Last Friday the glitterati of Burlesque came together for the Annual Burlesque Awards 2010 at Café De Paris, in London’s Leicester Square. The opening, by host and ringmaster, Armitage Shanks, bellowed across the crowd: Tonight, we’re gonna make love to you individually and collectively. You’re gonna want an adult but you’re not gonna get one. It’s an evening of inventory and it’s only gonna get stranger from there,”

The fabulously dressed crowd were treated to a variety of tantalising and titillating burlesque acts from across Europe – the UK, Holland, Germany, Belgium and Cardiff – by way of Paris.

The eager front row was sprayed by a magnum of champagne by the gorgeous Banbury Cross, dressed as screen siren, Marylin Monroe. Oh, how I would have loved to have been there. Maybe next year guys and dolls.

Later on Captain Anchor sang, Start Spreading your legs, to the tune of Sinatra’s New York, New York and Catherine Delish cast off her outfit while mouthing along to the words of Judy Garland’s hit songs, Get Happy – at one point whisking a US flag out of her corset.

Our home grown girls did well out of the night. Pixie Frisk won Best New London Act and the evening was rounded off with a triumphant roar when Ginger Blush, also from London, was announced as winner of Best Solo UK performance this year. A big well done all round.


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