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'Drag Net' Performance Brings Competitive Flair to Brooklyn

By Stephanie Keith | February 22, 2013 7:43am

WILLIAMSBURG — What a drag.

About 200 hundred people packed into the Metropolitian Bar Thursday night to watch the second installment of the live show "Drag Net," in which four emerging drag performers compete against each other for a chance to co-host alongside popular Brooklyn drag queen Merrie Cherry.

"There had been a stagnant time for drag in Brooklyn, but 'Drag Net' has provided a forum for emergent drag performers," said Cherry, the show's hostess and founder. "Three people who now have careers in nightlife started their careers here at 'Drag Net,' and I'd like to think I had something to do with that."

Out of the four competitors that night, one had only performed before and another was performing for the first time. The contestants included Madame Vivian V, Lady Simon, Gemini, and Tiffany Bloomy.

Lady Simon noted that every drag queen must have her own schtick.

"I'm a crack whore meets high fashion meets club kid," she said. "Fashion people get it and boring people think I'm weird."

After each contestant lip-synched and danced to a song, they received constructive criticsm from the three judges. The remarks ranged from "your make-up sucks" to "you killed it" to "how many muppets had to die for that coat."

The top three contestants were brought back on stage for a "lip off," and the audience then helped choose the winner by cheering for their favorite. Gemini ultimately sashayed away with the crown Thursday night.