There many changes to Miss America this time around, some big and some subtle.

The 2019 competition saw the elimination of it's legendary swimsuit category, and a formally recognized evening gown category. Instead we saw the show open with casually dressed candidates who asked each other 'interview' questions for the first time in the competition's history. There was also a 'red carpet' setup, all 10 finalists performed their talent, and the candidates actually stepped all the way up to the judges panel for their final interview. Oh, and there was no playing of the 'Here She Is, Miss America' theme.

Although I can appreciate a focus more on the intelligence and personality of the girls, as opposed their appearance, I don't know that it quite had the flare or drama. SOMETHING was missing, though I can't quite put my finger on WHAT.

Ratings we down from last year's telecast, according to Forbes. Approximately 4.3 million viewers tuned in for this year's crowning, down from 5.6 million viewers last year.

That being said, it's always an incredible moment to watch a new Miss America be named and crowned, and another woman cementing her place in history. Congratulations to Nia Franklin who began Sunday night at Boardwalk Hall representing the state of New York, and ended the night as our new Miss America.

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