3rd night of Miss America preliminaries on tap for Thursday

Contestants take the stage for the swimsuit competition during the second night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Atlantic City. The new Miss America will be crowned on Sunday. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant is set for Thursday in Atlantic City.

The competition includes contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

On Wednesday, Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields won the talent competition with a jazz dance to a song from the TV show “Smash,” and Miss Maryland Hannah Brewer won the swimsuit competition.

Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, left, and Miss Maryland Hannah Brewer, right, speak with reporters after winning preliminary competitions on the second night of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Shields won the talent competition with a jazz dance, and Brewer won the swimsuit competition. The next Miss America will be crowned Sunday night. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, left, and Miss Maryland Hannah Brewer, right, speak with reporters after winning preliminary competitions on the second night of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

On Tuesday night, Miss District of Columbia Cierra Jackson won the swimsuit competition, while Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess won the talent portion by singing The Eagles’ “Desperado.”

The 2017 Miss America will be crowned during Sunday night’s nationally televised finale on ABC.

 

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