2017 Miss Gay America Categories of Completion


1. Male Interview

  • General Appearance 0 to 20 Points

  • Personality 0 to 30 Points

  • Ability to communicate 0 to 50 Points

  • Answer Content 0 to 50 Points

  • Total Possible Points 150 per judge

The purpose of Male Interview is to place the contestant in a situation answering different types of questions and judging how he will react to their diversity. The context of the answer is important but more important is how the contestant conveys that answer. Eye contact with all the judges is very important, not just the judge who has asked the question. The contestant should answer the judges’ questions and do not get involved in getting the opinion of the judge. The contestant is judged on the presentation of thoughts. The contestant should look comfortable in properly fitted attire, but not to the point of sloppiness. Points will be deducted for ill-fitting jackets, pants too long or short, socks that do not match the colors in the outfit, scuffed shoes, too much jewelry, wrinkled, torn, or soiled clothing, buttons missing etc., and/or anything that distracts from the outfit to make it unsightly. The contestant is judged on the look that the contestant has chosen for himself.

Usually, trendy outfits do not appeal to the judges, just as they may not appeal to the average interviewer. The key word is average but sharp in appearance. The contestant will be trying to impress and appeal to different types of judges. The flamboyant look will not appeal to every type of judge. The interview category should last no longer than eight (8) minutes. A contestant may compete in the Male Interview category with “feminine” fingernails, however, contestants should be cautious of excessive use of hand gestures that might distract from the general presentation of the contestant.



2. Evening Gown

  • Suitability of Evening Gown 0 to 30 Points

  • Suitability of hairstyle 0 to 20 Points

  • Presentation 0 to 40 Points

  • General Appearance 0 to 60 Points

    • Makeup, shoes, gown conditions, accessories

  • Total Possible Points 150 Points per judge

Evening Gown will be the most elegant apparel of the pageant. It should complement the contestant’s figure. It will be a statement of the contestant’s style and taste. The dress and accessories should be in perfect condition. It is the contestant’s responsibility to take care of the gown and keep the gown in perfect condition for the duration of the pageant. When planning for evening gown you want to remember you are creating a feminine illusion. If a gown makes you look more masculine it may not score well. There are no restrictions on styles, fabrics, or colors. The only thing it must be is a full-length gown. Your shoes and accessories should match. If there are multiple colors go with the best compliment to the gown or if you are unsure it’s common if more than 50% of you gown is one color then use that color for your shoes and accessories. Hair should compliment your gown and overall look. There are restrictions on whether hair should be an up-do or down but it should compliment the dress. Modeling should be a slow easy pace, touching the three points that form a triangle. At each point the contestant will make a slow turn, facing the back of the stage, pause, and turn to the front of the stage. Modeling can be “free-style” (no boundaries i.e. no hand gesture limitations in your modeling presentation) however one should keep in mind the “mood of elegance” during your presentation. Please keep in mind that crowning, you may want to have a second hair option styled for crowning.



3. On Stage Interview

  • Ability to Communicate 0 to 25 Points

  • Answer Content 0 to 25 Points

  • Total Possible Points 50 per judge


  • Ask audience to be quite during this portion of competition.

  • Question repeated to contestant twice.

  • If there is a an eliminations round meaning you go to a top 5 or 10 that round will be asked the “On Stage Question”. If there are no eliminations rounds all contestants will be asked the On Stage Question. This is usually done after modeling gown.


Scoring should be based on personality and poise, the ability to communicate on a microphone in front of an audience, and the context of the answer in relation to the topic given. The contestants should be prepared to give a brief biography to the audience; in the instances that stall time is required. The brief biography, if needed, will not be a judged portion of the On Stage Question Category but rather, may be needed to “set the mood” for the On-Stage Interview.



4. Talent

  • Showmanship and Set Design 0 to 60 Points

  • Choreography 0 to 80 Points

    • If not choreography how did they use the stage, stage presence, use of stage

  • Quality 0 to 80 Points

    • Lip-sync, live vocal, other entertainment

  • Value of presentation 0 to 80 Points

  • Originality 0 to 50 Points

  • Total Possible Points 350 per judge



Talent is the highest point category in the pageant. Contestants will be judged on their quality of lip-sync, live vocal, or other entertainment. Judges will be looking to see if the contestant knows the words to their song and finishes each word. Just knowing the words is not enough. The contestant should also look as if they are actually singing the song. Is it believable? If it is a live performance, is the talent of good quality? If there is choreography, the dancers should know the steps and the steps should flow. The contestant should not attempt to do something that is beyond their talent. Talents should be original and creative. If dancers or actors are used in the presentation, they should not “upstage” the contestant. The contestant is responsible for the performance of others. If a member of the dance troop does not know their, points will be deducted from the score. Quality of set design and construction will be judged. Quantity of set is not judged. Do not put something on the stage that is not going to be used or does not have relation to the talent. Contestants are responsible for their sets. If it falls apart or collapses on stage, points will be deducted from the score. Costuming and set design should reflect the mood one is trying to establish. Always examine your presentation for entertainment value. Does it please, cause laughter, sadness or stir some other emotion? Talent presentations will be limited to seven (7) minutes .No score will be given in the talent category for any presentation over seven (7) minutes in length. Talent presentation music must be on a high quality CD-R and must be the only item burned onto the CD. The following must be either written (with permanent marker) on the face of the CD or there should be a “standard CD label” that contains the following:…“Solo Talent”, “Name of Contestant”, “Name of Talent Presentation”and “Track #___”. The CD must be submitted in a standard CD case. The standard CD case label should contain the following:… “Name of Contestant”, “Contestant # ___”, “Name of the Talent Presentation: ________” and “Track #___” . Prop set-up time will be limited to three (3) minutes. Prop set-up time is not included in the seven (7) minute limit contestants are allowed for talent competition. Twenty-five (25) points will be deducted from the administrative score if prop set-up is over three (3) minutes. Pyrotechnics are not allowed. NO FIRE (including but not limited to a lit cigarette) or LIQUIDS (including but not limited to water) or LIVE ANIMALS whatsoever. Contestants will receive a zero (0) for violation of this regulation. If a contestant is selected as a Top 10 finalist, the top 10 contestants may change their talent for final night starting in 2017, but is not required. Same rules above apply to final night. If a contestant changes their talent the CD must be turned in and labeled Final Night Talent. For City, State, and Regional Preliminaries that are one night only one talent will be performed. Multi-day pageants that repeat talent on final night can give the option to the contestants.


5. Pageant Presentation

  • Originality and creativeness 0 to 50 Points

  • Costume portability 0 to 25 Points

  • Relativity to theme 0 to 25 Points

  • Total Possible Points 100 Per Judge


How well does it tie into the theme? If the theme has a broad coverage have Miss Gay America define what was communicated to the contestants for presentation.

At the national pageant on final night, after the top 10 are announced following the opening production, only the top 10 contestants will be judged in “Presentation”. The top 10 contestants will remain on stage and be called forward one at a time to present their “Presentation costume to the judges. The costume should be in theme with what the reigning Miss Gay America chose for that year’s pageant. Miss Gay America will communicate that theme to the judges about what was communicated to the contestants for that year. Costumes that are made or made to be original will score higher in originality and creativeness.

Presentations costume guidelines

a. Must be worn so that the contestant can walk on to the stage without assistance.

b. Presentation costume may not have wheels or supports that rest on the stage.

c. Costumes may have lights or motorized parts but must be battery operated. No power or extension cords should be required to power costume components. In a City, State or Regional that have an elimination round to a top group. That top group will be judged on their “Presentation” Costume. If there is no elimination round all contestants will be judged on “Presentation” after the opening number.

Judging on “Presentation” should move along quickly and each contestant should have no less than 1 minute to show the judges their costume and not more than 1.5 minutes.

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