The long wait is over, kittens!
Our new drag superstar has been crowned and she is no other than *drumroll* Bianca Del Rio!
The self-proclaimed insult comic bested 13 other queens including runner-ups Adore Delano and Courtney Act.
Del Rio’s win came not as a surprise to many as the 38-year old queen from New York City immediately became the frontrunner and fan favorite at the start of the season. Her acid wit, sharp tongue and cutting-edge sewing abilities helped Del Rio win three main challenges and stay away from the bottom two.
Asked about her win immediately after being crowned, Del Rio said, “In all seriousness, as a 30-year-old man in a wig, some shit can really happen later in life and I’m the most grateful guy on the planet.”
After Sharon Needles won season four, this is probably the most deserved win of any queen on the show. I am still not at peace with Alaska Thunderfuck being passed on for Jinkx Monsoon and Raven being robbed not once but twice! But we must move on and bury the hatchet. For now, at least.
Aside from the crown and scepter, newly-minted drag superstar Bianca Del Rio will take home 100,000 dollars and a supply of Colorevolution cosmetics.
The live finale, although fun, entertaining and very insightful, wasn’t really live at all. In case you don’t know, the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race was filmed two weeks ago and the producers shot four alternate endings. That the three remaining queens were filmed being crowned individually is pretty anticlimactic if you ask me and the die-hard fans who frequent reddit. Come on, Ru! It’s 2014. Why can’t we have our legitimately live conclusion?
This year’s finale was no different from the previous two seasons (the show has been reformatted since its fourth season). All 14 queens make their grand entrance and questions were hurled at them by other queens, members of the audience and by RuPaul herself.
Prior to the live show, we learned that the audience is warmed up by the sickening performances of some of the queens of season five. Alaska delivered her popular impressions of Gia Gunn while Alyssa Edwards performed a jaw dropping dance routine while her catchphrases play in the background. Ending the pre-show performances is a special number by reigning winner Jinkx whose original song “Coffee and Wine” is probably one of the best singles from a Drag Race alum.
The biggest surprise of the show came from Joslyn Fox’s fiancé who asked the queen if she would marry him on the spot. The couple’s wedding was officiated by no less than Ru, who, as we learned in the make-over episode this season, is an ordained minister. Joslyn may not have won season six but she has won the hearts of drag race fans all over the world.
Meanwhile, the race to Miss Congeniality this season was undeniably tight. Two previously-eliminated contestants are in contention for the title, namely, Joslyn Fox and Seattle-based showgirl Ben DeLa Crème. But as we’ve learned in the past seasons, the Miss Congeniality category is actually a misnomer as it is not given to the most congenial queen of the season but to the most popular. In the end, Ms. Crème snatched the title which was awarded by reigning Ms. Congeniality Ivy Winters who appeared on stilts.
Season six may be over but we don’t say good bye to the TV’s best reality-competition show just yet! Two more seasons have been announced and ordered. See you next year, kittens, as we welcome new queens forseason seven and all-stars season two!
Watch the pre-show performances here: