Article Title:Buckwheat reigns supreme
Category:Performance
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:6th June 2010 - 11:48 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
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Story ID:8903
Text:Buckwheat and awards host Steven Oates. Picture by Dan News. Drag icon Buckwheat has been honoured with the Supreme Award at the Wigs on the Waterfront Awards in Auckland. The gracious entertainer thanked the performers she started with many years ago - and those she has worked with since. "It's not the old dog learns a new trick prize for once," she joked. "I love this. It's great. It keeps me young. I love to make people laugh. I love to see the joy on their faces." Buckwheat was almost speechless when discussing the honour with GayNZ.com after the show. "It's a little bit overwhelming, I guess, because we don't really have these awards very often. I'm absolutely humbled," she said. Buckwheat says if she ever gets over performing she will stop, but she hopes to be around for a long time, 'spreading joy everywhere'. She says the best way for up and coming performers to learn is by watching, talking to and listening to advice from those who have put in the hard yards. "Just get out there and do it and enjoy. But most of all be kind to others and kind to yourself, because otherwise it's not worth it," is her final piece of advice. Held at the Maritime Museum in Auckland and hosted by Steven Oates, the WotW Awards marked the tenth anniversary of the show and acknowledged those who have contributed throughout the decade. It came after a change in council policy meant the usual waterfront spot for the drag spectacle was no longer available. Kola was named Best Drag performer, with Buckwheat the first runner-up and Tess Tickle the second runner-up. On accepting her award, Kola declared "this is fucking fabulous" then threw her bouquet into the crowd while returning to her seat. The effervescent Miss K was named best MC, a popular decision with many in the crowd standing to applaud her. "What do I get? A trip?" she asked, before stating "It takes a bit of art to work on a mic. You've got to be cheeky and you've got to be rude. So I need about three men to help me off this stage now." Cindy of Samoa handed her award for Best Non-Drag Performer to another performer, Chanel, who she said deserved it for the constant work she does in the glbt community. Lola, Carmen and Summer won Best Costume, Venus Mantrap took out the lip synching prize, Dallas Vixen was awarded Best Hair and Make-Up, while the Finale Girls beat out the Caluzzi Girls for the Best Group or Duo award, a prize which fittingly came on Finale's birthday. Tess Tickle channels Dame Kiri. Picture by Dan News. The two troupes produced stand-out performances during the awards, particularly the Finale crew who kept it Kiwi as – Tess Tickle channelled Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in an incredible interpretation of Pokarekare Ana, followed up by some mad poi skills as the Finale Girls got the crowd on its feet with the revived Patea Maori club classic track Poi E. Wigs creator Wayne Nicholas told the crowd he couldn't believe it has been ten years since the first Wigs on the Waterfront. He paid tribute to all the performers and sponsors who have contributed, while also mentioning a number of people who have put in hard clog behind the scenes for years to make the event happen. "It's a privilege to be able to do something like this to acknowledge all these people." The full list of winners and runners-up: Supreme Award: Buckwheat Best drag performer: Kola 1st runner-up Buckwheat, 2nd runner-up Tess Tickle Best MC: Miss K 1st runners-up Buffy and Bimbo , 2nd runner up Steven Oates Best Non-Drag Performer: Cindy of Samoa 1st runner-up The Vixens, 2nd runner-up Excalibur Best Costume: Lola, Carmen and Summer 1st runner-up Karma Chaos, 2nd runner-up Finale Girls Best Lip Synch: Venus Mantrap 1st runner-up Karma Chaos, 2nd runner-up Tess Tickle Best Hair and Make-up: Dallas Vixen 1st runner-up Coco, 2nd runner-up Venus Mantrap Best Group or Duo: Finale Girls 1st runner-up Caluzzi Girls, 2nd runner-up Southside Sisters **Also tonight, Nikita van der Kamp has been named Miss Drag Wellington 2010.  A full story will follow on GayNZ.com. Check out our picture galleries from the WotW Awards Discuss the WotW Awards on the GayNZ.com forum Jacqui Stanford - 6th June 2010    
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