Pri-Dol, aka PRIDE IDOL, Seattle Out & Proud’s annual kick-off to Pride season and a blatant rip-off of a certain aging competitive singing show on the TeeVee now only watched by the elderly, is set to debut its 2014 season at Neighbours this coming Sunday night, April 6, 2014 at 8 pm. Admission is FREE!
It’s the 6th go round for the popular event but there ARE some changes for 2014 including new hosts (Miss Gay Seattle Olivia LaGarce will host every week with a rotating series of co-hosts) and Neighbours will not be the only host bar…the event will travel around to The Baltic Room, Lobby Bar and OutWest during the 12 weeks of competition. But, the Wild Card Round and the Finals will both be at Neighbours on Sunday, June 1 and 8 respectively…MARK YO’ CALENDARS!
For the opener, Miss LaGarce will be joined by co-host Isabella Extynn St James and a panel of all-singing judges including Jack Mozie, Michael Allen and last year’s Pride Idol winner, Ryan Crawford. Weekly winners win cash prizes but the Big Grand Prize is pretty sweet: $1000 cash, a $1500 travel package courtesy of Alaska Airlines, and performances at the Pride Picnic, Pride Parade and PrideFest at Seattle Center.
If you wanna COMPETE in Pride Idol, go over HERE for rules and registration.
If you wanna WATCH, just show up the night of the show; schedule is HERE. Again, it’s FREE! (and, it’s actually quite a bit of fun; a combo platter of talents from the Brilliant to the ….not so brilliant.)
For both competitors and viewers, the shows get progressively more competitive; people are shy about signing up the first two or three weeks so you COULD increase your odds by competing EARLY in the comp! As for viewing the comps, it can be cray-cray. Some of the contestants HAVE A MELTDOWN if they don’t do well. The drama can be highly enjoyable…show up and grab a prime viewing location for the drams!
Also: a certain grumpy blogger/professional kvetch will be back as a judge at certain points….and, I’m gonna be RAAAALLLLL grumpy about HOW YOU LOOK because last year, too many performers looked like they had just rolled out of bed before heading down to perform. Look like a STAR, ‘hobags!!!