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Welcome back to altimate.SHOWDOWN Naarm! It’s Season 2 and we are ready to make even more loud, positive noise!

 

Presented by alt. and Mara Maraschino, altimate.SHOWDOWN is the genre-spanning competition unapologetically celebrating everyone who is different and uniquely fierce, with a focus on showcasing diversity and local performers. 56 performers from the underground performance worlds of Drag, Burlesque, Sideshow, Comedy, Music, Performance Art, Dance entertainers (AND MORE!) will battle it out to earn the title of Champion and walk away with the grand prize worth over $10,000!

 

Taking place across 5 nights in April and May in the heart of Brunswick at Stay Gold, each night will be hosted and judged by local legends of Naarms’s fringe entertainment world.

Our first seasons in Meanjin and Naarm were incredible community bonding, camp, masterclasses in diverse artistic talent and queer excellence night after night. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets NOW!

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CHAMPION

JOHNNY GASH
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YOUR FINALISTS

(so far)

These amazing performers have proven their worth and will be heading straight to the Grand Final on Wednesday, 29th May to battle it out for the coveted Champion spot and walk away with over $10,000 worth of prizes

HEAT ONE
PHOENIX BURLESQUE TROUPE

PHOENIX BURLESQUE TROUPE

JUDGE'S CHOICE

KIKI MYNDACRUTCH

KIKI MYNDACRUTCH

AUDIENCE CHOICE

IZZY INYETTE

IZZY INYETTE

SHOWDOWN WINNER

HEAT TWO
HEAT THREE
HEAT FOUR
MITCH

MITCH

Judge's Choice

ADORE HANDEL

ADORE HANDEL

Judge's Choice

JENS RADDA

JENS RADDA

Audience's Choice

ROXY RAWHIDE

ROXY RAWHIDE

Showdown Winner

MAE B WILDE

MAE B WILDE

Judge's Choice

ARIYO

ARIYO

Judge's Choice

MS MUTINEER & ANTIGONE AZURE

MS MUTINEER & ANTIGONE AZURE

Audience Choice

POMME DE TERROR

POMME DE TERROR

Showdown Winner

JOHNNY GASH

JOHNNY GASH

Judge's Choice

FLORENCE FABLE

FLORENCE FABLE

Audience's Choice

VIVIEN MAY-ROYALE

VIVIEN MAY-ROYALE

Showdown Winner

MEET THE CONTESTANTS

HEAT ONE
HEAT TWO
HEAT THREE
HEAT FOUR

HOSTED BY

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TILLY CAPULET

Tilly Capulet is the Moustached Mistress of Melbourne. Currently nominated for Drag Performer of the Year and Melbourne’s Favourite Drag Queen. A well-rounded diva who effortlessly combines camp, fashion and a touch of stupidity.

 

As your hostess with the MO-stess, Tilly commands the stage like no other, captivating audiences with her unmatched presence. Get ready because she’s gonna busy a Capulet in your ass.

JUDGED BY

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RUBY SLIPPERS - HEAD JUDGE

A high-femme kaleidoscopic cyclone of extroversion and light perversion, Ruby Slippers lives by the motto that you’re either Dorothy, or you’re the twister. She's campy yet vampy, a clown-in-a-gown, burlesque supervillain and drag disruptor.

 

A serial name-dropper, she’s shared the stage with Amanda Lepore, Brooke Candy, Pabllo Vittar, The Boulet Brothers and Boy George, and Michelle Visage has called her work “incredible”. Enough said.

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BELLA DE JAC - GUEST JUDGE HEAT ONE

Glamour queen, party girl and powerhouse of the Australian Burlesque Industry Bella de Jac brings a formidable weight of experience to the stage. Crowned Miss Burlesque Australia 2015, named twice in the Top 50 most Influential Burlesque Performers in the world and toured across the US, UK, Australia & New Zealand, they are a respected and established art maker and educator.

Exploring an array of feminine archetypes both tantalising and terrifying, Bella creates a space that is equal measures sensual, playful, insightful, and free of inhibition.

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BEVERLY KILLS - GUEST JUDGE HEAT TWO

Beverly Kills is Australia's ultimate drag darling. With her explosive performances and razor-sharp wit, Beverly is a force to be reckoned with. She's got a sideshow hook with glamourous uppercut, this girl is a total knock-out!

 

Her past five years of work in helping cultivate Australian queer culture has brought her to be the first and only QLD representative on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. Her one-queen cabaret show "HEAVEN & HELL" toured Australia and earned a nomination for Best Cabaret at Anywhere Festival 2023.

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KITTY OBSIDIAN - GUEST JUDGE HEAT THREE

Fierce, fat and FAborigional! Kitty Obsidian is a proud Wiradjuri/Gamilaroi trans performer specialising in slow seduction, ferocious fetish & sickening sideshow! Hailed as aggressively queer, Kitty is a teacher, mentor & producer as well as internationally recognised performer of Burlesque & Drag. VIC NAIDOC LGBTIQ+ person of the year 2022, GLOBE VIC winner for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts 2023; Kitty loves to bring their award winning brand of activism to their art. Dubbed 'The Jewel in Melbourne's kinky crown' by Melbourne Rubber, Kitty is a lifelong fetish educator and facilitator working alongside incredible buisnesses, organisations and people to provide premium kink performances, skillshares and events. The they/them wrecking mayhem, putting the ow in meow its Kitty Obsidian!

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SUNNY DIAL - GUEST JUDGE HEAT FOUR

Sunny (she/they) is the creator and producer of Australia's Alternative Queer Party, BONEZ.

Their love for entertaining started over 15 years ago as an award winning community radio host and has since evolved into playing in a range of bands, producing sold out events across Australia, tour management and even DJing.

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