Drag queen drama is alive … in Switzerland

by Steve Holyer 168 views

A Swiss commuter newspaper is reporting that Miss Emi John had her Miss Drag Queen Switzerland title revoked after drag queen pageant organizers realized they had announced the wrong winner two weeks ago. One of the jury members had miscounted the points being awarded in the Miss Drag Queen pageant which resulted in the mix-up. No-one knows which jury member miscalculated, though Nella Martinetti who co-wrote Switzerland's last winning Eurovision Song Contest entry – for Celine Dion – was a member of the pageant's judging panel.

This light-hearted story doesn't have a happy ending for Miss Emi John though. The Thai drag queen who lives in a suburb of Zurich was crushed, of course, when she found out that she would have to give her MIss Drag Queen Switzerland title to the Swiss postal worker performing in drag as Romy Travis. Yves Oppliger who is in charge of the pageant said that one of the German speaking judges had miscounted the score being awarded. "Sieben, sieben, ai lyu-lyu," perhaps?

The colourful Swiss folk and schlager entertainer Nella Martinetti sat on the pageant's judging panel, but Oppliger declined to say which of the jury members made the error.

Now the customary Eurovision Song Contest background: new winner Romy Travis has previously been spotted lipsynching many Eurovision Song Contest classics (both in and out of character) beside the bar in Pigalle – a tiny little schlager pub in the old town of Zurich.

After winning the Grand Prix der Volksmusik in 1986, Nella Martinetti went on to co-write Ne partez pas sans moi for Celine Dion who took it to the Eurovision Song Contest on Switzerland's behalf in 1988. Martinetti's song won the last Eurovision Song Contest trophy for Switzerland. The song was also selected by televoters as the 10th favorite Eurovision Song Contest song from the Contest's 50 year history during the Congratulations 50 Years Eurovision celebration broadcast from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Admittedly, this story coming out of Switzerland has almost nothing to do with the Song Contest.

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