Music Superstar Ciara Joins Judges Panel for 96th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION

The MISS AMERICA Organization, Dick Clark productions and ABC announced today that Grammy Award winning entertainer Ciara will join the esteemed panel of judges for the live broadcast of the 96th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION , which airs live from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9:00 - 11:00p.m. ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The evening will be filled with glitz and glam as 52 women compete for the coveted crown and scholarships.

Ciara will join entrepreneur MARK CUBAN, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, actress Sara Foster (VH1's "Barely Famous"), musician and actress Laura Marano, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former MISS AMERICA Sharlene Wells Hawkes as celebrity judges for the "2017 MISS AMERICA Competition."

The panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the contestants' performances in the following categories during the live broadcast: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions. These young women will showcase their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service as they compete for the title of MISS AMERICA 2017.

Chris Harrison (ABC's "The Bachelor" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ABC's and ESPN's "NBA Countdown") joining as co-host.

Ciara is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, model and entertainer. Over her thirteen year career, she has sold over 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits "Goodies," "Ride," "Oh," "1, 2 Step," and "Body Party." "I Bet," from her 2015 album, Jackie, added to Ciara's list of 27-charted hits. Ciara is not only known for her vocal talent and serious dance moves, but also for her fashion and beauty. A regular at New York and Paris fashion weeks, Vogue previously named her the "new fashion icon". In May 2016, Ciara was signed to IMG Models. Ciara was the face of the Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2015-2016, the first U.S. Ambassador to TOPSHOP, and most recently, she has worked with KEDS footwear. A longtime muse for Givenchy, Ciara has been on the cover of L'Officiel Paris, Harper's Bazaar, L'uomo Vogue, SHAPE, and more. When Ciara isn't working with a major fashion house or out on tour, she is a devoted philanthropist who is dedicated to improving the lives of children and empowering women across the globe.

The coveted "America's Choice" contestant will return this year. Voting opened to the public on August 10th at 12:00pm ET and will stay open through Monday, September 5th at 11:59:59pm ET. The chosen contestant will be announced during the "2017 MISS AMERICA Competition" live broadcast with the Top 15. The remaining contestants in the Top 15 are selected by the MISS AMERICA Preliminary Judges Panel. It is possible for AMERICA'S CHOICE to also be among the judges selection.

An esteemed, diverse panel of judges for the non-broadcast preliminary rounds of the "2017 MISS AMERICA Competition" will select the top 15 finalists competing for the title of MISS AMERICA 2017 during the preliminary week of competition on September 5th - 8th in Atlantic City, NJ. This year's preliminary judges are as follows (in alphabetical order by first name): David Zinczenko, Deanna Siller, Debbie Bryant Berge, Jennifer Caudle, Katherine Bailess, Nicole Lapin and Rob Bowman.

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Dick Clark productions and the MISS AMERICA Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year's show. Tony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce the "2017 MISS AMERICA Competition."

To purchase tickets to the "2017 MISS AMERICA Competition," please visithttp://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/artist/834520?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name.

For more information on the "2017 MISS AMERICA Competition," please visit MISS AMERICA Organization's website at www.missamerica.org.

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