Miss America 2017 will air this Sunday, and we're super-excited. Now fans are wondering about the time and channel of this year's pageant.

You can watch the 2017 Miss America pageant starting at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. But if you cannot get to a television, you may be able to watch a live stream of the 2016 competition on ABC.com. Be aware, though, that you need to live in certain markets and have an account with a participating TV provider. 

Chris Harrison returns to host the Miss America pageant in 2016. And he'll be joined by ESPN's Sage Steele.

Watch an interview with the first preliminary winners at Miss America 2017.

As usual, there will be several celebrity judges on hand to help determine the winner of Miss America 2017. The panel includes Ciara, Mark Cuban, Gabby Douglas, Sara Foster, Laura Marano, Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes.

"Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year," Douglas said in a statement before the Miss America 2017 pageant. "The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!"

And there are plenty of women worth rooting for at Miss America 2017. Miss Missouri Erin O'Flaherty is the first-ever openly gay contestant to compete at the pageant.

"People should understand that my year as Miss Missouri and hopefully as Miss America will not be solely about the fact that I'm gay," she said before the 2016 pageant. "While I honor the LGBT community and I am proud to be part of it, I have goals that have nothing to do with my sexuality. I encourage people to understand that this is who I am but it's not all that I am."

Miss America 2017 Laura Lee Lewis Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis is competing on a mentoring platform after being bullied as a a child (Photo: AdMedia / Splash News).

Then there is Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis. The Miss America 2017 contestant was bullied as a child after being born with a facial deformity called mid facial hypoplasia. She eventually had surgery to fix the problem, and now she is hoping to inspire others who had similar experiences.

"My goal is to make a difference on the lives of others," she said before the pageant. "And that's what's been my focus in this organization, is not focusing on what is on the outside, not focusing on the ugliness, but focusing on spreading a message of positivity and hope that this country really needs to hear and see right now." 

Who do you want to win Miss America 2017? Let us know your take in our comments section below!