Betty Cantrell, Miss Georgia, was crowned Miss America 2016 on Sunday.
She was crowned by last year’s winner Kira Kazantsev during ABC’s live broadcast of the 2016 competition from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
First, second, third and fourth runners-up were Miss Mississippi, Hannah Roberts; Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson; Miss Louisiana, April Nelson; and Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin; respectively.
During the talent portion of the competition, Cantrell impressed the judges with a performance of an aria from the opera “Madame Butterfly,” but stumbled during the question round when talking about Tom Brady‘s Deflategate, having to ask the judge to repeat his question.
“Did he cheat? Um, that’s a really good question,” she said. “I’m not sure. I think I’d have to be there to see the ball, and feel it to make sure it was deflated or not deflated … If there were any question to be had, I think that he definitely cheated, and he should’ve been suspended for that. That’s not fair.”
The winner was chosen by a panel of judges led by former Miss America Vanessa Williams. The judging panel also included country musician Brett Eldredge; wife of the U.S. Navy Seal portrayed in “American Sniper,” Taya Kyle; actress Danica McKellar; “Shark Tank” investor Kevin O’Leary; Paralympian Amy Purdy; and Disney Channel star Zendaya.
The broadcast, hosted by “The Bachelor’s” Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet, also saw the Miss America Organization offering a formal apology to Williams 32 years after she was forced to resign when nude photos from her past were published in Penthouse magazine.
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