5 quick eliminations shape top 5 at Miss America (AP)

This Jan. 12, 2012 photo provided by Miss America shows, Miss New York Kaitlin Monte who scored honors in the lifestyle and fitness category in the third round of the Miss America talent competition in Las Vegas, on Thursday. Jan.12, 2012. The finals are Saturday at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. (AP Photo Miss America)AP – Contestants from Iowa, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Illinois have been eliminated from the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, leaving five contestants in the running for the title with three competitions to come.

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