Over the past few weeks, no queen has shown versatility and star power like Kita, and, of course, no other queen shares a name with Australia’s favourite dissociative drug. air pollution.) In Scarlet’s sit-down, she opens up about the support she’s received from her mother and partner; in Karen’s, we hear about how her mother, who did actually work in finance, inspired her character; and in Kita’s, we learn about how her parents’ divorce, during which she was forced to live with her father and separated from her sisters, caused her lasting harm. During critiques, all three judges seem genuinely proud, and it’s an undeniable thrill to hear how talented they think the contestants are. Although it hasn’t been all highs, it’s been an honour to take you through this season, and it’s been lovely for it to end on this high. Drag Race. There was fun to be had, no doubt — these are undoubtedly some of the wittiest and nastiest queens to ever grace the Drag Race stage — but as we look upon our top four at the beginning of this grand finale, it’s hard not to think about how often this season felt like a missed opportunity. (Let’s chalk it up to the fact that Ru and Michelle don’t have to contend with all the L.A. This brings us to the end of a wild, weird season of Drag Race. Tags: This portion of the competition is always emotional, but rarely has there ever been an interaction as two-way as this one, where one of the judges actively counsels a contestant like this. Kita is a vision in white, looking like a Vegas showgirl (and the best she’s looked all competition.) Scarlet looks wonderful too, but it’s not necessarily my favourite of her looks this season; still, that’s probably just the curse of high expectations. The choreographer, a king and a legend, says more of the obvious — that Scarlet is clearly doing better than the other girls, but that “there’s got to be an underdog.” This man needs a podcast! After all, if there’s one thing that can take the edge off a bumpy ride like Drag Race Down Under, it’s a healthy dose of Kita Mean. Season 13 of Drag Race may have actually been the longest season the show’s ever produced, but Drag Race Down Under season one, despite having half the episodes, certainly feels like it’s been the longest season ever. Both have the same takeaway: It’s their fathers’ loss at the end of the day. In many ways, this grand finale feels a little like a vision of what this season could have been. During the musical number, everyone looks a little … random? Kita’s wearing another of her clownish bodysuits, while Art looks like someone’s mum attending her first pride parade. Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. Art can’t stop saying “noonie,” and is horrified that her sequence involves so much “noonie-touching,” while the choreographer gives Karen the decidedly unhelpful advice that “Karen is dancing like a Karen … Karen needs to dance like a Ka-RON,” which I’m not sure means anything at all. From Art’s elimination and speedy return to Elektra’s near-constant presence in the lip-sync to Ru’s polemics on cancel culture to Rhys Nicholson’s incessant anal sex jokes, this season has often felt like the Groundhog Day of Drag Race seasons, with me as the gorgeous, talented blogger forced to watch the same episode over and over. Kita can sing, she can dance, she’s funny, she’s camp, she’s glamorous, she’s Elektra Shock’s boss: It kinda feels like there’s nothing this queen can’t do, and it’s a total thrill to see her take the crown. I’m not sure why, but these conversations seemed more raw and, surprisingly, less produced than they usually do. Well, we’ve made it: After eight fun, sometimes infuriatingly convoluted weeks, we’re finally at the finish line of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season one. Email

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Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! The challenge, the obligatory Rumix and dance number, is a classic; there’s a little cattiness, but it never swerves into all-out bullying; the outfits are, by and large, gorgeous; and it genuinely feels like there’s a connection between the girls and the judges, which hasn’t always come through in Drag Race Down Under. But it’s Art’s interview that hits hardest: As she’s talking about being the main breadwinner of her family, Michelle cuts her off and tells her that she needs to start looking after herself. Still, there can be only one winner, and, in something a shock — although not at all an unwelcome shock — the wonderful Kita Mean is named Down Under’s first drag superstar!! That last element is, to me, what makes this episode feel so special. Art’s shimmering aquamarine ball gown, which matches the colour of her boy hair, is camp and unbelievably glamorous, while Karen’s pinstripe suit dress is a little like the most elevated tuxedo T-shirt of all time. Category on the runway is Best Drag, and these queens don’t take that theme lightly: All four look stunning. Where to begin? When it comes time for the queens to be coached through their dance moves, we get this episode’s requisite messiness. Afterwards, Art seems genuinely shaken for the better; it’s a sweet, tough-love moment from Ru and Michelle, the kind of un-produced interaction this season could have used a lot more of. Karen’s verse is particularly inspired, serving up big Glass Candy “Warm In The Winter” energy; Kita takes a risk in singing her portion of the song, but it pays off handsomely. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under
Down Under Grand Finale

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Photo: WOW! As always, the top four queens get a chance to have a sit-down “lunch” — this time consisting of a Jaffa, a local spin on the traditional Tic Tac lunch — with Ru and Michelle. As the queens get ready for the runway, Scarlet and Art reveal that they both experienced similarly tumultuous relationships with their fathers, with both connecting with them late in life only to cut off contact upon finding out they were gay. In all, one of the better Rumixes we’ve had, and if you see me listening to it on the Spotify social feed post-show, no you didn’t! Still, we get some fun additional verses for “I’m a Winner Baby” that go beyond the usual “I’m gonna snatch that crown sis!”–style verse that seems to be endemic on U.S.