Who is America’s next drag superstar? On the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race we reunite with the queens of season six and find out if Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio, or Courtney Act claimed the crown.
Clare’s computer decided to sashay away over the weekend, so I’ll be pinch-hitting for the RuPaul’s Drag Race “Reunited” and the declaration of our next queen. Before we find out if we will worship at the altar of Adore Delano, bask in the burns from Bianca Del Rio, or collectively coo along with Courtney Act, here’s what the other 11 queens of season six have been up to:
Kelly Mantle: She was a pre-show frontrunner, but accepts that bacon isn’t for everybody.
Magnolia Crawford: She had a fantastic time on the show (allegedly) and didn’t watch the season.
ViVacious: Ornacia is still her own woman. ViVacious is still weird, but can walk for days.
April Carrion: She presents photos of what she would have done in other challenges—all of which are stunning. April calls herself a frontrunner for All-Stars 2.
Gia Gunn: She’s learned that there are other styles of drag than her own. She’s not insufferable, so…good for her.
Milk: She comments on how fans—male and female—have the hots for her. She was certainly one of the most handsome contestants this year.
LaGanja Estranga: She has not dropped the voice and declares her love for Alyssa Edwards. Michelle shoots daggers with her eyes.
Trinity K. Bonet: She credits Bianca for her transformation. Her favorite part of the show was coming out as HIV-positive. Ru tells her to keep being herself instead of a Beyoncé impersonator.
Intermission: a brief history of drag (including a shoutout to Conchita Wurst), followed by a musical number about…umm…following the bouncing ball?
Joslyn Fox: J0slyn’s advice for queens trying out: don’t try to give the judges what you think they want.
Ben De La Creme: Fans have been overwhelmingly positive about Ben’s overwhelming positivity. She says the show really is a race.
Darienne Lake: She has reconciled with Ben, apologizing for any stress she may have caused. Ben presents her with a Russian nesting doll. Darienne’s parents send a video expressing how proud they are. RuPaul’s Drag Race: bringing families together since 2009.
The top three enter the stage with their own musical number. Well, Adore and Courtney sing—Bianca throws down. This leads to Q&A with the whole cast. First, Adore and LaGanja rehash((Not that way, Ganja) the big blowup before Ms. Estranga sashayed away. It’s a pre-taped segment, there are lots of tears, and they stop rolling so the two can mend in private.
After some questions from fans (via Drag Race alumni), Joslyn’s fiancé takes the mic and asks if Joslyn would like to get hitched. Ru officiates, the Pit Crew serves as best men (as usual), and things get Foxy (wahn wahn). Season five alum Ivy Winters joins the festivities, announcing the winner of the Miss Congeniality fan vote. And that winner is…Ben De La Creme. Woo! She wins a $2,500 gift card from Overstock.com.