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April 27, 2009

Congratulations Leah Halston – Miss Platinum Gem City 2009

It’s nice to be in a city that is not too big, not too crowded and I can get through airport security in 5 minutes instead of 45 minutes.  I am sitting in the Columbus, OH airport waiting to go back to Miami and I have forgotten how nice it is to be in a quiet city.  Yesterday coming back from filming a wedding just north of Ft. Lauderdale – I was sitting in traffic for 45 minutes – 5 lanes stacked at 11:45 at night – ONLY IN MIAMI!!

Anyway, I want to say congratulations to Leah Halston for winning this year’s Miss Platinum Gem City Pageant.  Tionna Luv came in as runner up.  It appeared that Leah was the crowd favorite at the pageant that was held at the Axis Club – a nice small club in the heart of the restaurant club district (at least it seemed like it) – very gay friendly – why can’t we have that in Miami – you would think!!

Pictures and a preview trailer will follow once I get back and can upload the footage I shot.  BIG PROPS TO BAR MANAGER (and jack of trades Robby) – who was relentless all night in trying to solve why I wasn’t getting any audio from the DJ booth.  Club owners should really spend just a little extra money to have the right set of mixers and amps in their booths – I never understood why DJs get shorted out in this area – especially when these clubs rent out their places for shows and other events.  Patching things all over the place is not the way to go – but hey what can you do.  BUT ROBBY was awesome – he figured it out even while the show was going on and even while he had to tend to his bar duties.

I also want to say thank you to the entire Platinum Gem family who was very gracious and accomodating.  So congratulations Leah on your win and on Tionna on your placement.  More coming soon.

Thomas

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April 23, 2009

Congratulations Angelica Sanchez

Wow!! – What a night of pageantry.   The Florida USofA Pageantry System finished up its 2009 season with the At-Large Division Pageant held at the Parliament House in Orlando, Florida.  6 girls competed for the title – Angelica Sanchez walked away with the crown.  Angelica, along with 1st runner up Jocelyn Summers, 2nd runner up Roxxxy Andrews and 3rd runner up Mizery all get to go on and compete in the national competition later on this year.  We wish everyone good luck at nationals.  The DVD is AVAILABLE NOW for $15.00 + S/H & Tax.  Get your copy today.  Digital Downloads and Pay Per View available in about a week.  Below are some pictures of the competition along with links to the trailers.  Watch and ENJOY!!

Florida USofA At-Large Trailer – Click Here

Darcel Stevens performs at Pageant – Click Here

Tiffany McCray performs at Pageant – Click Here

Erica Andrews performs at Pageant – Click Here

2009 At-Large Contestants

2009 At-Large Contestants

Emcees Alesha Markstone & Darcel Stevens

Emcees Alesha Markstone & Darcel Stevens

2009 Miss Florida USofA At Large Winner - Angelica Sanchez

2009 Miss Florida USofA At Large Winner - Angelica Sanchez

Hospitality Award to Chantel Rashae - surprise!!

Hospitality Award to Chantel Rashae - surprise!!

Celebrating 20th Anniversary - Lorrie DelMar

Celebrating 20th Anniversary - Lorrie DelMar

Sharde Ross performs at pageant

Sharde Ross performs at pageant

Tajma Hall performs at Florida USofA At Large Pageant

Tajma Hall performs at Florida USofA At Large Pageant

I had a great time at the pageant and while I only got a moment to say hi to a couple of people – it seemed like everyone had a fantastic time.  This is a pageant many won’t forget for some time.  Until next year….

Thomas

April 16, 2009

Congratulations to Tatiana Kresha & Roman Black

I had a fun time in Birmingham, AL this past week and a half for the 2009 Miss Venus International and the 2009 Mr. Southeastern Newcomer.  The pageant was held at a small quaint club called S-Class where 4 boys and 4 girls competed for the title.  I want to say congratulations to the winners Tatiana Kresha and Roman Black.  The DVD is ready for purchase, the preview trailer is online for you to watch and the video will be on pay per view in a couple of weeks.  Here are some pictures and video for you to watch.

Roman Black - Mr. Southeastern Newcomer 2009

Roman Black - Mr. Southeastern Newcomer 2009

 

Tatiana Kresha - Miss Venus International 2009

Tatiana Kresha - Miss Venus International 2009

Thanks Taye for a great pageant and it was a pleasure meeting the fans in Birmingham, Al.

Thomas

April 1, 2009

Congratulations Amirra Roberts and Nikki Sanchez

Hey pageant fans – had a great time at the 2009 Tri-County Newcomer Plus Pageant and the 2009 Tri-County ClosetBall held at Club Revolution in Orlando, Florida.  We want to say congratulations to the ClosetBall Winner Amirra L. Roberts and to the Newcomer Plus Winner Nikki F. Sanchez.  DVDs are on sale for now for $20.00 at our website at: www.clickclickexpose.com.  Below are some pictures from the crowning ceremony.  Thanks to all those who came by and said hello and those who I met for the first time.  Pay per view should be ready in about 3 weeks.  Thanks.

Nikki and Amirra - Winners of the 2009 Tri County Pageant

Nikki and Amirra - Winners of the 2009 Tri County PageantNikki Sanchez - 2009 Tri-County Newcomer Plus

Amirra L. Roberts - 2009 Tri-County Closetball

Amirra L. Roberts - 2009 Tri-County Closetball

2008/2009 Newcomer Plus Winners - Nikki Sanchez & Milani Couture Royal

2008/2009 Newcomer Plus Winners - Nikki Sanchez & Milani Couture Royal

 

Nikki F. Sanchez - 2009 Tri-County Newcomer Plus

Nikki F. Sanchez - 2009 Tri-County Newcomer Plus

March 26, 2009

DVD prices have been lower & some other news….

Hey everybody,

I have been away from the blog for far too long.  I promise to change that – things have been pretty crazy around here as we attempt to launch some new things.  So here is a quick rundown if you have been away from the website:

1)  I have gone through and lower many of the prices on our pageant DVDs.  Many are now only $20 + tax & shipping and handling.  I also combined some pageants making them into combos and re-adjusted a few others.  It has always been a philosophy of mine to keep our prices reasonable.  There are so many pageant fans out there but I know that times are tough and everyone can’t keep dropping $50 or more on pageant DVDs.  Hopefully our prices are reasonable and will encourage people TO BUY the official copy.

2)  We kicked off our Live Internet TV with a broadcast of the 2009 Miss Florida USofA Classic pageant.  It turned out to be a great success and a lot of fun.  The chat room was opened while we were showing the pageant and I think everyone who watched had a great time.  If you made a donation, THANK YOU!!  Your donations will help keep this endeavor going.  Next up – 2009 Mr. and Miss Dumarr International – showing live on Thursday April 9th at 8pm and 10pm and again on Sunday April 12th at 8pm and 10pm.  HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!!

3)  2009 Mr. and Miss Dumarr has been added to the pageant pay per view along with fixing the problem with the 2009 Miss Florida USofA.  Also 2009 South Florida International Closet Ball has been added as well.  Remember you can rent for 2 days or buy the digital download to play on your computer.  It is simple and easy and a little cheaper than buying the DVD and you get to watch it immediately.  More videos coming soon.

4)  In 1 month, we will be offering DJ services to our list of video, post-production, audio-production and blogging services.  If you are in need of DJ services for your pageant, birthday party or other event – let us know – we can assist.  We will also be offering audio services for corporate and presentation events as well.  Don’t let the hotels or other companies charge you high prices to rent audio equipment, speakers, microphones, etc – we can do it for you.  Just another value service we are bringing to our community.

5)  New videos on Planet Q TV have been added.  Make sure you check it out.  Just Like Judy is the new music video from Darren Stewart-Jones – check it out.  Drag Queen Posse is always up to their crazy antics with a new video called Twisted Nights at Universal.  Queer Channel TV has the sexy 2009 pool party sleezy awards and a cute look at “Oscar Glam” and Twist Everything suprises his partner (that’ s me) with a trip to the Renaissance Festival.  Make sure you check out all of the videos at: www.planetq.tv.   You can also get to it from our home page at: www.clickclickexpose.com.

Well that’s about it for now.  More things will be coming soon so stay on the lookout.  And as always, thanks for your continued support.  Have a great weekend.

Thomas

March 11, 2009

Congratulations O’ryen Valentino & Sheena Devine Hawkins

Just wrapping up putting together the 2009 Mr. and Miss Dumarr International Pageant video and first wanted to say congratulations to the winners O’Ryen DeMornay Valentino and Sheena Devine Hawkins.  This year’s pageant was held at the Cuban Club in Tampa Florida and featured 2 boys and 2 girls competing for the crown.  I will have the DVD up for sale tonight for $10 plus tax & S/H.  It will also be up on Pay Per View very soon.  Here are some pictures from the pageant.  Preview trailer to come soon.  Thanks everyone for your continued support.  LOOK FOR AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT COMING FROM US EARLY NEXT WEEK FOR ALL PAGEANT FANS!!

O'Ryen & Sheena - Mr. and Miss Dumarr 2009

O'Ryen & Sheena - Mr. and Miss Dumarr 2009

Sheena Devine Hawkins - Evening Gown Competition

Sheena Devine Hawkins - Evening Gown Competition

O'Ryen Valentino - Formal Wear Competition

O'Ryen Valentino - Formal Wear Competition

Neaundre Bonet Dupree - 2008 Mr. Dumarr

Neaundre Bonet Dupree - 2008 Mr. Dumarr

India Damore - 2008 Miss Dumarr

India Damore - 2008 Miss Dumarr

March 1, 2009

Headed to Tampa Florida for the Dumarr International Pageant

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Hey pageant fans,

I am headed to Tampa, Florida today to film the Mr. and Mis Dumarr International Pageant.  Every year, the Dumarr International Pageantry system has held its statewide pageant to crown its Mr. and Miss winner.  This year’s pageant is held at the Cuban Club in Tampa, Florida.  Come by and say hi.  The DVD will be available in about 2 weeks.  Good luck to all of the contestants and a special shout out to the 2008 winners who will be giving up their crown today: India Damore and Neaundre Bonet.

See everyone in Tampa.

February 21, 2009

South Florida Closet Ball DVD Now Available

Watch Maya Morales and 12 other contestants compete for the title of South Florida International Closet Ball 2009.  For the last 3 years, our cameras have been capturing the fun of the Closet Ball pageant here in South Florida and it was another fun year of pageantry.  Enjoy these preview videos.

February 9, 2009

Congratulations Maya Morales – South Florida Intl Closet Ball 2009

Melissa Hilton - First Runner Up

Melissa Hilton - First Runner Up

Maya Morales - South Florida Closet Ball Winner
Maya Morales – South Florida Closet Ball Winner

Wow…the girls did not come to play…let me tell you.  13 contestants – 3 in the morning – but Maya Morales came out on top as this year’s 2009 Closet Ball winner for the South Florida International pageant held at J’s Bar in Ft. Lauderdale.  This was Maya’s first time ever competing in a pageant so we definitely want to give a shoudl out to Maya for an excellent win – we look forward to good things from you in the future.

While Thomas was up in Orlando with USofA classic, I was down here in Ft. Lauderdale filming the closet ball.  Lot’s of fun…LONNNNGGG…but lot’s of fun (LOL).  Thomas will be doing the editing of the video and putting the DVD up for sale.  Hope you enjoy the pictures – preview views coming soon.  And as always buy the DVD from our website at: Click Click Expose (Gay Entertainment Media) and the Pay Per View/Digital Downloads will be up soon.  Thanks everybody for your continued support as we bring you all of the fun of gay pageantry and drag.

 

Adrian

Congratulations Sharde Ross – Miss Florida USofA Classic

2009 Florida USofA Classic - Sharde' Ross

2009 Florida USofA Classic - Sharde' Ross

Congratulations are in order to Sharde Ross who became the new 2009 Miss Florida USofA Classic winner.  I will have pictures and a preview video up late late tonight or tomorrow (I need to get some rest for driving up to Orlando from Miami and back down to Miami – never fun).  It was a nice pageant with 3 girls competing.  DVDs will go on sale online tomorrow for $10.00 + S/H and tax.  Pay Per View to follow shortly.

Sharde' Ross - Florida USofA Classic 2009

Sharde' Ross - Florida USofA Classic 2009

Thanks to everyone who came by and said hi or who I met for the first time (Khori Ross – it was nice getting to meet you).  We will be back for the last leg of the Triple Crowning for the Florida USofA system on April 20th for the At-Large girls.  See you soon.

Thomas

January 19, 2009

Congratulations Natasha – Miss Florida USofA

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Natasha Braxton - 2009 Miss Gay Florida USofA

Natasha Braxton - 2009 Miss Gay Florida USofA

After 5 hours of driving both ways and getting some much needed sleep (LOL), I wanted to get on here and say Congratulations to Natasha Braxton for winning the Miss Florida USofA pageant – a prelim to the national organization pageant title. 5 ladies competed for the title and the competition was spectatular – and I must say the Evening Gowns for all of the ladies were fantastic.

I will be working on the DVD this week and hope to have it finished in 2 weeks (maybe sooner) – we will see. Preview videos on Planet Q TV will be up this week.

CONGRATS NATASHA and good luck at nationals.

Thomas

August 28, 2008

DVD Update #8 – Entertainer of the Year

Hey pageant fans,

It’s going on midnight again and here is the latest update from the DVD front:

1)  Sunday night of EOY is finished including DVD authoring and Encoding so all 3 nights are completed.  I wanted to thank Nina West, Dominique Shappelle & Dominique Polo for letting me use their original videos for the DVD.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints and some mpg2 issues, I was unable to pull your videos for the DVD.  Contact me via email and I have some other options for you if you want to explore them;

2)  I must now begin the duplication process for Friday and Saturday night (400 actual disks).  I am going to work on those duplications tonight.  I have only gotten through about 120 or so, so tomorrow I will work on the rest (about 480 more disks ugghh).  Tomorrow I will also create the DVD covers (about 100 of them).  Once the duplications and DVD covers are created and done, I will begin the process of packaging each combo set together and assigning them to a buyer.  All of the mailing labels for all buyers have already been created and are ready to go.

3)  The pageant pay per view (our online pageant digital download and rental service) has been updated with the following videos: a)  2006 Mr. Duval, b) 2004 Mr. and Miss Black America, c) 2008 Miss International Plus, d) 2008 Mr. EOY and e) Part 1 of the Mr/Miss International 2008 – which I am uploading now.  Enjoy the videos as we give you another alternative to those who can’t afford to buy every DVD that comes out.  After some feedback, we have improved the descriptions and title fields of all videos that are available online – so you will have a better idea what each video contains so you can rent or buy exactly what you are looking for.

That’s it for now.  Time to call it a night.

Thomas

August 22, 2008

DVD Update #6 – Entertainer of the Year

Hey pageant fans – this post is long – grab a drink, a cup of coffee and away we go,

About to call it for a day tonight but wanted to let you know where we stand.  The Mr. portion of the DVD is 80% complete.  All of the Thursday competition is done, the Creative Formal Wear from Friday night is done.  I just have to add swimwear and crowning that was done on Saturday and do an intro for the video then the Mr. DVD will be complete.  As many of you are aware, the Mr. portion of the competition ran almost day and date as the Miss portion of the contest.  So for Friday and Saturday, I will have to pull those portions out of the Miss and compile them as disk 2 for the Mr. EOY DVD.

Friday is done for the Miss portion which covered Creative Presentation for all contestants and Talent & Question and Answer.  Talent was for contestants #1 (Daphne Ferraro) thru contestants #13 (Amber Stone).  Question and Answer was for contestants #14 (Rachael Erikks) thru contestants #27 (Feleasha Savage).  What I am doing before I end tonight (it’s already almost 9pm) is to build the individual files (from the edited timeline) that will be used to compile the Final Friday DVD for the Miss.  So it looks like Disk 1 for Friday will be the opening number and Creative Presentation.  Disk 2 for Friday will be Question & Answer and Talent. 

Why do we spread it out over 2 disks?  Our DVDs are produced on DVD-5 type disk – these disks only hold roughly 2 hours of compressed video.  However, we try not to push to close to the 2 hour mark as the more you put on a disk, the higher the compression, the less detail in the quality.  While most people probably could not tell that much difference between 1 hour and 45 minutes on a DVD vs 2 hours – I can tell so I don’t do it.  Plus, for some reason this year – the guys on the lights at Club Connection thought it was Disco Night circuit 1970 and was killing me with the lighting (sorry guys but this year was a tad disappointing) so I would rather compressed for better quality than content.  Unfortunately, to put pageants on DVD-9 type disk at 3+ hours is just not cost effective and you would be paying a much higher price to purchase your DVDs.  While I know it is more convenient for you to not have to swap disk after disk – we have always felt that price was more important.  I don’t believe in selling pageant videos more than $60 (not including taxes and shipping & handling) so I am committed to keeping our prices affordable.  Gas prices are up – our prices are not!!!

So what’s on tap for tomorrow?  I already have one camera capture for Saturday’s filming.  I have to capture (ingest) the other camera – so that’s 5 hours I have to move to the workstation.  Once that’s done, I will sync both camera shots and then watch all 5 hours to edit the raw footage in a two-camera shot.  I will start on the 2-camera edit tomorrow but probably won’t finish.  Sunday I will wrap up the 2-camera edit, do audio adjustments, drop in the graphics & titles and prepare the files for the final DVD.  If all goes well, Saturday’s filming and editing should be done Sunday night.  Wash, rinse and repeat for the Finals night which will take place on Monday and Tuesday (although instead of capturing 5 hours – I have to capture 10 hours of video – 2 cameras).  So let’s see – Wednesday – Video intros, Finalize final files, DVD author and encode – Thursday – put orders together, print DVD covers, make 100 copies of all three nights (that’s printing 100 DVD covers, duplicating 600 Disks and labeling 600 disks) – creating over 85 mailing labels and drag it all to the post office – and since everyone else is working on other projects – I have to do all of this BY MYSELF.  Hmmmm…I think I was telling you guys Wednesday I was going to mail the DVDs – NOPE…ain’t goin happen (LOL – sorry) – more like Friday & Saturday & Monday.

So, if everything goes as plan – Friday’s deliveries will consist of all Pre-Orders placed before June 30th, 2008.  Saturday’s deliveries will consist of all Pre-Orders placed between July 1 and July 31st.  Monday’s deliveries will consist of all regular priced orders from Aug. 1 through the present.

Okay that’s it for now…more later.  Have a great night.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thomas

August 20, 2008

Simba R Hall on Episode 43 – Pageant Soup Podcast Show – Live Thursday 7pm EST

Simba R. Hall - Mr. International 2008
Simba R. Hall – Mr. International 2008
Simba R. Hall started his pageantry career in 2002 on the stage of 708 in Atlanta, GA competing for Mr. Liberty International.  With the crowd silent anticipating what to expect, he has transformed into what his name truly represents; the king of Prideland.  In such a short time, Simba has pioneered his way into the field of pageantry not to be forgotten by the people he touches with his vibrant smile, humble personality, charismatic talents, and eager determination.
Simba was attracted in the field of pageantry because of his desire to have a voice in the community and his love of performing on the stage.  He has shown to be diligent in all systems he has come in contact with.  Conquering Mr. Renaissance was the beginning of Simbaʼs dynamic career.  As Mr. Renaissance, Mr. Hall started the Kingʼs Alliance which united all the mister national titles together giving back to the community.  This cultivated Male Entertainers of National Systems (M.E.N.S.) Night.  All the male systems came together and each king performed one number along with an opening and a closing performed by all the current national kings including three of the top four (Continental, Entertainer of the Year and USA).
Next, Simba was appointed the emeritus of Mr. Global International.  Under his reign, the system grew to have seven competitive boys for the first year and Memphis took credit for hosting its first Male National pageant.  Simba went on to win Mr. Sweetheart International where he is now revered, adored, and serves as an official judge for the Nationals.  During his reign, Simba also went on to conquer the title of Mr. Continental.  Although this was the pentacle of his career, he continued to serve both titles with style and dignity.  Under his Continental reign, the system boasts growth from eight preliminaries to eighteen.
Simba also works outside the community as a professional opera singer.  In this line of study, he has sung in churches and recital halls across the US.  He just recently returned from Europe with the Atlanta Opera chorus where he toured singing Porgy and Bess.  He will return in October for three weeks to finish the tour.
Simba is reigning as Mr. International and continues to make a difference throughout the GBLT community.  While catapulting to new levels in the community, he merges his professional career by planning and working on his solo recital and debut live recording late this winter in Atlanta, GA.  

DVD Editing Update #5 – EOY and International Week 2008

Okay pageant fans,

Its late but I wanted to give you a quick update on where we are at as of today – Wednesday at 11:30pm.

1)  Mr. and Miss International and Miss International Plus 2008 is finished.  If you preordered a copy – your DVD is in the mail on the way to you.  Three camera edits are always difficult and time consuming to do but we are finished and we think you will be happy with the results.  To my knowledge, the International Pageantry system is the first system to have a 3 camera filming of a pageant.  Couple that with a gorgeous theatre and you have a pretty nice pageant (in my humble opinion) to watch.  We hope you enjoy the DVD.

2)  EOY fans…I know you guys are chomping at the bit finding out when the DVDs will be finished.  Well Tropical Fay put us behind by a day with local power outages but never fear – after a couple cans of Monster energy drink (a sponsor of EOY hehe) – anyway – lots of energy to do a power edit today.  Luckily, I already had 8 hours of video uploaded to our workstation thanks to Adrian so that actually put me ahead of the ball game.  So for those of you who have not been following the blog – we start with a all video, then combing and editing the two camera shots, then dropping in the graphics and names, then applying color corrections and audio corrections where necessary, then creating the first draft files to be put together for the final edits.

3)  Thursday night of Mr. EOY is done.  The only thing I have left to do is to create an intro to the video.  The first hour of Friday night is done through Sashay Lorez (contestant number 11).  Tomorrow  I will finish the rest of Friday and then I have to upload Adrian’s Saturday camera so that will take about 4 hours.  Thursday is also the day I update the Podcast Network and we do the live Pageant Soup Podcast Show (Thursday’s show will have Simba R Hall as our guest) so I will have to stop editing after about 8 hours or so.  So that is where we are at.

4)  I have everybody’s pre-order all set up and ready to go – there are a couple of you that I still have to charge but I have your info so you are okay.  Other than that, it looks like we are back on schedule despite some delays. 

5)  The good thing is that the wedding I had prior to EOY and International Week, I am still waiting on the bride to get me some pictures to finish her video so I have only had to stop once from editing the pageants to work on their video – so pageant fans caught a break which is good.

More news to come soon.  Thanks everybody for your patience.  It’s coming….I promise.

Thomas

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