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The MISS AMERICA Organization, Dick Clark productions and ABC today announced the first four celebrity judges for the final night of THE 2018 MISS AMERICACOMPETITION "; multi-platinum ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett, author, actress and model Molly Sims, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle. Additional celebrity judges to be announced in the coming weeks. The judges panel will evaluate the contestants' performances in Lifestyle and Fitness, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions during the "The 2018 MISS AMERICA Competition," which will air live on ABC from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 - 11:00p.m. ET/PT). The MISS AMERICA Competition showcases the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

"I'm so excited to be a judge at this year's competition and am happy to participate alongside an organization that is an advocate for women's education," said Molly Sims. "I'm looking forward to seeing all the young women who have come this far and hearing more about them and their interests!"

"I am honored to participate as a judge for the MISS AMERICACompetition this year," said Jordin Sparks. "I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I'm lucky it's given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No DOUBT they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent."

Grammy nominated and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett is set to debut his third album LIFE CHANGES on September 8. It is the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits, with its lead single "Craving You" quickly skyrocketing to No. 1. LIFE CHANGES follows the release of his sophomore effort TANGLED UP DELUXE, which tapped into something widespread and universal earning major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT MUSIC AWARDS and more. Thomas Rhett has proved to have a "commanding stage presence" (Rolling Stone) as he continues on his "energetic and dance worthy" (Hits Daily Double) first headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR.

Molly Sims is recognized for her work as an actress, model, humanitarian and author. She is often noted for her savvy sense of style and fashion, which she showcases on her blog, MollySims.com. Most recently, Molly teamed up with Awestruck to launch "The Molly Sims Youtube channel" which serves as an extension of her existing digital platforms. Sims released her first book, "The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness SECRETS Made Simple" in January 2015, which was a New York Times best seller. She will release her second book, "Everyday Chic: My SECRETS for Entertaining, Organizing, and Decorating at Home," later this year on October 10th. She recently guest starred on the TBS show "Men At Work" and played the manipulative Delinda Deline for 5 seasons on NBC's hit television series, "Las Vegas." In addition to her successful television career, Molly has also appeared on the silver screen in feature films including "Yes Man," "Fired Up," "The Benchwarmers" and "Starsky & Hutch." Molly's acting career began to soar after she landed the coveted role as host on MTV's House of Style. In addition to her contract with MTV at the time, Sims gained even more recognition after signing an exclusive, multi-year contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics. Furthermore, she gained even more attention as the ultimate celebrity icon from her Old Navy commercials and, of course, her sultry images in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT Issue four years consecutively. She has also been featured in advertising campaigns for CoverGirl, Jimmy Choo, Old Navy, Michael Kors, Victoria's Secret, M&Ms, Nautica, Armani, Chanel and H&M. As a philanthropist, Sims works closely with Baby2Baby and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.