RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5 Finale Recap: Did the Right Queen Win?

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A champion was ultimately crowned on Friday’s finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5, but prior to the queen concerned can get her 1 year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, the Top 3 needed to survive their most harrowing challenge yet: a shock reunion.

While this period’s 7 eliminated queens saw and giggled from behind an extremely apparent glory hole, Jujubee told Shea Coulee and also Miz Cracker that they were the final 3 she always imagined (me too!), which didn’t agree with some of the Bitter Betties behind the scenes. “Do all of us seem this counterfeit?” Alexis Mateo asked.

The charade just carried on for a few more minutes prior to the ladies Ru-vealed themselves, generating complicated screeches of fear and exhilaration from the queens who sent them house. For not leaving anything left unspoken, Ru scheduled a little sit-down so the All Stars might broadcast what stayed of their filthy laundry.

Very first agenda: Derrick Barry’s feud with India Ferrah. “I’m on a comfy degree with you,” India claimed, though Derrick stated she required an apology wherefore India claimed regarding her online. India obliged, confessing that her actions were “immature,” yet the entire exchange really felt odd. As opposed to feeling like a genuine discussion, both Derrick as well as India came off like fact robots. (“Beep. Boop. Processing apology. Beep. Boop. Apology approved.”)

Next, Ongina protected sending herself residence, which several queens considered a slap in the face to any person that could have taken her place in the competitors. “Right after the reading difficulty, I was destroyed,” she explained. “I drew. I was not certain, which’s what you all saw. The following week, there was no way I can live if [either of the other queens went home] In my heart of hearts, I recognized it was the best point for me.”

Mariah Paris Balenciaga likewise appeared moving (lightly) at Mayhem Miller for choosing her own lipstick. “She provided herself up for India,” Mariah stated. “I would have understood if it was for me. Woman, you just satisfied this ho!” (As Mayhem accurately mentioned, nevertheless, Mariah was gotten rid of initially, making her argument efficiently moot.)

Currently for the main event … of the get-together: On the topic of Alexis allegedly campaigning to oust Shea, Mayhem told the group, “I elected Shea, however [Alexis] didn’t ask me to do that. There was no marketing.” When pressed for a description, India claimed, “It’s what I heard on the side of the stage in the seats,” which was after the lipsticks were currently chosen. And to make matters even shadier, we learned that India and also Mayhem had actually created a secret partnership of their very own! (They demand calling it a “offer,” but I assume we know what to call it. And also them.)

Currently for the primary centerpiece: The season’s final maxi difficulty called for the three remaining All Stars to perform and create solo knowledgeables to RuPaul’s new solitary “Clap Back.” With Todrick Hall stepping in as choreographer, Ru claimed she anticipated “what better be the very best damn manufacturing number in Drag Race herstory.” (No stress!)

Where “Clap Back” ranks in the pantheon of Drag Race finale performances remains up for dispute, but no one can say that the last 3 really did not provide it their damn all. Jujubee maintained points attractive and also glittery (both of which are always welcome on this show), Cracker’s regimen was adorable and unforgettable, and also Shea brought some serious ferocity to the stage.

Runway time! Prior to the Top 3 struck the stage, the eliminees were provided one more opportunity to radiate. And also radiate they did, though I could not aid yet observe that Derrick, Mariah and also India all had very similar ice queen-style gowns. (And just like that, I’m having incredibly unwanted flashbacks to Aiden Zhane as well as Brita’s “Let it Go” lip sync.)

Juju was the first of the final three to stroll the path, looking she had the sun draped around her body. She defined the goddess-inspired ensemble as one of the most “driven, enlightened” form of herself. Biscuit adhered to in an elegant pink number, full with a pearled headdress. And after that came Shea, offering “1960s Balenciaga realness” in a gigantic pink gown.’

Instead of a visitor assassin, the queens battled in a three-way lip sync for the crown to tune of Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel.” Shea maintained the courts’ interest with a robot routine, while Juju squandered no time agonizing around on the flooring. And afterwards there was Cracker, who made wonderful use those cone boobs-turned-glitter cannons.

At the end of the day, the choice was Ru’s to make, and she chose … Shea Coulee as the winner of All Stars 5.

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