RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9: “Grand Finale”

RuPaulSo… the countdown is here. For the next American Drag Superstar. Goodness, it almost felt like the cast call was literally a couple of weeks ago, but it’s finally here. Tonight was the grand finale for season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and lemme tell you; there was shade, there was sadness, there was celebration, and, the biggest gag of them all; a sudden death lip-sync. But not just one, or two, BUT F-ING THREE LIP-SYNCS! Already snatchin’ my edges Mama Ru.

Finalist Peppermint, who became one of the resilient contestants of this season, shared her experience as the first trans-woman to enter the Drag Race show, and even got a special message from fellow trans-woman, Laverne Cox. Ahhhh, bless her. Next we had Ms. Sasha Velour, who pro-claims herself as the “Future of Drag”. We’ve heard this shenanigan before, but honey… I’mma tell you that Sasha sure snatched that title and ran with it, because it’s p.r.e.t.t.y. convincing. Even so, a small little pop princess named—ummm, KATY PERRY—left her a pretty happy message.

Then we had the fierce Chicago betch herself, Shea Coulee, let the public have it with her sass, class, and eventually, her ass for the lip-sync. Opening up about her loss for her father and sister was real emotional, but all was lifted with high-spirits when her new-buddy buddy Blac Chyna (shade Nina Bo’Nina I-Shoulda-Been-Blac-Chyna Brown?) gave her a little happy call. Then Ms. Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor shared her inner confidence with the audience, and really showcased her appreciation for her new fan-base ever since the season aired. Now… the lip-syncs.

For the newbies here, this was the franchises first ever sudden death lip-sync battles where the queens challenge wins or bottom rankings on the show were completely trivial for the crown; it was their determination in the lip-sync that advanced them to get the crown! First was Trinity Taylor and Peppermint, who lip-synced against each other to Britney Spear’s “Stronger”, which, if any Drag Race fanatics out there know, was one of the first lip-syncs featured on the very first season. Trinity, per usual, slam dunked the challenge with high energy and pure aggressive fierceness, which was completely un-expected. However, I did notice that she was a lil (just a lil’) messy with her movements, and, knowing competitor Peppermint, I think she may have fallin’ into her own trap. Peppermint is the lip-sync assassin, and she completely SLAYED the lip-sync from start to finish; she started seductive and slow, and then POUNCED with her extremely lavish dress and wig reveal (it’s not the first time she’s done that Ms. Thang…). In the end, it’s Peppermint who advances to the final round, and leaving Trinity to sashay away. I must say, for a queen I first had doubts on and thought would immediately leave the competition and really revolutionised pageant queens, is pretty spectacular, so… kudos to you Ms. Taylor, you completely slayed this competition!

Next was Shea Coulee and Sasha Velour, lip-syncing to Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional”. I’ll be honest; Shea wasn;t particularity memorable when she versed Nina Bo’Nina Lovato Brown during the competition, so I was hoping for her to really redeem herself… and gurl, she did. She served black gurl realness with the spins, the kicks, the sass, AND, as hoped for… the ass! This was something I was looking forward to, and she sure delivered. As for Sasha, I was a little skeptical whether her energy or tactics would be enough to go against Shea. But after the petals coming out of her gloves, the intense emotion, and the F-ING ICONIC WIG REMOVAL WITH PETALS UNDERNEATH? Holy shit y’all… My edges were official snatched. I was balded… I’m stilled pretty balded. I was Babashooked! I was just F-ing gagged by the complete perfection of her performance! This really made underestimate what she is capable of, and thank GOD for her first lip-sync because this is, by far, one of the most iconic lip-syncs to have ever been on RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory! Sadly, it was Shea Coulee—probably the biggest front-runner of this competition—final moment before she sashayed away, as Sasha Velour moved to the final round.

Now… the final begins. Peppermint vs. Sasha Velour, probably two of the biggest competitrs and definetly lip-sync artists! Lip-syncing to Whitney Houston’s timeless number “It’s Not Alright, But It’s Okay”, Peppermint threw some glitter in the air and served some royal glamour realness, whereas Sasha pulled out some more clucky moves and props to make the audience stand up. I tell you, I haven’t felt so intense in RuPaul herstory, but in the end, it was Sasha Velour who was crowned the prestigious “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. Although the concept was a little off, considering that Sasha has not even WON a single challenge, she sure became a pretty iconic character to the series; she’s funny, intellectual, bold and very inspiring. By far one of the most impressive drag queens in modern history.

So, that’s it for this season of RuPaul’s Drag RaceNow, all we need to wait for is All Stars 3 and season 10, so hold onto your weaves, because it’s only around the corner!

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