Can you believe the season finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” coincided with the Canadians/Rangers Stanley Cup Playoff Game? What a tough choice for Logo fans.
For those that tuned in, they got to see Bianca Del Rio crowned queen, the tough-talking insult comic with the sweet chocolate center. It’s interesting to see the range of queens through the years. Bebe. Tyra. Raja. Sharon. Jinkx. No queen is like another, and Ru’s decision seemed to keep with that theme.
But in addition to the big reveal, the first 85 minutes of the episode included fabulous fashions, a “We Are the World”-esque chant, and tuxedo dance fights. Plus, a look back at this past season and your favorite queens like BenDeLaCreme, Vivacious, and Vivacious’ elusive second-head Ornacia.
Since the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” finale is the Drag Oscars (as if the Oscars weren’t gay enough), Ru went Ellen on everyone’s asses and attempted to recreate the selfie heard round the world. Instead, she turned Twitter gay, even if it was already clad in rainbows this season. Ru revealed that season 6 was the most tweeted season yet, especially when it came to BenDelaCreme.
“When you sashayed away, people freaked the f*** out,” said Ru, on Dela’s ousting.
True dat, Ru. Rumor has it that two “RuPaul’s Drag Race” critics were on suicide watch (cough, cough).
For the most climactic question in the reunion portion of the finale, Joslyn’s fiance, Andre, walked up to the microphone. Surely, many people wondered what he would ask since the two were engaged already (a marriage proposal is very common for a season finale of a drag queen competition, of course). Andre said that he and Joslyn had been engaged for three years, and Joslyn didn’t want to get married until she got onto RDR. So, Andre asked if Joslyn would get married right then and there. (Remember, children, Mama Ru is an ordained minister!) Joslyn’s reaction was so sweet, and Ru married them that very moment.
Ivy Winters (season 5’s Miss Congeniality) teetered out–seriously, she was on stilts–to announce this year’s Miss Congeniality. Was it a surprise to anyone that BenDeLaCreme took home the prize? Usually, Miss Congeniality gets a cruise, but this time around it’s a $2,500 gift card for Overstock.com, a prize that’s almost as confusing as the quartet of men that came out and danced at every commercial break. (No, seriously, what the eff was that?!)
We’ve experienced fishy seasons, but this one has to be the most melodic, with two of the three finalists being singers. Even the finale itself was pretty musical, with lots of original songs and dances. It was almost like “American Idol,” only less gay.
Once the top three queens came out, Ru asked the hard-hitting questions. Are Adore and Laganja still friends despite their falling out? In order to find out, producers of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” put Adore and Laganja in what looked like a soundproof locker room and showed them the clip from the season that caused the turmoil. After some angry tears between both parties, Adore announced, “I feel like this needs to be a conversation in private.” (No shit, Adore.) This segment felt like a misfire for producers, especially since it didn’t resolve anything on camera. It was just added, sickening drama, so, yeah, maybe it did exactly what it was supposed to do.
When it came to narrowing down who should get the crown, or Ru’s ABC’s of Drag, Ru let each queen speak her piece one last time. Adore explained that she felt like a fully realized person, and expressed, yet again, that she really, really wanted to win, realizing that she just needed to keep it simple to get far in the competition. When asked why, as a seasoned queen, it took her so long to audition, Bianca expressed that she didn’t ever see anyone in past seasons that was like her. Courtney Act surprised everyone by revealing that she and Chaz Bono have become friends since Chaz’s guest judge stint. She discussed how she came to America after taking Australia by storm and how she started from the bottom and worked her way up (kinda like Drake). It was a MUCH better speech than her runway one from two weeks ago.
In the end, however, RuPaul was only able to crown one queen. With three very different styles of drag represented in the top three, who would Ru pick?! The clouds parted, the angels sang, and Jesus himself came down to assure us both that Adore Delano wouldn’t win (we understand that a lot of people adore Adore, but we could never get behind it). Bianca released a statement on her win:
“I feel like I am the luckiest entertainer in the world right now…it’s an incredibly rewarding experience to have this honor, and I’m proof that anything is possible. I extend my love and gratitude to the talented World of Wonder family, LOGO TV, the amazing fans, and especially RuPaul. Ru, please remember to tell the IRS that my name is Pablo Sanchez.”
Season 6 has, unfortunately, come to a close. Until next season (we’re under contract, right, Craig?), hopefully! May your wigs always be lace-fronted. May your sequins always twinkle. And, most importantly, may your tucks always stay tight!