(*8*)Well, we’ve made it: after eight enjoyable, generally infuriatingly convoluted weeks, we’re lastly on the end line of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season one. Season 13 of Drag Race could have really been the longest season the present’s ever produced, however Drag Race Down Under season one, regardless of having half the episodes, definitely feels prefer it’s been the longest season ever. From Art’s elimination and speedy return to Elektra’s near-constant presence within the lip-sync to Ru’s polemics on cancel tradition to Rhys Nicholson’s incessant anal intercourse jokes, this season has typically felt just like the Groundhog Day of Drag Race seasons, with me because the attractive, proficient blogger compelled to look at the identical episode time and again. There was enjoyable available, little doubt — these are undoubtedly a few of the wittiest and nastiest queens to ever grace the Drag Race stage — however as we glance upon our high 4 at first of this grand finale, it’s onerous not to consider how typically this season felt like a missed alternative.
In some ways, this grand finale feels a little bit like a imaginative and prescient of what this season might have been. The problem, the compulsory Rumix and dance quantity, is a basic; there’s a little bit cattiness, however it by no means swerves into all-out bullying; the outfits are, by and enormous, attractive; and it genuinely looks like there’s a connection between the ladies and the judges, which hasn’t all the time come by in Drag Race Down Under.
That final ingredient is, to me, what makes this episode really feel so particular. As all the time, the highest 4 queens get an opportunity to have a sit-down “lunch” — this time consisting of a Jaffa, a neighborhood spin on the standard Tic Tac lunch — with Ru and Michelle. I’m unsure why, however these conversations appeared extra uncooked and, surprisingly, much less produced than they often do. (Let’s chalk it as much as the truth that Ru and Michelle don’t should cope with all of the L.A. air air pollution.) In Scarlet’s sit-down, she opens up in regards to the help she’s obtained from her mom and accomplice; in Karen’s, we hear about how her mom, who did really work in finance, impressed her character; and in Kita’s, we study how her dad and mom’ divorce, throughout which she was compelled to reside along with her father and separated from her sisters, induced her lasting hurt. But it’s Art’s interview that hits hardest: as she’s speaking about being the primary breadwinner of her household, Michelle cuts her off and tells her that she wants to start out taking care of herself. This portion of the competitors is all the time emotional, however hardly ever has there ever been an interplay as two-way as this one, the place one of many judges actively counsels a contestant like this. Afterwards, Art appears genuinely shaken for the higher; it’s a candy, tough-love second from Ru and Michelle, the form of unproduced interplay this season might have used much more of.
When it comes time for the queens to be coached by their dance strikes, we get this episode’s requisite messiness. Where to start? Art can’t cease saying “noonie,” and is horrified that her sequence entails a lot “noonie-touching,” whereas the choreographer provides Karen the decidedly unhelpful recommendation that “Karen is dancing like a Karen… Karen needs to dance like a Ka-RON,” which I’m unsure means something in any respect. The choreographer, a king and a legend, says extra of the apparent — that Scarlet is clearly doing higher than the opposite ladies, however that “there’s got to be an underdog.” This man wants a podcast!
As the queens prepare for the runway, Scarlet and Art reveal that they each skilled equally tumultuous relationships with their fathers, with each connecting with them late in life solely to chop off contact upon discovering out they have been homosexual. Both have the identical takeaway: it’s their fathers’ loss on the finish of the day.
During the musical quantity, everybody appears to be like a little bit… random? Kita’s carrying one other of her clownish bodysuits, whereas Art appears to be like like somebody’s mum attending her first delight parade. Still, we get some enjoyable further verses for “I’m A Winner Baby” that transcend the same old “I’m gonna snatch that crown sis!”-style verse that appears to be endemic on U.S. Drag Race. Karen’s verse is especially impressed, serving up huge Glass Candy “Warm In The Winter” power; Kita takes a threat in singing her portion of the music, however it pays off handsomely. In all, one of many higher Rumixes we’ve had, and should you see me listening to it on the Spotify social feed post-show, no you didn’t!
Category on the runway is Best Drag, and these queens don’t take that theme flippantly: all 4 look gorgeous. Art’s shimmering aquamarine ball robe, which matches the color of her boy hair, is camp and unbelievably glamorous, whereas Karen’s pinstripe go well with dress is a little bit like probably the most elevated tuxedo T-shirt of all time. Kita is a imaginative and prescient in white, trying like a Vegas showgirl (and one of the best she’s seemed all competitors.) Scarlet appears to be like great too, however it’s not essentially my favorite of her appears to be like this season; nonetheless, that’s in all probability simply the curse of excessive expectations. During critiques, all three judges appear genuinely proud, and it’s an simple thrill to listen to how proficient they suppose the contestants are. Still, there might be just one winner, and, in one thing a shock — though under no circumstances an unwelcome shock — the great Kita Mean is known as Down Under’s first drag famous person!! Over the previous few weeks, no queen has proven versatility and star energy like Kita, and, after all, no different queen shares a reputation with Australia’s favorite dissociative drug. Kita can sing, she will dance, she’s humorous, she’s camp, she’s glamorous, she’s Elektra Shock’s boss: it kinda looks like there’s nothing this queen can’t do, and it’s a complete thrill to see her take the crown.
This brings us to the top of a wild, bizarre season of Drag Race. Although it hasn’t been all highs, it’s been an honour to take you thru this season, and it’s been pretty for it to finish on this excessive. After all, if there’s one factor that may take the sting off a bumpy experience like Drag Race Down Under, it’s a wholesome dose of Kita Mean.