The Miss America Organization announced Tuesday that singer/songwriters Jordin Sparks and Thomas Rhett, actress/model Molly Sims and People magazine editor Jess Cagle will be celebrity judges for the annual competition Sept. 10.
Sparks is a Grammy nominated, multiplatinum singer/songwriter and actress who won “American Idol” in the TV show’s sixth season.
“I am honored to participate as a judge for the Miss America Competition this year,” Sparks said in a statement. “I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I’m lucky it’s given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No doubt they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent.”
Sims is an actress who hosted MTV’s “House of Style” and starred in the NBC series “Las Vegas.” She also appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue four times and recently released her first book.
Rhett is a Grammy nominated country music star who is set to release his third album, “Life Changes,” two days before the competition.
Cagle is editor in chief of People magazine and editorial director of Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group, which includes People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, PeopleStyle, People en Espanol and Essence.
The Miss America Competition returns to Atlantic City the week of Sept. 4 with preliminary competitions, a parade and the final competition at Boardwalk Hall.
Tickets for all Miss America events can be ordered at the organization’s website.