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Miss America 2019: Meet the Celebrity Judge Panel with Jessie James Decker, Laila Ali, Carnie Wilson & More

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‘The 2019 Miss America Competition‘ will be underway tonight at Atlantic City’s famous Boardwalk Hall!

51 stunning women will take the stage to compete for the coveted title of “Miss America 2019” showcasing their intellect, talent, and beauty.

Meet the 2019 Miss America Celebrity Judge Panel

Laila Ali – Former Boxer & Author

Laila Ali at the 2018 ESPYS

Laila Ali at the 2018 ESPYS | (ABC/Image Group LA)

Laila Ali, 40, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand is a proud mother of two.  She is the youngest daughter of the late Muhammad Ali and carries the title of three-time boxing hall of fame inductee herself!  Ali is currently the author of the best-selling cookbook “Food For Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food From My Table To Yours!”

Bobby Bones – Radio Show Host

Bobby Bones at American Idol 2018

Bobby Bones at American Idol 2018 | (ABC/Eric McCandless)


Bobby Bones, 38, is host of the nationally syndicated radio show, ‘The Bobby Bones Show,’ which broadcasts to more than 120 stations and has millions of listeners each week.  Bones was dubbed “The most powerful man in country music” by Forbes Magazine.  He also lent his talent of recognizing up and coming talent to last season of “American Idol” as a mentor.

He is currently a touring stand up comedian.

Jessie James Decker – Country Music Singer

Jessie James Decker

ERIC & JESSIE — Season 3 — Pictured: Jesse James Decker — (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/E! Entertainment)


Decker, 30, is a country music singer and songwriter plus a television personality.  Jessie starred alongside her husband Eric in the hit reality show on E! “Eric and Jessie.”  This mom of two is also a creator and designer of Kittenish, a fashion line inspired by her personal style.

Her first book, “Just Jessie” is a guide to love, life, family and food which will be released on October 2, 2018.


Randy Jackson – Music Producer and Television Host

Randy Jackson at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards

Randy Jackson at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards | (Disney Channel/Image Group LA)


Randy Jackson, 62, is a GRAMMY Award winning producer.  He most widely known for his time on ‘American Idol’ for 13 seasons as a judge alongside Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.  Jackson has had a full career having worked with some of the top names in the business such as Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, and more.


Soledad O’Brien – Award Winning Journalist

Soledad O'Brien on Mysteries and Scandals

MYSTERIES AND SCANDALS — “Gallery” — Pictured: Soledad O’Brien — (Photo by: Piotr Sikora/Oxygen)


Soledad O’Brien, 51, is a journalist, speaker and author.  She anchors, “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.”  She is founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group.


Alli Webb – Entrepreneur

Alli Webb of Dry Bar

Alli Webb, Founder of Dry Bar | (ABC/Michael Yada)


Alli Webb , 38, is an entrepreneur and founder of Drybar.  After 15 years as a professional hair stylist, she left the industry to start a family.  When coming back into the work force, she began offering in-home blowout services to her mommy friends.

The business quickly expanded into a mobile operation.  Fast forward to today and there are over 100 locations across the United States.

Recently, Webb launched a podcast with her brother and business partner, Michael Landau, called “Raising the Bar,” the latest extension of her ever-expanding empire. The weekly show provides a platform to budding entrepreneurs.


Carnie Wilson – Entrepreneur and Host

Carnie Wilson on Celebrity Family Feud

Carnie Wilson (ABC/Eric McCandless)


Carnie Wilson, 50, is the daughter of famed Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson.  Wilson herself has a career in music as well as a singer, songwriter, and voice-over artist.

Wilson is the founder and co-owner of a dessert company selling yummy bite-sized desserts called “Love Bites By Carnie.”

You can currently see Carnie guest co-host for CBS’s “The Talk.”


Tune into ‘2019 Miss America Competition’ on ABC, Sunday September 9th at 9pm EST.