RuPaul’s Drag Race has crowned its season 11 winner, and its Yvie Oddly! Yvie managed to usurp the other three finalists and come out on top with a fiery performance set to Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” Read on for a live recap of the finale.
9:00 – The episode opens as each of the four contestants take a final walk down the runway. Each don a fabulous gown, but it was Nina West who managed to elicit the biggest applause from the audience.
9:10 – After the opener, RuPaul comes out to welcome the audience and to remind them that the show is “starring queer people and [is[ made by queer people.” The audience cheers after RuPaul says that the show has won 9 Emmy Awards.
9:15 – RuPaul introduces each of the finalists, starting with A’Keria. In her package, A’Keria talks about her career as a pageant queen and shows off her impressive outfit. She sports huge black wings and a green texture that mimicked the scales of a snake.
9:20 – Brooke Lynn is the next finalist to come out, and she’s wearing all white, similar to the swan princess. She also admits that she struggles with showing vulnerability and for not meeting the high expectations she sets for herself. The audience applauds her honesty.
9:30 – Silky Nutmeg is the next finalist to take the stage. She details the ups and downs of her journey, including her lip sync debacle against Nina. In terms of wardrobe, Silky goes with a pink dress that has cockroaches on it, but then she reveals that she’s wearing a black and silver 1930s inspired look.
9:40 – After Silky leaves the stage, Christine and the Queens come on stage to sing RuPaul’s song “Sissy That Walk.” They are joined by queens from past seasons who take the stage for a runway walk.
9:45 – Afterwards, we cut to a pre-taped segment where Vanjie walks around Hollywood and asks people on the street how upset they were when she was eliminated. She then tells them to vote for her to be in the finale. Overall, it’s a charming yet brief segment.
9:50 – The last finalist to come out is Yvie, who says that pushing boundaries helps push the culture forward. She backs up her claims with her outfit choice, which consisted of flesh, bones and muscle tissue inscribed on the garment itself.
10:05 – RuPaul spins the wheel to select the first two competitors for the lip sync battle. He landed on Silky who promptly chose Brooke as her challenger. Each takes to the stage to perform a routine to the Destiny’s Child song “Bootylicious.” Ultimately, Lynn beats out Nutmeg to advance in what RuPaul called a “close one.”
10:15 – The second round sees A’keria C. Davenport and Yvie Oddly duke it out to the sounds of Rihanna’s 2006 hit “SOS.” Yvie takes the win, as her performance proved the most energetic and the most impressive in terms of physical prowess. This means that the third and final round is a showdown between Brooke Lynn and Yvie Oddly.
10:30 – Lynn and Yvie take the stage and do their thing to the sound of Lady Gaga‘s “Edge of Glory.” When the song hits its chorus, Lynn Brooke revealed she was wearing a mirrored catsuit and did the splits and an acrobatic turn. Yvie took a different route, showing off a scary-ish face on the back side and then slowly back bending again and once again ending in a back bend. In the end, RuPaul declares that the winner is Yvie Oddly!