Phases of Competition

Interview: Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, 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, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss America. Interview is worth 25% of their total score.

Prior to the interview contestants are asked to submit a resume and a platform statement. This is delivered to the judges along with the contestants head shot. 

Talent: Contestants perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. 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. Talent is worth 30% of their total score.

Evening Wear: Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness. Evening Wear is worth 15% of their total score.

Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit: Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one or two piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique and proportion, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence and presence on stage. Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit is worth 10% of their total score.

On-Stage Question: Each contestant will be asked one on-stage question about her personal platform. The contestant is judged on how well she answers the impromptu question. On-Stage Question is worth 20% of their total score.