Canberra's best burlesque performers will take to the stage this week, hoping to win the hearts of the audience and claim a national title along the way.
Eleven performers will put on their best show at the Harmonie German Club on Friday night competing for the coveted title of Burlesque Idol Canberra.
The winner on the evening moves on to the national finals in the hope of being crowned the 2021 winner.
Muse Burlesque national director Mae de la Rue said the annual competition had been pushed to take a digital step forward due to the pandemic.
A panel of judges will make up 30 per cent of the vote for the winner while the audience will be able to have their say accounting for 70 per cent of the final decision.
"We finally have an online voting system. We used to do pencil and paper ... but with COVID that's not really any good," Ms de la rue said.
"You actually have the pictures of all the competitors on it. So often, competitors have really fun names, they might be a pun or really clever but you don't always remember how to spell them.
"It makes it really easy as long as you've got your device, you'll be given a QR code to scan."
Well-known Canberra performer Jazida will join the judging panel this year alongside Unicorn Spirits founder Ben Osborne and Kokoloco Dance Studio owner Becky Fleming.
First-time competitor but lifetime performer, Sian Brigid will be opening the show with her signature "dark and dramatic" act.
"I've been in a showgirl for my entire life, so there's not really any nerves I'm just very happy to have another chance to get in front of a live audience," Ms Brigid said.
"It hasn't happened that often in the last in last 12 months, so it's nice to have an excuse to be cheered on."
Like so many performers, Ms Brigid had a run of shows pulled due to COVID-19 but has enjoyed getting back into regular performances in recent months.
Ms de la Rue said tickets were selling quickly but an additional 40 seats could be added while sticking to the venue's COVID-19 capacity.
"It will be tight to get in and book those tickets, but I'm, I'm confident we're going to have some tickets available for the next couple of days."
While Canberra's event can go ahead much like normal, the national stage of the competition will likely be held on line, to avoid issues of state border closures preventing competitors from making it to the event.
Ms de la Rue said competitors would pre-record their performance which would be played during a live streamed event.
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