Over-the-top gowns and gushing acceptance speeches -¦ slippery-slick production shows and video montages -¦ beautiful boys in rented tuxedos -¦ campness and drunken buffoonery -¦ it was all there in glittering spades at Monday night’s DIVA ceremony.

Nearly 900 guests attended the evening, held for the first time at Royal Randwick. Vida Las Vegas was the night’s big winner, taking out the gongs for Entertainer Of The Year and Sydney’s Most Popular Drag Queen, while her Arq show Twisted Elegance won the coveted award for best large-cast show.

The feeling is absolutely surreal, Vida told Sydney Star Observer shortly after accepting her Entertainer Of The Year award. It’s an indication that people are appreciating what I do and it’s an indication that I’m heading in the right direction. It’s going to give me so much drive and determination to go global.

The talented showgirl, who first took to the Sydney stage in 2000, will be appearing in Arq’s Sunday night show Twisted Elegance for a few more weeks, but revealed that she already had a new show in the works, which she said was going to be absolutely amazing.

While the DIVAs honoured several stalwarts of the industry (including David Wilkins, who was inducted into the DIVA Hall of Fame), it also recognised several up-and-coming ladies of the stage, including Dallas Della Force, who won the award for DIVA Rising Star.

Dallas told the Star that winning was a gorgeous surprise.

It makes me feel that my peers respect and admire me, she said.

The 22-year-old, who first donned drag at the age of nine, was enthusiastic -” and ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek -” about her year treading the boards as Dallas.

It’s been really interesting. I’ve had to deal with lots of really crazy things, like learning choreography, she said.

The evening’s entertainment roster included several barnstorming drag shows, and live vocal performances by Sophie Monk, Courtney Act, Cleopatra Coupe, Philip Filo and Shauna Jensen. The partying hardcore ventured on to Arq nightclub for the traditional bitch and boast event, which went on for quite a long time.

 

THE WINNERS: DIVA 2003

Most Popular DJ -“ Jimmy Dee

Most Popular Venue -“ The Midnight Shift

Choreographer Of The Year -“ Brett Rosengreen

Most Popular Male Performer -“ Philip Filo

Costume Designer Of The Year -“ Chelsea Bun

Bitch Of The Year -“ Mitzi Macintosh

Outstanding DIVA Moment -“ Liberty X, DIVAstated

DIVA Rising Star -“ Dallas Della Force

Most Popular Show -“ DIVAstated

DIVA Hall Of Fame -“ David Wilkins

Belle Of The Ball -“ Roxie Hart

ACON Queen Of Hearts -“ Mitzi Macintosh

Outstanding Achievement By An Individual -“ Elizabeth Riley

DIVA Variety Award -“ Drag Survivor

Outstanding Achievement In Media -“ Verushka’s Closet

Miss Congeniality -“ Mitzi Macintosh

Sydney’s Favourite Drag Queen -“ Vida Las Vegas

Sydney’s Favourite Drag King -“ Sexy Galexy

Best Show (three and under) -“ Murder She Mimed

Best Show (four and over) -“ Twisted Elegance

Entertainer Of The Year -“ Vida Las Vegas

 

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