Rose Parade official shares tips for Royal Court interviews

Rose Parade official shares tips for Royal Court interviews

Tryouts for the 2017 Rose Parade Royal Court are this upcoming Saturday and Monday at the Tournament House in Pasadena. Applicants will have only 15 nerve-wracking seconds to tell the Court Committee why they want to be part of Pasadena history.

“This is not something you can study for,” Chairman of the Queen and Court Committee Richard De Jesu said.

In his 26 years with the Rose Parade, he’s found that only confidence can turn ordinary young women into Rose Princesses. But he also had some tips for potential applicants.

This Tournament veteran recommends practicing in front of a mirror to ensure good posture and poise, one of the key requirements. Members of the Rose Court must be effective communicators and comfortable before large audiences, he said.

The Committee will ask applicants why they want to be part of the Rose Court, so De Jesu also recommends practicing the question with friends. Approaching it like a job interview is a great idea, especially when deciding on wardrobe. De Jesu said that comfortable and professional clothing is best.

“If you’re not used to wearing heels, you probably don’t want to wear heels,” De Jesu said.

Rachelle Liu was part of the Rose Court in 2016. In an article with the Foothill Advocate earlier this year, she gave some advice of her own to any Rose Court hopefuls.  

“The biggest pressure is just getting over the nerves,” Liu said. “If you can do that, you can do anything.”

Every applicant will receive an email with the results shortly after interviews. The seven members of the Royal Court will be revealed on Oct. 4, after three more rounds. Over 900 young women applied last year, but De Jesu said he’s expecting thousands this year.

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