2011 Miss America Contestants Arrive at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

Miss Nebraska (Teresa Scanlan), Miss Ohio (Becky Minger) and Miss Nevada (Cris Crotz)
Miss America 2011
, will be the 86th Miss America pageant.  It will be held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 15, 2011 (Pictured above: Miss Nebraska (Teresa Scanlan), Miss Ohio (Becky Minger) and Miss Nevada (Cris Crotz) – Photo courtesy of Tom Donahue)

UPDATE: The 2011 Miss America is Miss Nebraska Teresa ScanlanClick here for photos

2011 Miss America Contestants
2011 Miss America Contestants

Photo courtesy of Tom Donahue.

The contests arrived at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas today.  Delegates from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will compete for the title of Miss America 2011.  Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron from Virginia, will crown her successor at the end of this event.

Miss Nevada, Cris Crotz
Miss Nevada, Cris Crotz

Photo courtesy of Tom Donahue

The judges will be Joy Behar from ABC’s The View, Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner Bell, television executive producer Mark Cherry, dancer Tony Dovolani from Dancing with the Stars, actress Marilu Henner, orthopedic surgeon-and shoe designer Taryn Rose, and country singer Mark Wills.

Since the first Miss America pageant was held 90 years ago, in 1921, the Miss America Organization is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2011. 

The pageant will broadcast live on ABC. This will be the first pageant telecast on ABC since Miss America 2005.