Drag Race finds its ‘strongest top three in herstory’ ahead of virtual lip sync for the crown

Reiss Smith May 16, 2020
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Gigi Goode, Jackie Cox, Jaida Essence Hall and Crystal Methyd

Drag Race challenged its finalists to a Las Vegas Rusical. (Netflix)

Drag Race season 12 condragulated the three queens who’ll be virtually lip-syncing in the Zoom finale.

We made it squirrel friends! After 12 weeks, two Rusicals, a double shantay and one final maxi challenge, Drag Race season 12 has found its top four three.

After Heidi N Closet’s elimination, the remaining five returned to the werk room where things quickly turned dark.

No, really, there was a power cut.

Temporarily moving to the harsh lighting of the Untucked lounge, the queens said out loud what we were all thinking: it’s a two-horse race between Gigi Goode and Jaida Essence Hall at this point, barring any major finale upsets.

To determine whether Crystal Methyd or Jackie Cox would be joining the frontrunners in the finale, RuPaul challenged the queens to a second Rusical – celebrating (or, more accurately, flogging tickets for) the RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! Las Vegas show.

Jamal Sims returned to coach the queens through three performances – a campy opener, an earnest ballad and a final rap track.

It was a big swing, but the queens all served.

After taking their final bow, the category was eleganza extravaganza.

Crystal’s look was pure Crystal.

Gigi merged fashion with comedy.

Jaida called you and your entire lineage ugly.

And Jackie wore her heart on her sleeve – and a big old bow around her waist.

As the judge’s gave their critiques, Sherry Pie got a rare shout-out that sent fans into a spin.

With the Rusical too close to call, the panel agreed that scorecards had to come into play, meaning Crystal and Jackie were in the bottom two.

And ultimately, it was time for the Persian princess next door to sashay away.

Jackie’s farewell and Sherry’s disqualification means Gigi, Jaida and Crystal proceed to the finale, and into the history books as one of the strongest set of finalists in Drag Race herstory.


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