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Gabby Douglas To Join Miss America Judges Panel

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will join the 2017 Miss America competition judges panel.

The Olympian, who is fresh from a winning performance with the Final Five women of the U.S. Olympics gymnastics Team in Rio, will head to Atlantic City for the final round of competition.

“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas told USA TODAY in a statement. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across the USA and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!”

The Bachelor and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Host Chris Harrison will return to emcee the 96th annual competition show.

Douglas will be tasked with evaluating 52 contestants along with Business Mogul Mark Cuban, Actress Sara Foster, Singer-Songwriter Cole Swindell, former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes and Actress and Musician Laura Marano.

Additional judges will be announced in the coming weeks. The event will be broadcast live on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9ET on ABC.