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‘2020 Miss America’ Sets Air Date at NBC

Competition moved from ABC to NBC earlier this year

NBC has set the air date for “The 2020 Miss America Competition,” which will be telecast live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., the network said Tuesday.

The competition, which “follows 51 compelling candidates as they compete for life-changing scholarships to be used to continue their efforts toward community service and education,” will air Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

At the end of the night, one candidate will be crowned Miss America 2020 and given the task of taking over for Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, who has been promoting her social impact initiative “Advocating for the Arts” over the past year.

“The show will continue to highlight a diverse group of young students and professionals who are advancing the message of female strength, independence and empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact,” according to NBC.

In May, the Miss America Organization announced the competition would move from ABC back to NBC.

“The Miss America Organization has ushered in a new era of progressiveness and inclusiveness, led by an all-female leadership team,” NBC said. The organization has awarded nearly $6 million in scholarships over the last two years.

“The Miss America Organization is proud to partner with Mohegan Sun as we return to our longtime NBC home,” said Regina Hopper, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization. “We are looking forward to a fresh take on this historic competition that will showcase the incredible women vying for the job of Miss America 2020.”

“Miss America is a storied organization that has a long history of empowering women, providing tremendous educational resources to women and serving the overall public good,” Ray Pineault, president and general manager of Mohegan Sun, said. “Like the Miss America Organization, Mohegan Sun celebrates the successful and inspiring women within our company and the Mohegan Tribe. We’re thrilled to be hosting an impactful event like the Miss America Competition in December, and we look forward to working with both MAO & NBC on what will be a tremendous evening.”