Gabby Douglas, Laura Marano join Miss America pageant panel

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) " Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and musician and actress Laura Marano have been added as celebrity judges for the 2017 Miss America competition.

Pageant officials made the announcement Monday.

The two will join NBA team owner and businessman Mark Cuban, actress Sara Foster, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes.

Douglas was the first all-around Olympic gold medalist in U.S. history to earn a spot on a second Olympic team. She also is one of two American gymnasts to win gold medals in back-to-back Olympics.

Marano played Ally in the Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally" show and will release a new album this year.

The pageant finale will be broadcast live from Atlantic City on ABC on Sept. 11, hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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