The catwalk is set for tonight’s Season 12 finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 when front-runners Gigi Goode and Jaida Essence Hall face each other and Crystal Methyd for the title of America’s next drag superstar.
It has been an especially sickening (fierce) season, and Goode has won the most mini- and maxi-challenges this time around in the werkroom, followed closely by Hall in the highest of heels, sky-high wigs and unclockable makeup and gowns.
Methyd, while having only one win under her belt, has become a fan favorite, and favorite, perhaps most important, of Emmy-winning host RuPaul Charles (who frequently referred to Methyd as El DeBarge while “Rhythm of the Night” played), with her unabashedly crazy (and genuinely sweet) personality and even crazier looks.
So who will shantay and stay as the queen bee as the runners-up sashay away? Here is my finale prediction (the show begins at 8 p.m.):
Who will win: Methyd. Everyone loves an underdog, and she is so darn lovable, although Miss Congeniality will likely go to Heidi N Closet.
Who I want to win: Goode. This 21-year-old Los Angeles resident offered stunning look after stunning look made by her supportive mother. She is arrogant, er, confident, and she stumbled toward the end. But the competition is hers to lose, and she will, following in the stilettos of other recent previous front-runners, Season 10’s Shea Coulee, “All Stars” Season 3’s Shangela and Season 11’s Brooke Lynn Heights.
Why Hall will not win: Pageant queen Hall is undoubtedly stunning, but she is lacking one key quality of winners: uniqueness. Well, and arguably talent. She makes all of her fierce runway looks, which is awesome, but her one-queen show in Episode 11 was rough.
I am hoping that Jackie Cox will be allowed to compete in the finale with catfishing queen Sherry Pie’s disqualification. The other competing queens this season, from first eliminated to most recent, were Dahlia Sin (Sexy Broccoli!), Rock M. Sakura, Nicky Doll, Aiden Zhane, Brita (Filter), Jan (Sport), Widow Von’Du, Heidi N Closet, Jackie Cox and Sherry Pie.
For “RPDR” fans, the drought won’t last long, as Season 5 of “All Stars” kicks off June 5 (that is one entire week off for the eyelash glue to dry) on VH1 with Alexis Mateo, Blair St. Clair, Derrick Barry, India Ferrah, Jujubee, Mariah Balenciaga, Mayhem Miller, Miz Cracker, Ongina and Shea Coulee. Amen!
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