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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A night with Bianca Del Rio

Last Friday, my cousin and I headed to London’s Troxy theatre near Limehouse for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio’s latest show, Not Today Satan.

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Five rows from the stage

Filled with excitement, we arrived at the venue, of which the queue snaked around the building. We knew we had tickets for Row Y, but naively we didn’t realise it was the very last row at the very back. Being a mere 5 foot 2 and a lifelong glasses wearer, this proved to be a slight problem. The staff at the Box Office however, were so wonderful and were able to offer us tickets closer to the stage…. five rows from the front!!!

Now, I knew Bianca was going to be funny but in no way, shape or form was I prepared for the high volume of laughs that she was able to bring out of the audience. Although I was a little apprehensive, I was delighted to find that she was just as funny as when we saw her on Drag Race. In my opinion, she took the evening to the next level when she would come out with on the spot comments, which were reactions to the audience. By the end of the show, my face was aching and I had a stitch in my side.

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Bianca turnt us red, too!

What I love about Bianca, is that she is not afraid to go there. No race, gender or human on this planet is safe from her Rolodex of Hate. For the almost two hours she was on stage, she made you believe everything was great with the world. Although briefly mentioned, you didn’t dwell on Trump, there were no thoughts on the shit show called Brexit. It literally was just a barrel of laughs. I can’t wait to see her perform again!

If you didn’t get a chance to see Bianca on tour, do not fear… it’s coming to DVD soon. The performance I attended was one of the shows being recorded, so who knows… I may even be in it! Be sure to keep an eye on her website for more details. With all the crap going on in the world at the moment, watching Not Today Satan is something you won’t regret.

 

Museums, paramedics and a whole lot of Netflix

So writing little and often didn’t quite go to plan… especially when I was writing daily paragraphs on my phone! I think I’ll instead publish my small daily entries on a weekly basis as a sort of roundup to what I am grateful for.

10th – good feedback:
Last week, my responsibilities were increased at work. Both my manager and editor praised me on what I’d produced that day. It’s such a fantastic feeling to know that I’m doing a good job.

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A recently published comic showing how we, at The Week Junior, put the magazine together!

11th – NHS:
After becoming unwell the moment I got into work, the HR department (who were kindly looking after me) were forced to call the paramedics. They arrived within minutes and were wonderful. They took care of me, checking all my vitals and keeping me preoccupied to bring me around quicker. It was my first experience of receiving paramedic and ambulance staff care and they were absolutely wonderful. After the medics gave me the all clear, my company kindly paid for a cab home (which was very much appreciated).

12th – Netflix:
Following the previous day’s events, I decided to stay home to let my body fully recover. Whilst recovering in bed, I finished The Vampire Diaries, The OA, watched the Sense8 Christmas Special and watched more Scorpion and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. What would I have done without this top streaming service?!

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13th – caring colleagues:

When I returned to work after my dodgey spell, both my team and the HR members that looked after me all showed their true colours. They all expressed their concern and asked how I was feeling, which they didn’t have to but was really nice of them. When I began to flag in the afternoon, a colleague helped me finish off my page as I just couldn’t focus.

14th – a good nights sleep:
Since the mid-week drama, I hadn’t been able to relax enough to get a decent nights sleep. Although the flat upstairs seemed to be having a Bob Marley party, I was still able to get a decent nights sleep, which was heavenly.

15th – adventures:
Exploring London with two of my good friends, we went to the Natural History Museum… in my opinion the greatest museum in the UK. We saw the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, which is always so inspiring.

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16th – fresh bedsheets:

To me, there’s nothing better than climbing into bed after putting fresh sheets on following a long day at work.

Until next time….

One of the biggest RuPaul’s Drag Race fans you’ll ever find!

Admittedly It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog but that’s because I’ve been putting the wheels in motion for the greatest blog challenge of all time.

If you ask anyone who knows me what my favourite thing in the world is, undoubtedly they will all have the same answer: RuPaul’s Best Friend Race… I mean RuPaul’s Drag Race! Ever since one of my best friends recommended the show a few years ago, I’ve been hooked (thank goodness for Netflix!). I’ve watched seasons 1-6 repeatedly (as seasons 7 & 8 have yet to make their Netflix UK debut… Sort it out Netflix!… so have only seen those seasons once). I have most of RuPaul’s music albums, am an avid follower of the World of Wonder’s YouTube channel, have RuPaul’s book and was also lucky enough to get tickets to the London stop on this year’s BOTS tour.

Now, with All Stars 2 on the horizon, I thought it was only fitting to feature my favourite queens on my blog, going right back to where it all began. I’m hoping that over the coming weeks I’ll be able to get exclusive content from the Queen’s themselves and potentially  some (signed) merch that I will feature in a silent auction to raise money for an undecided LGBT charity.

So stay tuned to find out if I feature your favourite queens!

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11/31 Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

11. List 15 of your favourite things

I foresee plenty of lists appearing this month… apologies in advance!

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  1. The Royal Family… I love the Queen but, I mean just look at him! Prince George is on a whole new level of cuteness!
  2. Inspirational quote signs (I’ve actually lost count how many I own)
  3. Notebooks.
  4. RuPaul and all of her fierce drag queens.
  5. Mermaids, rainbows and unicorns.
  6. My books – Workin’ It by RuPaul, Binge by Tyler Oakley and Life Is Short (no pun intended) by Jennifer Arnold, MD, & Bill Klein (from TLC’s show The Little Couple).
  7. Netflix. Some of my favourite shows include RuPaul’s Drag Race (no surprises there!), Orphan Black, The Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time, Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Person of Interest, The Good Wife… so many!
  8. Dancing without a care in the world.
  9. Singing without a care in the world.
  10. West End theatre and live performances/gigs.
  11. Disney. Pixar. Warner Brothers. Kids films in general.
  12. Making lists and satisfyingly crossing the completed tasks off one by one.
  13. Brunch. Especially on a Sunday…
  14. Exploring new places and restaurants.
  15. Reading or learning new about new things whilst sat cosily on my bean bag with a nice cup of peppermint tea.
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Sunday brunch with my flatmates at Dishoom near London’s Kings Cross – Sausage and egg naan with masala beans and a pot of fresh mint tea

2/31 Wait… you didn’t know?!

2. 20 facts about you

I have a feeling that this is going to be a tricky prompt… ten I could have managed but 20 facts just about me?! Well, here goes:

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My Queen… Amen!

  1. I’m addicted to RuPaul’s Drag Race and love pretty much all of the queens that have walked through the ‘You Better Werk’ room doors.
  2. My favourite colour is duck egg blue.
  3. I own more pairs of socks than I care to admit.
  4. I’m a bit of a Netflix addict – entire mornings can disappear if I’m not careful.
  5. I love singing and dancing.
  6. When I’m at home, I’m often found in pyjama’s… I mean what’s the point in wearing your outdoor clothes, indoors?!
  7. I began and completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge in 2014.
  8. People find it odd that I don’t drink tea or coffee…
  9. If money was no object, I’d go to see a West End theatre show every single week.
  10. I have a very close family, which means the world to me, and am even related to Howard Carter, the guy who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb.
  11. My Great Nan reached 104 and a half years young… the half is very important at that age.
  12. I’m obsessed with Mi backpacks. So far, I’ve got a peacock feather one, a gumball one, a galaxy print one, a duck egg blue polka dot backpack and one with elephants all over it.
  13. I’m commonly found wearing Converse hi-tops… wearing heels is for special occasions.
  14. For RuPaul’s BOTS, I temporarily dyed my hair blue. I loved it so much that I’m planning to dye it permanently blue – hopefully two tone, using cobalt and duck egg blue (of course!)
  15. Through my last job, I was sent on press trips to Iceland (Ice Age 4: Continental Drift), Norway (How To Train Your Dragon 2) and Slovenia (Postojna Cave), interviewed a robotic cockatoo (Nigel from Rio 2, with actor Jemaine Clement in another room) and even photographed the stars of TV on the red carpet at the National Television Awards.
  16. I have a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management.
  17. I love afternoon tea… especially quirky ones such a Spanish or Thai themed.
  18. Working in children’s media means that I get to see many of the new films before they hit the cinemas and I’m a big kid who loves everything Disney, so I end up enjoying every single screening… sometimes even more than the kids that are actually there.
  19. I love unicorns, rainbows and mermaids. I even wanted to be a mermaid growing up… still do!
  20. Primates are my favourite animals (well, and dolphins and marine life of course), but I’ve been lucky enough to meet the famous Primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall three times and even helped her present awards.
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At the most recent Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Awards with my flatmate, Féaron, where we got to meet Dr Jane’s beloved Mr. H, which travels around the world with her.

One of my favourite songs

Over the last couple of months, I have become completely addicted with watching Rupaul’s Drag Race on Netflix (they have all six seasons available!). Through these shows I discovered RuPaul’s music and have more or less listened to them every week religiously. So, since I zipped through the seasons so quickly and unfortunately Netflix haven’t made Drag Race All Stars or Untucked (the extra bits from Drag Race) available to watch, I’ve decided to deal with my withdrawal symptoms by creating these cool little quote images of my favourite lyrics and sayings that have come from the legendary Queen of Queens!

This one is from a song called The Beginning – I really relate to these lyrics at the moment as I am planning to move into London for the first time, which I’m exceedingly excited about. Of course, there are those moments of sheer panic thinking about how it’s all going to turn out, but then I just listen to this song! It’s upbeat and full of motivational lyrics that make you feel better about what may lie ahead…

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Designed by myself

I believe in magic

#364: You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Share your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?

Ditto to yesterday’s prompt – damn illness! Although, since it’s a Netflix program I’ve been indulging in due to being incapacitated, I’d be a mermaid with similar powers to the H2O Maiko island characters.

Can’t get enough

#282: Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals? Tell us about it.

I tend to go through phases of addiction – I went through a Pinterest obsession when it first came out and now, I’d have to say it’s Netflix… just having so much choice and multiple seasons available at your fingertips. It’s just all way too tempting! But I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been worried about them, as they are just that… a phase. Fair enough they are harmful to my health in a way, but luckily it’s never been an addiction to food, alcohol, drugs, smoking etc. Thinking about it, the only one I can imagine becoming addicted to from that short list is food – I’ve never been a huge alcohol consumer and I’ve never tried (and never will!) drugs or cigarettes, so fingers crossed I should be ok.

But to answer the prompt fully, I don’t think these phases have been a full distraction to my real goals. However, they may have acted as temporary distractions now and again from job hunting – but that’s acceptable right?!

Bloggers, unplugged

#281: Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

Hmm… I’m not sure if I do ever leave screens if I’m completely honest. I use them at work, I usually eat dinner in front of one and then I open up my iPad to check emails, spend some time checking my blog stats, Pinterest etc. I guess if the weather’s nice and I feel as if I need to give my eyes a break, I’ll head out – either for a spot of retail therapy or simply for a walk by the river (which then turns into a photography expedition… arguably another screen when instantly reviewing the shots?). The other thing I do when I’ve had enough, is sleep – good ol’ Netflix has now got me hooked on The Good Wife, so I tend to watch an episode before bed anyway.

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