Scoring the Miss America Top 5 Questions

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: September 11, 2017. Category: Pageant Competition, Pageant Interview

Watching the Miss America pageant is always a fun way to spend an evening. But, the moment the winner is crowned I start receiving text messages asking what I thought of the Top 5 Questions. So here are last night’s Miss America Top 5 Questions, how I would score the answers, and some pageant coaching tips to improve your onstage interview.

Question 1: “There are multiple investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia on the election. Well, did they? You’re the jury: guilty or innocent? And please explain your verdict.”

Answer, Miss Missouri: “Right now, I would have to say innocent, because not enough information has been revealed. We are still

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What You Must Know About the Pageant Interview Style

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: September 5, 2017. Category: Pageant Competition, Pageant Interview

Contestants often spend hours and hours reviewing the wardrobe requirements for their pageant competition. They know what the opening number outfit looks like and the accessories they’re allowed to wear. They understand the swimsuit or fitness outfit requirements and have looked at every single photo of last year’s gowns. But, even after all that research, […]

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How to Know What the Judges Are Looking For

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: August 28, 2017. Category: Pageant Competition

Whether you’re a beginning or experienced contestant, you probably wonder what the judges are looking for in the next titleholder. What skills do I need to possess? Last year’s winner wore a white dress, should I wear one too? Is there anything about myself that I need to change in order to win? These questions […]

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Your Judges Are Not Your Mother

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: August 21, 2017. Category: Inspiration, Pageant Competition, Pageant Interview

Recently I saw a social media post from a pageant contestant. In the post, the contestant bitterly complained that the judges ‘just didn’t understand why she would be a great titleholder’. It was clearly all their fault. Based on her negative, blaming post, I can easily guess why the judges didn’t vote for her. Don’t […]

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Get Smart With Your Pageant Makeup

Posted by ValerieHayes. Date: August 14, 2017. Category: Pageant Competition, Pageant Makeup

It’s one of the most well-known rules in pageantry: to get top scores you need to look great. And to look great, you must have a great pageant makeup look. But it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Pageant makeup is completely different from any other type of makeup. Typically, there’s more highlighting and […]

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