Know your Pageant System!
The judges’ first pet peeve: when a contestant is unfamiliar with the system they are trying to represent. For example, say you are running for Miss Ohio USA and during your interview a judge asks you “Who is your favorite past Miss Ohio USA?” and you have no prior knowledge on any past queens or even the current reigning queen. Needless to say your answer will not exactly win its way into a judge’s heart. This also goes along with remembering what you put on your profile when you enter a pageant. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of the the resume or application you sent into the pageant with your entry so you can freshen up on what you wrote about yourself.
Know your Pageant Title!
The second pet peeve: not knowing your pageant title or more importantly your name! You only have approximately 10 seconds to make a first impression and I don’t recommend wasting that precious time trying to remember your title for the pageant. As easy as it is to slip up or get nervous on the spot, when you introduce yourself, DO NOT MESS UP YOUR OWN NAME! From that moment on, the judges are distracted and will not take you seriously. If this does happen, brush it off, maybe with a little humor, but do not dwell on this mistake.
Address ALL the Judges!
The Third pet peeve: Make sure you address ALL of the judges in your interview. Try not to focus solely on the friendly judge that keeps smiling at you, or the one that asked you the question directly. Address all the judges interviewing you and make them all feel your warm presence as you answer their questions with poise and ease.
Use Proper Grammar!
The fourth pet peeve our helpful panel of judges gave us is: Use proper grammar during the interview process. The easiest way to assure yourself that you will present correctly is to practice. You can guarantee that the information you wrote on your questionnaire about yourself and your accomplishments to submit to the pageant a head of time will be asked so practice how you want to answer these questions. And more importantly-when you answer these questions- DO NOT OVERUSE “LIKE!” Judges can't pay attention to what you are trying to say when the word "like" is grossly over used. Make sure you practice in front of others so they can catch any grammar mistakes!
Choose a Flattering Wardrobe
The fifth pet peeve judges are extremely picky about is: Choosing the best pageant wardrobe that flatters your figure and personality. I received multiple responses from our judges about contestants selecting too revealing clothing, particularly in Interview, or wearing the wrong type of garment that doesn't follow competition guidelines. The best advice I received from former pageant director of the Miss Teen Ohio-World Organization, Christine Wright is, “If you wouldn't feel comfortable to meet the president of our country let alone the president of the pageant or organization you’re competing in, why would you wear it to "interview" for the job you wish to represent?” Christine added, “You can still be stunning and sexy in a classy way without the hem length of your skirt coming up!”
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