What a Weekend!

Getting my shimmy on during the Scottish heat of Burlesque Idol UK (Photo by Arran C Dawson – http://www.arrancdawson.com)

Over the past few months I’ve been very busy! I performed in London Burlesque Festival in May (which was an amazing experience) and then came back for round two at the Encore Edition of the London Burlesque Festival on 11th June.  In the meantime I had a photoshoot with CSD Images (check out the gallery to see the resulting images) to promote their new studio in Dundee and have another shoot lined up on 18th July.

Things just kept getting better when last weekend hit! I took part in the Tiny Tassel Off Glasgow at the Riding Room on Friday and had a ball performing for a great crowd and a panel of lovely judges (Miss Leggy Pee and Rachel Atlas).  Fireball went down a treat and I managed to place 3rd against some very stiff competition, so I’m very pleased with that result!  Congratulations again to the very well deserved winner Tallulah Belle and 2nd place winner Innocence Bliss.  The level of competition was so high, I didn’t envy the judges.

Then came Burlesque Idol on Saturday night. It was fantastic to be part of a major professional competition that was run so smoothly.  Tempest Rose, Lola LaBelle, the Folly Mixtures, Gypsy Charms, Miss Hell’s Belle and Poppy Fields were all great to work with and brought some amazing charm and skill to the Classic Grand stage.  Every competitor did really well – and it was lovely to meet some new faces backstage and hang out with some familiar ones too.  I learnt all about the Norwegian burlesque scene from Miss Chan Delier (who performed a brilliant feminist act), chatted a lot to the very talented Raven Rose and marvelled at the beautiful costumes of Ruby Trix (our costumes combined made a beautiful rainbow of ostrich feathers!)  I performed my Fireball act again and gave it my all with some new moves and tricks added in. I had a blast onstage and the audience were loving it, and the judges also gave really positive feedback.

The winning moment at the Scottish heat of Burlesque Idol UK (Photo by Arran C Dawson http://www.arrancdawson.com)

When it came to the curtain call I didn’t expect to win so I went on in my full costume, with my headdress included.  When Tempest called my name out I couldn’t believe it – I was overjoyed.  The tiara was slotted loosely into my headdress and I worked it as best I could, along with a robe over my shoulders and a bottle of champagne! Again the competition was of a very high standard so I’m honoured to have won – thank you to everyone involved, to the judges and to the audience for choosing me as your Burlesque Idol Scottish heat winner! I can’t wait for the finals at the Hippodrome Casino in London on 25th November.


Brandy x

Header photos are by Jamie McFadyen, Loraine Ross and Rob Scott



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