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In a competition that was a fierce as any in the event’s history, Aria Moon bested a talented group in the Showgirl Division with her “Marionette” show to win the crown, the cash and the title, as well as an automatic nomination for ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year Award. The EDI East First Runner-Up Angela Sommers graced the stage with her beauty and seamless performance, while Second Runner-Up Natasha Nova offered two ambitious and alluring shows for Friday’s Semi-Finals and Saturday’s Finals.

Aria Moon

“There are three competitions that have helped to make me the performer I am today; Stripperfest/Stripperpalooza, Nudes-a-Poppin and of course, the Exotic Dancer Invitationals. The EDIs and Exotic Dancer Publications are paragons of integrity in this industry. I’m beyond proud and honored to have been a part of it these past few years!” – Showgirl Division Winner, Aria Moon

In the Newcomer Division, Canada’s Victoria Drive delivered an entertaining and acrobatic “Super Mario” show that vaulted her to the top spot, as she also earned the crown, the cash and the Newcomer Division title. Victoria will also be an automatic nominee for the ED’s Newcomer of the Year Award. Other top performances were delivered by First Runner-Up Annie Lane and Second Runner-Up Lori Lane.

Victoria Drive

“I’m still somewhat in disbelief that I won the EDI’s Newcomer Division! I am honored and thrilled to have this title and I look forward to seeing everyone at the EXPO in Las Vegas!” – Newcomer Division Winner Victoria Drive

“The scores have never been closer and the performances have rarely been better,” says EDI Founder and Producer Dave Manack, also the Associate Publisher for ED Publications. “We’re so proud to have a group of entertainers like this represent the EDI contest and the ‘showgirl’ industry at large. We also must point out the incredible hospitality shown by Pony Club owner Jerry Westlund and his entire staff at the club. Jerry has supported ‘showgirl’ feature entertainment for decades, so having the EDI at his club made all the sense in the world.”

“The performance level and the amount of creativity that went into these shows was amazing—as good or better than I’ve ever seen,” says Pony Club chain owner Jerry Westlund. “There are clubs out there that don’t take advantage of this type of entertainment and that don’t book features as showcases, even for their own entertainers, and that’s a big mistake as far as I’m concerned. I was thoroughly impressed with what I saw. The shows, the costumes and the performances were phenomenal. I booked many of the performers that I’ve seen. It was a great show and we can’t wait to host the EDI East again next year!”

Several Mini-Titles were also awarded at the EDI East. They included:

Hottest Body: Angela Sommers; Best Costume: Lori Lane (“Elvis” show); Most Extreme Show: Trinity Turner (fire show); Audience Favorite: Natasha Nova; Most Ambitious Performer: Liza Mae (“Broadway” show); Best Dancer: Aria Moon; Most Original Show: Natasha Nova (“Bell-Hop” show); Best Overall Show: Justice (“Wizard of Oz” show).

Judges for the EDI East included adult nightclub owners Charles and Darren Bass (Babe’s Cabaret); Bill Levin, “Grand Poobah” of The First Church of Cannabis; and legendary showgirl Suzanne the Dance Machine, who trained over 800 feature entertainers over two decades. Special thanks to EDI co-producer Lexi Lamour, assistant producer Kristofer Kay, EDI emcee Bobby Mac, photographers Richard Kent, David Heasley and Ricky Rich, head stage assistant Rob Aiken and overall contest assistants Dane Hansen and Lacey Rain.
There are two EDI competitions each year—East and West—and the EDI West is slated for Platinum 84 in Denver, June 22-24. For more information on the EDI contests, please visit www.theEDIs.com, email dave@edpublications.com or call (727) 726-3592.

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