This year, a surprise 16th pageant finalist will be announced during the live finale as the result of an online competition that allows viewers to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant. Fans can vote by visiting http://www.tlc.com/missamerica beginning on Friday, January 4, after the first episode of TLC's new series MISS AMERICA: REALITY CHECK and can vote through the final episode on Saturday, January 26 (3 am EST).
The contestant with the most votes, who is not already included as a top 15 finalist, will be chosen as "America's Choice," and revealed at the MISS AMERICA LIVE! finale.
Hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Mark Steines, the live pageant airs from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 26, at 8:00 PM EST.
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