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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Red Carpet Treatment
By Elaine Taylor


“Hi, everybody! This is BeBe Rodreigez, coming at you live from GLAMA-DRAMA 2006! What a spectacular, star-studded spectacle this is, ladies and gentelemen. I am soooooo excited to be here this evening and am looking forward to nabbing red carpet worthies and finding out all their fashion secrets. As all you viewers well know, it's not just the part: it's how you dress for the part! OOOOO! First one on my list is the ever dazzling Betty Harley! Hey, Betty! Over here, girlfriend! You're looking hot as always. Dolce and Gabbana?”

“BeBe, dahling! Of course it's Dolce and Gabbana – I just looooove what those two boys do!”

“That is a beautiful cross you're wearing. Harry Winston?”

“You do know your jewelry, Be! Yes, this is my lucky charm. I wear it to all the award shows. Maybe I will win this evening.”

“Well, the best of luck to you Betty! Who is this coming up the red carpet? It's that constantly morphing diva we all love to hate – LaDonna! Her latest album is number one across the nation and around the world. Not only can she sing but boy, can she dress! She is stunning in a washed velvet dress of deep lavender by Calvin Klein. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! LaDonna! So good to see you here at GLAMA-DRAMA 2006.”

“Thank you. It's always a real treat for me as well. I enjoy touring but sometimes it's nice to sit down once in a while.”

“I can't help but notice that you are wearing a crucifix. Don't you practice Kabbalahism?”

“Yes, Kabbalahism is the essence of true spirituality. I just wear this because I think it's sexy. Come on, it has a naked man on it! Gotta go!”

“Wow! I just love her! She is so cool with her deep understanding of spiritual things. What do I spy with my little eye? Or should I say who? She's a rising star in Hollywood but she may be the star this evening wearing a periwinkle blue, floor length Vera Wang. Intensely private, will she stop and shoot the breeze? Dreama! Dreama Jones! Gotta minute?”

“Hi! How are you? Isn't this crazy? I can't believe how many people are here this evening.”

“Dreama, you look simply divine in that Vera Wang. This is your first time at GLAMA-DRAMA and I put my vote in right now that you will top Mr. Blackwell's list!”

“Thank you! That is so sweet of you to say!”

“I can't help noticing that, like so many other celebrities, you are wearing a cross as part of your jewelry this evening. What does it mean to you?”

“What does it mean to me? Well, I would have to say that it reminds me of who I am and Who I belong to.”

“Who you belong to?”

“Yes. See, I was a sinner in need of a Savior and Jesus died on a cross for my sins so that I could have a right relationship with God.”

“Oh....right. Well, um...so you don't wear it for luck or for fun...you wear it...”

“Because it reminds me of who I am...”

“Er...hmm...well it looks like it's time for a commercial break. Thanks for stopping by Dreama! Enjoy the rest of the evening. To all my viewers out there, I'll be right back with more interviews with your favorite stars as GLAMA-DRAMA 2006 continues. Don't touch that remote!!!”

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Rhonda Clark08/24/06
This is a very cute take on the red carpet shows. If more people would stand up for their Christian beliefs like your last "celebrity" did, then the world would be a very different place, and so would Hollywood!

terri tiffany08/24/06
What I liked - The title, of course, first. I liked your spin on how the cross is used by celebrities.
What I might change - sometimes it was hard to read the many ooooo's on everything but I know you needed them. Also it was a little predictable - that can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how the ending goes. I think you cut to the point but what if the announcer had done something else than what we expected? Again - from a reader's viewpoint only!:)
Lynda Lee Schab 08/26/06
If I was judging this week (which I'm not), this would rate very high in every category. Extremely creative and well crafted, well written with a touch of humor and a poignant message. It started and ended well, and the title was perfect ("great titles" are not a category for judging but it rated high in my book! LOL) In my opinion, this piece was wonderful all around. Gets me in the mood for the Emmys, which (not so?) coincidentally air this weekend. Excellent work!
Rachel Rudd 08/26/06
I think I must be out of the loop on television shows (maybe because we don't have one:):). HOwever, it's an interesting story. The cross is treated with too little respect, for sure. Thanks for sharing this.
Lynda Schultz 08/29/06
Having just watched the Emmy Awards (though I can't think why I wasted the time!) and hearing a very rude remark about God by one of the winners (which was rebroadcast on some news clips later), your article reminded me of how upside down society is — the good embarrasses us and we laugh at the evil. Thanks for the very well written reminder.
Joanne Sher 08/31/06
Very creative and fun - a well deserved win! Congratulations!!!
Birdie Courtright08/31/06
How funny! And a great message! Congrats on your win!
Karen Treharne09/05/06
Congratulations Elaine, I enjoyed your perspective of how the cross is perseved differently by those who wear one. For a long time, I debated about wearing a cross my husband bought me for an anniversary because I didn't want to appear "sanctimoneous", but I love feeling Christ close to me and remembering "who I am", so now I wear it without regard for what others might think. May God continue to bless you as you write and honor Him.