The Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 is...
WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. I REPEAT, SPOILERS ARE PRESENT IN THIS POST. If you haven't seen the Drag Race finale yet and don't want to know who won, bookmark this post and come back to it when you've finished watching the show.
Well, Drag Race fans, here we are. After a season of Heathers vs. Boogers, an abundance of second chances, and a whole lot of delightful double entendres, we've crowned a winner. Just to recap, the queen who wins tonight will be receiving a spot on the Absolut Tour, a lifetime supply of Kryolan makeup, and $75,000, as well as wearing the title of America's Next Drag Superstar for the year. Past winners of the show include Bebe Zahara Benet and Tyra Sanchez, both very glamor-oriented in their appearance and manner of presenting themself. How would Ru change things up this season? Would she go for more avant garde Raja, creative and fun Manila, or curvy diva Alexis?
As has been expected since episode 1, the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 3 is Raja, former America's Next Top Model makeup artist and drag veteran. The lanky 30-something has been the frontrunner since day one with his mix of strong makeup skills, fully realized aesthetic, and willingness to try new things. Raja was only in the bottom two once, defeating Carmen Carrera in a rather explicit lip sync, and very rarely received much in the way of criticism from the judges. Coming in second was Manila Luzon with Alexis Mateo finishing her run on the show in 3rd place.
While best wishes go to Raja for taking home the title (and every queen on the show for putting themselves out there and working their tails off), I'm not a fan of this win. I understand the win fully, though; I see Raja's strengths and there's no denying that there's immense talent there. Not only do I not like it when an obvious winner emerges in a season premiere (for me, it took the drama out of an otherwise fantastic season), I just don't think Raja was that great of a performer and the personality that he displayed on the show made it very hard to root for him despite how talented he is. Raja obviously had some magnificent makeup and I dug that every look she did was very calculated and precise, but would I go watch a Raja live show? Honestly, no, because he never wowed me when they did something more about rhythm/music.
If you're still yearning for some drag realness, you can check out what is sure to be a messy reunion next week, as well as RuPaul's Drag U, which starts its second season in June. RuPaul's Drag Race was recently picked up for a fourth season by Logo, so we'll be back here next January to see how the show tries to top a buzzworthy season like this.
What do you think about the results? Were you a Raja fan? Is there anything you hope to see in season 4 that was lacking this season? Did the (unsubstantiated) rumors of Ru's friendship/acquaintance with Raja make you think any different of the result?
As you commenting away with your thoughts on the finale and the season as a whole, you can check out the twitter accounts of your favorite queens in order to follow their career as their time on Drag Race has come to an end. At the bottom are the profiles for this year's judges.