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Miss America 2020 Competition Preliminary Hosts and Judges Announced

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Miss America 2020 Competition Preliminary Hosts and Judges Announced
Preliminary and Final Night Competition to be Streamed Live for the First Time.

Uncasville, CT (December 10, 2019) – For the first time in Miss America history, the 2020 Miss America Competition Preliminaries will be live-streamed from the Mohegan Sun Earth Expo at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 15, and Monday, December 16. The live stream will be produced by JC Productions and is sponsored by Dakota State University.

In addition, the 2020 Miss America Competition broadcast will simultaneously be streamed on NBC.com on Thursday, December 19, at 8:00 PM ET. Viewers can now watch, on multiple platforms, the new exciting, interactive, and dramatic selection process of one young woman who will earn a job with a six-figure salary and the crown of Miss America.

The Miss America Organization is also pleased to announce the preliminary hosts and judges for the two nights of preliminary competition.

The preliminary competition hosts are:


Sunday, December 15, 2019
Dorothy Benham
Miss America 1977

 


Monday, December 16, 2019

Susan Powell
Miss America 1981

 

This year, our judging panel looks different than in years past, reflecting the importance of an exciting format that allows the judges to spend more time getting to know the 51 candidates. Each woman will engage with the preliminary panel of judges in a private interview before the on-stage elements of competition, painting a more in-depth picture of who she is and what she plans to do in this iconic role.

Our world-renowned and distinguished panel of preliminary competition judges are:

Anthony Barfield

Paying tribute to Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019’s social impact
initiative that focuses on music composition and advancing the arts
in education, the Miss America Organization welcomes Anthony
Barfield.

Anthony is the founder of Velocity Music, a music production company based in New York City. Having worked with artists including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Young M.A, Anthony is a
leader in hip-hop and R&B. Anthony has scored music for film, television, and video games for companies such as EA Sport and Genentech, and recently signed a record deal with Polo Grounds Music, a subsidiary of Sony’s RCA Records.

Anthony holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music, where he earned his B.M. and then M.M. in trombone performance. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall, where his composition “Here We Rest” was premiered at the New York Wind Band Festival.

He currently lives in New York City with his wife, Alaina, and Pug, Gouda.

Holly Pelham Davis

Recognizing the importance of physical, emotional, and mental well-being, the Miss America Organization welcomes Holly Pellham Davis as our second judge for Miss America 2020 preliminaries.

Holly’s career as a model and actress spans over three decades and naturally led to her founding Clean Fresh Living, where she serves as CEO. Promoting organic living, Holly and her company are focused on sharing knowledge and building awareness of the importance of healthy living.

Having taken this message to television audiences, Holly has also served as a spokesperson for the Made in America and Made in the USA campaigns, serves on the board of Constituting America, and has helped raise millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes.

Holly resides with her husband and two children in Dallas, Texas.

Stephanie S. Streett

Focusing on the importance of the new Miss America advancing her social impact initiative to a broad range of audiences, the Miss America Organization is proud to welcome Stephanie Streett.

Stephanie is the executive director of the Clinton Foundation, overseeing the strategy and management of the Clinton Presidential Center, which provides extensive educational and cultural opportunities for visitors of all ages. She served in the Clinton White House for eight years, first as Deputy Assistant to the President, and then as Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling. Prior to her White House assignments, she worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member for the United States Senate Committee on the Budget.

Stephanie oversees for the Clinton Foundation the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a unique collaboration between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. This first of its kind leadership development program produces bold and principled leaders committed to solving the world’s greatest challenges.

She and her husband, Don Erbach, are the proud parents of three teenage daughters and live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

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About the Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 works to empower young women through education and service. Miss America candidates contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $19 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c) (3), provides academic, community service, and other scholarships to young women.

To schedule an interview with Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, CEO Regina Hopper, or members of
the Miss America 2020 production team, please contact Rebekah Shufelt
518-469-9326 or Rebekah@missamerica.org.

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