The finale is upon us but who will be crowned RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 champion?

It’s a four queen finale again this year, with Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels all vying for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar but who do you think should wear the crown… and take home the cash prize of $100,000?

AQUARIA

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22-year-old Aquaria, whose boy name is Giovanni Palandrani, got inspiration for her drag name from her zodiac sign… Aquarius.

The New York City queen won three maxi challenges and two mini challenges during the season but, aside from the final lip sync, never found herself in the bottom two having to defend her place in the competition.

Due to her success on the show, she’s been tipped as the favourite to snatch the crown. Speaking of her time on Drag Race, she said; “I feel very blessed to be a part of the cast and blessed to be a part of season 10… ’cause it really is such a killer season.”

Did you know? Before it was announced that Aquaria had been cast on the show, she already had more than 210,000 followers on Instagram (which has now shot up to 798k!)

ASIA O’HARA

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This seasoned queen won two maxi challenges and four mini challenges in her time on the show, but also had to lip sync for her life against The Vixen in episode 8.

Asia, whose boy name is Antwan Mason Lee, created her drag name after a family member who she had a strong relationship with when she began her career as a queen.

Although not aired on the show (I wouldn’t have admitted it either), Asia is the drag mother of Season 4’s Phi Phi O’Hara – who returned for All Stars 2 in what people felt was a bid for redemption.

On the red carpet ahead of the finale, Asia said that she took the competition day-by-day, challenge-by-challenge. “I didn’t expect to be here, but I’m not surprised that I am”, Asia said with joy.

Did you know? Asia claimed the title of Miss Gay USofA in 2007, a year after Alyssa Edwards snatched the award.

EUREKA

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Formerly known in Season 9 as Eureka O’Hara, this queen won both two maxi and mini challenges this season, proving that she was worthy of a second chance at competing for the crown.

Having to lip sync for her life twice, Eureka sent home Kalorie Karbdashian Williams in episode 2 and was part of the double save with Kameron Michaels in episode 9, which got under Aquaria’s skin.

Eureka, whose boy name is David Huggard, adopted her drag name from her biological mother’s name.

In a beautifully written poem, the self-proclaimed “elephant queen” posted on Instagram; “I want to win not for me but for the people who think they are losers”.

DID YOU KNOW? Eureka is the first returning queen to reach a Drag Race finale.

KAMERON MICHAELS

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31-year-old Nashville queen, Kameron Michaels, was described throughout the season as quiet and distant, frequently keeping herself to herself. However, she also earned the title of this season’s “lip sync assassin” after finding herself in the bottom two three times in a row (which resulted in sending both Monet X Change and Miz Cracker packing).

Despite having only won one maxi challenge and not proving successful in the mini challenges, Kameron has climbed her way to the top.

During the Ru-Union episode, we saw that none of her fellow season 10 queens thought she deserved to the win the crown, however prior to the finale episode Kameron said she couldn’t believe it but she was “so happy to be here [in the finale]”.

Did you know? She’s the first RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant to survive three lip syncs and not be told to sashay away in the next episode.

BUUUUUUUUT……

The big question is who will emerge victorious and snatch the crown? Tune in tonight (or avoid social media waiting for it to be uploaded on Netflix if you’re in the UK like me) to find out!

 

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How To Train Your Dragon is back!

On 7 June, DreamWorks released the first trailer for the third installment of the animated hit fantasy series, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

DR3_Tsr1Sheet_HiddenWorld_RGB_2SMIt’s been nine years since the first How To Train Your Dragon film flew into cinemas across the world. Two films have followed the adventures of young viking, Hiccup, and his unique dragon Toothless, as they protect the Isle of Berk and it’s people from multiple threats and it looks like it will be no different in the third and final film… well, except for Hiccup’s beard.

In 2014, I was lucky enough to be selected to travel to Norway to celebrate the release of HTTYD 2 for National Geographic Kids magazine. It was the most amazing experience, especially having not been to the country before.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the head of character animation, Simon Otto, in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, took part in a spot of dragon racing (thankfully whilst firmly on the ground) and even gave indoor skydiving a go to … all of which were caught on camera and published on the NG Kids YouTube channel!

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is due in cinemas next spring.

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ZSL welcomes baby tamandua!

On 31 May, London Zoo announced that they’d recently had a surprise arrival at the zoo. Meet Poco – the tiny tamandua.

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Tamandua baby (c) ZSL London Zoo

Poco was born to proud parents Ria and Tobi (who only moved to the zoo last October as a hopeful companion). Keepers welcomed the newborn’s arrival, which took place just five months after the pair of tamanduas had been introduced. The cute Easter arrival clung to Ria’s fur but now, at two months old, Poco is beginning to venture away to explore the Rainforest Life home.

Tamanduas are nocturnal creatures, native to South America. Part of the anteater family, these mammals are impressive climbers and have tongues that can grow up to 40cm long. This species has very small eyes and poor vision, so relies on its hearing and strong sense of smell.

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Tamandua baby (c) ZSL London Zoo

The perfect proposal

In April, my partner asked me to marry her and I, of course, said yes! For my birthday earlier this year, she’d bought me a voucher for afternoon tea at London’s Fortnum & Mason since it’s my favourite shop and I’ve always wanted to go there for it. When I arrived (as I was meeting her there from work) I saw that she had a rose… that’s when I knew something was going on.

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Filled with excitement and anticipation, we were seated at a table by the window. With the sun beaming in, and before having ordered anything, she started telling me how much I meant to her. And that’s when it happened! Once I’d figured out what she was going to ask me, I was itching to say yes but I didn’t want to ruin what she’d prepared, so waited patiently. It was from then on that I had the biggest grin plastered across my face and it stayed there for the rest of the day. I wish I could relive it over and over as everything was just perfect and so filled with joy.

Now, we’re in full wedding planning mode. With one venue appointment done and several booked for this month, with the invitations designed and the guest list almost written, along with preparing to try on my first bridal dresses this weekend… life couldn’t be any better!