It felt like I was trying to move a mountain this morning, The best I could do was ‘snooze it’ one more time. I soon clocked up 40 minutes of snooze. Under the doona for the whole day felt like the only option for me.

The scene has been set for this years DIVA Awards. Due to deadline restrictions you will be reading this from the other end. By the time the paper has been printed and on your coffee table, the awards will have been handed out, hangovers will have just started to settle and homes will still be covered in whatever the showgirl wore on Monday night.

I dragged my carcass out of bed and started to prepare for the big night ahead. It’s hard to say what I really think of the new awards. The new company has gone out of the way to make sure no showgirl is doing anything during the evening, bringing in a host, having all the acts brought in, there aren’t even any drag presenters this year.

I’m starting to wonder if it’s actually a drag awards night at all. Their line of thinking is that it’s a night off for the showgirls and gives showgirls a chance to let their hair down. But isn’t that what the after-party is for?

With no services required of the showgirls, we will see many turning up as fellas, which is understandable — if it’s their night off, why slap it all back on.

Have they lost the glamour of the event? Does the new board actually understand what it’s like to be a working showgirl?

I have always said that whether DIVAs are held at Town Hall, Star City, a back garden shed or even the Bourbon, it’s the fact you’re with your mates that makes the night. Looking a million dollars (some $30), you swish from awards to the after-party.

With four hours of free booze (and probably two barmen) most of the night may end up being spent in the line at the bar.
So will the awards be a success? Will there be another after this year’s effort? Who knows? I will be looking forward to hanging for a while with my mates. It won’t be a long night for me, as I have a photo shoot early the next day.
Oh, if I win something, I would like to thank everyone. I hope I haven’t forgotten someone.

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