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53 beauty queens vie for Miss America crown

53 beauty queens vie for Miss America crown

A group of 53 beauty queens picked from around the United States for their smiles, struts and interview savvy took the stage Saturday in Las Vegas to woo a panel of judges in hopes of winning the Miss America 2010 crown.
The young women from all 50 states plus Washington, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were capping a week of preliminary competition with the scheduled crowning of a winner Saturday.
At the beginning of the pageant, the contestants came out on stage and danced to "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Each then introduced themselves to the crowd at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The pageant is being broadcast live on TLC.
The winner, crowned by reigning Miss America Katie Stam, gets a $50,000 scholarship and embarks on a yearlong run with the title to represent the organization and raise awareness for her chosen platform.
The 89-year-old pageant televised live on cable network TLC is hosted by actor and "Extra" host Mario Lopez, with help from Clinton Kelly of TLC's "What Not to Wear."
The panel of judges include conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, actress Vivica Fox, musician Dave Koz, Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, gymnast Shawn Johnson and former "American Idol" finalist Brooke White. Comedian Paul Rodriguez was set to be a judge, but organizers said he pulled out because of a family emergency.
Scores based on a week of preliminary competitions will be added to Saturday's swimsuit, talent, evening gown and interview competitions to determine a winner. Each judge will rank their five favorites in order, and their ballots will be used to pick the winner.
The crowning of a Miss America began in 1921 as a publicity stunt to persuade tourists on Atlantic City's Boardwalk to stick around after the September Labor Day holiday, the traditional end of America's tourism season. The bathing revue blossomed in the age of television into an American pop icon before fading in later years and losing it place on network TV in 2004. It moved to the Las Vegas Strip in 2006 in an attempt to reinvent itself and has found a home on cable television.
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