RuPaul's Drag Race UK: A New Queen is Born
November 21, 2019 9:47 PM - Season 1, Episode 8 - Subscribe

In the series finale the top three queens fight it out for the title of the UK’s first Drag Race Superstar. Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard and his brother Curtis (Love Island) choreograph the three queens as they take on an all-singing, all-dancing final challenge. Michelle Visage, Alan Carr, Graham Norton and the eliminated queens all return as the finalists take to the runway one last time before RuPaul crowns the series’ ultimate winner.

Ru came in to inform the final three that their last challenge. They would do a group dance, record a verse and film a solo. To get them prepared, choreographer took the final three through the planned dance routine; Baga received Tango, Divina with Cha-Cha and The Vivienne was given a Samba. None of them adapted easily. Afterward, each queen got a sit-down podcast with Ru and Michelle.

Baga discussed with her upbringing and relationship with her mom. After the talk, he got hugs from both Ru and Michelle. Divina discuss about her work ethics both back home and in the competition. The Vivienne opened up about his past struggles with party drug ketamine, revealing a four-year spiral ended in him moving to Spain and getting sober.

After the final three Elaganza Extragavanza runway, each girl have to look back and reflect. In Untucked, all eliminated queens surprised the final three for a short reunion. Divina De Campo and The Vivienne were declared the Top 2. After they lipsync to "I'm Your Man" by Wham!. The UK's first drag race superstar is The Vivienne!

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posted by urbanlenny (4 comments total)
 
I thought the winner was predictable but I was happy enough with it. Davina did fantastically in the final routine and The Vivienne put a lot of effort into it and did well enough. The Vivienne's final look was pretty amazing.

At this point my dearest wish in life is for Baga to be on the next season of All Stars because I think she would have an absolute riot with the American girls. It must happen. Must.
posted by urbanlenny at 9:50 PM on November 21, 2019 [2 favorites]


Predictable enough since Snatch Game (Viv’s final runway look made me say “oh yeah def her”) but good for a first season. Happy that Divina made final 2, but in my totally uninformed opinion her gown didn’t seem as great as the reviews she got.

The final challenge felt pretty lackluster. Viv felt much more “in it” than the others but her choreo was so much simpler than Divina’s, who had shades of Katya’s AS2 final. It’s like the choreographed just up to the edge of everyone’s ability so they all looked kinda uncomfortable; I get creating a level playing field but it doesn’t make for great viewing.
posted by supercres at 9:27 AM on November 24, 2019 [1 favorite]


Yeah I was Team Divina so here’s the obligatory “she was robbed”.

Thought the final three were all very strong. So pleased British Drag Race set a high standard. (For me this was the funniest Snatch Game in a season) Not necessarily always the same standards as US, which I was pleased with. It was a much needed acknowledgement that drag is different here.


I have a feeling the judges would be merciless about Baga’s runway if she were American. Transatlantic All Stars could be very interesting.
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 9:43 AM on November 29, 2019


Aw, well done, Viv!

I was leaning marginally more on the side of Team Divina until The Vivienne's speech about being able to relate to someone who's a bit common, and how that can help people feel more at ease with themselves, and that whole deal got to me.

Also I loved the compromise between not getting a full-on reunion episode and getting to see all the other queens come back for a mini-reunion during the final deliberations <3
posted by rather be jorting at 12:00 AM on December 16, 2019


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