Fans will be able to vote for new Miss USA contestant on Twitter and Instagram

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HARTFORD – For the first time ever, fans will vote to add a 52nd contestant to join the 2016 Miss USA competition.

This year’s telecast will air live on Sunday, June 5, from 7-10 p.m. on FOX 61.

The hashtag “#FindingMiss52” will identify the search for a woman to join 51 contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia onstage for an opportunity to become the next Miss USA.

Applications are being accepted now for review by an expert judging panel who will ultimately select the top 10 #FindingMiss52 finalists based on originality/creativity, personality and a web interview.

The public will then have a chance to vote on the top 10 and the winner will be sent to compete alongside the other 51 contestants.

To be considered as the 52nd contestant, hopefuls should post three photos or videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52, and explain why they would be the best candidate.

Beginning on May 10, fans around the world will be able to vote for their favorite finalist. To learn more about this year’s Miss USA contestants , click here.