Pokemon Contests a competition that is popular in many regions. Their most famous in Hoenn and Sinnoh, but there are known to be Contests in Kanto and Johto as well. Coordinators can be any gender. They don’t follow harsh restrictions like Performers and Idols, although they can become idols as well.
Coordinators do focus on battles. At least the ones who want to make a living out of it. They train hard, and they focus on making their battles beautiful. This is evident in battles outside of Contests. You’ll never feel so embarrassed as if you not only lose to your opponent, but they make it look effortless and pretty. Despite their training in battles it’s a common thought that Coordinators can’t battle to save their lives.
Pokemon Contests have two to four rounds per contests: An initial appeal (optional), the main appeal, and the battle round(s). The initial appeal is an optional round where the pokemon walks around the stage and is judged on their appearance and grooming.
The main appeal is a combination of moves put together in a routine. Depending on the contest Coordinators may use one or two pokemon. These appeals mainly focus on the pokemon with the Coordinator in the background. Some fanshave a problem if the Coordinator tries to claim part of the spotlight, claiming that they should be more focused on showing off their pokemon than trying to take the spotlight for themselves.
Those who make it past the main appeal will enter the battle round(s). The number of which depends on the size of the Contest. These battles are less about winning the battle and more about showing off your pokemon. That being said, you can’t show off your pokemon if it has fainted.
There are five categories to Contests: Cute, Clever, Beauty, Tough, and Cool. It isn’t uncommon for a Coordinator to focus on one or two categories and base their pokemon’s moves around those categories. Some Contests don’t acknowledge categories, and instead urge Coordinators take a more creative approach to their appeals. While rather new, they have been growing in popularity. There seems to be a divide between Contest fans on which type is better.
The winner of Contests gets that Contest’s ribbon, and a monetary award. Five ribbons (regardless on if its a Contest with a category or not) from a specific region, and you can participate in the Grand Festival of the region. Winning that will gain one fame and job offers of different kinds.
Some Coordinators choose not to compete in the Grand Festival in part because it is also the only contest type that has an entrance fee. Instead they compete in regular Contests, sometimes revisiting the same hall multiple times in a season. Usually the Contest Halls that hold Contests more than once a season require a minimum number of ribbons to compete in them, and if they are a Contest Hall that still uses categories the ribbons need to be in the same category that you’re trying to enter.
It isn’t uncommon for Coordinators to form two person units. They mainly focus on their solo work as most Contests are solo performances. However, there are a few Contests that are made specifically for these units. As units they mainly do exhibitions together, however, if they go the idol route they also hold concerts, and do other jobs together.
Since the start of the Wallace Cup (the first Interregional Contest), there have been several attempts to emulate this type of Contest, however, the amount of money and planning that goes into it causes most to fail before they start.
Lost Stars (trying to light up the dark) - A mix for all the pirate and the princess went through together recently, and some songs about what’s still coming their way. Listen HERE
1. I Believe - Christina Perri - I believe in the lost possibilities that you can see. And I believe that the darkness reminds us where light can be. I know that your heart’s still beating, darling. I believe that you fell so you would land next to me. ‘Cause I have been where you are before, and I have felt the pain of losing who you are. I have died so many times, but I am still alive. 2.
Not About Angels - Birdy - How unfair, it’s just our love. Found something real that’s out of touch. But if you’d searched the whole wide world, would you dare to let it go? Cause what about, what about angels? They’ll come, they’ll go make us special. 3. Things We Lost In The Fire - Bastille - We sat and made a list of all the things that we had. Down the backs of table tops, ticket stubs and your diaries. I read them all one day, when loneliness came and you were away. Oh they told me nothing new, but I love to read the words you used. 4. Lost Stars - Keira Knightley - And god, tell us the reason, youth is wasted on the young. It’s hunting season and this lamb is on the run, searching for meaning. But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark? 5. Free Like You Make Me - Cary Brothers - What were the feelings there in the silence? And were you safe or was it defiance? It’ll be okay, and I’ll make you smile. 'Cause I know what’s coming, I saw the signs. Because your eyes in this moment can’t contain all the feelings that you told to me. I’ll take your place when the world ends, and you take mine. I’ll break us out of this jail and make you high. 'Cause when it all ends I want you to be free, free like you make me. 6. Stubborn Love - The Lumineers - It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all. The opposite of love’s indefference. So pay attention now, I’m standing on your porch screaming out. And I won’t leave until you come downstairs. So keep your head up, keep your love. Keep your head up, my love. 7.
Colour Me In - Damien Rice - I tried to repress it, then I carried its crown. I reached out to undress it, and love let me down. So I tried to erase it, but the ink bled right through. Almost drove myself crazy when these words led to you. And all these useless dreams of living alone, like a dogless bone. So come let me love you, come let me love you, and then colour me in. 8. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray - I never knew that everything was falling through. That everyone I knew was waiting on a cue to turn and run when all I needed was the truth / And suddenly I’m becoming a part of your past, I’m becoming the part that don’t last. I’m losing you and it’s effortless. Without sound we lose sight of the ground in the throw around, never thought that you wanted to bring it down. I won’t let it go down 'til we torch it ourselves. 9. Ships In The Night (acoustic) - Mat Kearney feat. Ingrid Michaelson - 'Cause we’ll be okay, I’m not going away, like you watched at fourteen as it went down the drain / We’re just fumbling through the grey, trying to find a heart that’s not walking away. Turn the lights out now, walk these roads alone, we can feel so far from so close / And if it all goes crashing into the sea, if it’s just you and me trying to find the light, like ships in the night. 10.Rescue - Seabird - The earth moves and you fine me, alive but unworthy. Broken and empty, but you don’t care. 'Cause you are my rapture, you are my savior. When all my hope is gone I reach for you - you are my rescue 11.
Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 - So fall down, I need you to trust me. Go easy, don’t rush me. Help me out, why won’t you help me out? Wake you up in the middle of the night to say I will never walk away again, I’m never gonna leave this bed. So you say go, it isn’t working. And I say no, it isn’t perfect so I’ll stay instead. I’m never gonna leave this bed. Take it, take it all, take all that I have. I’d give it all away just to get you back. 12. Cannonball - Damien Rice - Still a little bit of your taste in my mouth, still a little bit of you laced with my doubt. Still a little hard to say what’s going on. Still a little bit of your song in my ear, still a little bit of your words I long to hear. You step a little closer to me, so close that I can’t see what’s going on. Stones taught me to fly. Love - it taught me to lie. Life - taught me to die. So it’s not hard to fall, when you float like a cannonball. 13. Human - Christina Perri - I can fake a smile, I can force a laugh. I can dance and play the part if that’s what you ask, give you all I am / I can turn it on, be a good machine. I can hold the weight of worlds if that’s what you need, be your everything. I can do it, I’ll get through it. But I’m only human, and I bleed when I fall down. I’m only human, and I crash and I break down. 14. Safe and Sound - Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars - I remember tears streaming down your face when you said 'I’ll never let you go,’ when all those shadows almost killed your light. I remember you said, 'don’t leave me here alone.’ But all that’s dead and gone and past tonight. Just close your eyes, the sun is going down. We’ll be alright, no one can hurt you now. Come morning light, you and I will be safe and sound. 15. Carry You Home - James Blunt - Trouble is her only friend, and he’s back again. Makes her body older than it really is. She says it’s high time she went away, no one’s got much to say in this town. Trouble is the only way it’s down, down, down. As strong as you were, tender you go. I’m watching you breathing for the last time. A song for your heart, but when it is quiet I know what it means and I’ll carry you home. 16. Beside You - Marianas Trench - You’re overwhelmed and you’ve lost your breath, when the space between the things you know is blurry nonetheless. When you try to speak but you make no sound. When the words you want are out of reach, but they’ve never been so loud. And when your heart wears thin, I will hold you up, and I will hide you when it gets too much. I’ll be right beside you, I will stay, nobody will break you. 17. Shadow of the Day - Linkin Park - Your friends all plead for you to stay. Sometimes beginnings aren’t so simple, sometimes goodbye is the only way. And the sun will set for you, and the shadow of the day will embrace the world in grey. And the sun will set for you. 18. Please Don’t Go - Barcelona - If you want me to break down and give you the keys, I can do that but I can’t let you leave. Oh, please don’t go. I want you so. 19. The Daylight - Andrew Belle - Darkness was my future, hopeless were the patterns, callous was my heart, so it seems / But blessed was the daylight, flooded my heart’s windows and cleared the smoke that billows out / Oh, I should sing a little bit faster, I’m to blame for this disaster, I am repairing my heart for you. 20. Shelter - Birdy - I find shelter in this way, under cover, hide away. Can you hear when I say, I have never felt this way. Maybe I have said something that was wrong. Can I make it better with the lights turned on? / Can I be, was I there, felt so crystal in the air. I still want to drown whenever you leave. Please teach me gently how to breathe. And I’d cross oceans like never before, so you can feel the way I feel it too. 21. Look After You - The Fray - There now, steady love, so few come and don’t go. Will you, won’t you be the one I’ll always know? When I’m losing my control, the city spins around, you’re the only one who knows, you slow it down. Oh, be my baby. Oh, be my baby, I’ll look after you. 22. You Are Enough - Sleeping At Last - When we woke up the world was figured out, beyond the beauty we’ve dreamed about. This brilliant light is brighter than we’ve known, without our darkness to prove it so / You are enough - somehow these words are changing us. You are enough - so we let our shadows fall away like dust.