Sunday, January 25, 2009

Miss America Crowned As Mario Lopez Hosts

Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America on Saturday night, fighting off a throat infection, laryngitis and 51 other contestants to win the 88-year-old pageant.

The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student became the first Miss America winner from the Hoosier State. She drew loud applause for her rendition of ``Via Dolorosa'' during the talent portion of the beauty pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

In its second year on TLC, former THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL actor Mario Lopez hosted with an assist from Clinton Kelly of TLC's WHAT NOT TO WEAR. Judges included former GUIDING LIGHT actress Laura Bell Bundy, Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson, hairstylist Ken Paves and Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones.

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