As we count down to the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, let’s find out more about the eleven talented temptresses competing for Reigning Queen! I have asked each of them about their lives, personalities, preparations and plans, so that those who don’t already know them well can learn a little about them and their work, and those of us who know them better can enjoy their thoughtful and entertaining responses.
LouLou won ‘Best Debut’ last year, and now she is back to compete for the title…
If I looked you up in a twinkling, rhinestone covered burlesque dictionary, what would the entry for ‘LouLou D’vil’ say?
Bold, edgy and ferocious. Untamed glamour from the Arctic.
Paint us a little picture of your everyday life and work in Finland…
In my everyday life I do graphic designing, take care of my little dogs and plan new things, like costumes an events. For me, everyday is little bit different because I’m a freelancer and don’t have work 9 to 5, but that is how I like it!
What would you say is your greatest strength?
I think it’s my determination to get better and better. I’m willing to work hard to reach my goals.
What has been the highlight or defining moment of your career to date, and also in your life overall?
One of the highlights was winning ‘Best Debut’ last year, and this year has been just amazing so far! I was really excited when Rick Delaup invited me to do a big show (Bustout Burlesque) at Viva Las Vegas in April. I had always wanted to perform there and this year it came true!
Can you tell me a bit about your chosen act? Why have you chosen it, is it an old trusted act, or a new routine? Have you made any special changes or ‘upgrades’ to it for BHoF?
This is a new act that I created last year. It took a lot of time – about ten months to get all the pieces together, but now I’m happy I didn’t rush. It’s a story about a ‘Northern Queen’ and I thought it would be good act because I usually want to tell something about my home country to the audience. I would say it’s Northern exotica that people will see on stage.
“This year I’m going to do what I always do: try to give an entertaining performance to the audience and have fun!”
You won ‘Best Debut’ at BHoF last year – what was that first experience like? What has that experience taught you – do you plan to do anything differently this year for the ‘Reigning Queen’ category, or adopt a different approach or attitude?
It was a dizzying experience, because I didn’t expect to win and was just happy to perform. It definitely taught me that I can trust myself and on things that I choose to do. This year I’m going to do what I always do: try to give an entertaining performance to the audience and have fun!
Is competing something you enjoy, or that pushes or encourages you to excel?
Competing is a good way to get feedback and check what is going on in burlesque. I do enjoy it because usually competitions are very well produced and there’s a little bit of magic in the air.
How would you spend your year as Queen – do you have any specific plans or goals if you win?
Winning could be a way to show to other burlesque performers in Europe that it’s possible for Europeans to come to BHoF and be successful. I would like to inspire more people to apply
and take a part in this amazing event. Winning the title is my biggest dream, so I would be very happy about it. We just have to wait and see how things go this year.
What are your dreams and hopes for burlesque in the future, and yourself as a part of it?
I hope I stay healthy and can do burlesque as long as possible. I also hope that the quality of burlesque will stay high and that we will see more big, long term, high quality shows.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend
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