'DWTS' judge, 50, will host the 2019 'Miss America' competition
Carrie Ann Inaba will host the event alongside television personality Ross Matthews. The Miss America Organization and ABC announced the news on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old has choreographed the competition for years in the past but will take front and center at the 2018 Miss American Competition to be held on September 9th.
According to Daily Mail, it will broadcast live on ABC from Atlantic City's Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
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Inaba spoke about the decision:
"I am honored to be invited to host The 2019 Miss America Competition. I choreographed the Miss America Competition for years and am thrilled to be this year's host."
I"m humbled to have the chance to be part of an evening that will give young women the opportunity to further their education and crown a new Miss America."
Inaba acknowledges how the highly esteemed event "encourages women to be strong, intelligent and radiant women in the world."
Matthews is also excited about the event, expressing how he would have liked to be in the competition himself:
"Since I'll never get to compete for the Miss America crown, this is the next best thing."
Matthews anticipates working with Inaba:
"I feel like a lucky fan who won a golden ticket and gets to stand on stage alongside the gorgeous Carrie Ann Inaba and 51 incredible women knowing that one will be officially crowned the new Miss America. It's a dream to be asked and I am beyond excited to get to Atlantic City. Who knows? Maybe the winner will even let me try on the crown!"
The event has had its missteps, however. An internal e-mail investigation produced a scandal which caused several executives, including the CEO Sam Haskell to resign and the swimsuit segment to be discontinued.
The competition will feature 51 women from the various states in the country. They will compete for a winning scholarship and the opportunity to use their title in contributing thousands of community service hours.
Inaba is no stranger to hosting. She has worked on The TV Land Awards, Dance Fever, American Juniors, Dance Wars: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance. She will continue as a judge on the 27th season of Dancing With The Stars.