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The setting for the competition
The Sinnoh Grand Festival (Japanese: シンオウグランドフェスティバル Sinnoh Grand Festival) is an anime-exclusive tournament organized by the Pokémon Activities Committee. All Pokémon Coordinators who have earned five Contest Ribbons from the Sinnoh region are eligible to enter.
In A Stand-Up Sit-Down!, Zoey mentioned that the Sinnoh Grand Festival would follow the Double Performance format. In Fighting Ire with Fire!, Marian announced that the competition would be held at Lake Valor.
The Sinnoh Grand Festival began in Last Call — First Round! and ended in A Grand Fight for Winning!. Like all Sinnoh Pokémon Contests, Marian was the announcer. During the Grand Festival that Dawn participated in, 108 Coordinators participated. For the tournament, she and her rivals wore new costumes.
Instead of the usual three judges, the Sinnoh Grand Festival has six judges in attendance: Raoul Contesta, Mr. Sukizo, Lilycove City's Nurse Joy, her sisters from Pastoria City and Jubilife City, and special guest judge Fantina. The Nurse Joy from Pastoria and Jubilife only judge the Performance Stage.
The winner of the competition receives the Ribbon Cup and the title of Top Coordinator.
Unlike the Grand Festival tournaments taking place in Hoenn and Kanto, the Sinnoh Grand Festival only has one appeals round instead of two. The competition is held under the Double Performance rule, which means that Coordinators must use two Pokémon in all rounds.
Due to the number of participants, the appeal stage of the Sinnoh Grand Festival is divided up onto three stages; the Red Stage, the Green Stage, and the Blue Stage. The Red Stage is judged by Fantina and the Nurse Joy from Jubilife City, while Mr. Sukizo and the Nurse Joy from Pastoria City evaluate the performances in the Green Stage. The Blue Stage is judged by Mr. Contesta and the Nurse Joy from Lilycove City.
The stages can be modified for each Coordinator. For instance, when Zoey appealed with her Gastrodon and Lumineon, the stage opened up to reveal a pool for the two Water-type Pokémon to use. Each Coordinator performs on one of the three stages. Once all participants have performed, the 32 top scoring Coordinators progress to the second round.
There is one day of rest between the first and second rounds. The second round marks the beginning of the Grand Festival's Contest Battles with some changes to the layout. The 32 Coordinators are divided in four blocks of eight contestants each, and the winner of each block advances to the semifinals. Unlike the Performance Stage, in which three Coordinators simultaneously delivered a performance, all matches are conducted on a single stage. Also, the amount of judges is reduced from six to four. All Coordinators were matched-up randomly by a computer up to the semifinals. Coordinators who run out of points, have their Pokémon knocked out, or have the least amount of points once time runs out are eliminated from the Grand Festival.
Zoey with the Sinnoh Ribbon Cup
- This is the only Grand Festival tournament that is four episodes long instead of the usual three episodes.
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