(200 points – 50 points per sub section)
Variety – To score well in this section we want to see competitor’s flair everything they touch. If you pick up your juice and just pour with for example we will see that as a missed opportunity to flair. We will also be looking for a wide variety of moves. A flash (when all objects are in the air at the same time), Grabs, pours, bumps, taps, rolls, stalls etc.
Creativity - It is impossible for judges to know where every single move comes from and who made up which move, but our professional judges have a wide knowledge of flair and will be able to see if someone is copying or has taken moves from someone else. To score highly we want to see your own style, moves and creations throughout your routine. This is not just about the moves, it also takes into consideration the presentation of your routine, your music and how well or creative you are when you perform!
Difficulty - Just because you flair more objects at the same time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are more difficult. A bump, tap and roll combination with a bottle and tin can be more difficult than some 4 bottle moves. Judges will be looking for difficult moves and skillful sequences. Linking together a lot of bumps/rolls/taps/reverse catches for example can help you score points.
Smoothness - Did you have a set routine, or where you just making it up as you go along? If you drop did you recover well or did you let it affect your performance. We want to see a routine, which is well balanced. We also want to see a smooth flairing style. We don’t want to see you stopping to adjust grabs, or not putting your moves together well.
(100 points – 25 points per sub section)
Balance – Is your routine weighted correctly? The judges will be looking for a well thought out performance and not something that has not been planned. We want to see the routine build into a great finish.
Showmanship - Flair is all about entertaining people. You are putting on a show for the people that are in the venue, so we want to see you interact with them. This doesn’t mean that you must wear a costume, just try and think what you want to see from a performance. One tip: A smile can make a big difference.
Music Interaction - Very straightforward! How well are you flairing in time with your music? The judges will be looking to see if you stop when the music stops/breaks, or do you flair with the beat of the tune. Are you interacting with the words of the song, or are you literally dancing with the music while you are flairing? Your routine should be choreographed from beginning to end.
Composure – Are you calm and relaxed on stage? Do you land all moves with confidence; do you recover well from any drops or mistakes? To score well here you must possess these abilities.
Drop (3 points) - A drop is when the object you are flairing with is out of your control and falls to the floor or onto the bar. We will not count drops with a beverage napkins, straw, garnish or ice. Also if you are flairing 3 bottles for example and you drop two of them, then that will be counted as two drops. If you drop a bottle and it spills you will only be penalized for the drop, you will not be deducted for the spill as well. If you knock the bar and two tins fall off of the station you will be counted for two drops here as it is the fault of the bartender. If you are flairing 3 tins and one bottle and you drop all 3 tins which are all together and inside each other then this is only 1 drop, but if they are separated and you drop them then it is 3 drops.
Spill (2 points) - We will have two judges counting spills and then we will take the average from their results. A spill will be down to the judges’ discretion.
Break (10 points) - Whenever a glass object is smashed, either in mid air or on the floor.
Misc (5 points) - Missing ingredient, wrong ingredient or wrong procedure.
We will be looking for beverage napkins, straw, garnish, plenty of ice, whether you used the correct procedure when making the required drinks and finally if you put in the required ingredients for the cocktail.
Missing Drink (40 points) - Quite simply, if you don’t have the two drinks on the bar by the end of your routine, then it is considered as missing. If you have a glass on the bar top with ice but with no alcohol or mixer etc then that is a missing drink. If a drink is considered as missing you will not get deducted for the missing ingredients as well.