Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 | 6:52 a.m.
See all of the Sun's 2010 Miss America Pageant coverage.
Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk was named last night’s preliminary Talent winner for her lyrical dance performance to “Lifetime" during the third and concluding preliminary night of competition of the 2010 Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood. Nicole receives a $2,000 scholarship. Also in the spotlight was Miss Oregon C.C. Barber, who was the preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness winner in a black Winnwear swimsuit. C.C. will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Last night’s host was Dena Blizzard, a former Miss New Jersey and comedienne. During the show, Dena judged the panel of six celebrity judges -- radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh won, and actress Vivica A. Fox was the runner-up. 2009 Miss America Katie Stam presented the winners with their awards, and our contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was front and center for our early morning photo gallery.
Tune in to the one-hour special Miss America: Behind the Curtain tonight at 10 on TLC hosted by Clinton Kelly after his 250th broadcast of What Not to Wear. He will announce “America's Choice,” the 12 contestants selected by the other 41 pageant participants. For the first time, the contestants themselves will vote for who they think should be in the semifinals, and of course they cannot nominate themselves!
TV viewers will be able to start voting for those 12 right after Clinton’s show ends tonight. The results are tabulated with the judges’ voting, and the Top 15 from judges and viewers will be announced within the first 20 minutes of tomorrow’s telecast. The 2010 Miss America Pageant airs on TLC at 8 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. CST. The telecast will be tape delayed to air at 8 p.m. PST and 9 p.m. MST.
Vegas DeLuxe will be covering all the excitement during the broadcast and with our first interview with the new Miss America immediately after her first press conference. Shortly after her coronation, we’ll have that one-on-one video interview, plus the handing over the crown by 2009 Miss America Katie Stam and all the other emotional action photos.
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