Miss Tennessee wins prelim talent contest for Miss America Pageant

JACKSON, Tenn. — For the first time in 30 years, a “Miss Tennessee” has won the talent preliminary contest in the Miss America Pageant.

Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess

Miss Tennessee 2016 Grace Burgess

Grace Burgess, 22, took home the Miss Tennessee title back in June, and this Sunday on ABC 7 she’ll compete for Miss America.

Tuesday night, Burgess claimed a talent preliminary win with a rendition of “Desperado” by the Eagles.

She’ll return to the stage Wednesday night for the “onstage question” followed by swimsuit and evening gown preliminaries on Thursday.

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