Miss America Preliminary Winners Announced

Miss Texas Shilah Phillips won the preliminary talent competition for her vocal performance of “I Believe in You and Me” on the first night of competition in the 2007 Miss America Pageant at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday night (Jan. 25). Phillips will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson won the preliminary category of lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit in a yellow two-piece Venus swimsuit. Nelson will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Miss America Pageant will air on CMT on Monday (Jan. 29) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.