After scores are tabulated and the judges know who their top 5 are (4th runner up, 3rd runner up, 2nd runner up, 1st runner up & Queen) they allow the judges to reorder the top finalist, so if a girl earned top scores she may not be Queen, could walk out with nothing as 4th runner up instead of the Queen title and prizes she earned :( This is in tiny print in some of NAM literature, they don't like to advertise this fact. Very unfair and allows favoritism.
My daughter stopped competing after multiple times winning runner up spots at her National American Miss State Pageants. We've spent THOUSANDS and have shelves full of trophies but will not return to NAM UNLESS the pageant does away with allowing the reordering and starts awarding based on actual scores EARNED!
We have MANY pageant friends, often shocked to learn NAM does this, when we spread the word many decide not to compete. Too huge of a financial investment to gamble on the pageant picking and choosing instead of sticking to actual scores.
Product or Service Mentioned: National American Miss Beauty Pageant.
Reason of review: unfair scoring/winner selection.
Monetary Loss: $500.
Preferred solution: Change in policy, award titles and final placement based on real/actual contest scores, do away with reordering..
National American Miss Pros: Confidence earned.
National American Miss Cons: Reordering by judges.