"America's Next Drag Superstar" Crowned Last Week During Finale of "RuPaul's Drag Race"
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Last week, the top four finalists of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Anetra, Luxx Noir London, Mistress Isabelle Brooks, and Sasha Colby left viewers gooped and gagged as they went head-to-head in a series of show stopping performances to original songs in the season 15 finale. After an epic showdown, RuPaul chose Anetra and Sasha Colby as the top two queens, who then battled it out for the crown in an unforgettable lip sync to "Knock On Wood" by Amii Stewart. Sasha Colby was crowned "America's Next Drag Superstar" and awarded $200,000, the highest amount in the herstory of the main franchise and served by Cash App. Season 14's Miss Congeniality, Kornbread The Snack Jeté, passed down the title and a special prize of $10,000 sponsored by Olay Body, to Malaysia Babydoll Foxx. Olay Body also awarded the remaining queens $2,000 each to celebrate a sickening season.
"Sasha Colby is the kind of talent that comes around once in a generation," said seven-time Emmy(R) Award-winning Host and Executive Producer, RuPaul. "She embodies all the qualities of America's Next Drag Superstar and so much more. Anetra, Luxx Noir London and Mistress Isabelle Brooks each put up an incredible fight for the crown, but in the end Sasha proved to be unbeatable. Long may she reign!"
Highlights from the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 15 finale included:
• Celebrity guest judge Orville Peck took the stage to sing "Built on Drag" from "Wigloose: The Rusical" with Leland, the resident composer for "RuPaul's Drag Race." The duo were joined by this season's queens who helped deliver a moving rendition of the song.
• Two-time "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Jinkx Monsoon (season 5 and All Stars season 7) surprised fans with a performance of "When You're Good To Mama" from the long-running Broadway musical "Chicago," in which she made herstory as the first drag queen to play Matron "Mama" Morton.
• RuPaul honored legendary fashion designer Bob Mackie with the first-ever "Giving Us Lifetime Achievement Award" and played a video tribute to celebrate the icon.
During the finale broadcast airing, it was also announced that the eighth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked!" will premiere Friday, May 12, exclusively on Paramount+. Additionally, "Queen of the Universe" judges Vanessa Williams and Michelle Visage were on-hand at the finale to unveil an exclusive look of the world's most talented queens battling it out for global domination in the first-ever international drag singing competition - further building anticipation of the show's second season on Friday, June 2, exclusively on Paramount+.
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April 17, 2023 12:00am ET by MTV