7:25am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Ciara Joins Miss America Judges Panel
Ciara has joined the panel of judges for the 2017 Miss America pageant.
The Miss America Organization, Dick Clark Productions and ABC said Wednesday that the Grammy-winning singer will serve as one of the celebrity judges for the Sept. 11 event.
She'll join previously announced judges including Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Shark Tank's Mark Cuban, singer-actress Laura Marano (Disney Channel's Austin & Ally), Sara Foster (VH1's Barely Famous), singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes. Additional judges will be announced in the coming weeks.
Also as previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC's The Bachelor) is returning as host, with Sage Steele (ABC and ESPN's NBA Countdown) joining as co-host.
The Miss America pageant is scheduled to air live from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall at 9-11 p.m. ET (tape-delayed PT) on Sunday, Sept. 11, on ABC.
DCP 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 pageant.