Former champions Leo Delaine, Brianne Shaw, Alex Azarian and Andre Bueno (and, who knows, probably others) will be back on stage at the latest version of my annual NPC Junior California Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships less than two weeks away.
If you are reading this blog, you don’t have to ask me the date or site of the contest-hell, there are banners all over the site, not to mention the event poster! Okay, for those of you majoring in Braille, the show is being held at a brand new location, the sublime Rosemead High School Auditorium (had to move it from Pasadena City College), and takes place Saturday, June 20.
No, Delaine, Shawn and Bueno, last year’s winners in the Men’s Unlimited, Figure and Collegiate and Teen categories, respectively, aren’t putting on the competition suits again. Either is Azarian-at least at this competition, but all will be there supporting the event, and will be a part of the awards ceremony in the second half of the contest.
As my website (www.npcjuniorcal.com) clearly points out, prejudging starts at 11 am, finals at 6 pm sharp. All information regarding entry forms, ticket prices, directions, host hotel data and more can be obtained from the site, so do it right.
Oh yea, some guy named Cutler will be the featured guest poser. Jay’s goin’ about 290 these days, and is in pretty darn good condition to boot three months out from his attempt to regain the Mr. O crown.
And, former Junior Cal Figure champ Sherlyn Roy, who moved into the pro ranks this season, and Michael O’Hearn, AKA “Titan” of “American Gladiator Fame”, will be in the lobby joining Cutler and others greeting their legions of fans.
As always, of course, there will be plenty of surprises at the event, which is always filled with many of the industry’s biggest names; last year 20 pros were in attendance.
Even famed IRON MAN photographers/videographers Roland Balik and Merv will be in the house-Roland is coming all the way out from his Deleware digs to check out the action for the first time. Hopefully, he is bringing his Pop, IM Publisher John Balik, with him. Another ace on the IM staff, Ruthless Ruth Silverman, will be in her usual seat in the audience.
Diamond Dave Liberman and his lady, top NPC Figure star Linda Reho, are flying in from Cleveland, Ohio to help with the contest, as is former pro figure competitor June Munroe, making the trek from Houston, Texas. And don’t forget Ron “Yogi” Avidan and Mark Mason, who will be displaying their photo and video talents once again.
Check back for updates…but, the entry forms, and the celebrity lists, are rolling in, so be there or be square, dig it?