Pageant Info


Eligibility requirements for participation in the 2019 state pageants include…


  • Must be at least 18 but under 28 years of age as of December 31, 2020.
  • Must never have participated in a previous national MISS USA Pageant.
  • May only compete in one MISS USA State Pageant (including the District of Columbia) per pageant year.


  • Must be at least 14 but under 19 years of age as of December 31, 2020.
  • Must never have participated in a previous national MISS TEEN USA Pageant.
  • May only compete in one MISS TEEN USA State Pageant (including the District of Columbia) per pageant year.


  • Must not be married, never have been married, and never have had a marriage annulled. Must never have given birth to a child, cannot be pregnant or be a parent.
  • Must be of good health and moral character.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States, and at least one of the following must be true:
    • (1) Must now reside in Delaware as your permanent and primary residence for the full period of at least three (3) months immediately prior to the beginning of the state pageant (although you may have attended college or University elsewhere);
    • or (2) Must have resided in Delaware as a full-time student at a school, college or university for one entire semester, trimester or summer session immediately prior to the beginning of the state pageant, and you are still enrolled as a full-time student at a school, college or university and will continue to reside in the state (although you may have spent or be spending the summer in another state).
    • Must agree, that if selected to represent Delaware in the MISS USA or MISS TEEN USA pageant, you will participate in that pageant, and will abide by all the rules and regulations governing that pageant. If you win the MISS USA pageant, they must agree to participate in the MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT, and to abide by the rules and regulations governing that pageant.
    • No contestant or any member of their immediate family can be employed by or work as a volunteer for IMG Universe, LLC, IMG Worldwide, LLC d/b/a the Miss Universe Organization, any State Director in the MISS USA and/or MISS TEEN USA Pageant system, NBC Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, Ernst & Young, or any of its subsidiaries. (If contestant or any member of their immediate family is employed by any of the foregoing or any firm or corporation controlled or affiliated with any of them, then they must notify the state director immediately, in writing, so that their eligibility may be determined.
    • Must agree that if you win or succeed to the state level title or the national title of MISS USA or MISS TEEN USA, you will not participate in any other pageants during the time you hold any of these titles, unless authorized in writing by IMG Universe, LLC.
    • Must be willing to release, unconditionally and forever, any claim against IMG Universe, LLC, Its parent and affiliated or related companies and their respective officers, directors, partners, employees, agents and assigns, which they may have by virtue of their participation in their state pageant, or by any use of their name, likeness, voice, and/or biography in connection with their state pageant, including use in promotional and advertising material.
    • Must understand and agree that all issues as to eligibility shall be determined by IMG Universe, LLC, and they must agree to abide by that determination both as to themselves and other applicants.

Judging Criteria

Each Contestant will compete in three equal phases of preliminary competition: Interview, Swimsuit (Miss contestants) / Active wear (Teen contestants) and Evening Gown. The results from these preliminary phases of competition are added up, and the contestants with the highest composite scores become semifinalists. The number of semifinalists will be determined by the total number of contestants in the competition and is typically between 10 and 15. Scoring is based on the following:

Interview : Pageant judges spend time with each delegate to learn about her successes, talents, goals and ambitions. Attention is focused on her poise, charm, self – confidence and her ability to communicate, as well as the substance of her answers. Preliminary interviews are conducted individually in front of the entire judging panel in a private and closed setting. You will have a two to three-minute interview with the panel of 5 or 7 judges. It’s very comfortable and conversational. Contestants are scored on thir communication skills, and personality. They are NOT scored on their opinions or personal beliefs.

Swimsuit (Miss) / Active wear (Teen): Attention is focused on beauty of face, figure, physical fitness, stage presence and the confidence with which each contestant carries herself. Numerical measurements are not considered in the judging. There is no perfect body type!

Evening Gown : Each contestant wears a gown she has chosen for herself. Attention is focused on each contestant’s overall appearance, self-confidence, and the beauty she bring to the gown of her choice. She is evaluated on grace, poise, style, stage presence, and overall-impression. Judges are instructed to evaluate the contestant, not the dress she is wearing.

There is no talent competition and no experience is necessary.

Preliminary results from the private interview and the swimsuit/active wear & evening gown stage presentations are tallied and audited on Saturday night after the preliminary show concludes. On Sunday, the MISS DELAWARE USA & MISS DELAWARE TEEN USA Final Competition kicks off with the opening production number followed by the parade of evening gowns. Soon after, the semi-finalists are announced and they will again compete in swimsuit/active wear and evening gown and the judges will narrow the field to a group of five finalists.

One final on-stage question for the remaining Top-5 will be conducted by the Emcee. They will then appear on stage for group judging and have a spotlighted “Final Look” when each judge will independently select their winner, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up, 3rd runner-up, and 4th runner-up in each age group. These events lead up to the crowning of the new Miss Delaware USA and Miss Delaware Teen USA! All contestants will participate on stage several times during the show. Even if they are not selected as Semi-Finalists, there will be several other honors to award that evening.

The judges are looking for the young ladies to represent Delaware throughout the state, as well as, nationally and internationally. The contestant who wins may not have scored the highest in any one particular category but will do well in all events. They will be young women who possess the entire package of poise, personality, intelligence and beauty. They should understand that, along with the prizes and glamour, there comes a responsibility to the pageant system, sponsors, community, and to the state of Delaware. They automatically and instantly become role models. It is certain to be a year of personal growth and maturing.