I've been a full NAM activist for several years, however what happened in Michigan at the 2014 State pageant left many shaking heads.
First off, NAM does not run a deep background check on the judges. Anyone with minor pageant experience can judge. This is where the problem is created. Two of the judges judging were both previously sister queens in another pageant system; and coincidently their other sister queens, who were competing, both won.
It was obvious the first runner-ups were robbed. There are pictures posted on the judge's public Facebook page of them with the winners years ago.
NAM should be ashamed for allowing this type of cheating to happen right in front of them. Of course, NAM claims the judges scores were thrown out, but these same ladies that won were also the ones falsely accusing people they viewed as competition for knowing judges so the scores could be thrown out, hurting the girl ultimately as the average score would replace that missing judge's.
NAM is a mess. The marketing is great, and some states less corrupt than others. But serious changes need to be made to regain the reputation of the organization- cheating, raising prices, ridiculous amounts of girls, etc.. it all adds up to a bad taste in the mouth. There are plenty of other pageants with the same production, better prizes, less contestants, and lower fees.
Reason of review: Poor customer service.
Monetary Loss: $1000.
Preferred solution: proof this will never occur again, along with a refund..