When it comes to talent, our community never ceases to surprise me. After many weeks of rehearsal, sewing, and sitting in front of a computer mixing music, Arq’s debut competition Dancing With the Drag Stars is now down to two.

A quick run down of what the competition is all about. Basically, five showgirls were chosen on their dancing ability and paired off with a non-dancer. Each week, the couples, representing an individual charity, had to create a themed dance piece for the judges and audience. After their first week’s performance they were given advice by the highly skilled (ahem!) judges. With that on board, they came back the following week to compete with the new and improved piece again. Like any good competition, each week a couple is voted off by a mixture of audience and judge votes.

Is it just me or does it seem a little too confusing for a nightclub competition? On paper yes, but it works like a dream on stage. And with known dancer extraordinaire Ms Chelsea Bun at the helm, how could the whole thing not go swimmingly?

So who were the girls, you may ask? Well it was a proverbial Who’s that? of entertainment. (Thanks Cleo for that one. Heaven!) There was Minnie Cooper (DIVA Entertainer of the Year 2005), Charisma Belle (Belle of the Ball 2005), Kitty Glitter (Most Popular Venue Without a Cover Charge 2005), Portia Turbo (Bitch of the Year 1900-1999) and this year’s winner of Rising Star, Stacii Gayskii.

As I said, each week a couple is eliminated and we are now down to two – Portia, representing the Pride Centre, and Stacii, representing ACON. It’s like chalk and cheesecake, big and little, old and young -¦ Stop me – I could go on for ever!

As many know, Stacii is my flatmate, and after living with what can only be called a crazy person for the last so many weeks, I have everything crossed that she brings home the bacon. Dammit, Vanity and I have already written out shopping lists for when she wins the trip overseas.

But then there is Portia. Once my dancing partner, this old girl should never be ruled out. With years (and I mean years) of experience, I expect the big guns will be out blazing on the finale.

The girls are competing for a trip for two to Thailand, over $1,500 spending money and $1,000 for their chosen charity. Over $6,000 in prizes. So whoever wins, congrats on a fabulous show, girls. You all have been a delight to watch.


OK, I was a little flu-ey last week and I forgot to mention the amazing costume designer Abbey Roades. She too created numerous outfits for Ms Act’s newest extravaganza at the Shift on Sundays. You are truly amazing, Abbey, but when are you going to make me something? Oh, and as for the red leather-ette, once again my stuff up. It’s leather, which is just as good as leather-ette – so I’ve been told by Courtney.

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