Judges Andrew, Brendan, Jwanna, Tamás and Zsuzsa were definitely putting the slam element in the whole speech slam thing.
In the impromptu round, Mikey went to the audience with his two picks: The No. 3 Metro and Most outrageous experience with the opposite gender. No prizes for guessing which they went for - and yes, he introduced yet another new word for many: MILF. Look it up - I'm too embarrassed to say. Tim decided to stick with his first choice - Sibling rivalry - a subject many could identify with - the jealous older sister and the competitive younger brother. Next up, Andrea also went to the audience with What would you photoshop about yourself and Does size matter? Now, in keeping with the mood that seemed to have overtaken the audience, it was of little surprise that it was size that preoccupied them. But the size of what? Clothes? Food? Francesca drew two topics - The Walking Dead and The best feeling in the world. The audience went for the latter and after a rocky start she got into her stride and summed it up as when you achieve something that's unexpected and it's all down to you. Finally Steve had a choice between Knights in white satin and memory issues. I was a tad surprised that the audience didn't go for 'nights' in white satin - but it was memory issues they wanted and Steve gave them lists.
At the end of the night though, it was Steve Collison who took the bottle of booze donated by the Caledonia and the trophy donated by the IHBC. He will take his place on stage again in March alongside Gerard Lucey and Jennifer Walker.
Thanks to all who made it such a great night. We raised 93 000 forint on the door. Thanks also to Ilona and Csilla for doing the mics, to Kath for doing the door, to Steve and Hans for photos, to the Cotton Club for the venue, to Jeremy for scorekeeping, to the judges for judging, to the speakers for speaking, and to the audience for being there.
See you all in January.