Miss America 2017, Miss Arkansas, Miss South Carolina, Miss New York

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Ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce you to the new Miss America.

Sunday night marked the annual competition that featured beauty pageants from every state competing for the special crown.

Hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele, the event broadcast live from the Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City was filled with suspense as 52 contestants dwindled down to one big winner. So who came out on top?

Congratulations are in order for Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields who grabbed the attention and praise of judges for her beauty, talent and brains. Whether dancing to "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from the NBC musical series Smash to her answer regarding her thoughts on Hillary Clinton, the panel was quite impressed. 

"If you're trying to be leader of the free world, everything you say and do matters. And all of your actions are held to a higher standard. And unfortunately, the media does love to sensationalize everything," she explained. "It's hard to decide what is truth and what is truly scandal. Both of the contestants have done a great job." 

This year's competition was intense like never before as 15 semifinalists were chosen to move on to the swimsuit portion of the competition. Soon after, the Top 12 were announced and asked to compete in the evening gown portion.

The talent competition was next up but only seven could end up in the always unpredictable Q&A portion where judges including Ciara, Mark Cuban and Gabby Douglas asked questions ranging from politics to immigration.

Tonight's broadcast also featured Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty. The first openly lesbian Miss America contestant received headlines in the days leading up to the pageant. Ultimately, she was unable to make it into the top 15. 

Congratulations to the all the contestants and finalists. 

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