Contestants in all Miss America preliminaries at the local and state level compete in the following areas:

  • Presentation & Community Achievement in Interview (25% of total score)

    Each contestant participates in a private 10-minute press conference-style interview with a panel of judges. There is a panel of five judges. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events, social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss Idaho.

  • Artistic Expression (35% of total score)

    Contestants perform a routine of up to 90 seconds of their own choosing. Possible talents might include singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Contact us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Scoring is based on contestant's skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.

  • Presence & Poise in Evening Wear (20% of total score)

    Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal "after five" social event. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on the overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness.

  • Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit (15% of total score)

    Each contestant appears on stage in a swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Swimsuits can be either one or two-piece, but must be approved prior to competition by the Director of the pageant. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique which is pleasing to her height, weight and bone structure, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence and presence on stage.

  • On Stage Question (5% of total score)

    Each contestant appears on stage and will answer a question at random in front of the audience.

  • Overall Composite Score (5% of total score on finals night)

    Each judge will score the contestant based on the overall performance in all phases of competition and whether or not she has the qualifications to be the title holder.


TEEN PROGRAM JUDGING CRITERIA


CONTESTANTS IN ALL MISS AMERICA PRELIMINARIES AT THE LOCAL AND STATE LEVEL COMPETE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Private Interview (25% of total score)

At the local level, each contestant participates in an individual 8-minute interview.  Interviews are 8 minutes at the state competition and 10 minutes at the national competition. There is a panel of five judges and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance.  Community Service is required on the local level.

Talent (35% of total score)

Contestants perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation.  Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.

Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score)

Each contestant briefly appears on-stage (up to 30 seconds) in the workout attire of her own choosing.  The Executive Director of the competition must approve workout attire prior to competition.  Workout attire must be age-appropriate, and typical of what a teenager would wear to workout at the gym.  An example of workout attire includes shorts (above the knee) with a sleeveless top or half top and tennis shoes.  Swimsuits and clothing specifically for dance, such as a leotard are not permitted.  Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of strong physical fitness and health, sense of attractiveness and presence, display of energy, charisma and expression, sense of confidence and composure.

 On-Stage Question in Evening Wear (25% of score)

Each contestant appears on stage in an evening gown of her own choosing; something appropriate for her age.  Each contestant will answer a question on-stage.  Questions will be of a general nature and will be neither platform-related nor something taken directly from the private interview.  The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including, but not limited to, local, state, and national current events. Contestant will then model.  Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, walk and posture, appropriate of attire, sense of attractiveness, extemporaneous response to an on-stage question, contestant’s ability to answer the question in the context in which it was asked, contestant’s ability to handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience.