Judges

Below is a list of the 2016-17 Judges Seminars

To serve on a Miss North Carolina Judges Panel, one must:

  • Attend one of the Judges Seminars held each year.
  • Must be over 25 years of age by July 1, 2017.
  • Never have been convicted of a Felony.
  • No relationship to a current or future contestant.
  • Previous Local / State Contestants and their families must wait three years before serving on the Miss North Carolina Judges List.

MAO Judges Eligibility Rules

  1. The judge’s panel should consist between five (5) and seven (7) individuals. At least one of these individuals should be a “novice” judge. “Novice” is defined as anyone who has never judged a local or state competition within the Miss America system.
  2. Judges may judge up to two (2) state competitions and four (4) local competitions in any given “competition/pageant year” – defined as the number of contestants sent to a state competition. This is not a “Calendar year.” Locals are defined by the number of local contestants sent to any state competition. Therefore, if an individual judges a dual or double competition in one state which crowns two (2) winners and a dual or double competition in another state which crowns two (2) winners, that judge has judged the four (4) local competitions.
  3. Individuals, their company/business, spouse, immediate family, domestic partner or significant other, who in any way benefit, financially or otherwise, from working with contestants or the organization are barred from judging. This means that a competition/pageant coach, competition vocal coach, hairdresser, retailer, make-up artist, fitness trainer, wardrobe specialist, interview coach, choreographer, or any other profession which works directly with contestants, may not judge. This also means that a person who works with any contestant may not judge any other contestant, not just the ones with whom they work.

    Immediate family is defined as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, and nephew, whether by whole or half blood, or by marriage, including step-children, adoption, or natural relation.

  4. Individuals who are related to contestants through blood relation, by marriage, through business contacts (including with contestants’ families), or social contacts (including with contestants’ families) may not judge those contestants.
  5. State Board Members may not judge locals within the state they serve. It is recognized that some states have rules in place that require the state organization to place judges on first year local competitions. In those cases, the judges placed on those local judge’s panels may not have direct contact with their state contestants or their state judges during the state competition.
  6. Relatives of state/local board members may not judge the state/local competition for which the relative serves as a board member. One should also use discretion using any person which could compromise, or appear to compromise, the integrity of the judging process. This includes such relations as business associates, social relationships, etc.
  7. Parents and other relatives of a contestant may not judge any state or local competitions.
  8. Former contestants and their family members, whether from a local, state, or national Miss America Competition or a competition similar in nature to the Miss America Competition, and regardless if they won one of said competitions, cannot judge until a minimum of three (3) years after they have stopped competing beginning with the conclusion of her “year of service” and may never judge any contestant with whom they have competed. “Stopped Competing” is defined as either “ages out”, gets married, won a state title, or otherwise can no longer compete in the Miss America Program. Additionally, using a woman of competition age, even though she may have never competed in the Miss America system, may prove to be a problem if she elects to compete in the program once she has judged. Judges who may be potential contestants, including MAOTeen titleholders, MAOTeen contestants and their family members, are not allowed to judge in any level of the Miss America program until the criteria set forth above is met.
  1. A judge may not judge any contestant at the State Competition, whom they judged in any other competition, including but not limited to the MAOTeen Program for a period of four (4) years. Only at the Local Competition Level may a judge be able to judge a contestant whom they previously judged, however, they must do so with absolute objectivity and without bias. It is important that the Local Organization’s leadership, to the best of their ability, limit the number of judges who have previously judged the contestants competing in their local competitions.
  2. Judges who are related by blood or marriage, romantically involved, business associates, or roommates may not serve on the same judging panel. The reason is that we cannot give the impression that two judges may collude on the panel because of their close relationship.
  3. While it is not a violation of the rules to use a person from another competition system, except in the event the person serves, has served, or plans to serve as an official, key position, partner, sponsor, employee, spokesperson or titleholder, discretion is required and the MAO judging process is not used in any way, to promote another competition system, especially in the judges bio.
  4. Judges may not judge the same competition two consecutive years. This applies to both local and state competitions.
  5. State organizations may not use two individuals from the same state competition in the same year. In addition, state organizations may not use two individuals from the same state competition two consecutive years. At the local level, two individuals from the same local competition may judge another local in the same year, but no members of a local board may judge the same local two consecutive years.
  6. The state competition’s judge’s panel can only include one (1) active MAO state volunteer, including, without limitation, the Executive Director, members of the State Board of Directors (BOD) or Committee, and/or any affiliate BOD, such as a state’s 501c3 Scholarship Organization.
  7. Sponsors, partners and contributors (financial or in-kind), as well as their employees and family members are barred from judging.
  8. State organizations may have rules regarding local judging which are more restrictive, but not contradictory than the rules mentioned above. In addition to the MAO Judges Eligibility Rules, please be aware that the state organization makes final determination on additional rules regarding judging for its locals. If you have a question regarding the interpretation of these rules as they apply to local competition, please contact your state competition office for clarification.

MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION JUDGES AFFIDAVIT STATE & LOCAL COMPETITIONS

1. I have received and read the Judges Eligibility Rules/Rules for Judges and confirm that I meet the eligibility requirements to participate as a judge in the local and/or state program.

2. I agree to serve as an unpaid Volunteer Judge in the finals of the Miss (local) Competition,

to be held on (date) in (City) (State)

3. I affirm that I, my company/business, spouse, domestic partner, significant other, or immediate family member, have not and will not provide for profit or otherwise (compensated or uncompensated) any product or service directly or indirectly to any potential or actual contestant in any Miss America competitions other than in the normal routine duties as an official of the competition organization. Immediate family member is defined as parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, siblings, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew, whether by whole or half blood, by marriage including step-children, adoption or natural relation.

3a. I also affirm that I, my company/business, spouse, domestic partner, significant other, or immediate family member, do not act as a competition/pageant coach, competition/contestant vocal coach, hairdresser, retailer, make-up artist, fitness trainer, wardrobe specialist, interview coach, choreographer or any other profession that works directly with contestants either compensated or uncompensated. I understand that this also means that a person who works with any contestant may not judge any other contestant, not just the ones with whom they work.

4. I also attest that, including this competition, I have not judged more than four (4) Local Competitions and no more than two (2) State Competitions this year. (Double or Dual Competitions count as two competitions in the same year. Holdovers count for the next competition year.)

5. I acknowledge that I have been provided with and understand the judging criteria and methods of scoring for the competition. I will, to the best of my ability, objectively apply the judging criteria. In performing my duties as a judge, I will not permit geography, race, religion, age, political view, type of talent, or choice of platform of a contestant to interfere with my objective application of the judging and scoring criteria.

6. I understand that I have been/will be provided with information about each participant in the competition that I will judge and score. I will review the information and disclose any Conflicts of Interest which may or will likely not permit me to objectively judge any participant.

7. “Conflicts of Interest” for this purpose shall include: any facts or circumstances which would from the common sense standpoint of a member of the general public be perceived as compromising the ability of a judge to objectively perform his or her duties; and specifically, any relationship or interest of a judge, the employer, the business, or the family of a judge, with a participant in the competition, the family of a participant, or the local or state organization from which the participant in the competition has been a part.

8. I have not judged any of the contestants competing at the State Competition in any other competition, including the MAOTeen Program or any other program or system for at least the minimum of the four (4) year period.

8a. I understand that only at the local competition level may I judge a contestant whom I may have previously judged within the four (4) year period. I will disclose the contestants whom I knowingly judged previously on point number twelve of this affidavit and promise to judge this local competition and all contestants with absolute objectivity and without bias.

9. I will perform my duties in a dignified and professional manner which is appropriate and sensitive to the feelings and impressions of the women who are participating and I will maintain an environment to the end that each and every contestant receives a fair, objective, and unbiased opportunity to compete.

10. I will maintain the confidentiality of the information entrusted or known by me by virtue of my position as a judge regardless of the source of the information (i.e. contestants, competition personnel, or any other person). I will not allow, under any circumstances, any person to exert or try to exert any influence upon me in my capacity as a judge. If anyone should attempt to influence me, then I, as part of my fiduciary responsibility, agree to immediately disclose such attempted influence to the Field Operations Office of the Miss America Organization (609-344-1800) as soon as it is practical.

11. I understand that if I am a former contestant or family member of a former contestant, whether from a local, state, or national Miss America Competition, or a competition similar in nature to the Miss America Competition, and regardless if I/they won one of said competitions, I cannot judge until a minimum of three (3) years after I/they have stopped competing and may never judge any contestant with whom I/they have competed. “Stopped Competing” is defined as either “ages out”, gets married, wins a state title, or otherwise can no longer compete in the Miss America Program. I understand that the three (3) year period begins when my title was awarded to the highest level successor.

12. I will maintain the confidentiality of the information entrusted or known by me by virtue of my position as a judge and agree not to discuss anything that transpired during the judging process with anyone during or after the competition has ended. In addition, I will decline all requests from contestants, parents, pageant coaches, or anyone else for advice on how to improve, as the entire process is, and remains, confidential. I also agree that all contestant paperwork in my possession will be disposed in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of the judging process and the contestants’ privacy.

13. I also agree to not engage contestants outside of the normal judging duties before, during, or after the competition, especially in any form of social media. I understand that I have a fiduciary responsibility to notify the director of the competition/organization if I am contacted by a contestant, a contestant’s parent/relative, or a pageant coach. I also agree to not engage my fellow judges before, during, or after the competition in relation to contestants and the judging process.

14. I understand that the Miss America Organization does not condone or promote the use of pageant coaches, whether paid or not. The use of a coach may transpire, as long as the State and/or Local Executive Director agrees to such arrangement with their State or Local Representative, in order to prepare her for the next level of competition. Whether approved to work with a contestant or not, pageant coaches and their immediate family members are not to be granted access to state or local contestants or judges and are expressly prohibited from participating in the Miss America Organization in any official capacity.

15. (If applicable) In the interests of maintaining the actual and perceived objective integrity of the judging and scoring system, listed below (or attached) are, to the best of my knowledge, any facts of circumstances which may constitute a Conflict of Interest or may be perceived as a Conflict of Interest. I request a prompt review of these disclosures to advise me if they may be perceived as Conflicts of Interest.

16. Disclosure(s):

If I am found to be in violation of any portion of this affidavit, I understand and agree that I will be prohibited from judging at any level of the Miss America Organization’s Competition System.