What are the contestant guidelines for the local pageant, state and national pageants?
What is the judging criteria?
Contestants in all Miss America preliminaries at the local, state and national level compete in five areas:
Contestants must participate in all phases of the competition. No exceptions
TALENT – 30%
Skill; personality; interpretive ability; technical skill level – execution, technique, synchronization, stage presence, on-state personality, totality of all elements – including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.
INTERVIEW – 25%
Qualities and attributes of a Miss America; overall first impression; personal appearance; personality; intelligence; validated opinions; speech; vocabulary and grammar; responses to context; style; and emotional control.
PHYSICAL FITNESS IN SWIMSUIT – 10%
Statement of physical fitness and health; overall physique which is pleasing to her height, weight and bone structure; sense of attractiveness; technique – including walk, posture, grace; sense of confidence; and presence.
EVENING WEAR – 15%
Sense of confidence; personality and stage presence; technique – including walk, posture; appropriateness of attire; sense of attractiveness.
ON-STAGE INTERVIEW – 20%
Overall “first impression” response to on-stage questions; personality, beauty and a confident, commanding presence; independence and sense of “courage of her convictions”; eloquence of communications; sense of commitment as a role model.