MiyVue.com has learnt that top officials of the Queen Show Sub-Committee have taken a decision to change the criteria for the Interview Segment, just 72 hours before the pageant is due to take place, on Thursday 27th December. This last minute change by the Committee is however in breach of the criteria that the Sub-Committee has itself established for the competiiton.
A glimpse of the criteria for the pageant states as follows:
“Contestants will be asked two questions based on the information, as provided by the contestant(s) in (their) biographies. Please submit biography to Ms. Nisharma Rattan-Mack, by 4:00pm, November 30th December, 2012.”
Since November the contestants have all been engaged in weeks of practice sessions, trying to adequately prepare themselves for the tough interview segment of the annual contest.
However, on Sunday 23rd December, the contestants were informed by the head of the committee that instead of being interviewed on their biography, as is stated in the official criteria, she has decided to change the format to one that would now be based on a question drawn from “a platform”, though this is not a requirement of the official criteria.
Since then, members of the management teams of the various contestants have been protesting to the head of the Queen Show Sub-Committee, who has so far refused to yield to the concerns that have been expressed on behalf of the deleagtes. The case has also been taken to the Chairman of the National Carnival Committee, itself, Mr. Sylvester Anthony, who committed to investigate the matter.
Though the case is being made that the committee ought to stick to its own criteria and not attempt to change the requirements at this last minute, it is reported that there remains an unwillingness of the committee head to see the light.
Various concerns have been shared by the representatives of the contestants, and include:
- All contestants have already spent their time researching and rehearsing for the interview, based on the official criteria, and do not now have any time to research a new topic or platform in a manner that is required for an onstage interview.
- Now is not the time to create even more stress on the contestants who should be utilizing their time to fine-tune the details for their performances.
- If the head of the Sub-Committee has her way and remains stubbornly adamant that she will change the criteria, this would cause all the contestants to perform poorly on the night of the pageant in the interview segment.
- Recognizing that the Interview Segment is the most difficult of all the segments, it is insensitive, uncaring and of poor judgment to attempt to shift the “goal post when the game has already started”.
- The result will be a show best known for an extremely poor interview segment, due to the unpreparedness of the contestants for the last minute changes by the Sub-Committee.
There is some slight hope however that commonsense will prevail and that the Committee Head would recognize that it is in no one’s interest to make the changes she desires, at this stage.
The National Carnival Queen Pageant is scheduled for this Tursday at the Sugar Mill at Warner Park, at 8:00pm.