3rd night of Miss America preliminaries on tap for Thursday

Miss America contestants wave to the crowd during the opening of the second night of Miss America Pageant Preliminaries at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in Atlantic City. The new Miss America will be crowned during Sunday night's nationally televised finale. (Ben Fogletto/The Press of Atlantic City via AP)

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.”

The 2017 Miss America will be crowned during Sunday night’s nationally televised finale on ABC.

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