As Australian Idol star Courtney Act made her way to the stage at Monday night’s DIVA ceremony to accept the award for entertainer of the year, disaster struck.
The heel on one of her shoes -“ created by local designer Terry Biviano -“ broke, causing the gender illusionist to stumble and nearly fall over. Always the consummate professional, Act managed to click the heel back into place and continued on her journey to the stage, raising a standing ovation from the crowd.
I snapped my Terry Biviano stilettos while winning Entertainer Of The Year! It was like tragedy and happiness all at the same time, Act told Sydney Star Observer after the incident.
But I’m truly thrilled and truly happy. This is a fabulous closure for me on my Oxford Street life. And now, to take on the rest of the world!
Act revealed she is about to release her second single and has a few other things in the pipeline -“ secret under negotiation things.
Some of the big-name performers at the lavish Drag Industry Variety Awards at Sydney’s Town Hall were Cirque Du Soleil, US singer Kym Mazelle and Paul Capsis.
The list of winners included Dallas Dellaforce and Sexy Galexy who were named Sydney’s Favourite Drag Queen and Drag King respectively.
I’m absolutely dumbfounded, Dellaforce said. It’s pretty crazy that someone can get an award for going out in drag every night and getting really, really, really drunk. Don’t you think?
The evening’s host Candy Box took home the gong for Bitch Of The Year, Ashley Swift won for best choreography, Chelsea Bun was named best costume designer, photographer Jamie Dunbar won for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual, and an emotional Mogadonna was inducted into the DIVA Hall of Fame.
Sydney Star Observer‘s own Maxi Shield, whose swan-dress was inspired by Bj?s notorious 2001 Oscar gown, won the DIVA Variety Award. I decided to dress as one of my favourite food groups, Shield said.
Mini Cooper was crowned DIVA Rising Star, Jimmy Dee the most popular DJ, and the most popular drag show was a tie between Sound Of Music at the Imperial and Midnight Shift’s Supernatural by Divastated.
The four-hour ceremony wrapped up at midnight and the celebrations continued at Arq, where the crowd partied on into the wee hours.