Miss America 2014 competition will be held tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern Time . 53 participants from across the U.S. will compete in the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for the “Miss America ” title.
Contestants from each state and the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico , will fight for the crown , which will be passed Mallory Hagan New – York, who won the competition last year.
2014 Miss America competition will be hosted by Bachelor host Chris Harrison and Good Morning America Lara Spencer. Celebrity judges include Lance Bass , Carla Hall , Amar’e Stoudemire, Joshua Bell and Mario Cantone .The contest will be broadcast live from Atlantic City , New Jersey on ABC on Sunday , September 15, 2013 .
The competition returns to Atlantic City for the first time in eight years. “I feel it’s such a big shot in the arm , ” host Lara Spencer. ” And I feel personally responsible that we do it right , and what we do , and that is a big parade tomorrow phenomenal. And now , given the fire, I feel it’s just a very , very important. “
One participant , Teresa Vale of Kansas, will stand among the contestants tonight. She is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, who are eager to show his tattoo.
She told Fox News: ” There’s a big taboo in the competition, no one shows his tattoos , afraid of losing , but I said,” I would be a hypocrite if I say , be all you can be , take your personality, take your differences , break down barriers , when I could not even do it myself. ”
Another participant of the Miss Iowa Nicole Kelly, who was born without part of her forearm. She told The Associated Press: “The reason why I am here not because I am a public interest in the story I’m not here because they look different , but since I have the intellect I have the ability and all the things that America will miss .. should have. I am proud to represent those who look different , but it’s what you can do and how you celebrate it . I like you . “
The top 15 semifinalists are Miss Kansas, Miss California , Miss New York – New York , Miss Oklahoma , Miss Connecticut, Miss Georgia , Miss Mississippi , Miss Texas , Miss Arkansas, Miss Missouri , Miss Kentucky, Miss Maryland , Miss Florida, Wisconsin and Miss Miss Minnesota.
UPDATE: Miss New York – New York Nina Davuluri, 24 , of Syracuse, won the competition tonight.