Whoosh! Issue Ten - July 1997



3:45
The Hercules and Xena Costume
and Sound Alike Contests






WHAT HAPPENED (CC) [77-78]

WHAT WAS REALLY HAPPENING (LS) [79]

MORE OF WHAT HAPPENED (MM) [80]




Costume Contest
Photo courtesy of Chris Clogston


WHAT HAPPENED

(CC)


[77] The Costume contest was populated by Xenas, Gabrielles, a miniature Hercules and Xena couple, an Amazon, and a Callisto . Amanda, the Callisto -garbed contestant, was the winner by audience acclaim. Her prize was an armload of HERCULES and XENA merchandise.

[78] The Sound Alike contest was dominated by the Xena War Cry -- 10 of the 19 contestants used the War Cry as their entry. All but the 10th War Cry contestant (a 3-4 year old girl that never made a sound at the mike) did their best to imitate Xena's distinctive battle cry. The other contestants included an Autolycus , Ares, Velasca , Joxer (the young man said, "I'm Joxer the Mighty" and then fell to the floor), a mystery guest (was that a horse nicker?), and three Callistos . A Callisto entrant won with contest with a rendition of the now infamous speech, "Before you die, I'm going to make you squeal like a pig, you fat, pathetic piece of dung!" The crowd went wild.



Costume Contest
Photo courtesy of Chris Clogston




WHAT WAS REALLY HAPPENING

(LS)


[79] The costume and sound-alike contest is a cross between a fan's love of the character they are portraying and a kind of oddly mocking attempt to be worthy.




MORE OF WHAT HAPPENED

(MM)


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A faux Autolycus mesmerizing the crowd in the sound alike contest
Photo by Melissa Meister




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The entrants await their turn in the costume contest
Photo by Melissa Meister


[80] Many of the voice imitation contestants chose to imitate the infamous Xena yell, one sang part of Xena's burial song, and a couple attempted to mimic Callisto. The winner was a young girl (junior-high age) who managed to put the fear of Callisto in us all (and the presenter) with an excellent imitation of "I say before I kill you, I'm going to make you squeal like a pig, you fat, pathetic, piece of dung" from RETURN OF CALLISTO (#29). The costume competition had a few less contestants, two Gabrielles, two Xenas, an Amazon, and a Callisto. The young woman on the left, dressed as Callisto, was the winner.

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