Two more Miss America Competition judges were announced Wednesday, and one of them has a lot of experience with the pageant.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and radio and TV host Maria Menounos will join country music singer Thomas Rhett, actress Molly Sims, pop star Jordin Sparks and People magazine Editor in Chief Jess Cagle on the panel of celebrity judges for the final night of competition Sept. 10.
The seventh judge will be revealed closer to the competition at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, according to a release from the Miss America Organization.
“I understand all too well the emotions of stepping on to the Miss America stage,” Davuluri said in a statement. “I’m honored to be able to help shape the legacy of the Miss America Organization over the next year.”
The judges will evaluate the contestants’ performances in lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, talent, interview and on-stage questions during the competition. Fifty-one contestants will compete for the title of Miss America 2018, including representatives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Puerto Rico will not have a contestant this year.
Menounos, 39, was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1996. She recently stepped down from an on-air position with E! News after she revealed she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She underwent a seven-hour surgery earlier this summer to remove the tumor.
The Emmy Award winner was the youngest person, at 22, to host “Entertainment Tonight.” As a digital producer and entrepreneur, Menounos, with partner Keven Undergaro, co-founded AfterBuzz TV, the largest online broadcast network that produces more than 300 “after-shows” for favorite TV programs.
Davuluri, 28, was the first Indian American and South Asian Miss America winner. She is the host and producer of the new weekly reality show, “Made In America,” which premiered this month on ZeeTV Americas in North America.