Speaking of sharp and blurry, I learned something new. That judge and the rear wall are equidistant from our contestant. If I want the painted wall and judge to have the same level of blur (bokeh), I would need to place our contestant closer to the judge. So, a more balanced depth of field (if that's what I wanted) would split the front and back in quarters and place the focal point -not in the middle, but about a quarter away from the front. Does that make sense? I looked it up, and this is phenomenon is related to a technique called zone focusing.
Enough tech talk. Don't you just love that healthy glow that speaks volumes of the wonderful care provided by her parents?
Oh, let me tell you about one other thing that amused me. The older children (like this one) quoted their verses phrase by phrase, and with inflection, just like normal speech. But the youngest contestants fired off a steady, rapid, monotone machine-gun that almost sounded like a different language. It's as if the contest was to see who could say their verses the fastest. I got a kick out of that.