A touch of humor is also great during on-stage pageant interviews!
Shawn Weatherly – Miss USA and Miss Universe 1980 — Shawn Weatherly turned amusing chit-chat into a crown at both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. At Miss USA, host Bob Barker kidded Shawn about what a “trying week” she’d had watching her boyfriend, Dwight Clark, a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, happily snapping pictures of the pretty rivals for the crown.
When Shawn joked, “I’m gonna get rid of the negatives,” Barker responded mischievously, “He told me he hasn’t had film in the camera part of the time.” “That’s because he’s trying to get a little closer to the girls!” Shawn retorted.
Humor brought her luck again at the Miss Universe Pageant in Korea, where Barker again kidded her about her flirtatious beau fraternizing with the competition. “He’s sitting with my father,” Shawn began, gesturing toward a handsome hunk surrounded by dozens of Miss USA contestants who had been flown in as special guests. “I ought to put handcuffs on him so he’ll keep his hands off those Miss USA contestants!” she kidded.
“Oh, he’s with them?” replied Barker, playing along. “A happier football player there is not!”
The fun dialogue was fresh and enjoyable as compared with many of the duller, more serious conversations.
Shannon Marketic – Miss USA 1992 — One of the most memorable uses of humor in a pageant interview was a one-liner dropped by Miss California 1992, Shannon Marketic, in response to the question, “If you were looking for a husband right now, what would you be looking for?”
“Well, I would like for him to have mastered the art of monogamy!” Miss California deadpanned as the audience guffawed. “I think that’s important … and it’s hard to find.” When Barker teased, “You mean the guys you are running into are not into that?” Shannon flashed a comically skeptical expression and retorted, “With Caaaliforniaaaa … !?”
Her sharp wit and sense of comedic timing vaulted Shannon from next-to-last place going into the semi-finals to the Miss USA throne! When it comes to pageant onstage interviews, humor is a key to the crown. In fact, one of the best indicators of a contestant’s chances of winning is her ability to make the judges laugh.
The reason is simple. Judges realize that any girl who can be funny, clever, or witty with a celebrity panel and millions of people looking on, has the confidence and sharp mind necessary to be the great titleholder.
Win with wit and humor.