Things to Know About Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin

ABCBehind the scenes at the Miss America competition Sept. 6 2018 in Atlantic City N.J

The competition has begun in the 98th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.

Thus, Franklin kicks off the new era of Miss America and she couldn't be happier. "I just think we all need to get on the same page and that we can all agree to the same thing and want this organization to do great things in the future".

A classical vocalist whose pageant platform is "advocating for the arts", Franklin sang an operatic selection from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night. It went "Love, love, love, love, is the only thing that matters to me, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey".

Ultimately, Collins lost the interview portion of the contest to Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras, who fielded a question about how Americans travelling overseas should interact with foreigners. At the prompting of an Associated Press reporter, she sang the song at her post-victory press conference as audience members snapped their fingers.

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Miss Connecticut, Bridget Oei, came in as runner-up for the event, and she received $25,000 in college scholarships.

The judges narrowed the field of 51 candidates during the pageant Sunday night from Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

When the Miss America organisation announced in June that a "live interactive session with the judges" would replace the swimsuit competition - following months of controversy over email exchanges in which leaders disparaged contestants - it described the interview as a way for each contestant to "highlight her achievements and goals in life, and how she will use her talents, passion and ambition to perform the job of Miss America".

Another Miss America contestant captured headlines for her response when she was asked what advice she would give NFL players on whether to kneel or stand for the national anthem.

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Carlson denied the allegations before the start of the competition, addressing Mund directly in a statement, saying "I have never bullied or silenced you".

Miss West Virginia had harsh words for President Donald Trump during the Miss America contest Friday night, calling Trump the "biggest issue" Americans face in an interview for the crown.

Behind the scenes, a revolt is underway among most of the Miss America state organizations who demand that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign. Here's everything you need to know about the newly crowned victor.

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