On the 21st November 2019 the hour long special of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK aired on BBC Three to see the final three drag stars Baga Chipz, Divina De Campo and The Vivienne battle it out to be crowned the first UK drag superstar. The nation was forced to wait in anticipation to see which queen could death drop their way down the runway and steal the crown. The finale took on a different format to the US version of the show; I was expecting the finale to take place in a huge London theatre in front of a live crowd, however Momma Ru decided to “keep it in the family” this season.
The finale saw the final three queens take on the final maxi challenge in which they would sing and dance to Ru’s hit song ‘To the Moon’. The episode saw appearances from Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard and Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard to act as choreographers for the queens. Whilst Vivienne struggled to slay the dancefloor in rehearsals Divina managed to high kick her way across the stage. In the final performance all three queens lip synced for their lives and made the routine work with their individual characters.
The podcast part of the show is a traditional Drag Race trope in which the queens are interviewed by Ru and Michelle Visage. This section of the show allowed us to see a different side to the queens, particularly Baga Chipz. Baga was allowed an opportunity to explain her difficult relationship with her mother which had been a focus of the previous episode of the show. Baga explained that she was raised by her Nan in her mother’s absence; this allowed us to scratch below the surface of this comedy queen. The Vivienne also shared a confessional moment with the judges in which she revealed that she had suffered from drug addiction in her younger drag years. I believe that these queens are showing that we are not defined by our mistakes. We must remember our confidence, uniqueness, nerve and talent makes us who we are and who we are is good enough.
The show teaches young people to embrace who they are
The theme for the last runway of the season was final three eleganza extravaganza. Baga rocked a sparkly mint dress, whilst Divina was draped in the Union Jack flag and The Vivienne was a beautiful blonde barbie dressed in gold. The three queens were then asked by Ru to address their younger selves as Ru individually held up photos of the queens as young boys. This part of the show is vital. It allows queens in their prime to advise the next generation.
The final three contestants were whittled down to two as The Vivienne and Divina De Campo battled it out in the final lip sync to Wham’s ‘I’m Your Man’ before The Vivienne was crowned the winner. RuPaul’s Drag Race has now become my favourite show of all time. The show teaches young people to embrace who they are I think we all need to follow the advice of Queen Ru, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”.
Last modified: 26th November 2019