“Drag queens have always been the keepers of our queer history. We make it, we tell it, we remember it, we misremember it, and we love it.” – Sasha Velour
Say what you will about how this season hasn’t been as good as the previous 8, but this finale episode was the best RPDR finale yet!
I ordinarily find the live finale to be kind of boring. Ru interviews each of the queens, introduces family and friends supporting them in the audience, and then has some “surprise” recorded message from a celebrity super-fan. Then Ru announces the winner. As I learned watching the Logo documentary about Jinx Monsoon, in previous finale tapings, each one of the queens is recorded as the winner and crowned, and only when the show airs, do the queens really know who actually won. This helps prevent the word from getting out, but it also makes for some pretty lack-luster reactions from everyone. However, making the queens do a final “lip-sync for the crown” was riveting! And the surprise twist? Sasha Velour is a world-class lip-syncer! On a side-note, I’m not sure how they would do multiple fake-out tapings with this current format. It doesn’t seem like it would be possible. Still, whatever they did, it worked. This finale was so much fun and I hope the lip-sync for the crown never goes away!
Ru had the girls battle each other using a March Madness-style bracket. The first two queens to compete were Trinity and Peppermint. At first, I thought Peppermint just had it in the bag, but this battle was surprisingly close.
The song was “Stronger” by Britney Spears. We all already knew that Peppermint has a knack for channeling for inner Britney, and she delivered her typical engaged and high-energy performance, but then Trinity ripped off her skirt and busted out with a Flashdance routine out of nowhere…
… and I thought, “well maybe Trinity’s got this.” Then, Peppermint started fiddling with her skirt to reveal a whole new look, Violet Chachki-style…
… and I thought, “well, this could go either way!” Ru ultimately declared Peppermint the winner of round 1.
And then Hurricane Sasha hit the stage.
I mean seriously, did anyone see that shit coming?!
The bitch had rose petals coming out of her wig! It makes me wonder what would have happened if she would have gotten “Stronger” by Britney Spears instead of “So Emotional” by Whitney Houston. Shea is a good performer, but her interpretation of the song was expected:
Sasha chose to go all Fatal Attraction in her interpretation and it paid off BIG.
There was no taking your eyes off of her. That lip-sync was jaw-dropping. and Sasha was declared the winner of round 2.
So the final two queens, Peppermint and Sasha, had to perform “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” by Whitney Houston. And by the time Whitney was saying that she could pay her own light bills and take care of her babies, there was no question as to who would be crowned America’s next drag superstar.
Congratulations Ms. Velour. I may have had my doubts about you going into the finale, but man did you squash all those doubts!
I’ll give Sasha Velour the last word here:
“Let’s get inspired by all this beauty, and change the motherfucking world!”