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Miss America to Sin City

11/16/2005 9:33 AM Eastern

The 2006 Miss America Pageant will be held at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Country Music Television announced Wednesday.

CMT will air the event live Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. (EST/PST).

ABC dropped the rights to air the Miss America Pageant last year, and the event had been held in Atlantic City, N.J., for the past 84 years.

“By bringing Miss America to Las Vegas, we are coming to a top-rate production town with excellent promotional opportunities,” CMT vice president of programming and development Paul Villadolid said in a prepared statement.

“The Aladdin Resort & Casino helps us to create a glamorous new vision of the pageant and gives us an inspiring venue for the crowning of the next Miss America,” he added.

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