The Disney star is one of seven celebrity panellists who will decide the winner from 52 women representing their home states and territories.

Coleman, 18, says in a statement, "It's great to be part of a show that celebrates women who are in college or graduated, and striving to make the world a better place through their chosen platform, ranging from domestic violence and bullying to cancer research and female empowerment, while also embracing beauty and fashion."

Coleman joins country star Brett Eldredge and actress-turned-Paralympian Amy Purdy, among others, on the judging panel.

Now in its 95th year, the 2016 Miss America pageant will take place on 13 September (15) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.