Contest Scoring

Below you will find contest scoring from 2019. This is supplied for reference and is subject to change for 2020 (Note, dates are for 2020 in the text)

Contest Scoring Values and Languages

The Los Angeles Bootblack contest is judged by a panel of judges selected from the community and Olympic scoring system is utilized. Contestants can earn a maximum of 200 points. A minimum score of 80% must be achieved to be eligible for the title.

This is the first formal opportunity the Contestants will have to meet the judging panel.  The Meet and Greet will occur on Friday, June 19th 2020. Location TBD.


  • You will be asked to engage in stand time that evening with guests and possible judges showcasing your shine skills and personality in the stand.
  • Contestant number draw will have occurred at the Kickoff event the prior Sunday.
  • You will be required to stay until either dismissed by the contestant coordinator or at a designated curfew time.


Contestants will be provided a boot that has been pre-handled by the tech boot coordinator with various pre-designed imperfections. The contestants will be given 30 minutes in which to address these issues and repair, clean and dress the boot to the best of their abilities. The contestants are not required to achieve a perfect boot. The goal is more to test their knowledge, skill and decision making in what to address, how and showcase their process. Only contestants and judges are allowed to witness tech boot.

Interviews are open to the public.  Interviews are scheduled to commence on Saturday March 30th, 2019. at the Tom of Finland House and will immediately follow Tech Boot. The judging panel will interview the contestants for a period of approximately 30 minutes.  The first ten minutes they will present their tech boot and describe their process, what products and materials they used and why. This will be followed by the formal Leather interviews of approximately 20 minutes. Questions may include, but are not limited to, community contributions, personal history, Leather history and current events.

  • Interviews are open to the public, but to other contestants or primary handlers of other contestants

  • ALL forms of recording, including but not limited to video and/or audio are absolutely PROHIBITED.

  • If a contestant wishes to have any questions that they need to get back to judges on recorded, they must ask the contestant coordinator BEFORE their interview commences for this accommodation.

  • If a Contestant is found encouraging and/or requesting the interview be recorded in manner, she/they will suffer a reduction in interview points and face possible disqualification as well as precluded from applying and/or attending any future Los Angeles Bootblack.

  • Contestants and their handlers will be sequestered during the duration of the entire interview process and will be asked to abstain from utilizing electronic communication while interviews are being conducted.

The contestants will be introduced to the audience in their stand wear. Stand wear is defined as what you would wear when going to your local leather bar and/or other casual leather gathering while working your stand.

Your Den Daddy/Contestant Coordinator will award these points according to your timeliness with completed tasks, adherence to the rules and instructions set forth and the manner by which you interact with the staff, volunteers, and attendees.

Contestants will give their Speech on stage during Saturday’s show. Each contestant has ninety (90) seconds to speak on a topic of their choice. This segment is intended to showcase the contestant and their ability to connect with not only the judging panel but also the audience. Although mics will not be turned off at the 90 second mark, the contestant may suffer a reduction in points if they exceed the allotted 90 seconds. Allowance will be made for audience interruptions.

  • A written copy of the speech must be submitted to the contestant coordinator by Thursday, March 23rd,2019 for ASL interpretation;

  • Only the contestant coordinator and ASL interpreter(s) will have the text of the speech unless it requires review by the contest producer of potential triggers or inappropriate content, as may be determined by the contestant coordinator.

  • The speech does not have to be approved unless it includes TRIGGERs or inappropriate content, as may be determined by the contestant coordinator.

  • If a TRIGGER is part of your speech, but approved by the contest producer, a warning will be announced prior.

Each Contestants will be asked a Pop Question on stage during Saturday’s show. Each Contestant will have the opportunity to dazzle the audience and judging panel with intellect and/or quick wit, while they strut their stuff in Hot Wear.

  • Your outfit should capture your Leather/Bootblack likeness and should make you feel hot, sexy, fierce and most importantly, confident;

  • Contestant will draw a Contestant will draw a Pop Question, and will be given an opportunity to read it to themselves before the MC reads it aloud to the audience;


Fantasies will be performed on stage during Saturday’s show.  Fantasies can be up to five minutes in length and are open to showcase the contestant’s creativity. Trigger warnings will be issued for content as necessary.

Point Breakdown

  • Open Shine at the Meet & Greet
  • Interview
  • Tech Boot
  • Stand Wear/Introduction
  • Leather Spirit
  • Speech/Formal Wear
  • Hot Wear/Pop Questions