It’s been one of the most entertaining seasons on Drag Race herstory and in an exciting, socially distacned finale, RuPaul gave finalists Crystal Methyd, Gigi Goode and Jaida Essence Hall were given one final chance to shine as they competed in three lip-sync battles from the comfort of their very own homes.
The finale included surprise celebrity appearances from the likes of Adam Lambert, Kim Petras, Whoopi Goldberg and even Dolly Parton as well as some of our favourite past queens – including last season’s winner Yvie Oddly.
However, in the hilarious season finale, only one queen could come out on top – and this season, it’s the impeccable Jaida Essence Hall! “It does not matter where you come from, what your background is, how long you’ve been working at things and how many things you failed at, you can achieve anything,” Jaida said shortly after her win. “Literally, I did not finish high school — I had to go back and get my GED — and so many things in my life told me, ‘You will not be successful. But success is so many different things to many people,” Jaida explained. “And I still found a way to find success in my life just by pursuing my happiness and my dreams.” Jaida walks away with a grand prize of $100,00.
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"If you've ever felt like you've been overlooked, and you work hard, and the work that you've put in has never been rewarded, do not stop grinding because, trust me, if I can do it, all of us can make our dreams come true." ❤️ Condragulations to @jaidaehall!! 👑 We love you, Queen!!! #DragRace
This means that Gigi Goode and Crystal Methyd go home as the runners-up this season. “It is time to start taking things less seriously, to just have fun again,” Gigi said in an interview after her win. “Make drag less about the drama, less about the trolls. There is no reason for any of that. We need to be lifting each other up and be experiencing the entertainment that we’re trying to deliver. It’s, like, just stop taking things so seriously, OK? I’m a man in women’s clothing. Just chill.”
Meanwhile, Crystal tells her fans to “Embrace your weirdness and embrace what makes you different, because that is what makes you special and powerful,” she says. “All of us that are on the show are fans and viewers of the show, and a lot of people kind of become very similar. And drag has become something that is– I don’t know. Everyone’s pretty similar sometimes. [But I want to] encourage people to step outside of what they think drag even is and to really try and push the art form forward.”
Last year’s Miss Congeniality Nina West also surprised the girls by announcing that the sweet and subtle Heidi N. Closet will take over her title – scoring her $10,000 in the process.
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