A new Miss America judge from country music

Cole Swindell was on the 2016 panel

8/18 by Jonathan West - Thomas Rhett is a busy man these days. He welcomed his second daughter Ada James last weekend...announced during the week a 3 city tour all on September 8th to release his album "Life Changes"...and now will be a judge for the 2017 Miss America Pageant!

Other judges include fellow singer Jordin Sparks, People & Entertainment Weekly's Jess Cagle & actress Molly Sims. Rhett follows a country tradition at the event, with Cole Swindell as a judge last year and Brett Eldredge in 2015. The pageant airs live September 10th on ABC.

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