Mr. Gay America Category Descriptions
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 points 150 possible points 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 Great Male Interview….. (an article, written by MAD ANGEL Entertainment, and published in “The Excellence” Newsletter)-page 1 of 2 pages
More often than not, the interview categories of competition determine the winner of a contest…especially in the “close call” contests. We continue to advise that contestants should never “give” points to the other contestants yet we see quite often, contestants who have focused on one particular category of competition and has not paid attention to detail, of all of the categories and in many cases, the lack of attention to detail in the Male Interview Category can decide the results of a contest.
The Male Interview category allows you to present your yourself to the judges. In the duties of Mr. Gay America, you will present yourself as a professional at registration, contestant orientation and judges orientation therefore a professional male image is just as important as a professional image in your stage persona. In fact, as the reigning Mr. Gay America, you may be asked to assist in obtaining national sponsors or conduct other official business as a representative of the Mr. Gay America contest system and the Male Interview category will help the judges determine your effectiveness as a male.
The eight minutes of Male Interview can be the worst experience of the competition or you can make the Male Interview competition a fun, informative talk with the judges to allow them to get to know you.
There are four (4) subcategories, noted below, that comprise the 150 possible points of the Male Interview category. This article will hopefully provide direction to you as a contestant concerning this category and how to realize maximum points.
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 points 150 possible points per judge
General Appearance- 0 to 20 possible subcategory points The general appearance subcategory allows the judges to score based on your total look. Judges are asked not to discount points if the contestant has lady finger nails however one must assume that the nails will distract from the interview… You should dress as if you are going to a professional job interview (since the title of Mr. Gay America is a job) therefore it is suggested that you wear a suit for interview. Keep in mind that sometimes, the flamboyant look may not appeal to all judges and that a conservative look usually scores higher within this subcategory.
Questions you should ask yourself to ensure maximum points include: Does the suit and tie complement each other? Is the suit soiled? Are the clothes wrinkled? Do the socks match the outfit? Do the clothes fit? (including suit jacket, shirt, slacks) Is the Neck of the shirt too large? Too small? Is the knot of the tie appropriately fitted? Are the shoes scuffed? Are the shoes polished? Are shoes too casual for the outfit? Is the hair neat? Is jewelry too flamboyant for the outfit? Are eyebrows overemphasized, if drawn…?
Personality- 0 to 30 possible subcategory points This is the time to show your personality to the judges. Please remember that an overbearing personality might not score well with the judges. Allow the judges to maintain control of the interview with you answering their specific questions but be sure to insert personality into your interview.
Questions you should ask yourself to ensure maximum points include: Are your interview skills too conservative? Are your interview skills too flamboyant? Are your interview answers too boastful? Is your interview too timid and/or shy? Do you have a nervous laugh? Are your answers sincere and to the point? Do you tend to ramble without directly answering the question? Is your true persona shining through, if not, judges will most likely detect a “false” interview.
Ability to Communicate- 0 to 50 possible subcategory points This subcategory allows the judges to score you based on your communication technique and abilities.
Questions you should ask yourself to ensure maximum points include: Do you properly enunciate your words? Do you speak too fast? Too slow? How is your grammar when speaking? Do you say, “you know” too often? Do you make eye contact with each of the judges (not just the judge asking the question) Are you confident in your answers? Do your answers sound too rehearsed?
Are your answers sincere? Do you seem too arrogant? Do you seem too shy?
Answer Content- 0 to 50 possible subcategory points While we generally say that there is no correct or incorrect answer, the judges will most likely be able to determine if you are dishonest in your answers. You should be prepared to answer administrative type questions, in detail, to show the judges that you are prepared for the job of a Mr. Gay America.
Questions you should ask yourself to ensure maximum points include: • Is your biography too lengthy? (your biography should include brief statements concerning your past, present, and future). Any lengthy elaboration concerning your biography should come from a question asked by a judge. • Are your answers too “closed ended”? • Are you familiar with the Mr. Gay America system regulations in order to effectively answer administrative type questions? • Do you ramble in your answers?
Please keep in mind that the purpose of Male Interview is to allow the judges to get to know you while seeing your ability to communicate and your knowledge of administrative skills.
We are questioned quite often regarding the appropriateness of a contestant bringing a resume’ to the interview. The judges may not mind receiving a resume’ and photo from you however since the interview is only eight minutes, they will not have time to review your resume’ while they are scoring you. Our recommendation is that if you feel the need to provide the judges with a resume, do so at the end of your interview, so as not to consume any of your interview time with distribution. Your interview time begins as soon as you enter the room, therefore time is limited, so use it wisely.
We are also asked if it is appropriate to shake hands with the judges, at the beginning of the interview. Our advice to you is that if you feel that you must shake the hand of the judges, do so at the conclusion of the interview. Some judging panels may not wish for contestants to make physical contact with you, in which case your promoter will advise of any limitations that exist, concerning the judges.
At the beginning of the interview, the Lead Judge will ask you to be seated and provide a brief biography. Please keep your biography brief and to the point, and again, be sure to include past, present and future statements. Many judges prefer to ask questions derived from statements you make in your biography; therefore, you should be prepared to answer a wide variety of questions.
The panel of judges will not usually be provided with specific questions to ask except for Administrative type questions, which suggested administrative questions might be provided, to be asked, by the judges. Judges are instructed, not to ask questions of a religious or political nature.
In summary, Male Interview, if prepared for, can provide positive results. We recommend that you gather a group of individuals to assist you with preparation for Male Interview. While we recognize that the process is “un-nerving”, you can make the experience a pleasurable conversation with the judges. This is just one of five categories in which you must score well, in order to become the next Mr. Gay America, therefore we suggest that you begin your preparation today, in order to realize the success in scoring that you would like to see from a good Male Interview….
Presentation Originality and creativeness - 0 to 50 Points Costume Suitability 0 to 25 points Relativity to theme 0 to 25 points Total points 100 possible points per judge
At the national contest 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 Mr. Gay America chose for that year’s contest. Mr. 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.
The City, State, or Regional Titleholders must provide a written description of their theme. This should be provided to the promoter in enough time to communicate it to the potential contestants if it will be a judged category. State and Regional presentation descriptions can be posted to their section of the Mr. Gay America website and should be shared on social media so all participants understand what is expected.
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.
RED CARPET FASHION
Suitability of garment 40 points Presentation 50 points General Appearance 60 points Total Points 150 Points possible per judge
Red carpet fashion will be the most dapper apparel of the contest. Contestants are encouraged to pick red carpet fashion that suits their body type and personality style. The overall look of the garment and presentation of the garment and the presentation should be strong and dapper at all times. Any style of red carpet fashion is acceptable, although it must include a bottom (Pants, shorts, kilt, etc.), and 2 top pieces, (shirt, vest, jacket, etc). Ties and bowties will NOT count as one of the top pieces. The apparel should complement the contestant's figure. It should be a statement of the style and taste. The apparel and accessories should be in perfect condition. Jackets and vests should be lined appropriately, unless designed otherwise. The judges should not be able to see through any parts of the garment unless that is the intended style. Sleeves should be no shorter than the wrist and no longer than one inch below the
wrist unless the design calls for a specific length. Accessories should not be overpowering. Shoes should match or compliment the garment and should not be scuffed or not worn at the toe or heel. The only exception is if the design of the shoe is meant to be distressed. Modeling should be at an easy pace, touching the 3 points on the stage to form a triangle. At each point of the triangle, contestants will make a full turn to show the judges all sides of their garments. Free style modeling will follow the triangle but should remain classy. The modeling technique will be demonstrated by the reigning Mr. Gay America or by the official Mad Angel Entertainment Representative. Contestants will model their Red Carpet Fashion for a minimum of a minute and a half, and a maximum of two minutes. Hair should be appropriate for the garment as well as compliment both the contestant and the apparel.
ON-STAGE INTERVIEW Ability to communicate 0 to 25 Points Answer content 0 to 25 Points Total points 50 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: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. At the option of the Promoter, the group of Top 10 finalists (or fewer finalist if the particular contest has a “finalist” competition, usually for closed-state contests) 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.
Communicating through On Stage Interview….. (an article, written by MAD ANGEL Entertainment, published in “The Excellence” Newsletter )
Do the points of On Stage Interview really matter when this category is only worth 50 points per judge? Absolutely! Many times, when the scores are extremely close, which is in most contests, the On Stage Interview category has determined the winner. As we continue to say, you should never “give” points to your opponents. In a typical America contest, On-Stage Interview immediately follows the Red Carpet Attire category, therefore there will likely be a few brief moments that you must speak to the audience while the judges are completing the Red Carpet Attire scores. Usually, you, as a contestant, will be asked to give a brief biography of yourself, prior to answering the On Stage Question. Your biography should always be brief and include past, present and future detail. Typically, the “brief biography” portion of the On Stage Interview is not judged but you should be prepared, just in case.
The On Stage Interview category allows you to present yourself, in professional attire and communicate to the audience. This category will show your ability to communicate to an audience and the ability to answer a question. Public speaking is a very important part of the job as a Mr. Gay America, not only during your reign but after your reign as many will call upon you, as the most recent former Mr. Gay America, to emcee their contest therefore it is strongly recommended that you obtain as much experience as possible, to emcee.
It has been said, that sometimes, questions for On Stage Interview are too serious or too difficult to answer. We stress to you that a Mr. Gay America must be a well-rounded, “best of the best” contestant and this category is just one of five, designed to prove that you are not only well rounded, but are truly, one of the very best in your craft. Questions asked will vary so you should be prepared to answer most any question, except for those that are political or religious in nature. Your choice to answer your question in terms of politics or religion is up to you…
It is also thought that it is difficult to inject personality into the answer of a serious On Stage question. This is true, but it can be done. You must find ways to make your Stage Interview more appealing to the judges, such as changing voice tones, speaking with passion during your answer and showing enthusiasm. Remember, judges usually see through a phony answer, so keep it “real”.
There are two (2) subcategories, noted below, that comprise the 50 possible points (per judge) of the On Stage Interview category. This article will hopefully provide direction to you, the contestant, concerning this category and how to realize maximum points.
ON-STAGE INTERVIEW Ability to communicate 0 to 25 Points Answer content 0 to 25 Points Total points 50 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.
Ability to Communicate- 0 to 25 possible subcategory points This sub-category is your opportunity to clearly communicate with the audience. You are not only scored on what you say, but how you say it…
Questions you might wish to ask yourself to ensure maximum points are:
Is your interview too conservative? Are your interview skills too flamboyant? Are your interview answers too boastful? Is your interview answer too timid and/or shy? Do you have a nervous laugh? Are your answers sincere? Are your answers to the point? Do you tend to ramble without directly answering the question? Do you properly enunciate your words? Do you speak too fast? Too slow? How is your grammar when speaking? Do you say, “you know” or “um” too often? Do you make eye contact with the judges and/or audience? Are you confident in your answers? Do your answers sound too rehearsed? Are your answers sincere? Do you seem too arrogant?
Answer Content- 0 to 25 possible subcategory points This sub-category is your opportunity to clearly communicate the answer of the question, to the judges and the audience. While we generally say that there is no correct or incorrect answer, the judges will most likely be able to determine if you are dishonest in your answers or if you have not answered the question. You should answer the question that is asked and do not elaborate on issues that are unrelated to your question.
Questions you should ask yourself to ensure maximum points include: • Are your answers too brief? • Are you familiar with the Mr. Gay America system regulations in order to effectively answer administrative type questions? • Do you ramble in your answers? • Are you answering the question(s) asked?
Preparation for this category, as in all others is very important. Perhaps you could get others to rehearse with you, the On Stage Category. Perhaps you can emcee a show as often as possible. While it is recognized that sometimes you, as the contestant, might experience “stage fright” during On Stage Question, the more experience you have as an emcee, the less likely you are to “freeze” during this category.
In summary, the On Stage Question category, though very simple in description can become quite complex, considering your question is unknown therefore you, as the contestant are encouraged to become well versed on many issues, to better prepare you for this category. Again, we recommend that you gather a group of individuals to assist you with preparation for On Stage Question. This is just one of five categories in which you must score well, in order to become the next Mr. Gay America, therefore we suggest that you begin your preparation today, in order to realize the success in scoring that you would like to see from good communication through the On Stage Interview category….
TALENT Showmanship and Set Design- 0 to 60 Points Choreography-
(Physical Coordination and Stage Presence (Including Dancers) 0 to 80 Points Quality (Lip-Sync, Live Vocal, and/or Other Entertainment) 0 to 80 Points Value of presentation as Entertainment- 0 to 80 Points Originality 0 to 50 Points Total points 350 possible points per judge
Talent is the highest point category in the contest. 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. 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, he has the OPTION to alter his “final night” talent competition package including music / video.
A Winning Talent…. (an article, written by MAD ANGEL Entertainment, published in “The Excellence” Newsletter)
The category of talent is the highest scoring category within the Mr. Gay America contest system. Some contestants tend to primarily focus on this category to ensure the maximum number of points, in effort to win a competition when in fact, consistently high scores in each category is what usually yields the winner. Concerning talent, you name it, and we have seen it but there remain many untapped sources of originality. The talent category is designed to showcase your ability to entertain, coordinate costume and create stage set-up that will be entertaining to both the judges and the audience. Very few have been successful in being a “one-man band” during talent but it can be done…. One does not need to have a huge production to be successful, but if you choose compete with no-one or nothing but you (the contestant) on the stage, it has to be quality enough to sustain scrutiny of the judges. Because you are allowed seven (7) minutes, does not necessarily mean that you should take the entire time allowed for your talent presentation. We have heard some judges comment that some talent presentations should be greater in
length, while others should be shorter in length. When selecting a talent, you need to understand the subcategory scoring and be sure that you will score well when subject to the scrutiny of the judges. It has been said, many times, that the outcome of a contest might have been totally different with a different panel of judges however your ultimate goal should be to select a talent that will score well with any panel of judges (from all races, genders, and backgrounds). This is not so easy to accomplish but rest assured that if you consider your talent presentation based on the subcategory scoring components, you will score higher.
We have detailed below the sub-category descriptions of the Talent category and have noted questions that you might wish to ask yourself when selecting a talent. Remember, that in any phase of competition, your choice of what you will do in that category should appeal to the majority of the panel of judges. You may wish to think of your talent for the values noted below, then consider if the talent selection would appeal to most people.
TALENT Showmanship and Set Design- 0 to 60 Points Choreography- (Physical Coordination and Stage Presence (Including Dancers) 0 to 80 Points Quality (Lip-Sync, Live Vocal, and/or Other Entertainment) 0 to 80 Points Value of Presentation as Entertainment - 0 to 80 Points Originality 0 to 50 Points Total points 350 possible points per judge Showmanship and Set Design (0 to 60 possible points) - What is the look of the set design? Does the set design compliment the theme of your talent? Does the set design compliment the stage? If props are on stage, will they be used (example: why have a chair in your set design if it does not compliment the theme of your talent, nor will it be used by you during the talent?) Are the costumes appropriate for the talent (including dancers, if used)? Are costumes properly fitted? (any flaws in the costume, including ill-fitted costumes should cause point deduction, including that of the dancers) Is the music professionally mixed? Do songs used in your mix relate to your talent? Does your talent tell a story that you want to tell?
Choreography-(0 to 80 possible points)- (Physical Coordination and Stage Presence (Including Dancers) Is choreography appropriate for the talent? Do dancers, “out-stage” the contestant? Do dancers have good “chemistry” with each other? Do dancers have good “chemistry” with the contestant? Does the choreography flow? Is each dance move executed to the fullest extent? Is your choreography too repetitive? Does the appearance of the dancers complement each other (example: a very tall dancer and a very short dancer usually look odd on stage, while together)? Do dancers know the routines (as their mistakes become point deductions of the contestant)
Is your talent so energized at the beginning that the judges will loose interest toward the end of the presentation? Is your talent so energized at the beginning that you (or your dancers) loose energy at the end? If live vocal, have you inserted movement with your song?
Quality-(0 to 80 possible points) (Lip-Sync, Live Vocal, and/or Other Entertainment) Do you know your words? (look as if you are actually singing) Do your dancers know their words? Do you or your dancers “over dramatize” the words? Do you or your dancers “under dramatize” the words? If live vocal, do you sing on key? On beat? Is there any offensive language in your Talent that might cause a judge to discount points because of the offensive language? If you are imitating a character…do you look like the character? Do you act like the character?
Value of Presentation as Entertainment-(0 to 80 possible points) Is your talent truly entertaining? Does your talent stir emotion (laughter, sadness, etc) Is the length of your talent too long? Is the length of your talent too short?
Originality-(0 to 50 possible points) Is your talent Original? If not, did you make it your own? If it’s an impersonation did you add to the production value?
Whatever your talent….be sure that it is entertaining. Many contestants might score well in all subcategories of Talent, except for the value as entertainment subcategory, and this could be crucial to your overall scoring in the contest.
Talent is a very difficult category of the competition as the contestant must choose if the talent, is fitting to his capability as an entertainer. Too often contestants go for a quantity stage presence and get lost in the production. It is important to remember that any point deductions can accumulate and cost you the contest therefore the smallest of details should be reviewed to ensure that you are not losing points. Just because you are entertained by a particular talent does not mean that others will be, therefore it is a good idea to consult with many who will give you their honest opinion about your talent presentation. Talents is to showcase the contestants ability to entertain an audience, including stage presence and production, so as with any presentation, choose wisely to ensure that the talent presentation and your ability to execute your presentation, will be pleasing to the eye and ear…..
Mr. Gay America Category Point Summary
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 points 150 possible points per judge
PRESENTATION Originality and creativeness 0 to 50 points Costume Suitability 0 to 25 points Relativity to theme 0 to 25 points Total points 100 possible points per judge
RED CARPET FASHION Suitability of Garment - 0 to 40 Points Presentation (Modeling Technique, Poise, Smile, Etc.)- 0 to 50 Points; General Appearance (Make-Up (if any), Shoes, Garment Condition, Accessories)- 0 to 60 Points TOTAL POINTS 150 possible points per judge
ON-STAGE INTERVIEW Ability to communicate 0 to 25 Points Answer content 0 to 25 Points Total points 50 points possible per judge
TALENT Showmanship and Set Design- 0 to 60 Points Choreography- (Physical Coordination and Stage Presence (Including Dancers) 0 to 80 Points Quality (Lip-Sync, Live Vocal, and/or Other Entertainment) 0 to 80 Points Value of Presentation as Entertainment- 0 to 80 Points Originality 0 to 50 Points Total points 350 possible points per judge