Ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce you to
the new Miss America.
Sunday night marked the annual competition that
featured beauty pageants from every state
competing for the special crown.
Hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, the
event broadcast live from the Boardwalk Hall Arena
in Atlantic City was filled with suspense as 52
contestants dwindled down to one big winner. So
who came out on top?
Congratulations are in order for Miss Arkansas
Savvy Shields who grabbed the attention and
praise of judges for her beauty, talent and brains.
Whether dancing to “They Just Keep Moving the
Line” from the NBC musical series Smash to her
answer regarding her thoughts on Hillary Clinton,
the panel was quite impressed.
“If you’re trying to be leader of the free world,
everything you say and do matters. And all of your
actions are held to a higher standard. And
unfortunately, the media does love to
sensationalize everything,” she explained. “It’s
hard to decide what is truth and what is truly
scandal. Both of the contestants have done a great
This year’s competition was intense like never
before as 15 semifinalists were chosen to move on
to the swimsuit portion of the competition. Soon
after, the Top 12 were announced and asked to
compete in the evening gown portion.
The talent competition was next up but only seven
could end up in the always unpredictable Q&A
portion where judges including Ciara , Mark Cuban
and Gabby Douglas asked questions ranging from
politics to immigration.
Tonight’s broadcast also featured Miss Missouri
Erin O’Flaherty . The first openly lesbian Miss
America contestant received headlines in the days
leading up to the pageant. Ultimately, she was
unable to make it into the top 15.
Congratulations to the all the contestants and