It was music to my ears when I heard Dannii, Brian and Kyle all give my yodelling daughter a big “YES” on Australia’s Got Talent on Tuesday night, April 24.
I watched every night in great suspense of the hope of seeing LayDee KinMee (pictured) on national television. Once her preview went to air on the Monday night, I knew Tuesday would be her night and that she would be made a feature of, and boy did they do that — saving the best for last.
I first met LayDee in August 2009 when she entered a talent competition I was running as part of Heaven Social Dance. She had sent me a Facebook message asking to enter. I had not heard of her before, but I let her enter anyhow.
She walked through the door in some weird Asian costume, and we all had no idea what to expect.
She waited patiently backstage for her performance and we learnt it was her first time on stage (in drag). She performed Sophie Ellis Bexter’s hit Get Over You and ended up winning the competition and joining the cast of Your Westy Divas.
With guidance from the other girls and yours truly, LayDee was whipped into shape, learning new tips with her makeup and performance style. She was a very quick learner and ended up writing and producing Heaven’s first full production show called Drags Can Hear The Bells. She was an instant hit and became one of the most popular queens in western Sydney.
The poor girl was bombarded, and I decided to officially call her my daughter. It was all Facebook official and approved of by my other daughter Lola Del Arte, and we hit every possible event together from western Sydney to the Gong and occasionally the city.
After spending so much time together as a drag family, we ended up hanging out as boys too. On the side, LayDee is also a professional male singer, and I just loved going to watch her perform at the local RSL. It was there I saw and heard her perform her now-famous yodel.
After the show, I asked her if she’d considered yodelling in drag. I had only ever seen Maxi Shield perform the number (lip-synching, of course, gorgeous) and that used to go off, so I suggested that LayDee try it live.
I took her down to ARQ for their annual Under The Mirror Ball fundraiser for ACON, and she performed the number there to a great reception. Ever since then, it was become a featured part of her drag repertoire and she has amazed audiences with this talent wherever she performs.
So there you have it, Australia. I gave birth to LayDee and all because of me, the nation is falling in love with her yodelling. I know I will be supporting her all the way with AGT and will be voting at any chance I can get and I hope everyone else joins in.