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RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under “Grand Finale” (S03 E08)

The top three have arrived and it’s a flurry of excitement and chaos. Whilst slightly shocked at Hollywould Star being sent home. Isis Avis Loren mentions that not knowing the words may have been her demise. Flor and Isis revel in their double win and Gabriella Lbucchie is thrilled to be in the final and the comparing of records begins. Isis has the most wins although Gabriella feels her mini-challenge wins a total of three making her the lead. As we all know it’s down to Ru’s decision and in the past it may have surprised us all. 

A new fresh day and one of being handed their final maxi challenge of season three. The queens are to feature on Ru’s new track Crying on the Dancefloor.” They must write their own lyrics with their choreography provided by past contestant King Kong. Known for her outstanding choreography on the season she’s the perfect fit for the challenge. Alongside this, the queens will attend the annual tic-tac lunch with Michelle Visage and Ru to discuss their journey. 

Notepad and pen in hand the queens reflect on their time and how they got to be on the show. Reflecting on tough times, and the joy they’ve found through pursuing drag as their chosen art form. 

Special guest Queen Kong from DRDU season 2 is here to help choreograph. She is a renowned choreographer and lipsync assassin on the show, and she is not going easy on the girls. While Isis picks up the dance quickly, the others are struggling to keep up. No real storyline is being created about who could be failing this episode. A great way to avoid us the viewers trying to decide the winner due to it being a close top-three. 

As is usual with every finale we get a tic tac lunch with Michelle Visage and Ru with the finalists one on one. It’s a great way to offer words of encouragement, gentle guidance, or a boost of confidence. Whilst it did fall more into Michelle’s lap to provide most of the advice and Q&A, Ru gave some quips of wisdom. Flor discusses her discovery of drag through her ex-boyfriend, and leaving a violent environment. Whilst it’s sad as usual Flor has this energy that is so radiant and gravitating towards. 

It’s time for Crying on the Dancefloor and the chorus is a bop. Not to sound surprised but past finale songs have been of a miss. Yet this one I can see catching on, the queen lyrics are strong Isis particularly stands out, but for me, Flor stole the show. Her lyrics and that gorgeous outfit highlighted how far she’d come with her star energy. 

A special occasion requires a special runway and the theme is ‘Finale Eleganza Extravaganza’ each gown has met the brief. Flor showcases her home country bird and is decked in color. Isis has created a Hollywood red carpet runway dress shimmering. Gabriella comes out in a gorgeous green ball gown, straight out of Oz. The colour green represents the sign of growth which is used in the pride flag. Each queen has excelled and rounded off their journey in this episode, and it’s a close call to decide who will win. 

The judges all praise the queens on a great episode, and the time has come for the What would you tell your younger self segment. Personally, I find them a bit dated and cheesy, it doesn’t add much to the show. However I’m sure to many, it adds depth or is a segment they thoroughly enjoy.  It would have been nice to see the eliminated queens one more time on the runway to cheer their sisters on. 

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Delibrations on what the queens have done this season as a whole, and the results are in. Unfortunately, Flor is told she won’t be proceeding to the final two, and in a tearful goodbye, she keeps it funny until the end. Last year’s winner Spankie Jackzon is back to hand over the crown and scepter. Before a winner is crowned one last lipsync is to go ahead, Isis and Gabriella perform “Walking On Broken Glass” by Annie Lennox. The winner of season three’s Drag Race Down Under is *drumroll* Miss Icis Avis Loren. A big congratulations and a well-deserved win, she had a wonderful run on the season. So Drag Race Down Under is over for another season. Did you agree with the winner?

Let us know in the comments below. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under premieres Friday, July 28th at 3 am ET / 12am PT on WOW Presents Plus in the US and select territories worldwide, day and date with its local airing on TVNZ+ in New Zealand and Stan in Australia.

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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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