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For Preliminary Rounds, Semi-Finals & Finals [2 to 3 minutes 30 seconds]

Every contestant is required to speak for a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 3 minutes 30 seconds.  Any contestant who fails to keep within the above time limits will be disqualified (for preliminary rounds) / heavily penalized (for semi-finals & finals).   The timing procedure is as follows:

  • Timing will begin with the first word uttered by the contestant.
  • The green light will be turned on after 2 minutes and remain on for 30 seconds.
  • The amber light will be turned on after 2 minutes 30 seconds and remain on for 30 seconds.
  • The red light will be turned on after 3 minutes to warn the contestant to conclude his/her speech in 30 seconds. The red light will remain on until the speech has ended.
 

Prepared Speech

For Preliminary Rounds, Semi-Finals & Finals [2 to 4 minutes 30 seconds]

Every contestant is required to speak for a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 4 minutes 30 seconds.  Any contestant who fails to keep within the above time limits will be disqualified (for preliminary rounds) / heavily penalized (for semi-finals & finals).   The timing procedure is as follows:

  • Timing will begin with the first word uttered by the contestant.
  • The green light will be turned on after 2 minutes and remain on for 1 minute.
  • The amber light will be turned on after 3 minutes and remain on for 1 minute
  • The red light will be turned on after 4 minutes to warn the contestant to conclude his/her speech in 30 seconds. The red light will remain on until the speech has ended.

Impromptu Speech

For Semi-Finals & Finals [2 minute to 3 minutes 30 seconds]

Every contestant is required to speak for a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 3 minutes 30 seconds.  Any contestant who fails to keep within the above time limits will be heavily penalised.  The procedure will be as follows:

  • Timing will begin with the first word uttered by the contestant.
  • The green light will be turned on after 2 minute and remain on for 30 seconds.
  • The amber light will be turned on after 2 minute 30 seconds and remain on for 30 seconds.
  • The red light will be turned on after 3 minutes to warn the contestant to conclude her/his speech in 30 seconds. The red light will remain on until the speech has ended.
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