Local Outstanding Teen Pageant Judging Criteria

Contestants in the Local Outstanding Teen Competition are evaluated in five areas:

Private Interview (25% of total score)

At the local level, each contestant participates in an individual 6 minute press conference style interview with the panel of judges, with the contestant standing at a podium. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their resume, their educational and career goals, 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.

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 comedic monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Contact the Executive Director of your Local Competition with questions 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 appears briefly on stage (up to 30 seconds) in workout attire. The Local Executive Director must approve each contestant's workout attire prior to the competition. Workout attire must be age appropriate, and typical of what a teenager would wear to workout at a gym. An example of workout attire includes shorts (above the knee) with a sleeveless top or half top with 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 evening wear 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 not be 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. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness 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.

Legend for table above:

  1. Eligible if the contestant reaches 13 years of age by the first day of the 2017 Miss California's Outstanding Teen Competition.
  2. This chart represents eligibility based on a potential contestants Age and Education. There are some other eligibility requirements and rules including Residency, Citizenship, Other Personal Characteristics, Contractual and other obligations and any special requirements of the Local or State Organization. Refer to the current MAO Teen Application and Contract for Local and State Competitions for more detailed requirements
  3. The last day that a local Miss Competition may be conducted in the State. March 19, 2017.
  4. In this case the contestant could also be a high school graduate or have received her GED.
  5. In this case the contestant must graduate from high school or receive her GED by the end of the Spring 2017 school year.