Minerva Reyes, a character brought to life by Carlos Miguel Rodríguez, won the sixth edition of the transformism contest ‘Your Wig Sounds Like’, which is being recovered by the César Manrique Comprehensive Center, on Los Príncipes Avenue –in Ofra–, with the encouragement of the journalist and professor Laura Benítez, in a show that began at six in the afternoon and concluded almost three and a half hours later.
Among the eight participants, second place was Lady Blue, by the multifaceted Puerto Rican artist Wycho Torres, while Mía, played by Yohnny Lorenzo, came in third place.
César Manrique can boast of having become in this transitional Carnival the first season of Don Carnal in his approach to the new normality, after the parenthesis marked in February of the last edition to overcome the incidence of the pandemic.
Roberto Herrera, from RTVE in the Canary Islands, was the master of ceremonies who carried the festival off the ground and prevented the tests to which the Artistic Production team subjected the finalists from ending up in a labyrinth with no way out, together with a total of five comprehensive center cycles. Of course, the festival lasted so long – three and a half hours – that Herrera himself could not wait for the proclamation to be able to take the plane back to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. As his mentor, Laura Benítez, said at the end of the show, these types of actions are for students to make mistakes and go with the lesson learned when they disembark in professional life.
The show began to the rhythm of the batucada of the Cariocas comparsa, winner of the 2020 Carnival, with the singer Tere Melián recalling Celia Cruz in the song ‘La vida es un Carnaval’, to make way for Roberto Herrera himself, who dared to interpret the anthem of the festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the chicharrera capital. From there, the parade began.
Lady Blue, with boards.
She was the first to act, not her soul, Wicho Torres, evidenced a career that goes far beyond the five years she has been assuming this artistic role, capable of handling herself more skillfully in singing than in dancing. An artist.
Anna Xtasia Pavlova.
Arriving from Venezuela, José Alejandro tried to recreate the nights of Carnival, where the best thing was the rain effect of falling confetti from the umbrella. Even the jury – in the style of La Voz – was in charge of telling him: «A good makeup does not make you a better artist».
From Tacoronte Alto, Anastasia Anxiolítica –with the soul of David García– was surprised by the effect of disassembling toilet paper with a blower. She wanted to convey that there is life beyond death and she remained in the embryo, and that she repeats in the contest.
Just because of his spectacular make-up and characterization, the 19-year-old Marcos Lozano from Cadiz made the difference, even though the jury downplayed merits because he had used the music of Drag Sethlas, biganadora from Las Palmas.
Pablo Arnay, the 24-year-old flight attendant from the La Salud neighborhood, went to touch the sky despite the fact that he seemed very corseted in his wardrobe, despite the fact that he seemed to evolve from a Little Red Riding Hood.
By far, Jonathan Davila was sensational dancing with Joline, with an exceptional partner. Without eccentricities, it was the most compact show even though he left his best wardrobe in the dressing room.
Yohnny Lorenzo did a good job for Belén Esteban in her role as Madonna at the Rafael Amargo gala in 2007, which made the official jury fall in love.
He seemed to be playing at home because even the seats cheered his performance. Lagunero Carlos Miguel Rodríguez, 18, dazzled with his ‘enchanted cow’ – a fantasy that brought to mind Redoblones 2020 – which became a dancer to the rhythm of the singer Anaé. Well put together show, with two dancers who seemed to embody the message of the first costume and an artist who ate up the audience.
The show had half the tests left over to choose the finalists, but César Manrique can boast of Carnival and a more than worthy festival.