RuPaul’s Drag Race crowned this season’s winner in the most dramatic way ever, in front of a live audience. While it’s a big come up for the show I knew soon as I saw the full El Portal Theatre there would be more information about what went down.
Here’s 4 GREAT moments that didn’t air last night on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Reunited as told by a member in the audience.
1. Willam answered why she was vomiting the night of her elimination.
Audience members got the chance to ask questions and — very thankfully — someone asked about why Willam barfed on the stage just before she was ousted from the show. The answer isn’t out-of-control satisfying, but it’s very Willam, and it makes sense when she explains what happened.
2. All three finalists — Phi Phi O’Hara, Chad Michaels, and Sharon Needles — were taped as if they had won.
Chad didn’t do anything too memorable — she was gracious, as you might expect. Your usual hugs and whatnot, a nice message to the audience and viewers at home. Sharon, of course, quipped a funny line when Ru asked if she had anything to say to the crowd: “Happy Halloween, everybody!” And just before Phi Phi took her turn — she was last — Ru announced, somewhat wearily: “Only one more to go.” Sharon quipped yet again: “Can we skip this one?” That got a laugh, but it was most interesting to hear Phi Phi’s self-deprecating response: “This is the closest I’m going to get to it.” It was audible, and the crowd let out a big “awwwww” when they heard that. Phi Phi’s crowning was probably the most hilarious, actually, as she dropped a huge diamond off the corset she was wearing and her tiara fell off. She owned it all, though, and went about her business, commenting after the taping was done, “That was a mess.” Indeed.
3. Everybody LOOOOOVED Latrice!
A good portion of the love from the crowd went to Latrice Royale. Variously through the evening, you could hear audience members bellowing “Latrice!” at any moment that she was in the spotlight. I hope that comes through in the editing. And I’ll just say that, while Latrice sadly didn’t take home the crown — I can guarantee you that — she does very much get her moment in the sun (complete with…a choir!).
4. The reunion taping took more than 3 hours!
I’m not going to go into ever detail of what RuPaul talked about with each of the queens, but just know that each of them get their moment to answer questions. And for the most part, the whole thing came off as a lovefest — not one of those screaming, hard-to-decipher Real Housewives reunions.
The reunion special was very different this year and the #4 moment is actually the number one thing I missed that we didn’t get to see. Nothing beats seeing the motor mouth of the season get called out by the rest of the girls for running her mouth behind somebody’s back or in the interviews. Rebecca Glasscock endured it. Tatiana somehow managed to still be a bitch after she was confronted. And, Raja Gemini felt so bad about her comments she gave up her coveted ‘Heather’ necklace. Why does Phi Phi O’Hara get to get away with all her bullshit?
Props to Omarfor sharing!