Oooohhh my gaaaaawwwd….well, that’s a wrap on a highly entertaining season of All Stars, with one of the most diverse and entertaining casts ever.
Of course, if you’re a fan and don’t live under a rock, you know who has joined the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Hall of Fame and she has made Drag Race her-story for sure. Let’s look back at the highlights of the finale.
As we open the episode, our top 4 peek into the box of lipsticks and discover that Trinity K. Bonet voted to kick Ra’Jah O’Hara off, which didn’t seem like a surprise to her (and I am sensing TKB perceived her as her biggest competition, which she kind of was.)
RuPaul arrives in the werk room in full cowboy drag and tells the queens that for their final challenge, they need to write a verse and perform a choreographed number to her new song “This is Our Country.” The top 4 are not only collaborating with Ru, but with country legend Tanya Tucker, who offers some sage advice to the queens about crafting the perfect country lyrics. Could be foreshadowing…but as Tanya spoke, did anyone else think she sounded a lot like Kylie Sonique Love?
The queens get to work on their lyrics and, much to Ginger Minj’s delight, learn their choreography from Jamal Sims. And, as with all finales, each of the top 4 had a sit-down chat with Ru and Michelle Visage. Eureka O’Hara admitted she was just enjoying the moment and having a blast this season because she was able to make her mama proud with her time on season 10.
Ginger, who Ru said was “the biggest star ever to come out of the competition” and called the “total package” said she was glad to clear up the “unfinished business” from All Stars 2 and shared a sweet story from the set of AJ and the Queen (RIP).
Kylie told Ru that it felt good being in the Ru-niverse “the second time around”. She also confessed that she was surprised about the person who emerged after her transition. It was really a touching chat.
Ra’Jah said she was unsure of who she was after her season and it reminded her how powerful she is by just being herself. She talked about the looks she designed, saying she wanted them all to represent who she is, and then she hilariously channeled Latoya Jackson.
After the chats, we saw the premiere of “This is Our Country”. The song itself is certainly no “Kitty Girl” (I will never not use any opportunity I can to share that performance), but it served solid verses and moves from all of the queens (and some handsome backup dancers.
The runway theme was “All Star Eleganza Extravaganza” and every queen delivered. Eureka gave us Cher Uninhibited perfume launch realness in an extravagant gown that was a Bob Mackie wet dream. She looked stunning.
Kylie’s loom could have been ripped from her “This is Our Country” performance. Her star-spangled look made me proud to be an American. She. Is. Gorgeous.
Ginger gave us a beautiful 50s inspired dress layered with colorful fabric.
Lastly, Ra’Jah strutted down the runway in her signature purple (not magenta.) Her velvet gown was just perfection.
Before we find out who wins the crown, the queens get a message from last season’s winner Shea Couleé who was decked out in futuristic garb (she was on the set of her video for “Collide” FYI.)
The queens then lip synced for the crown to Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love”. As you would expect, everyone gave it their all, but Kylie got MVP for a perfect recovery after tripping on her costume. And, in the end, Kylie earned her crown – after 11 (long) years – and she deserved it. She told us, “Live life in your truth and love always wins.”
So, we are ecstatic to welcome Kylie Sonique Love into the All Stars Hall of Fame and, until next season, just remember that if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an “amen”?