Austin & Ally actress Laura Marano and Team USA Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas are teaming up for an exciting new project: the stars will both be on the judging panel of this year's Miss America competition, and will help crown the winner for the 2017 year!
"I am so excited. You have no idea. When I found out a month ago, I was freaking out. I’m going to be honest," Laura told Yahoo Style about her reaction to this news. "Miss Congeniality is one of my favorite movies. Ever since watching it, I’ve been more and more obsessed with beauty pageants because of the aspect that it’s not just a beauty pageant. It’s more about the overall character of these awesome ladies. What I love about it is that idea of giving back and how these ladies are talking about social platforms that are important to them and important to the rest of us."
Gabby shares a similar perspective.
"Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year," Gabby said in a statement. "The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!"
Last year was really exciting because Zendaya was on the celebrity judging panel, so we're really looking forward to what these stars will bring to the show.
The 2017 Miss America competition will officially air on Sunday, September 11th at 9PM ET/PT on ABC.
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