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PAGEANT PROCESS

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Mr. United States & Mr. Teen United States

REQUIRED CATEGORIES

There are five categories that comprise the percentage-tally to select the Semi-finalists for Mr. United States and Mr. Teen United States.  All five categories are mandatory and have a different percentage factor at each phase of the competition.  Preliminary competitions include:   Private Interview, Community Platform, Fitness/Swimwear, Runway Fashion, and Formalwear. The final category, On-Stage Question, only applies to the Top 4 Finalists.  It carries a percentage amount combined with all other scored categories.


PRIVATE INTERVIEW

Private Interview consists of a seven-minute (7:00) interview conducted by the judges with each contestant.  The interview is designed to discover the contestant’s interests, opinions, aspirations, accomplishments, poise, presence, and his ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the title.  Traditional standard for business interview attire is most appropriate; however, contemporary trends that maintain the standard of business-appropriate are acceptable.  Each interview is formatted in four specific sections:

 
  • Opening Statement (15 seconds or less)
  • Business Interview Questions (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Media/Press Round Robin (approximately 1.5 minutes)
  • Closing Statement (15 seconds or less)
 

The interview will give the judges insight into the contestant’s personality, the depth of knowledge about current events, the ability to handle difficult questions, and how well he is able to answer questions and validate his answers. The interview is structured in a manner to determine if he could be a well-rounded spokesperson for the national organization

Private Interview Scoring Criteria Includes:

 
  • The ability to express and distinguish his beliefs and opinions
  • Ability to fulfill national titleholder job responsibilities
  • Awareness of social issues and national concerns
  • Confident and commanding presence
  • Personality, appearance and attractiveness
  • Exceptional communication skills, articulate speech, vocabulary, and grammar
 
 

COMMUNITY PLATFORM

Community Platform consists of the combination of two components:  Pre-pageant social media/community work, and the pageant presentation of information.  Each contestant must select a platform issue/concept in which he cares deeply.  The platform should be relevant to our country and usable by social media outlets to inform, encourage, and/or inspire others.  The pre-pageant work will not be separately scored, but factored into the presentation at the pageant.  Contestants can use a wide range of tools to present their community work at the national pageant including but not limited to:  multimedia presentation, posters, flyers, brochures, reports, website/online content, etc…  Specific rules are submitted to each state titleholder once selected.

Community Platform Scoring Criteria Includes:

 
  • The depth of community work efforts and its effect on the community
  • Personal platform knowledge, passion, understanding and commitment to purpose
  • Use of social media to advance platform issue in society
  • Organization, creativity, and effectiveness of presentation
  • Exceptional communication skills, articulate speech, vocabulary, and grammar
 
 

FITNESS/SWIMWEAR

Fitness/Swimwear displays each contestant’s ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle of nutrition and physical fitness.  Judges consider each contestant’s sense of confidence, attractiveness, and presence.  It is important to remember that it is not about any particular body style, shape or frame.  This category is more about how well he maintains good health, and his ability to represent the organization as a fitness/swimwear model.

Fitness/Swimwear Scoring Criteria Includes:

 
  • Attractiveness and Presence – Can he be the face of the organization in the lifestyle industry? 
  • Lifestyle Statement of Strong Physical Health – Is the contestant toned, firm, and physically fit?
  • Modeling Ability – Does he exhibit good posture?  Does he walk with poise and confidence?
  • Overall Presentation – Does he exhibit energy, charisma, self-composure, and an attractive expression?
 
 

RUNWAY FASHIOn

Runway Fashion showcases each contestant’s ability to model fashion befitting for the runway.  Judges consider each contestant’s choice of attire, style, fashion-appeal, and presence.  Runway Fashion wardrobe choices should meet industry standards of appropriateness and design.  All choices should be tasteful, current, and relevant.  Judges are not only scoring the wardrobe selection, but also the manner in which he carries himself as a professional model.  Contestants should avoid formalwear, and should not select costumes that are not functional as apparel.

Runway Fashion Scoring Criteria Includes:

 
  • Style and Fashion – Can he be the face of the organization in the fashion industry?
  • Personality Statement of Character – Is his choice memorable and in alignment with his personality?
  • Modeling Ability – Does he exhibit good posture?  Does he walk with poise and confidence?
  • Marketability – Could his look be seen on a professional runway?
  • Overall Presentation – Does he exhibit energy, charisma, self-composure, and an attractive expression?
 
 

FORMALWEAR

Formalwear reveals each contestant’s charm and poise to be considered The Nation’s Gentleman.  Judges consider each contestant’s choice of attire, class, and presence while modeling.  Formalwear presentation should project his attractiveness and composure.  Formalwear choices must not be business attire; however, trendy selections of high-fashion formalwear are acceptable.  Judges are not only scoring the wardrobe selection, but also the manner in which he carries himself as a professional model.  Contestants should avoid unapproachable projections.  His gentleman’s style and class will be considered far more than the apparel alone.

Formalwear Scoring Criteria Includes:

 
  • Sense of Confidence and Poise – Is he immediately recognizable as a gentleman?
  • Stage Presence – Does he command the stage? Is his handsome presence genuinely felt?
  • Modeling Ability – Does he exhibit good posture?  Does he walk with poise and confidence?
  • Complimentary Wardrobe – Is his formalwear selection complimentary to his natural appeal?
  • Overall Presentation – Does he exhibit energy, charisma, self-composure, and an attractive expression?
 
 

ON-STAGE QUESTION

On-Stage Question demonstrates each contestant’s ability to respond to a question in front of a live audience.  Judges are listening for each contestant’s capability to express his opinion while answering the question in the context of which it was asked.  Contestants are allowed forty-five seconds (0:45) to answer an on-stage question that could include but not be limited to subjects such as: current events, social issues, morals and values, etc…  Judges are not only scoring each contestant’s response on its sensibility, but also on how well he validated his opinion.

On-Stage Question Scoring Criteria Includes:

 
  • Does the contestant possess the charisma and stage presence to be a spokesman for the national organization?
  • Did the contestant answer the question in the context in which it was asked?
  • Did the contestant display a commanding presence?
  • Is the contestant able to handle the pressure of being questioned and responding in front of an audience?
  • Did he make the audience want to listen to him?
  • Will his peers view him as a role model who is reflective of today’s generation?
 

OPTIONAL CATEGORIES

There are two optional categories that Teen & Mr. Contestants can compete:  Talent & People’s Choice.  Both competitions are separate from the final results tally and are not mandatory for any contestant.  The winner of each of the two optional categories automatically advances to the Top 12 Semifinals.  The two individuals selected as the optional category winners will use all other preliminary scores to factor advancement into the next round.

 

TALENT

Talent consists of a two minutes and thirty seconds (2:30) performance.  Judges are looking for contestants with proficient training and presentational performance skills.  The talent category judges the quality of the performance, technical skill level, stage presence and the interest and entertainment value.

Talent Scoring Criteria Includes: