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To compete for Miss Gay Arkansas America you must be 21 or older and be an Arkansas resident. The Rules & Regulations as well as Category Descriptions are below
Rules & Regulations
Eligibility (Contestants) Requirements:
1. Photo ID should be verified at all pageant levels.
a. State and Regional residency requirements should be met and verified.
i. Closed states require 90 day residency. Drivers license, lease agreement, or billing statements, or utility bills.)
b. Contestants must be 21 years of age to compete at any pageant level.
c. Contestant must be a United States citizen.
d. Promoters have the right to investigate the age or residency requirement as needed.
2. Contestants must be male.
a. No surgical enhancements should be made below the neck. (Feminizing surgeries, breast, hips, butt, legs, etc…)
b. This does not include weight loss surgery (skin reduction)
c. The use of any type of hormones or hormonal therapy is not allowed.
d. A contestant may live their life as a female as long as they have not undergone any medical (hormone or surgical) procedure. Proof may be required from a doctor if questioned.
e. If a potential had alterations but had them removed or reversed, the national office will review the request and documentation to decide if they are able to compete for Miss Gay America.
3. Mad Angle Entertainment reserves the right to require a medical examination or physical examination in the event that a contestant is suspected in violation.
4. Any Contestant found to be willfully untruthful about their criminal status will be permanently removed from eligibility within the system.
5. A contestant who successfully completed felony probation, or whose criminal case is dismissed, will be eligible to enter. Verification of criminal status may be checked.
6. A contestant who is currently in open criminal proceedings for a felony, currently on felony probation, or is in current retribution for a crime, will be denied entry as a contestant into any preliminary of the Official Miss Gay America Pageant.
7. Once a contestant has qualified for Miss Gay America, including first alternate they may not compete in another preliminary that year for a state or regional title to Miss Gay America.
8. Any contestant who has qualified or has intention to qualify, during the current pageant season, to any city, state, or regional preliminary may not judge any preliminary that season.
a. The exception is a former state titleholder may judge a city preliminary for the state pageant in which she is a former titleholder.
For complete list of Rules and Regulations please visit:
Those interested in competing are responsible for reviewing ALL of the Rules, Regulations, and Category Descriptions on the Miss Gay America website and the in the contestant application packet.
General Appearance- 0 to 25 Points
Personality- 0 to 25 Points
Ability to Communicate- 0 to 25 Points
Answer Content- 0 to 25 Points
Total points 100 possible points per judge
The purpose of Personal 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 finger nails, however, contestants should be cautious of excessive use of hand gestures, that might distract from the general presentation of the contestant.
Suitability for Evening Gown - 0 to 25 Points
Suitability of Hairstyle - 0 to 25 Points
Presentation (Modeling Technique, Poise, Smile, Etc.)- 0 to 25 Points
General Appearance (Makeup, Shoes, Gown Condition, Accessories)- 0 to 25 Points
TOTAL POINTS 100 possible 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. The hem of the gown should be even unless the style of the gown is an uneven bottom. The gown should be lined or have a slip underneath. The judges should not be able to see through any part of the gown unless that is the style of the gown. In general, the gown length should be a full-length gown, (either to the top of the toe part of the shoe or approximately 1/2 inch above the floor, unless the style of the gown warrants different measurement i.e. ballroom style gown or tulip-contoured styled gown). There should be no break in the hem of the gown (it should hang straight.) The sleeve should be no shorter than the wrist and no longer than an inch below the wrist unless the design of the gown sleeve is longer. A V-neck is acceptable but, if it is cut too low, it may look less feminine. Jewelry should accessorize and not be over-powering. Shoes should match and complement the gown. Shoes should not be scuffed, worn at the toe or heels, and not seen to bend under the weight of the contestant. 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. “Overstated presentation” of evening gown may not appeal to every judge. Each contestant will model their evening gown for a minimum of two minutes but not greater than two and one-half minutes. If a judge wants a closer look, they can motion the contestant to the judge’s table. Hair should be appropriate for eveningwear and compliment both the contestant and the style of the gown. Hair can be in any style, including either an “up-style” or “down-style” provided it is complimentary to the overall look of the contestant. Hair jewelry is discouraged as it may be not appeal to every judge. If a contestant is selected as a Top 10 finalists, he has the OPTION to alter/change his “final night” evening gown competition package from that which was presented during preliminary night evening gown competition. Tattoos should not be visible during the evening gown competition and properly covered by your gown or makeup.
Personality (Professionalism)- 0 to 25 Points
Poise (graceful and elegant while speaking)- 0 to 25 Points
Ability to communicate- 0 to 25 Points
Answer content- 0 to 25 Points
Total points 100 points possible per judge
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 instance 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.
On-Stage Question Procedures:
Once the contestant is approached by the emcee (for the On Stage Question), the contestant shall be asked to provide a brief biography, which will not be adjudicated by the Panel of Judges.
After the contestant has completed the biography, the emcee shall ask the contestant to draw a question from the inventory of questions. Once the contestant has drawn the question, the contestant shall immediately provide the drawn question to the emcee so that the emcee may read the question (aloud) two times whereby the contestant shall then provide their answer to the question. It is recommended that questions are type- written whereby each question is in an envelope. The font for the type-written question should be large enough for the emcee to easily read.
At the option of the Promoter, the group of Top 10 finalists (or fewer finalist if the particular pageant has a “finalist” competition, usually for closed-state pageants) can be narrowed to a group of Top 5 finalists (or one-half of the numbers of finalists competing in the final night competition. Example: If there are a group of Top 10 finalists competing, then a Top 5 only may answer the On Stage Question.... If there is a group of Top 8 finalists competing, then a Top 4 finalist may answer the On Stage Question... etc). If the original finalists group is narrowed, then once the group of finalists is narrowed to one-half of the original group, the contestants that were not selected as finishing finalists should be dismissed from the stage whereby only the finishing finalists remain on the stage in order to answer the on-stage question. As most Promoters will not have the capability to have a “sound-proof” environment for all finishing finalist, a different On-Stage question should be used for each finishing finalist therefore once a particular finishing finalist has answered the on-stage question, they may remain on stage until the conclusion of the On-stage Question category competition.
Showmanship and Set Design- 0 to 25 Points
Choreography (Physical Coordination & Stage Presence (Incl. Dancers)- 0 to 25 Points
Quality (Lip-Sync, Live Vocal, and/or Other Entertainment)- 0 to 25 Points
Originality and Entertainment Value- 0 to 25 Points
Total points 100 possible points 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. 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 dance, 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 / video must be on a high quality CD-R or Flash Drive and must be the only item burned onto the CD / Flash Drive. 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:...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. If a contestant is selected as a Top 10 finalist, he has the OPTION to alter his “final night” talent competition package including music / video.
5. Pageant Presentation (ONLY JUDGED AT NATIONAL PAGEANT)
SCORING UPDATES 2022:
Category and calculation of scores. There are 5 main categories Personal Interview, Presentation, Evening Gown, On-stage question, and Talent. Each category is work a maximum value of 100 points per judge using 4 subcategories for each with a point range of 0 to 25. Each category has a weighted percent of the total overall scores.
Personal Interview is worth 20% of the competition. Presentation is worth 10% of the competition. Evening Gown is worth 20% of the competition.
On-Stage is worth 10% of the competition. Talent is worth 40% of the competition.
For example the maximum total of any one category is 500 points with 5 judges. So interview would be calculated as follows (500 x .2 = 100 Points)
If you scored a perfect 500 points 100 points would contribute to the overall score that is ranked in the pageant for that category.
More Information available at: http://www.missgayamerica.com
CONTESTANTS MUST REVIEW THE FULL CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS, RULES & REGULATIONS, AND “MGA HANDBOOK” ON THE MISS GAY AMERICA WEBSITE. In the event there are differences between the information listed here and on the MGA website, then the MGA website/documents will supersede the rule/information listed in this packet.