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Unread 08-25-2005, 06:16 PM   #66
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As a judge I would not usually take the crowd's reaction into account - most often, people cheer for things that happen to be popular at the time (whether the costumes/presentations are good or not), or for gratuitous fanservice...and I've seen far too many halloween contests where the most popular costume got the prize (usually a cute kid or a half-naked woman) instead of the good costumes.

That said, however, I do recall one instance at Toronto Trek a few years back where an entry got a special "audience appreciation" award because their presentation had been so funny and entertaining that the audience had demanded an encore. That's a rare occurrence, though.
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