Pokémon Showcases are performance tournaments that take place in various locations throughout Kalos. Contestants are allowed to use up to six Pokémon. In essence, they are similar to real-world beauty pageants. There are two classes of Pokémon Showcases, the Rookie Class and the Master Class. Every Performer may compete in the Rookie Class, but only those who have collected at least three Princess Keys can enter the Master Class.
Rookie Class tournaments are divided in two sections. The first is called the Theme Performance (Japanese: テーマパフォーマンス Theme Performance) and can encompass different activities. The activity of the Theme Performance depends on the specific Showcase tournament. This section usually takes place in multiple rounds, with three contestants per round facing off against each other, though only the winner of each round will move on to the next section. However, as the Theme Performance varies between tournaments, the criteria for winning them also differs.
The second section is called the Freestyle Performance (Japanese: フリーパフォーマンス Free Performance), which is the same in each Pokémon Showcase. The Performer and her Pokémon perform together on stage, making full use of the Pokémon's capabilities. It is similar to the Performance Stage of a Pokémon Contest. However, unlike Coordinators, Performers must be involved in an active part of the performance, since Showcase performances also focus on the Trainers and their ability to perform alongside their Pokémon, whereas in Pokémon Contests the Pokémon are always the main attraction.
In the Freestyle Performance, contestants are judged by the audience. Each Performer gets a heart-shaped key used to receive votes from the audience. Each person in the audience can bring out one vote on a special voting device called the Glow Caster (Japanese: ポケリウム Poké Lume), which sends out small luminous balls of light that connect to the keys of the participants according to the color of their key. The participant with the key that absorbs the most lights is decided the winner.
The Master Class is the Showcase equivalent for the Pokémon League Conference of the Pokémon League and the Grand Festival of the Pokémon Contests. The contestants have to deliver Freestyle Performances from the very beginning as there are no Theme Performance rounds. The competing Performers are divided into trios and whoever receives the highest number of votes is declared the winner of their group and advances to the next round. In rounds prior to the semifinals, each Performer gets a turn performing individually before the three of them perform at the same time. They must perform with a single Pokémon and they are allowed to affect the performances of each other.
During the semifinals, Performers are called on stage one at a time and they have to perform using two Pokémon. The winning Performer advances to the final round, where the current Kalos Queen awaits. As the winner of the previous Master Class competition, the Kalos Queen has a guaranteed spot in the final round, where she must defend her title. Performers are allowed to use up to six Pokémon in the finals. One notable difference between the Rookie Class and the Master Class is the voting system; while in the Rookie Class only the Glow Caster can be used to vote, in the Master Class people all over the Kalos region are able to vote by using devices similar to smartphones.
Themes and stages
|Pokémon Styling: Performers must dress up one of their Pokémon in a unique style using the materials given within the time limit and present their partner to the audience. Contestants are judged by the audience.|
|Poké Puff Baking: Performers must collaborate with their Pokémon and bake Poké Puffs within the time limit. The Poké Puffs are evaluated by a panel of judges.|
|Pokémon Quiz: Performers must answer trivia questions. To answer a question, one of their Pokémon must complete a task. The first to answer three questions correctly advances to the second section.|
|Poké Puff Performance: Performers and their Pokémon bake a Poké Puff but with a synchronized dance performance. Contestants are judged by the audience.|
|Rhyhorn Herding: Performers and their Pokémon must beckon the most Rhyhorn over to their side of the stage using any means necessary. Performers can also thieve Rhyhorn to their side from other Performers.|
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A Princess Key (Japanese: プリンセスキー Princess Key) is an item which denotes a Performer as having won a particular Pokémon Showcase Rookie Class, similar to how a Ribbon is awarded to a Coordinator who has won a Pokémon Contest and a Badge is given to a Trainer who has defeated a Gym Leader. Princess Keys are given by Monsieur Pierre's Klefki at the end of each Showcase, and they come in various styles and colors.
It was revealed in Performing with Fiery Charm! that after winning their first Showcase, Performers are given a large decorated keyring which they use to hold the Princess Keys they receive during their journey. In order to compete for the title of Kalos Queen, a total of three Keys must be collected to qualify for the Master Class, the Showcase equivalent of the Grand Festival and the Pokémon League Conference. At the beginning of the Master Class, Performers use their Princess Keys to unlock a door to gain access to the stage.
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- The Pokémon Showcase is the first gender-specific event that is the focus of a main character's goal.
- In Day Three Blockbusters!, the Pokémon Showcase is referred to as the Pokétacular on Netflix and in the United Kingdom airings.
The Japanese name TryPokaron may be derived from the word triathlon, Pokémon, Kalos, and salon (French for exhibition). The first part of its name also sounds similar to the prefix tri- (three), referring to how three Princess Keys are needed to compete in the Master Class.
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