I had the opportunity to judge a beauty pageant this past Saturday. I knew that my wife had been asked to judge and I planned on going anyway. My usual role at these (and most other events) is as a photographer. I got a call on Friday night about 5pm and they had a judge that was ill and needed a fill in.
Having a wife that was the state director for a pageant and having been a pageant parent they figured I was up to the job. I agreed and was emailed the bio sheets and photos to judge photogenic. I had my wife drive for a few hours on the way to OH so I could go over the information and judging sheet. I must admit that being a pageant judge was a little more difficult than I thought. I’ve sat in the audience for many pageants and scratched my head wondering why some of my picks were not in the top 10 or top 5. I now have a little more insight into the judging process and I’m sure there were people in attendance that night who were judging the judging, just as I have done on many occasions.
The Pride of Montpelier Pageant was a very organized pageant and it was difficult to make a final decision. The contestants were all great and I wanted all of them to get a prize. In the end there is only one winner per category. I have read it and heard it but ultimately the interview really does make or break a contestant. So next time I’m sitting in the audience and want to criticise the judges I will have to think twice because I don’t know what happened in the hours before when they were meeting with the contestants.