(PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY) When Miss America 2014 is crowned in Atlantic City on Sept. 15, she will not be serenaded by the iconic song that has been part of almost every pageant since 1955.
The song “Miss America,” best known by its opening line “There she is, Miss America,” is no longer included in the pageant, Miss America Organization Vice President Sharon Pearce confirmed. She said in an email that no decision has been made on the final musical selection.
The omission appears to stem from a lawsuit filed by the deceased songwriter Bernie Wayne’s wife, Phyllis, in April 2012. She accused the pageant of using the song without the proper license in both 2011 and 2012.