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Rupaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World: The Grand Finale

We’ve reached the end of what has been one rollercoaster of a season. The first with queens across different franchises, and for a debut season, it’s been a mixed bag. Of course, kickstarting it with THAT elimination, and countless shocks of fan favorites sent home. However this is the name of the game, and we’re left with our top four, it’s #TeamUK vs #TeamUSA. 

Roll the VT for each queen’s journey to the finale, I would say all the queens have had a relatively good track record. Back after the last week’s elimination and Mo Heart reveals she too had picked Janey Jacke to leave, they all reflect on their time throughout the competition.

It’s the final day in the werkroom and the queens gather to discuss their thoughts and feelings of what can happen. With that enters Rupaul who reveals that for the final it will boil down to a lip-sync smackdown for the crown. Baga Chipz’s face says it all, whilst I think it’s a shake-up for this finale we’ve seen these can be really great performances or Rupauls Reveal race.

Before the smackdown, we get the final category which is of course Finale Extravaganza and we are reunited with the eliminated queens. Firstly let’s address how incredible RuPaul looks, that outfit and color are so stunning. Starting with Lemon and her incredibly glitzy maple leaf outfit, will I ever be over her being sent home first… No. Cheryl Hole chooses to represent the flowers of the UK which I thought was a unique take on the finale gown, Jimbo wows once again as does Pangina Heels

So our finale four steps out in their best finale apparel Blu Hydrangea for me stood out her gown was regal and so well put together. RuPaul asks each queen why we need drag, this beats the normal baby photo moment which can be a little cringe. Baga gives a really heartwarming speech about entertaining people who need a laugh during tough times. I think that’s the beauty in drag, it’s found many of us in a time when we’ve needed it. Blu also gives a speech about representing Ireland and giving hope to those younger people watching. 

Untucked it’s a reunion with the eliminated queens to discuss the antics of this season. I’m so happy to see Cheryl and Blu reunited along with Lemon. Jimbo does a great job of showing how he has no bitter feelings towards Pangina… yikes. This might be another finale where I can’t call a solid winner, I think Blu and Mo are in the running as strong contenders for me. However, in the past, we never know how it will play out, so the lipsync begins.

Outfits changed and the girls are back to lipsync BUT not before they get a message from the one and only Elton John. He’s here to explain the rules of how the lipsync will go down, we need him as a judge on the show next season! Lemon gets the extra special task of spinning the wheel where Mo chooses to lipsync against Baga a strategic move. Baga’s reaction is one of comedy declaring ‘Why pick the best dancer?’. The song they perform is Domino by Jessie J a fast-paced number. As expected we said goodbye to Baga who exits with her famous catchphrase…. Much better. Next up Blu and Jujubee are left to fight for the next top spot. They lipsync to the Reflex by Duran Duran, love this song and think it’s a fun number to do. I do love that Blu and Jujubee look aesthetically pleasing colorwise, but Blu is giving it her all. Rightfully Blu goes through to the final round, and both their outfits are what you want to see in a top two. 

All queens are also told all be gifted the one and only Rupeter bedazzled badge leaving no one empty-handed. Cheryl Hole declares she’s finally won something, and with this, the lipsync begins to disco-pop princesses Kylie Minogue’s Supernova it’s a good number but for me, my winner is obvious #teamuk. 

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And the winner of the very first Rupauls Drag Race UK VS The World is….Blu Hydrangea! A very well-deserved winner. Blu has showcased her glow-up from her first season, stood out in snatch game, and done the UK proud. 

Overall this season has been an interesting rollercoaster, it’s had its ups and certainly, it’s downs. We all know the format is to be cutthroat, and it is a TV reality show. However, I can’t help feeling a little robbed of some iconic queens making a welcomed return for a majority of fans to see compete again. Don’t forget your drag race fix is ongoing with season 14 still 7 queens in the competition, the latest announcement of Drag Race France, Seasoon two of Espana and UK is set for season 4.

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Kirsty Bright is a copywriter and freelancer living across the pond in the U.K.. Her free time is used wisely by spending too much money on drag shows and getting distracted watching YouTube series UNHhhh.

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