RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race Season 3 has finally come to an end. Twist after twist the All Stars cast fell out of the race or quit from the race. With the departure of BenDeLaCreme, the apparent front runner since the first episode, the playing field got a bit more even. Even with Morgan McMichaels’ brief re-entry to the competition, the final four – Shangela, BeBe Zahara Benet, Trixie Mattel and Kennedy Davenport – was clear, with Shangela and Trixie Mattel as the two strong competitors and Bebe Zahara Benet and Kennedy Davenport trailing behind.
Final Performance – Continuous Take
The finale performance was amazing. A one take continuous shot performance, choreographed by Todrick Hall, that enlisted all the cast and crew (and plenty of backup dancers) of Drag Race starting from the studio’s loading area with Kennedy Davenport, gradually making it’s way into the studio with Shangela, then onto a set with rows of sewing machines with BeBe Zahara Benet, and finally making its way to the main stage with Trixie Mattel. Throughout the take you can spot cameos of familiar faces of Drag Race, like Thairin Smothers, the pit crew (Bryce Eilenberg and Jason Cater, who got stuck by a plate full of pie by Trixie) and the judges; Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews.
But those damn twists again, has other plans. The finale brought back all the eliminated Queens, including BenDeLaCreme who eliminated herself (or quit — semantics). RuPaul tasked the eliminated Queens to serve as jury, to pick the top two who will lip sync for their place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. One-by-one the top four got grilled by the Queen jury. BeBe started of gracefully, but she end up a little standoff-ish, choosing to sacrifice the spot in the final two rather than revealing her choice on whom she was going to bring back and whom she would eliminate had she won the lip sync — what’s the point of keeping it a secret, the competition is almost over? Her response didn’t sit well with some of the jury, mainly Thorgy Thor, who asked the question and left a bad impression on the jury. Kennedy deliberation was a bit more cordial, but her case and track record didn’t sell with the whole jury. Shangela’s and Trixie’s deliberation were the most positive, and the ones who put forward the most solid case.
Some of the criteria and arguments made by the jury during the deliberation went beyond the competition like who has the best career track record, career growth, who needed the title the most, and who can serve as the best role model and representative of Drag Race. As objective as one would hope the jury would base their decisions, it was apparent that some won’t – like friendship and revenge. It was personal.
Shangela’s record in the competition is the most erratic, so many high-highs and so many low-lows, but her overall performance is strong. Trixie Mattel started of slow and gained momentum half-way into the competition, with an overall performance of good. BeBe Zahara Benet’s performance is the most consistent throughout the competition, hitting good marks staying within safe to win, with an overall strong performance. Kennedy Davenport fared the lease of the top four, and has been trailing in the competition and the only top four who fell in the bottom two, with an overall performance of low.
Base on the contestant’s track record throughout the competition, the top three would’ve easily been (in order of rank by performance); Shangela, BeBe Zahara Benet and Trixie Mattel. Through measurable metrics from episode one to six, the top four’s ranking are as follows (100% being the highest score): BeBe 66%, Shangela 56%, Trixie 51% and Kennedy 43%. Had RuPaul picked the top two, the outcome would likely be more objective and possibly different.
And The Winner Is…
After the deliberations, the Queen jury picked Kennedy Davenport and Trixie Mattel as the top two. I don’t think the lip sync even mattered for RuPaul to make a decision. Because RuPaul always pick the least performing Queen to leave. After the jury cast the die, it was over. Unexpected but this is Drag Race.
In the end, Trixie Mattel is a great ambassador for Drag Race, whose talent and artistry will sure to inspire so many as she continues her journey in the world of drag. Condragulations!