Those Scary Final Questions in a Pageant Reveal Your Thinking Skills to Judges
During on-stage questions, every word you utter onstage creates an image that could literally decide whether you are named the winner…or not. Always consider how the way you approach your answer will make you sound.
These final questions are designed to reveal if a young woman can think on her feet and articulate her views intelligently, and to directly compare the quality of the finalists’ answer.
By this stage of the game, you’ve got to be quick-witted and articulate, and have nerves of steel, to sound like a woman worthy of being awarded the crown.
Consider the national finalist who was asked this on-stage question, “Would you rather be president of the United States or First Lady?”
Read-between-the-lines translation: Are you a modern woman who knows she can do anything a man can do, including run a country? Or are you a prehistoric relic who thinks a wife’s place is two steps behind her husband?
This poor dear failed to pick up on the question’s hidden meaning:
“Oh, I think definitely First Lady because I think it is important when you are in a marriage that you really keep your husband in line, so to speak. And I think to keep the president of the United States in line would be quite an honor, so I definitely would be First Lady.”
Hmmm. Being president isn’t an honor?
Contrast that response with the similar, but more purposeful answer demonstrated by Kenya Moore, who became Miss USA 1993. When asked, “Do you think it is appropriate for a First Lady to participate in her husband’s decision-making process as president?” Kenya responded:
“Yes, I think that the First Lady should participate in decision-making for the president. 1 think that women are always behind their men and a woman has a great influence on her husband or the president, whomever that person may be. A woman has a strong voice and 1 think it should be heard.“
Her predecessor, Shannon Marketic, also demonstrated winning communication when a celebrity judge asked her in front of millions of viewers, “Would you change your mind about voting for a political candidate because of his or her marital infidelity?” As the audience buzzed in acknowledgment of what a ”hot potato” the question was, Shannon confidently replied:
“I think that it is important that the elected officials I vote for have private standards as exemplary as their public standards are. I feel that it is important. I feel it is my right and privilege to know that, and I would change my mind if he was practicing infidelity?”
Shannon’s excellent answer instantly set her apart from the competition and put her on the track to the 1992 Miss USA crown.
The ability to express complex thoughts intelligently under pressure makes a woman sound like a winner and instantly sets her apart from entrants who lack that ability.
There is no question that a pageant titleholder needs to know how to communicate. As a contestant, whether you are asked to deliver a prepared statement, chat with the master of ceremonies, or answer a judge’s question extemporaneously, your comments should reflect the intelligence, personality, and confidence expected of a titleholder.
Use your on-stage questions as an opportunity to show judges you have what it takes to be their titleholder.