Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Preliminary Night One: Official Results


Las Vegas, Nevada - January 20, 2009 - Miss Delaware Galen Giaccone was named Tuesday night's preliminary Talent winner for her Piano performance of "El Cubanchero" during the first night of competition of the 2009 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Galen will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Also in the spotlight was Miss Indiana Katie Stam, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black Winnwear swimsuit. Katie will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Be sure to tune in to the final episode of Countdown to the Crown on Friday, January 23 at 10:00pm on TLC. And watch live as a new Miss America is crowned at the 2009 Miss America Pageant airing live on TLC, Saturday, January 24, at 8 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. Central. The 2009 Miss America Pageant will be tape delayed to air at 8 p.m. PST and 9 p.m. Mountain.

As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization last year made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.

Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at

For up-to-the-minute competition news and information, as well as downloadable high-resolution images of Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund and the 2009 contestants, visit the 24-hour online pressroom at

To download photos of tonight's preliminary winners, go to Photos will be available for download, starting at 9:00am ET the morning following the preliminary competition.


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