, that number had significantly dropped, to roughly 28.2 million viewers. In 2007, ratings took a nosedive when the show was exiled to cable TV and aired on CMT, drawing only 2.4 million viewers.

After its return to ABC in 2011, and before its return to Atlantic City in 2013, ratings increased. In 2015, about 7 million watched.

Otherwise, ratings have steadily decreased, from 8.6 million viewers in 2013 to 7.1 million viewers in 2014. In 2017, only 5.6 million viewers tuned in, which was a decrease from 6.2 million in 2016, and ratings dropped 13% from 2015 to 2016.

As Carlson has said in interviews on the subject, Miss America will represent a new generation and is now open, inclusive and transparent. Her wish, she has said, is to move forward and evolve, empower and inspire all women, to celebrate their accomplishments and to give out scholarships. She wants to focus on the female leaders of tomorrow and their social impact and talents. She also hopes the revamped version of the competition will resonate more with young people. The organization’s new motto is: “A leap into the future. In step with the past.” At this point, it seems like Sunday’s broadcast will tell if her vision will come to be.

The 2019 Miss America Competition will air on ABC on Sunday, September 9, at 9 p.m. ET.

I have worked for several years as a freelance journalist covering breaking news with Reuters and entertainment-related stories with Variety. I am excited to now be a regular Contributor with Forbes covering film, television and music. I look forward to learning, and writing…


Two River’s world premiere ‘Pamela’s First Musical’ is the perfect first for anyone

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When “Pamela’s First Musical” has its world premiere Sept. 8 at Red Bank’s Two River Theater, it will mark the culmination of a 20-plus year effort to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein‘s fabulous, fun, funny and family-friendly story to the stage.

The show’s path to production was slowed by, among other things, the deaths of composer Cy Coleman in 2004 and Wasserstein in 2006; the search for the perfect premiere venue; and the busy schedules of the Tony Award-winning and oft-all-awards-nominated creative team.

“It never left our consciousness. We all went off and did a lot of different projects in the intervening year, but we kept getting pulled back to the show because we were so enthusiastically fond of it,” said lyricist David Zippel, who, with director/choreographer Graciela Daniele, was the show’s earliest advocates. “We always felt there was an audience for it. We always felt there was a place for it.”

That place turned out to be Two River. John Dias, who came in as the theater’s artistic director in 2010, is credited with Managing Director Michael Hurst for bringing new vitality to the Red Bank stage. Dias has been a champion of “Pamela’s First Musical” since his days with New York’s The Public Theater, Zippel said.

“He was our champion for the show at The Public but they tend to go to edgier fare, and if there is one thing ‘Pamela’s First Musical’ is not is edgy,” Zippel said. “But he’s carried a torch for ‘Pamela’ for all these years.’

A few years ago, Dias contacted Zippel about reviving efforts to produce “Pamela” and arranged for a few readings to help shape the play. Another Tony Award winner, Christopher Durang, came aboard to help finish the book. Durang is Wasserstein’s literary executor and was one of her closest friends.

Now “Pamela’s First Musical” is launching Two River’s 25th season. Based on Wasserstein’s 1996 children’s book of the same title, the show is a musical within a musical, a love letter from Wasserstein to her real-life niece, also named Pamela, and to Broadway, as The New York Times noted after seeing a staged reading.

As with many of Wasserstein’s works, the musical features strong, intelligent female characters. The playwright is probably best known for “The Sisters Rosensweig,” “Isn’t It Romantic”  and “The Heidi Chronicles,” which won the Drama Pulitzer and the Tony Award for Best Play, making Wasserstein the first woman to win the latter.

Pamela is a preteen from the suburbs struggling to find her place in her family and in the world after the death of her mother. Her father, well-meaning but mystified by his daughter, is planning to remarry, causing Pamela to feel further adrift.

Then Pamela’s larger-than-life Aunt Louise appears to whisk her away to Manhattan.

Carolee Carmello, who plays Louise, describes her as “a modern day Auntie Mame,” a successful career woman whose life seems exciting, mysterious and sophisticated to young Pamela. Aunt Louise takes Pamela to her first musical, introducing her to the dynamic on-stage performers and behind-the scenes artists who make Broadway magic. As Louise sings at one point, “”One thing makes me smile/Two seats on the aisle.” The one-act show lasts about 90 minutes.

“There’s some real heart to (Aunt Louise) and there are some really sweet moments with Pamela that show she’s not just this whirlwind of New York glamor,” said Carmello, a Bergen County resident who remembered reading Wasserstein’s book to her now-young adult children when they were younger. “She’s a woman who really cares around her niece, who is going through a difficult time.”

Carmello praised her “niece,” Sarah McKinley Austin, the 11-year-old actress who plays Pamela. Austin previously starred as Matilda in “Matilda the Musical” when it opened at the Kennedy Center Opera House in January 2016 and then toured with the show.

“She captures that kind of feeling that some of us have when we’re 11 years old of wanting to be somewhere other than where we are,” Carmello said, “that living in the imagination that happens at that age, the feeling that there are so many more exciting things than being with my brothers in this kitchen.”

Zippel said he saw the potential to turn Wasserstein’s children’s book into a musical soon after reading it in the mid-90s. He contacted the playwright, a friend, to get her thoughts and she was immediately on board. Both agreed that composer Coleman, who with Zippel won a Tony Award for 1989’s “City of Angels,” was the perfect fit.

“Cy was one of Broadway’s most original writers,” Zippel said. “He didn’t want to repeat himself and he wanted all of the songs to have a fresh take … This show has marches and traditional 2/4 tempo broadway songs and ballads and soaring anthems. There are all of this different styles, but all with a Cy Coleman twist. I think it’s Cy’s best musical and he thought so, too.”

One of the show’s biggest numbers, “It Started With A Dream,” features the cast of the musical within a musical and is an ode to the creativity that goes into bringing any production to life. It’s especially fitting given the long journey and hard work that the team behind “Pamela” put into making this premiere a reality.

“The show is about creativity and imagination and how theater can change your life in a lot of ways,” Zippel said. “It’s also about out finding your place in the world and determining who you are. Aunt Louise is teaching Pamela that she has to make her own life. If you decide you’re not going in the right direction, you can reinvent yourself.”


Two River Theater

21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank

Tickets: $20-70, available online at https://www.tworivertheater.org. Sept. 8 – Oct. 7

Natalie Pompilio is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She can be reached at nataliepompilio@yahoo.com. Find her on Twitter @nataliepompilio. Find NJ.com/Entertainment on Facebook.

Miss America 2019: Virginia scores with NFL national anthem question as pageant faces lawsuit

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Miss Virginia and Miss Louisiana emerged victorious on the second night of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City on Thursday. The pageant, however, seems to be taking another loss.

The preliminary round of the competition rolled on just hours after news of a new problem for the already troubled pageant — a lawsuit from a law firm claiming the pageant owes nearly $100,000 in unpaid legal services.

Emili McPhail, Miss Virginia, won $1,000 for the onstage question portion of competition after answering a prompt about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Miss Louisiana, Holli’ Conway, won $2,000 for talent at the pageant.

On Wednesday, the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP, which has an office in Atlantic City, filed a suit in state Superior Court in Atlantic County that claims the Miss America Organization has not paid $100,000 for legal services, the Courier Post reported on Thursday.

Florida, Wisconsin triumph on night 1 of revamped Miss America pageant

Florida, Wisconsin triumph on night 1 of revamped Miss America pageant

The new onstage question portion of the pageant replaces the swimsuit competition as changes are made to the evening wear segment of Miss America. Miss America 2019 will be named on Sunday, Sept. 9 in Atlantic City.

A pageant spokesman said Miss America would respond with a court filing. Fox Rothschild, which is seeking a payment of $98,206.90, said Gretchen Carlson, chairwoman of the Miss America board, asked the firm in March to consider extending payment to the second quarter.

McPhail, 22, triumphed in the onstage question portion after being asked a question about NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. McPhail said that the players have every right to kneel. She also said they should be acknowledged not for protesting the anthem, but for protesting police brutality. She is a graduate of Hollins University, where she studied communications.

Conway, 24, who won the night’s award for talent, belted out the 2004 song “I Believe” by “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino despite having what she called a bad rehearsal earlier in the day. She is a graduate of Northwestern State University, where she studied musical theater.

The talent portion included everything from Irish stepdancing (Miss Connecticut) to a monologue from Miss Nebraska, Jessica Shultis, about receiving a cancer diagnosis when she was 19 (see clip below).

While onstage questions have been a part of the pageant broadcast for years, awards for that competition were added to the preliminary round this year in lieu of the swimsuit competition.

Carlson, Miss America 1989, and a team of former titleholders became the first female executives to pilot the pageant this year in the wake of a December scandal over leaked emails from the former pageant CEO. But talk of empowerment and giving women a voice was soon overshadowed by mounting criticism of the new leadership.

Before the Fox Rothschild lawsuit, Carlson and Regina Hopper, Miss America CEO, were already under fire for the pageant’s controversial decision to drop the swimsuit competition. Representatives from 46 state pageants and 23 former Miss Americas are rallying for Carlson and Hopper’s ouster, accusing them of misleading board members about why they had to cut the swimsuits (volunteers and pageant directors said they claimed ABC would drop the pageant broadcast). After the swimsuit decision was made, several board members resigned.

Miss America contestants hear bullying allegations loud and clear. Pageant 'needs to do better' (VIDEO)

Miss America contestants hear bullying allegations loud and clear. Pageant ‘needs to do better’ (VIDEO)

The reigning Miss America says the pageant has bullied and ignored her for months. ‘Leadership has a responsibility, whether they intended to or not, to make that right and to do better,’ says one contestant in the 2019 pageant. ‘That’s what it means to be a leader.’

The pageant leaders have also been criticized after the reigning Miss America, Cara Mund, accused them in August of bullying and silencing her in the time since Carlson assumed her title in January.

Contestants in the revamped pageant, being called “Miss America 2.0,” are now also asked to speak about their social impact initiatives — inclusive of domestic violence, food allergy and mental health awareness — during the “red carpet” eveningwear portion. While this year’s contestants were told they could wear non-evening gown ensembles (pants or cocktail dresses, for example), most have opted to stick with gowns.

Miss Florida, Taylor Tyson, and Miss Wisconsin, Tianna Vanderhei, won awards for talent and onstage question, respectively, during the first night of competition on Wednesday.

The 2019 Miss America pageant airs at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 on ABC.

Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook.

Miss America 2019: Indiana wins talent (with Frank Sinatra) after being told her size would hold her back

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Miss Indiana, Lydia Tremaine, took home a talent award on Friday at the final night of Miss America preliminary competition in Atlantic City. But when she started competing for her state title, she was told she could never even make it that far.

Tremaine received the honor, which comes with $2,000, for singing Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.”

One of her favorite lyrics: “Each time I find myself flat on my face/I pick myself up and get back in the race.”

“It’s all about trying again when you fail,” she said of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ song after the pageant, which continues with the televised final at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday night.

“I was told I could never be Miss Indiana because of my size,” she said.

Tremaine, 20, who hails from Kendallville, Indiana, is an education major at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s one contestant in the 2019 pageant who rejoiced upon hearing that Miss America would drop its swimsuit competition. No fan of walking the stage in a bathing suit — though she did for several years — Tremaine said it was a relief that the pressure to change her body and become thinner would no longer be part of her pageant experience.

“I’ve had a great fitness journey in my time competing,” said Tremaine, who lost 40 pounds in the process and preferred to wear one-piece swimsuits when competing.

Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board, came under fire after announcing the pageant’s decision to relegate swimsuits to the past after nearly 100 years of competition. Representatives of 46 state pageants (51 contestants will compete) and 23 former Miss Americas have called for the resignation of Carlson and pageant CEO Regina Hopper after claiming they misled pageant board members about why they had to vote in favor of ditching the swimsuit strut.

Miss America's tangled crowns. A guide to the backstage chaos at the 2019 pageant

Miss America’s tangled crowns. A guide to the backstage chaos at the 2019 pageant

The 2019 Miss America pageant is set for Sept. 9 in Atlantic City. But all is not well among pageant queens past and present. Public allegations of bullying, obfuscation and more have upended the pageant in recent weeks. Here’s a look at all of the players in the conflicts that have roiled Miss America.

The host of Friday’s preliminary competition, Susan Powell, Miss America 1981, started things off with a nod to the pageant unrest.

“I think it’s time for me to address the elephant in the room,” she said, as the audience of pageant volunteers, parents and titleholders waited with bated breath.

“Don’t I look fabulous??”

Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras, won the $1,000 award for onstage question — an honor new to this year’s competition. She was asked to reply to a prompt about how she would use global travel to her advantage as Miss America. Taveras, 23, said she had traveled to Swaziland, Cuba and Greece on missionary trips.

“I just have really been able to share my heart with other people,” she said after the pageant, adding that she is loathe to tailor her answers to what she thinks the judges want to hear. That, she said, is one definition of the pageant’s rebranding of “Miss America 2.0” — someone who isn’t afraid to express themselves without reservation.

That seems to come with a caveat, however, since the reigning Miss America, Cara Mund, is engaged in a conflict with Carlson and pageant leaders, alleging that they bullied and silenced her for months. One of her complaints is that she was not allowed to use her voice beyond talking points the Miss America Organization gave her, saying she was sidelined during media appearances in favor of Carlson.

But for Taveras, a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston — where she majored in biology with a concentration in neuroscience — Miss America has already been paying off in a tangible way. She was also announced as one of the winners of Miss America’s $5,000 STEM scholarships (recognizing achievement in science, technology, engineering and math).

“I almost paid off my student debt with these two plaques right here,” she said, holding her awards and thanking Jesus.

The last night of preliminaries saw a wide variety of talents including clogging (Miss Kentucky), poetry (Miss Colorado), speed painting (Miss Delaware) and ventriloquism (Miss Texas).

Other preliminary winners at Miss America have been Miss Wisconsin, Tianna Vanderhei, and Miss Virginia, Emili McPhail, for onstage question, and Miss Florida, Taylor Tyson, and Miss Louisiana, Holli’ Conway, for talent.

The 2019 Miss America pageant airs at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 on ABC.

Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook.

The 2019 Miss America Pageant Live Stream: Watch The Show Online

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The 2019 Miss America Pageant Live Stream: Watch The Show Online

Razzle, dazzle! The annual Miss America pageant is here, and 51 accomplished women will be competing for the coveted crown at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sept. 10. Watch all the star-studded action from the comfort of your home at 9 pm ET!


It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The Miss America Competition will be taking place tonight, Sept. 10, inside Boardwalk Hall at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 51 smart and beautiful contestants will be vying for the coveted 2018 Miss America title, representing their home states and the District of Columbia on the live broadcast at 9 pm ET. It will be a show of epic proportions, since Bachelor star, Chris Harrison, 46, will serve as this year’s pageant host for the ninth time. Joining him will be Sage Steele, 44, an ESPN host and commentator. The ladies will be evaluated on their performances in categories ranging from Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview to On-Stage questions. Don’t miss a second of the action by watching our live stream, below!

“I’m extremely happy to be sharing the hosting duties once again with my friend Sage,” Chris dished ahead of the highly anticipated event. “Sage is a true professional whose quick wit and charisma lights up the stage and the show.” The feelings are mutual, since both are beyond honored to be a part of such an influential competition. “These young women are so inspirational to millions across the country, including my own daughters, and yours truly,” Sage said. “I can’t wait to reunite with my friend Chris and the entire team in Atlantic City!” The 51 ladies will have to keep their cool under pressure while having the opportunity to showcase their skills for the world to see!

Miss America and Arkansas-native, Savvy Shields, 22, will crown the new winner at the end! During the competition, all of the contestants will have to display “intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service,” according to the Miss America website, and they will also be given a brand new personality question. Sitting at the judges table will be Jordin Sparks, 27, Molly Sims, 44, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle, and country singer Thomas Rhett, 27. America’s Choice for the winner will also be considered and announced with the Top 15, so get your popcorn out and enjoy the show!

The 2018 Miss America Competition will take place on Sept. 10 at 9pm ET/6pm PST. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LIVE STREAM.

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Watch MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Online Stream Live Everything you need

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Watch  MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Online Stream Live Everything you need

How To Watch MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Online Stream Live Everything you need


It’s that time of the year again – when MTV’s Video Music Awards anoint the best music, artists and visuals of the year, and attempt to generate the controversial moments the awards show became infamous for in the ’90s and 2000s.

Below, read up on everything you need to know before the 2018 VMAs return to New York City this Monday.

When and where are the VMAs?

The 2018 VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on MTV, following a one-hour red carpet show.

How can I watch?

Not watching via cable TV? The show will also be streamed live on MTV’s app, which still requires a cable subscription. You can also stream the show live with a DirecTV Now subscription.

Who is hosting?

While MTV normally announces the VMAs host well in advance of the show, this year, the awards show is keeping potential viewers in the dark, with no host announced with less than a week to go before the show.  

Who are the nominees?

Cardi B leads the pack with 12 nominations, largely for her Bruno Mars duet “Finesse (Remix).” That video will compete for video of the year against Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Ape****,” Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry.”

“Ape****” earned Beyonce and Jay-Z eight nominations, landing the couple the second-most nominations after Cardi.

Gambino’s “This Is America” video earned him seven nominations, while Drake, who gave away $1 million to Miami residents in his “God’s Plan” clip, also scored seven nods.

Who is performing?

Ariana Grande,Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, and Logic with Ryan Tedder are among the names confirmed to perform at Radio City Music Hall, while Nicki Minaj  will deliver a “special remote performance” from an unspecified location in NYC that will be simulcast during the event.

Before the show, Backstreet Boys, Bazzi  and Bryce Vine will perform at the VMAs red carpet preshow outside of Radio City Music Hall. Bazzi will reprise his performance alongside Jessie Reyez,  PrettyMuch, Hayley Kiyoko and Juice WRLD on the VMAs’ special PUSH Artist Stage dedicated to rising artists.

Who is this year’s Video Vanguard recipient?

Jennifer Lopez will be awarded the VMAs’ 2018 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the awards’ version of a lifetime achievement award. The announcement angered some fans, who rallied for Missy Elliott to receive the honor.

See the full list of nominations below.

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
The Carters – “Ape****”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”

Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Post Malone

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”
DJ Khaled Ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo – “No Brainer”
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 Ft. Cards B – “Girls Like You (Remix)”
Post Malone – “Better Now”

Cardi B
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
The Carters – “Ape****”
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
P!nk – “What About Us”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”
The Carters – “Ape****”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”
Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”
Maluma – “Felices los 4”
Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”
Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence”
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Linkin Park – “One More Light”
Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”

Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
The Carters – “Ape****”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

The Carters – “Ape****”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

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The Carters – “Ape****”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
SZA – “The Weekend”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Eminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water”
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
The Carters – “Ape****”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
The Carters – “Ape****”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

How To Watch Miss America 2019 Online Stream Live To Wear The Crown

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How To Watch Miss America 2018 Online Stream Live To Find Out Who’ll Be The Next To Wear The Crown, Be The Crown

The Miss America 2018

The Miss America 2018

The Miss America 2019 pageant will be the 92nd Miss America pageant, though the Miss America Organization will celebrate its 98th anniversary in 2018. This discrepancy is due to national pageants not being held from 1928–1932 or in 1934 because of financial problems associated with the Great Depression.

Watching the Miss America pageant is a time-honored tradition for some, but watching any program or event live on a television is too “traditional” for many folks in 2018. The 2019 pageant airs Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, if you can be in front of a TV by then. Fortunately, there are many ways to stream Miss America 2019 online if you can’t. Just because you prefer Netflix to primetime, might be on the go come Sunday, or don’t have access to a TV set, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the next coronation.

Co-hosted again by the powerhouse duo of Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, People reports that this year’s pageant includes Jordin Sparks and Tara Lipinski as judges. As of Sept. 7, the pageant is already taking place, and finalists have already been selected for most of the major scholarships. But the main event is still Sunday night and you won’t want to miss it. So here are a few ways to check it out:

With your cable login information, you can always stream ABC on their website — or app, if you’re on a device. Your cable company may have a mobile streaming option as well. Newer services like Sling TV and Hulu Live also offer the ability to stream television as it airs, without a traditional remote and tube situation.

If you’re unavailable to watch the pageant final on Sunday and don’t have a DVR, check your OnDemand to stream it the next day. Hulu will likely either have the full show or clips up Monday night as well, either directly from the source at ABC or as highlights in entertainment news coverage. Youtube is a great resource as well, if you’re looking to stream clips and highlights after the fact.

If all else fails, keep your eyes on social media Sunday night. There are sure to be plenty of Instagrams, live tweets, clips, gifs, photos, and so many hot takes to make you feel as if you’re really there at the Miss America pageant in prime time.

Former Miss Americas call on state volunteers, fans to sign petition

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Former Miss Americas call on state volunteers, fans to sign petition

With less than a month until the recently revamped Miss America competition kicks off in Atlantic City, past winners are calling on the organization’s thousands of volunteers to give a “vote of no confidence” in the current leadership.

Undersigned by the same 11 former Miss Americas  who penned an open letter to addressing the lack of transparency with the organization’s recent changes, the online petition created Monday night furthers the message that those closest involved with Miss America are concerned with the recent changes to the nearly 100-year-old pageant.

“Miss America is engaged in a great struggle about its identity and its future direction. We did not choose this struggle” the petition says. “It began because our past leaders demeaned women, breached their trust, harmed our brand, and needed to be removed. It was their actions alone that required a change in leadership. We made that change with the hope of creating unity and stability for our beloved organization.”

The Miss America Organization underwent a massive leadership change earlier this year, after a series of emails between former CEO Sam Haskell and board members using vulgar and disparaging language to describe past contestants’ weight sexual history and post-pageant careers were leaked. An online petition calling for Haskell and the entire MAO board of directors was signed by more than 18,000 supporters.

In January, former Fox News anchor and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson was selected as Chair of the Board of Trustees. At the beginning of the year, the nine-member board of trustees consisted of former Miss Americas, state titleholders and state executive directors. But several resignations  have occurred as tensions arose between organization stakeholders and leadership.

By Tuesday afternoon, the “Miss America Needs You!” petition on Change.org  garnered more than 2,500 signatures.