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Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Virginia win preliminary rounds

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Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron sings during the Talent portion of the 2010 Miss America Pageant preliminary competition at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 26, 2010. Cameron was crowned the 2010 Miss America.

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Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron and Miss Puerto Rico Mimi Pabon at the 2010 Miss America Pageant preliminary competition at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 26, 2010.

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Miss Puerto Rico Mimi Pabon competes in the Lifestyle & Fitness portion of the 2010 Miss America Pageant preliminary competition at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 26, 2010.

Puerto Rico is represented in the Miss America Pageant for the first time in more than 50 years, and that representative — Mimi Pabon — is making up for lost time.

Walking the stag in a black Winnwear bikini, Pabon was named the winner of the first Lifestyle & Fitness category, earning a $1,000 scholarship Tuesday during the first evening of the 2010 preliminary competition at the Theater for Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood.

Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron was named preliminary Talent winner for her vocal performance of Beyonce's "Listen" from Dreamgirls. She received a $2,000 scholarship.

The celebrity judges who voted last night are actress Vivica A. Fox, Olympic champion Shawn Johnson, jazz instrumentalist Dave Koz, 2002 Miss America Katie Harman, American Idol finalist Brooke White and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

They were seated in two short rows of three apiece flanked on both sides by a changing security detail. Additional security guards blocked each aisle leading to the stage area where the judges were seated.

The first one-hour special, Miss America: Behind the Curtain, airs at 10 p.m. Friday on TLC. This is the first time a reality show has featured what goes on in the four days leading up to the crowning of Miss America. More than 95 percent of the show is being filmed here in Las Vegas.

The 2010 Miss America Pageant beings at 5 p.m. Saturday and will be aired live on the East Coast and tape-delayed to 8 p.m. PST.