It's Miss America week in Atlantic City!  The preliminary competitions begin Wednesday, the pageant will be Sunday night on ABC.

There are a couple local ties in the pageant this year.  Miss Alabama Jessica Procter is a Tuscaloosa native, while Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Thomas Rhett is one of four celebrity judges, with singer Jordin Sparks, People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle and actress/model Molly Sims.  Having a country singer on hand for the Miss America competition isn’t anything new: Brett Eldredge was a judge in 2015 and Col Swindell was on duty last year.

Good luck to all of the ladies!