Highlights from the 2012 Miss America Pageant

Fifty-three contestants compete for the title of Miss America -- the winner will be crowned Jan. 14.

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On Night 3, Miss New York Kaitlin Monte wins the preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness competition.
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On Night 3, Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape wins the preliminary Talent competition.
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Miss New York, left, and Miss Hawaii.
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On Night 3, Miss New York Kaitlin Monte wins the preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness competition.
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On Night 3, Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape wins the preliminary Talent competition.
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Miss New York Kaitlin Monte with 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan.
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Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape with 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan.
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Miss Texas Kendall Morris competes in the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness competition.
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Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson performs her Irish Step Dance routine.
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On Night 2, Miss Texas won the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness competition, left, while Miss Oklahoma won the preliminary talent competition with her Irish Step Dance performance.
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Miss Oklahoma, Betty Thompson.
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Miss Texas, Kendall Morris.
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On Night 1, Miss Utah Danica Olsen competes in the Lifestyle & Fitness competition.
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On Night 1, Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler competes in the Talent portion with her operatic vocal performance of Il Bacio.
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Miss Utah and Miss Wisconsin.
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Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, left, with Miss Utah Danica Olsen.
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Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan with Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler.
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Miss Utah, Danica Olsen.
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Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler.
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