This was the last time I entered this performing arts contest. I was publicly humiliated afterward by the adjudicator for obviously being dolled up by my mother (er, I was 30) and cared more about my costume. This class was Song in Costume (musical Theatre or Light Opera).
I got an award that night too, for my G&S song in costume. I didn’t really care whether I got a prize or not (I heard the others and myself ; ), but the humiliation (without names but as my costume really did stand out it was really obvious.)
I could feel that negativity while on stage too. It was horrible.