Delilah Deluxe, also known as Hannah Auton , will perform at the Starlet of New Zealand burlesque competition. Photo: Supplied

Starlets of burlesque to light up stage


Sequins are being sewn furiously as this year’s Starlet of New Zealand approaches.

The competition will see nine performers from around New Zealand vying to take the overall title of best amateur burlesque performance. The competition is in its sixth year and is for performers with two years’ experience or under.

Organiser Jasmine Turner says burlesque has seen a boom in recent years with its risqué and empowering form of entertainent, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Jasmine says she started the competition as a way to give local performers a chance to try competing in a safe environment, and to gain a title they could use to push themselves further.

Past winners have used it as a launchpad for their burlesque careers, one of the winners now lives in Australia and entered Miss Burlesque Australia and got through to the final.

There are some great competitions happening around the country that are aimed at established and premium performers. But Jasmine says she saw a gap in the market.

“Where could you get a ‘competition experience’ but be judged against other newer performers rather than the more established performers,” she says. “It can be a nerve-wracking place and we hope to provide an entry level experience that is enjoyable and rewarding.”

Contestant Breigh Fouhy, who performs as ‘Pinkie Delicious’, says the competition is a great way for amateur performers to get their name out there and connect with other performers from around the country.

“It’s a great vibe backstage, with everyone supporting each other.”

Last year Breigh was the MC, and this year decided to compete after taking classes with Nelson Showgirl Academy.”

The Starlet of New Zealand is happening on Saturday, January 20 at The Nelson Musical Theatre, Atawhai Drive. Tickets are $50 VIP tables (includes pre – show and platters) or $30 General Seating.

You can buy tickets via Eventfinda.