What to Expect on and after Pageant Day
The Miss Northern Lights Pageant is a one-day pageant competition. All contestants will arrive between 8:30 and 9:00am. Starting at 9:00am we will have opening annoucements, learn walking patterns, have two talent run-throughs, compete in the interview competition, and then compete in the Miss Northern Lights Pageant at 6:00pm. There are no practices before the same-day event. Parents, friends, hairstylists or makeup artists are not allowed at the auditorium during rehearsals.
Miss Northern Lights Contestants will compete in the following competitions: Interview, Artistic Expression in Talent, Presence & Poise in Evening Wear, and Onstage Question.
Miss Northern Lights Teen Contestants will compete in the following competitions: Interview, Lifestyle & Fitness in Activewear, Artistic Expression in Talent, Presence & Poise in Evening Wear, and Onstage Question.
Interviews will take place before the pageant competition. All other areas of competition will occur onstage during the pageant.
You may arrive with full, partial, or no make-up. Please be aware that between learning walking patterns and interviewing, you may only receive an hour to get ready. It’s a fast-paced day! A full schedule will be sent to you the week before the pageant, so you will know how much time you'll have to get ready.
The Interview competition is on an individual basis. Contestants will stand in front of a panel of five judges who will ask questions. These questions are designed to get to know each contestant. The questions will be about your personality, career and educational goals, your personal platform, your knowledge of the world you live in, and your knowledge of current events and social issues. The Miss interviews will last 9.5 minutes with an optional 30 second closing statement. Teen interviews will last 6 minutes. Teens cannot have a closing statement. Contestants may stand behind or to the side of the podium that’s in the room, but not in front of it. Do not shake hands with the judges. Contestant interview times will be determined by the number of contestants and your particular contestant number. Contestants should wear a professional outfit- dress, suit, skirt & top, with heels. Your outfit should be professional, but also be age appropriate. Wear something that a girl your age would find fashionable and would want to wear!
During the opening number, each contestant will share her name, her school and what her career ambition is. This should be high-energy and confident! You will wear black leggings, with a royal blue, emerald green, or bright purple top with heels and jewelry of your choice. Opening number is not judged. Opening number will be a simple walking pattern which will be taught earlier in the day.
Miss On-Stage Question will take place immediately following the introductions. You will wear your opening number outfits for this competition. All questions will be chosen randomly from a fishbowl.
Each contestant will perform a talent selection, and will be able to rehearse two times during the morning. Talent selections can be dancing, singing, playing an instrument, reciting a comedic monologue, or whatever talent you may have. We've seen everything from opera, to cheer routines, to stand up comedy, to speed painting to ballet en pointe to tap dancing! Talents should be entertaining, age appropriate, and showcase your technical skill. Talent selection CANNOT exceed 90 seconds. Even though you will be sending an electronic file (mp3) of your music with you prior to the pageant, please bring along an additional CD of your music, just in case! Please let us know what type of microphone you wish to use.
Evening Gown & Onstage Question
Each contestant will choose an evening gown to wear for this competition. The gown should be floor-length, and again, represent your personal style and be age appropriate. The judges are looking for your on-stage presence, poise, confidence, grace, beauty and style. They are not looking for a gown- they are looking for the girl in the gown. Choose something that compliments your body and your personality.
Based on your scores from those areas of competition, a new Miss Northern Lights will be selected by the judges! We will also name a First Runner-Up. Miss Northern Lights will work directly with the Miss Northern Lights director and committee during her year of service.
There is no wardrobe allowance that is allotted to Miss Northern Lights’ Outstanding Teen or Miss Northern Lights. The new titleholder will be responsible for her wardrobe for the Miss Wisconsin Pageant.