Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess, left, and Miss District of Columbia Cierra Jackson, right, speak with reporters after winning preliminary competitions in the first night of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Burgess won the talent competition by singing The Eagles’ “Desperado.” Jackson won the swimsuit competition. (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.
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.”
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. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The 2017 Miss America will be crowned during Sunday night’s nationally televised finale on ABC.