Welcome to the 11th year of the Burlesque TOP 50 – the annual poll that decides the fifty most influential burlesque figures of the year, as voted for by thousands of burlesque peers and fans all over the world.
Even if you vote every year, please check out the Essential Guide below for everything you need to know – including some important rules.
Vote and share with integrity, and we will see you for the results at New Year!
VOTING OPENS: Wednesday November 13th 2019
VOTING CLOSES: Friday 13th December 2019 (Midnight GMT)
BURLESQUE TOP 50: ESSENTIAL GUIDE
Who decides who makes the Burlesque TOP 50 list?
The voters – that’s you – decide the final result of the Burlesque TOP 50. Every year people write asking to be on the list or send statements explaining why I should include them or remove/exclude others. I do not decide the list.
Thousands of voters from around the world decide. It’s an entirely open process and would be impossible to run if censored. It’s a very popular poll run entirely by one individual, and these terms are in place for sensible reasons.
When does Burlesque TOP 50 2019 voting open and when does voting end?
The voting dates have changed slightly this year. Voting opens on Wednesday November 13th. Voting ends midnight GMT on Friday December 13th to allow more time to process the votes and prepare the results for publication. Reminders will go out about deadline, so don’t panic!
Who can I vote for?
You can vote for anyone – there is no shortlist. And yes, you can vote for yourself if you choose. You will fill in a voting form which requires a minimum of five votes and allows a maximum of ten. Please note: If you enter the same name more than once, it will count as one vote.
You can vote for performers as individuals, or as a duet, troupe or cast, and you can vote for burlesque legends, too. Inevitably burlesque performers dominate the list each year, but please consider all those who contribute to burlesque and our community – not just performers.
For example, you can also vote for producers, photographers, costumiers, stage managers, teachers, curators, writers, industry journalists, etc. Last year I published extra bonus charts for some national scenes and non-performing specialists, and I intend to do the same this year, so every vote counts!
NOTE: There is now a required vote box for a non-performing burlesque figure. Everyone involved in burlesque should be able to think of at least one non-performing contributor to the burlesque scene who deserves recognition. You can use your other votes to add additional non-performers if you choose to.
Also, your vote should be with 2019 in mind, rather than just voting for your all time favourite people. Think about people who have really contributed to burlesque in 2019, be it onstage or off.
How do you ensure that the vote is fair and valid?
Email addresses are collected to monitor spamming issues and let you know when the results are out. It is also very easy to detect unnatural spikes and patterns as votes come in. I have eyes keeping watch on social media, noting anyone who is campaigning for votes or pressuring people, and people forward me spam emails to make note of.
Everyone is allowed to submit a vote form, and every year thousands of you do from across the world. It is because of this high number of votes distributed across the world that the poll remains sufficiently representative and inclusive.
I want to post about the Burlesque TOP 50 and encourage people to consider voting for me in an appropriate way – how should I go about this?
If people don’t post and share about The Burlesque TOP 50, some of their peers and fans won’t know about it, so of course I encourage you to spread the word and understand that people would like to have their contributions to burlesque in 2019 acknowledged in the list.
What is NOT considered campaigning: Posting a link to the voting form with a comment similar to: “Voting is now open for the Burlesque TOP 50 2019. If you have enjoyed my performance/events/work/contributions to burlesque this year, I hope you will consider nominating me.”
Note that this is polite and doesn’t directly ask for or demand a vote, or list reasons why someone should vote for you. Obviously you can encourage people to follow the rules and considerations above when you post – I appreciate it when people encourage others to vote thoughtfully.
What IS considered campaigning: Frequent/repeated direct requests for votes (you can still repost the voting link, of course). Spam messaging or emailing asking for votes. Any use of technology for mass voting or corrupting the result. Offering incentives for votes. Any attempt to mass organise voters. Basically, anything that resembles campaigning, pressures people or attempts to corrupt the voting process.
When will the results be published?
The results are published in a countdown which begins in the New Year. I’ll give people a chance to recover from New Year gigs and parties before I roll out results.