Pageant mistakes are normal but not the major or serious ones! Let me talk about some “Top Pageant Mistakes”. Let us enumerate these things:
- Judges should avoid clapping nor laughing or showing a sign of agreement or awe to any candidate or contestant. This is to not suggest nor influence the other members of the panel to give a favorable score to the performing candidate.
- Judges should understand the awards being asked from them to search and select for among the candidates specially “Best In” awards. “Best in Gown” is different from “Best Gown”. This should be kept in mind by the judges to determine who really is: the deserving candidate for “Best IN Gown”. (The candidate who is the BEST among the other delegates while wearing their gowns or are “INside” their gowns.) The winner must be the one who was able to carry and walk her gown well and not the one who has worn the best and most beautiful gown.
- Candidates should never initiate “beso-beso” (Filipino practice of dumping one’s cheek together with the other individual as a sign of friendship, rapport, congratulatory conveyance, etc.). This is to be fair with the other candidates. Doing such is putting your one foot forward outside the parameter line. You are taking advantage of your opportunity to establish rapport to the awarding-judge while the other candidates may not have the chance to do so.
- Directors or choreographers never lose their temper nor belittle candidates or anybody else regardless of their reason. Being professional is no different from being kind, punctual, righteous, caring, motivating, inspiring, and lighthearted and most of all, fair.
- Money prizes must be unannounced to the public but be shared with the candidates. It is no good to do such no matter how big the prizes are. It may sound that the delegates are there to win the prizes and not for the title or for the cause of the pageant.
- Sashes and other awards addressing a candidate should be using “Miss” not “Ms.” The latter may refer to an aged-unmarried-woman or a widow, hence, not appropriate to address to a young-single-lady like to a pageant candidate . So it should be “Miss Congeniality”, and not “Ms.Congeniality”, etc.
- A beauty pageant is a competition at the end of the day but winning friends and their accolades is equally important to winning the crown, so candidates must not sacrifice either of the two.