Caution: lots of spoilers ahead.
Almost four long months after the official premiere, the 14th season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’one of the biggest realities competition competition is finally coming to an end and will crown the next Drag Superstar on April 22.
With so many new twists and turns, it’s easy to say that this recent cycle has become one of the show’s best. In the first two weeks, we had a double premiere episode, following the molds of the 6th and 12th seasons. Shortly afterwards, with the return of the queens eliminated, RuPaul announced yet another twist with the Gold Chocolate Bar, whose owner would be saved from the infamous phrase “Sashay away” and would have one more chance to prove himself in the competition.
As if that wasn’t enough, the season also made history in other aspects: we had episodes in which no contestant was between the two worst (“Daytona Wind”) and, shortly after, in which all the participants had to face each other in a gigantic series of dubbing battles (“Snatch Game” e “Lualaparuza Smackdown”). As if that wasn’t enough, we had the most trans women competing for the crown (five in total) and the first drag queen heterosexual cisgender male (Maddy Morphosis).
To celebrate these vibrant events, we’ve put together a short list of five best moments of the iteration, taking into account the revelations made, the acceptance of the public and the conduction of the challenges.
Check out our picks below and tell us what was your favorite moment:
THE DAYTONA WIND
Certainly the phrase was marked in the recent season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ for being delivered so comically and convincingly by Lady Camdenone of the favorites to take home the crown in grand finale of the competition. The contestant’s performance in the acting challenge was absolutely incredible and was followed by an applauding parade that stayed true to her identity – and it’s no surprise that she managed to win.
But that wasn’t the only highlight of the episode: aside from Camden, most of the queens did a great job, which led Ru to choose none of them for the bottom. Daya Betty also received several accolades from the judges and achieved Top 2 alongside Camden, who fought in a thought-provoking surrender of “One Way or Another”from the famous band rock Blondie.
JASMINE KENNEDY REVEALS BEING A TRANS WOMAN
The acting challenge was not the only highlight of the 7th episode, but also one of the most awaited moments by fans – the Untucked. In this exciting chapter, Jasmine Kennedie faced all her inner demons to finally come out as a trans woman, something she was only able to realize and feel comfortable enough to bring to the public after being so well received by Kerry Colbywho is also trans.
The revelation brought tears to even the most skeptical viewers, especially for Jasmine’s courage to be who she really is, even though she faces difficulties in her transition process. During the RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunitedaired on April 15th, Jasmine revisited the moment, while Kerry also commented on how she felt at the Untuckedsaying that she is very happy to be able to help and give the love that trans young people need, complete with a hard realization that she didn’t receive the support she needed when she was younger.
It is a fact to say that the game of imitations of this seasons is one of, if not the worst, of all editions. After all, we only had one good performance (that of Dye Skye), while the other contestants delivered meaningless jokes and without the acidic comic content that we would expect from one of the most anticipated challenges of the season. It is not surprising, then, that Ru has placed the other seven queens to compete in a battle of lip-sync gigantic.
Of course, unlike in season 11, the contestants didn’t do the voiceover at the same time, but in a special episode where they faced each other by lottery. The chapter yielded absolutely incredible performances, with the final “conflict” unfolding between Bosco and Jasmine (the latter being sent home).
I’m not usually a big fan of the Rusicals from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ – and I find the episodes “disposable”, so to speak. However, the parody of the classic ‘Moulin Rouge – Love in Red’ it was a massive hit for the competition and emerged as one of the highest-rated episodes in the competition’s history.
From well-built characters to memorable performances, the musical’s organization was quite fun and put names like Willow PillCamden and Daya, who stayed in Top 3 of the week – with Camden taking home their second, well-deserved victory for their rendition as Mama Z. In addition, Bosco and Jorgeous face each other in lip-syncwith the one finally revealing the golden gold bar and guaranteeing her a comeback for the next week.
In the final challenge of the season, the final five contestants – Bosco, Angeia Paris VanMichaelsDaya, Willow and Camden were recruited to participate in the music video for “Catwalk”one of the singles latest from RuPaul. Different from others maxi-challengens Similar to previous seasons, this one felt more dynamic and more engaging, bringing out the best in each of the remaining contestants.
Most interesting was how they faced their fears of taking part in such a huge project – while Camden, proving to be one of the queens most versatile and talented reality, dominated the catwalk and won his third victory. However, the confrontation between Angeria and Willow, two of the closest participants in the iteration, also drew sighs of anguish from us. In the end, they were both saved by Ru and climbed into the grand finale next week.