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There she is...Miss America 2016 is crowned

The new Miss America will take the traditional morning-after romp through the Atlantic City surf Monday morning.

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell won the title on Sunday night.

Cantrell rode an opera performance from "Madame Butterfly" to the 2016 title in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, besting 51 other competitors in the nationally televised pageant. She won a preliminary competition earlier in the week, also with an opera performance.

The Top 10 contestants in the Miss America pageant were Miss Florida; Miss Oklahoma, Miss Louisiana, Miss Tennessee, Miss Texas, Miss Alabama, Miss Colorado, Miss South Carolina, Miss Mississippi and Miss Georgia.

The pageant included contestants from all 50 states, The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

It was the 95th year of the pageant, which began in Atlantic City as a way to extend the summer tourism season. The pageant saw the return of the song "Miss America," best known for the line, "There she is, Miss America." The song had been absent from the pageant for the past five years amid a legal dispute over the right to use it.

The pageant marked the return of Vanessa Williams, who was back for the first time after resigning the crown in 1984 following a nude photo scandal. On Sunday, she said, "I want to thank everyone who has come up to me over the past 32 years and said, 'You'll always be MY Miss America.' I got a chance to be on the stage and represent what I represented back in 1984. Thank you so much for being so welcoming to me."

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Miss America 1984 Vanessa Williams performs during the Miss America Pageant at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sept. 13, 2015
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Pageant Executive Chairman Sam Haskell apologized on behalf of the pageant to Williams, who served as head judge.