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Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan of Decatur made the top 15 (actually 16 contestants) in the Miss America pageant tonight and will continue to compete for the crown.
The pageant is being shown live on ABC (WAAY-31).
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There were 16 contestants chosen as top-15 semifinalists in a late tweak of the judging.
Hosts Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet announced the 16 semifinalists at the beginning of the show.
Although it didn't play a role in her semifinalist selection, Bryan finished fourth in pre-pageant online voting. The top vote-getter, Miss Montana, received a guaranteed spot in semifinals. In the week leading up the pageant, Bryan also won the Quality of Life Award for her commitment to her platform “PAWS for Autism: People and Animals Working Side-by-side.”
During the past week, the 53 contestants competed in preliminary categories of talent, private interview, on-stage question, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit and evening wear.
Miss North Dakota Rosie Sauvageau, Miss Maryland Joanna Guy and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton took the top spots in the preliminary talent rounds.
Miss Washington Mandy Schendel, Miss Illinois Megan Ervin and Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers won the preliminary lifestyle and fitness rounds.
The judging panel includes “Dancing With the Stars” champion Cheryl Burke; former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart; “Shark Tank” star Daymond John; “Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion; fashion designer Bradley Bayou; U.S. 2012 Olympic women’s gymnastic team member McKayla Maroney; and 2009 Miss America Katie Stam Irk.
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