We wanted to go nuclear, and nuclear we went. Never has a Spiceavore been as brutal as this, and in the end, we only had one true finisher: Patrick deservedly took the trophy home! That means each contest has had a different winner.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
First, the judges—the always professional Barry and Vik—picked Liz as their favorite costume. And why not? Her nuclear costume which… I have no idea what it was supposed to refer to, but apparently everybody else did… was thoroughly executed. The judges picked her as the winner without any hesitation, giving her a two point lead right off the bat.
Somewhat of a controversy (only considered so by your truly) was me having a point deducted for having a half-hearted costume. I mean, I had a costume, half-hearted as it was! This kind of behavior is only to be expected from a judge who likes Chelsea I suppose.
And as predicted, the always flakey Paul Dillon bowed out. Without telling us. Thanks, Paul! Luckily, last year's champ, Chris Dreyer, contacted us the day before the contest (after numerous attempts by us to get ahold of him) asking if he could still enter. Thus it all worked out, probably for the better at that.
As for the last spot: Special thanks to John, aka Liz's boyfriend, who bid his way into the contest!