How to Host a Beauty Pageant

May 3, 2012 by

Hosting can be quite an exciting job. Although it may appear effortless to an unknowing audience, hosting actually requires a lot of mental and physical work. It takes years for someone to be considered seasoned. Like some seasoning, the host adds spice to the show and makes sure that the audience do not get tensed or too choked up with the show because the host leads the pack with anxiety himself.

Fortunately, I am one of the very lucky few who have penetrated the business in mainstream hosting. Yes, this is about me. Again. I’m in such a Meryl-Streep-Wins-The-Academy mode today, so forgive me. You just have to suck it up. Ha-ha!

Here are some practical tips for budding hosts who want to enjoy the privilege of running the show onstage. This may not apply to everyone, but it’s worth the try. It worked for me.

1. Be physically attractive. I know this is such an unfair tip. What if I don’t have the ace looks but can speak well? What if I’m a bit on the heavy side but can handle the show better than other people? What if I’m all that except that I get a bit oily despite all the cake foundation? Well truth of the matter is, this job is very discriminating. In a pageant, the audience expect to see beautiful people onstage primarily because it’s a beauty pageant. The host is part of the visual extravaganza.

2. Rehearse extensively. If you are working with a crappy director who does not exactly know how to direct a show properly, demand for at least two run-through rehearsals with the candidates. During rehearsals, do everything that you think must be done during the show. Do not imagine it. Work it.

3. Get to know the candidates for basic familiarity. Spend a few minutes of chit-chat with them during rehearsals or even hours before the show. It helps both you and the candidates in relieving tension. Familiarity reduces anxiety, so some light conversation would definitely help.

4. Be very friendly with the technical crew. Trust me, this will definitely make your life so much easier onstage. The crew can spice up your mic sound quality, your lighting, give you proper cueing and bed music whilst onstage. If you throw a diva tantrum, expect for all sorts of shit onstage (prolonged feedback, absence of monitors onstage, very bright spotlight to give you a hard time reading your prompt. Hahaha!)

5. Survey the audience area an hour prior to the show. Familiarize who’s sitting where. Know who are coming to the show. While it can be nerve-wracking if you know that the Pope will watch the show, it is important that you know your tone for ad-libs when you are aware of your audience quality.

6. Memorize the first part of your script. Upon entering the stage and establishing your great hosting prowess, avoid reading. It is ok to read names, sponsors, and the judges’ bio but for adjectives and other poetic litany about the show, do take them by heart so it’s easier and more fluid. You must remember though that it takes quite an experienced host to be able to master the art of easy script memorization. For newbies, work on it patiently.

7. Make sure you do not mispronounce names, places and other things. When in doubt, ask.

8. When something goes wrong during the show (a bazillion possibilities that a show could fuck up), DO.NOT.PANIC. Remember there’s nothing you can do except to assure your audience that everything is under control and don’t forget to smile. Some of my worst experiences onstage: power outage, a collapsing set, a candidate throwing up onstage, a candidate falling off the stage, a candidate popping her bras exposing her stuff, etc. The audience can go crazy (they can howl, scream, laugh), but the host controls the mic so DIVERT the situation by saying something else while the crew and prod staff deal with the horrific scenario in dim lights. This is your moment to prove that you are the HOST of the show. And yes, smile.

9. Demand from the tabulators and usherettes that the results folder handed to you after the show must contain not only the winning candidates’ numbers but also their FULL NAMES. The worst possible thing that can happen is to confuse names of winners that can cause the audience to hate you even if it’s not your fault.Imagine calling out candidate number 3 who excitedly grabbed the crown and took the bouquet when the real winner was candidate number 8. How would you correct yourself?

10. Make sure you sign a contract prior to rehearsals and the show. It should be stated in your contract your fees, a downpayment of 50% on the first day of rehearsals and the remaining 50% an hour before the show. Do not ever agree with PAY AFTER the show scheme. It is a very unprofessional way to deal with things.

 

Hosting is a professional work which requires above-average human powers. Very few people can do this job and if you feel deep within you that you got it, go for it. Host as many events as you can. Beauty pageants are a unique lot in the roster of events one can host, but it is very rewarding if you do it right and you get admired by the many, many people whose eyes are glued to you when you are onstage.

 

Hosting Mutya ng Guimaras 2012

With Mutya ng Guimaras 2012, May Ann Salve Thornton

Hosting Miss Iloilo Dinagyang with Charmaine Gail Nunez and Derek Ramsay in 2011

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20 Comments

  1. Henry G. Tribunalo Jr.

    hello po mr bobby, im jhon, napili po ako as host ng beauty pageant po sa lugar namin, i just want to seek help from you if you could send me a sample script for this pageant?it will really help me a lot since im still amateur in hosting po, hope u will help me with this, thank you and godbless

  2. Elmer

    Hi there Mr. Bobby. I will be hosting a beauty pageant in our barangay here in Cebu. Could you please send me sample scripts for the show. I’m looking forward for a reply before May 25 so I can study it Mr. Bob.

    Anticipated thanks!

  3. Ram

    Hi Sir Bobby!
    I was asked to host a beauty pageant in our community this month. I’m hoping if you can help me by giving me sample scripts. I really admire your skill in hosting. It would be my first time to host this kind of event. I’m looking forward to your response. Thank you Sir!

    • bobby

      Hi Ram! Thanks for dropping by… Unfortunately, I do not have copies of my scripts as I normally do not make one. I base my ad libs on the outline provided for by the event director/writer. The only script I have are those for weddings. It really depends on the elements involved in the show. If you must, I can help provide you with talking points/liners if you can email to me your program outline. Do send it through rl.rodriguezph@gmail.com — would be very glad to help and I hope my reply doesn’t come too late. :)

  4. #8 had me cracking up sooo much, Sir Bob! Wouldn’t any of those happening to me!

  5. Cosme

    Good day sir. I was asked to host our pageant in school. the pageant composes male and female candidates, vying for Mr. & Ms. Global 2013 title. I’m up to it but i choked-up myself thinking that hosting such kind of event is one of my fear. i’m very much interested to take part of it but then i’m a newbie about hosting a pageant. i hope you can help me by giving outlines or script for me to be guided. the gala night is scheduled on sept. 20 this year. i hope sir that you can help me… hoping, cosme.

    • bobby

      HI Cosme! The outline should come from your organizer/director. From there, your job as a host is to provide transition adlibs/script how to smoothly move from one part to the next. If you could get the program sequence, I can help you. Although normally, the organizers would provide you with a script ahead. :) Let me know of the progress, ok?

  6. Angelito Tacan

    hello sir. may i ask a favor? can you sen me a sample script in hosting a pageant. thanks

  7. Sir, what’s your facebook account/page? I’ll be hosting my friend’s wedding in February. Hope you can help me! Just some tips/suggestions! It’s gonna be my first time ever haha!

  8. Good day sir. I was asked to host our pageant in school. the pageant composes male and female candidates, vying for Mr. & Ms. Cordian 2014 title. I’m up to it but i choked-up myself thinking that hosting such kind of event is one of my fear. i’m very much interested to take part of it but then i’m a little bit frightened about hosting a pageant. i hope you can help me by giving outlines or script for me to be guided. the coronation night is scheduled on january 31 this year. i hope sir that you can help me… yours truly ,lei.

  9. Michaeltot

    THIS truly helps. Thank you very much sir for posting an article like this. I was able to develop my hosting prowess. And now, I leveled up a little bit. From barangay pageants and school events hosting, I already had conquered our Municipal Festival pageant. Hope to learn more from you. :D

    P.S. As a neophyte in the hosting industry, I don’t have any talent fee yet. No contract signing, no down payments, and I was also thinking of no payment at all. But yes, for a newbie like me, acknowledgement is more than enough. As long as they provide what I wear! Ha-ha!

    • bobby

      Hey, Machael, thanks for this awesome message! Sorry for the late reply. Been all over the place lately. Sooo…tell me about your hosting experiences! :) I can help you if you have any questions regarding hosting, just let me know. As for talent fees, well eventually you would need to “professionalize” your hosting and it has to come with a premium (meaning, fees! Hehehe). Will give you tips should you need so. Cheers!

  10. aizel

    hello po mr bobby, im jhon, napili po ako as host ng beauty pageant po sa lugar namin, i just want to seek help from you if you could send me a sample script for this pageant?it will really help me a lot since im still amateur in hosting po, hope u will help me with this, thank you and godbless

  11. joyce

    hi…ill be hosting Miss United Nation in our school on first week of October… Can you give me script in hosting that pageant?

  12. Jezza Meh Maghamil

    Hello there sir bobby, I had fun reading this stuff.I am now literally drown into jitters as I was ask to host a pageant for our school’s foundation day and intramural. This is really my first time and I’m so afraid to disappoint the organizers especially our principal(I’m actually a teacher)..huhu.help.

  13. felix taruc

    hi Sir Bob, I’ve Been hosting several competitions but this time, its somewhat different since I will be facing those high-rank professionals in our University. Aside from those tips, what Should i do to reduce my tension because to be honest with you, I’m still experiencing this kind of feeling.

  14. Giovanni

    hi sir.. can i ask for a draft or an ouitline of your script.. i’ll be hosting a pageant nxt week i have a partner… i would be glad if you could send me one… thank you in advance and more power!

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