- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The Miss America pageant has announced that former “American Idol” Jordin Sparks and country music star Thomas Rhett will be among this year’s celebrity judges.

They will help judge the competition in Atlantic City on Sept. 10.

The pageant also on Tuesday announced actress and model Molly Sims and People magazine editor Jess Cagle as celebrity judges.

Rhett’s new album, “Life Changes,” will be released a couple of days before the competition.

Chris Harrison, from ABC’s “The Bachelor,” and ESPN’s Sage Steel will return as co-hosts.

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