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Canada’s Drag Race star Kyne on the competition, her drag origins and which of the queens is a ‘mediocre’ lip-syncer

Reiss Smith July 11, 2020
Kyne

Kyne is the second queen eliminated from Canada's Drag Race. (BBC)

From the second she walked into the Canada’s Drag Race werk room, it was all eyes on Kyne.

After winning the first ever mini-challenge, the 21-year-old Ontarian made it clear that she was serious about snatching the crown.

Unfortunately, her ambition didn’t quite match up to the judges’ expectations. Her Canuck couture fantasy fell apart on the runway, and in week two she caught flack for talking back to judge Brooke Lynn Hytes.

A lacklustre performance in the Her-itage Moments acting challenge sealed her fate, and after a fierce final lip-sync she was asked to sashay away. Which, as she tells us, she wasn’t too surprised about…

How did you get your drag name?

My parents chose it for me when I was born.

How are your lip syncing skills?

Like the rest of my drag, probably mediocre but it doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway!

Are you a competitive queen?

Yes. I’m very driven and hold myself to high standards.

Kyne, Jimbo and Priyanka
Kyne, Jimbo and Priyanka. (BBC)

With the show launching the middle of a pandemic, how has that impacted you? Have you been able to watch with friends and family?

I don’t know if it would be better or worse to watch the show in front of a big audience because I haven’t had that opportunity, though it is nice to be able to watch curled up and hiding behind a pillow.

If you could turn back time, would you change anything from your time on the show?

Nope, I’m proud of everything I brought to the competition!

What would be your advice for inspiring queens who watch the show?

Drag isn’t all about prizes or fame. It’s about having fun!

What does it mean to you to have been a part of Canada’s Drag Race?

It’s a learning experience, a memory I’ll reflect on forever, and something I get to cross off my bucket list!

Canada’s Drag Race is available on BBC iPlayer with new episodes released Fridays.

More: Canada's Drag Race, Drag Race

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