Introductions (25% total between two components)
Interview (25% - 250 points)
Socialization (30% total between two components)
Scenes (20% total between two components)
All sections are graded on a 1-10 scale and then weighted with a multiplier for the total points.
The total possible points available = 1000 points
Details of the various components:
This component is intended to introduce the contestant to the public. The contestant will be judged on how they present themselves, personality projection, authenticity, their comfort in speaking, delivery and the content.
Quick Intro: This introduction is a quick (1 minute) introduction and should include their pup or handler name and breed (if applicable). This is the chance for the contestant to show their personality and make a good first impression. This introduction is at the very beginning of the competition and will take place in the Capri for a limited audience.
Introductions & Goals: This is a longer introduction that should be between ninety (90) seconds and three (3) minutes in length and takes place at Edge Nightclub. This will be timed and the judges will be informed of the recorded length. Going over the timeframe will result in a point reduction. The points deducted will be standard across the contestants but may be amended for situations out of the contestants' control. Examples of issues outside of the contestants' control would be but are not limited to, microphone malfunction or audience disruption.
More than just the basic information, this introduction is designed to see the contestant the way the public will see them as a titleholder and should include a goal for their title year. It is important for the contestant to choose a goal that they are both familiar with and passionate about. Some contestants may also use this portion to allow the audience the opportunity to get to know something about them such as their past or their vision.
Interview: Each contestant will participate in a private interview with the judges. This is not a public display. The head judge will establish the order and room set for questions and will also moderate the session. Each judge should be allowed to ask whatever type of questions they deem necessary to learn what they need to know about each contestant. Based on the number of contestants to interview and the time allowed, the head judge will set limits on how many questions the judging panel will ask.
The interview is set up as a means for the judges to get to know the contestants. The questions that they ask will be completely up to them. It is important for the contestant to be prepared to answer a wide range of questions. While not limited to, it should be expected to hear questions regarding their application, pup play history questions, social media presence, lifestyle questions, and personal belief questions. The primary goal for the interview is to show how the contestant will represent both Edge Nightclub and the pup play community.
The socialization component of the competition is based on how the contestant interacts and presents themselves to the public.
Socialization/Image: Judges will observe all contestants during the course of the event. Judging officially begins after the contestant/judge check-in. Any contestant arriving late should expect a reflection of this in their total points. From their observations, judges will award Socialization/Image points based on their opinions of how each contestant behaves and interacts as a puppy or handler. During any moshing, puppies will be observed for mosh interactions, behavior, and handling of consent while handlers will be observed for interacting, creating safe spaces, and the well-being of all mosh pit participants. Observations will include, but will not be limited to, all public and moshing interactions. All contestants’ social media accounts will also be observed for any behavior that does not align with community values.
The purpose of this component is to see the contestant interact with the public as a whole. A large part of being a titleholder is spending time at events with both friends and strangers. It is important for the contestant to recognize that they are being watched at all times, as they balance their interactions.
Public Q&A: The judges will observe the contestants as they answer one or two unknown questions. These questions will be submitted by the public throughout the event and presented to the contestants shortly after their Introductions & Goals at Edge Nightclub. The questions may be randomized or they may be specifically chosen for the contestant by the judges. Typically, one question is related to community service and one question is meant to be more light-hearted. The purpose of the pop questions is to see if the contestant is prepared for the unknown questions that always arise in their travels. Contestants will be awarded points for engaging the MC and audience, comfort in answering questions and the ability to land on their verbal paws when presented with a challenging or ridiculous question.
For this competition there are two scenes in which each contestant will participate. The judges will observe the contestants in both a Mystery Grab Bag Scene and a Fantasy Scene.
Both scenes are meant to be fun for the audience. The scenes may be very puppy-fun-centric or they may be overtly sexual in nature. Due to state law, no nudity is allowed on stage and should be appropriate for a public audience and are expected to be respectful to the community at large. Scenes with extremely inappropriate behavior/topics may be disqualified by the producer/head judge's decision.Examples of this would be (but are not limited to) scenes promoting rape culture, racism, misogyny, transphobia, intolerance, or promoting hate symbols.
Mystery Grab Bag Scene: Each contestant will be given a mystery grab bag with between three (3) and five (5) items and given three (3) minutes to prepare a scene lasting no more than two (2) minutes. The scene should utilize all or most of the items in creative and fun ways. The scene will be judged on entertainment value, audience appeal, creativity, personality projection, safety and overall presentation. The goal of this scene should be frivolity and fun while showcasing the contestant’s personality.
Fantasy Scene: This scene should be no more than three (3) minutes in length and typically contains music/background tracks. Due to time constraints, points are deducted after three (3) minutes. There are no microphones furnished, so spoken words are expected to be on the background tracks. The contestants may have up to two additional people on stage to help with the scene. The scene can be with another contestant, where both are scored, but this must be disclosed to the contest producers prior to the beginning of the competition. All music/background tracks must be given to the producers no less than two (2) weeks prior to the first day of the contest. All music/background tracks must be digital in MP3 format. There is no contingency for tardiness on this, as the production crew must be familiar with the content.
Fantasy scenes are diverse in nature and can range from erotic to humorous, depending on the contestant. A contestant may showcase their headspace, how they play within the pup community, or what drew them to pup play in the first place. Whether the contestant does a lip sync, an interpretive dance or has a bucket of glitter dumped on them, the scene should be entertaining for the general audience and have a wide appeal. Any debris must be cleaned up by the contestant or their assistants promptly.