The Western Canada Power Exchange will be judged using an Olympic scoring method. We will have 5 judges and both the lowest and highest scores for each pair in each category will be thrown out. Only the middle 3 scores will actually be counted. In the unlikely event there is a tie score at the end of the contest; all 5 scores will be counted. In the extremely unlikely event that there is still a tie score, the Producers, Director and Judges will convene to decide on a winner. There will be a total maximum possibility of 500 points per contestant set. A minimum of 70% of the total score must be achieved for a winner to be declared. This means that even if we only have one pair competing, they must score at least a total of 350 points in order to win the titles. A Head Judge will be appointed. Two score keepers will calculate the scores separately. Their total scores will be compared for accuracy and verified by the Head Judge and Contest Director.
This is your opportunity to teach the attendees and judges about your specific dynamic. You will have a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes to give an explanation to the audience about your relationship dynamic. You may use posters, dry erase boards, or any other visuals you feel would be helpful. Visuals are not a requirement but they are allowed. You must supply your own visuals or props. However, if you need something that we might have, please e-mail the Western Canada Power Exchange Director to discuss it. Background music is not allowed during this portion. Handouts are discouraged. You will have the use of a stage and microphone. When you reach the 8 minute mark on your time, you will be quietly made aware that you have to wrap it up. At the pre-contest meeting, we will explain this in full. When you are done, you will be given no more than 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience. The judges will not ask questions, they will only observe. You will be judged on your knowledge regarding your power dynamic, stage presence, and articulation of your dynamic and how well you handle questions from the audience.
This category allows you to show the audience a scene or scenario that involves your power dynamic. You will have a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 6 minutes. You can decide to enact a scene with background music (supplied by you ahead of time) or you can request the use of a microphone. Please understand that we cannot mic the stage to pick up your talking if you walk around the stage. The microphones only pick up so much. It is strongly suggested that you stick with a music background but this is your choice. You will be judged on the content and connection you make during your demo or fantasy along with audience reaction, stage presence, image and the comfort level you display. There will be no questions asked by the judges or audience. You are welcome to use a play station and we will make the arrangements to have them for you, if needed. You will not be given notice of your time running out; this should be timed with your music.
The interview is possibly the most important category because the judges will have already observed you for a couple days, watched your Presentation and Demo/Fantasy the day before and will now have lots of questions to ask you. The judges will be allowed to ask you whatever they want to know. You will be interviewed together (as a contestant set) and the interviews are closed to all others including handlers, fellow contestants or friends. The judges will score you on how well you answer the questions and on the attire you choose to wear. The length of the interview will be determined at the contest but will most likely last 20 minutes per contestant pair.
The last thing the judges will be asked to do will be to score you on their overall feeling about you as a pair and how they observed your interaction during the contest weekend. There is no defined “look” other than being authentic to the power exchange dynamic in which you live.