Attention Contest Organizers & Contest Chairs
I wish to draw your attention to the following 3 contest rules and 1 common practice.
1. How to introduce contestants?
Stating the numerical order for contestants is the wrong way to introduce them. Do not make the numerical placement part of your introduction for a contestant. Only state Name, Title, Title, Name.
Our second contestant is Micaela Jones, My Traveling Companion, My Traveling Companion, Micaela Jones.
Please welcome Micaela Jones, My Traveling Companion, My Traveling Companion, Micaela Jones.
2. Contests with 3 Contestants, no time disqualifications – who to announce?
Only the 1st place winner is announced publicly. The 2nd place winner is told privately afterwards.
2nd place winner announced
1st place winner announced
3rd place winner is not announced
3. Who sets up/takes down contestant’s props?
• Sergeant at arms connects with each contestant to find out what, if any, props, he or she needs help with.
• A contestant expects the sergeant at arms to automatically take care of his or her props.
• A contestant connects with the sergeant at arms in plenty of time before the contest to see if the sergeant at arms can help set up and take down his or her props.
• A contestant puts props in place quickly while judges are marking the minute before he or she is to speak and removes them immediately following his or her speech.
• A contestant has someone else place props quickly in place before he or she is to speak and removes them immediately following his or her speech.
There is no rule about interviewing a contestant only after the 2nd contest if the contestant is participating in both contests.
If two contests are being held on the same day, they should still be conducted as though they were on two separate days.
The contestant is to be interviewed after each contest.
Thank you for all your time and effort to follow the 2014 Rulebook and provide a professional and fun contest for every one!
Believe it or not… there are no losers at contests. If you’re there, you win!
Janice McDonald, DTM - District 86 Lieutenant Governor Education