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Miss America pageant will sing new tune

The next Miss America won’t hear a familiar refrain when she’s crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

The song, “Miss America,” which starts with the words, “There she is, Miss America,” will not be part of the pageant.

Miss American Organization vice president Sharon Pearce tells The Press of Atlantic City the tune, which was first played in 1955, is no longer included. She says no decision has been made on a final song.

The song was replaced by instrumental music at the 2013 pageant in January after the widow of the songwriter filed a licensing lawsuit in federal court in California in 2012. The complaint was dismissed in December following a confidential settlement.

The song was not used for three years in the 1980s after a contract dispute.

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Miss America pageant returns to Atlantic City

Miss America, Atlantic City’s prodigal pageant, is coming home, and the spectacle that became synonymous with the New Jersey seaside resort is being assured all is forgiven after a six-year fling in Las Vegas.

The pageant will be back where it started 93 years ago and where it was a fixture until 2006, when organizers moved to Nevada in the hopes of attracting a younger TV audience.

“It was always my dream that this would return here,” said Art McMaster, president and CEO of the Miss America organization. “Sadly, this organization went west for a while. That sadness is over. We are back to the city where the Miss America pageant began, where the Miss America pageant was raised, and where the Miss America pageant belongs.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison returns as host of Miss America


Bachelor host Chris Harrison has re-upped his contract to host the Miss America for at least two more years, reports the AP. The announcement comes on the 90th anniversary of the first Miss America pageant in 1921. Broadcasting from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Miss America 2012 will air live on ABC next Jan. 14.

With a viewership of 14.6 million last Jan. 15, the Miss America organization is aggressively looking to keep its production relevant and hip. Harrison hopes part of this strategy will include highlighting the contestants’ down-to-earth personalities in addition to their bikini bodies. “They’re hysterical, they’re great, they’re very real, they’re very normal. They’re strong, yet they have insecurities like every other woman, and so I think showing that a little bit more might help,” Harrison said. “It might help the audience relate a little bit more.”

As for his hosting duties, Harrison plans to be but a backdrop for the women gunning for the tiara: “It’s not about [me]. It’s about these amazing women that have dedicated their lives to this one moment.”

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Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan crowned Miss America

Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan was named Miss America during the annual pageant, which aired on ABC on Saturday evening. The 17-year-old showcased a talent for playing piano and spoke about eating disorders. Scanlan plans to attend law school to become a judge and eventually a politician. The other four finalists were Emoly West of Oklahoma, Jacquie Brown of Washington, Jalee Fuselier of Hawaii, and Alyse Eady of Arkansas.


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