Last night (30 May), the 11th groundbreaking season of RuPaul’s Drag Race came to an epic conclusion as the final four queens – A’Keria C. Davenport, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Yvie Oddly – competed in a lip sync smackdown for the crown. However, only one queen (not two) won the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of 100,000 dooolllahz, and that was…
YVIE ODDLY! The sickening performer became the 15th crowned queen of the Emmy Award winning series, despite winning the least amount of main challenges out of the final four contestants. Fun fact: Yvie is the first queen in Drag Race HERstory to win a season with only one challenge win (although she should’ve received a win for Queens Everywhere, just sayin’). Even though she hadn’t won as many as Brooke (three), Silky (two) and A’Keria (two), she undoubtedly made much more of an impact on the fanbase due to her quirky, unique and odd perspective on the art-form. It felt like another Sharon moment, really.
The first lip sync of the night saw Brooke and Silky face-off to Destiny’s Child’s body-positive R&B anthem, Bootylicious. The former walked away with the win after combining her ballet skills with the essence of a Canadian stripper (well, how we would expect a Canadian stripper), while Silky sashayed away in fourth place. Later, to the beat of Rihanna’s dance-pop-bop SOS, A’Keria – with a wig and outfit ruveal – and Yvie – with Free Britney panties on – gagged and gooped us all with several flips, kicks, splits etc. This one was harder to tell than the previous. Ultimately, Yvie advanced to the top two alongside Brooke.
Season ten’s Miss Congeniality – and All Stars 4 joint winner – Monét X Change then returned to pass along the mantle to the new queen, which came as a surprise to no one… Nina West. “Kindness is king and love leads the way, and I cannot thank you guys enough for this,” she told the audience to thunderous applause. Nina West for All Stars 5! The top two then returned to the stage in their sickening lewks and performed the best number of the night to Lady Gaga’s pop hit, The Edge of Glory. Brooke provided goopery and gaggery as per, but it was Yvie’s Voldemort and Professor Quill-inspired headpiece that fans obsessed over, deeming it “a reveal done right”. Upon winning the title, Yvie exclaimed – alongside her signature cackle – “Follow your oddities, and fly your freak flag!”
The general consensus amongst Drag Race fans is that Mama Ru crowned the right queen. Check out all the best reactions of the jaw-dropping season 11 finale – which is now available to stream on Netflix UK – below.
— Mike T (@majtague) May 31, 2019
I’m so happy with who won drag race