The general sense I had watching this season was that RuPaul actively didn't want to either a) be there, or b) to have to watch and judge UK drag. That is, drag that follows historically British style, culture, personas, and popular references and meta. So the challenges didn't lean towards it, the UK celebrity choices in Snatch Game were changed by Ru ‘correcting’ the queens’ original picks, hardly any of the challenges leaned toward specifically UK references, and in the ones that did, the queens that interpreted things in a particularly UK way were punished.
In terms of UK-style drag, Kitty's roast really laid bare how Krystal didn't offer much in that regard, due to her struggles with comedy, hosting, acting, singing, sewing, and basically anything besides lipsyncing, makeup, modelling and acrobatic dance routines. That, for whatever reason, was what RuPaul wanted in a winner, as well as a sense that the person had some kind of unresolved drama that perhaps RuPaul the producer thought would make more compelling tv. Unfortunately, none of that really resonates with a British audience. So this season largely felt like a huge mismatch between what production/Ru valued, what they thought the audience would positively respond to, and what the British audience actually responded positively to.
I think the season would have benefited from a bit of flexibility within the challenges. They've done lipsyncing and makeup-oriented challenges before as main challenges. At least picking one of those in place of some of the challenges they went for would have elevated Krystal as a worthy competitor. Or, letting her lipsync in the bottom 2 would have cemented her place as somebody fighting to stay in. Giving her two wins at the start and then letting her coast until it was Vanity's 4th lipsync is probably the worst possible way they could have sold the least-British drag queen to a British audience.
The ironic thing about RPDR UK is that three seasons in we have zero evidence that Ru actually likes British drag. It seems that he finds British people and certain accents inherently funny (Lawrence, Scarlett, Baga), and otherwise awards the most polished pageant-style queen out of the cast every single season.
Meanwhile, the fans tend to root for the people that exemplify the local culture best. There’s rarely the crossover needed for a satisfying conclusion to the season.
Separated at Birth: 19-year-old Drag Race UK Season Three contestant Krystal Versace and German punk diva Nina Hagen (photographed in the early eighties).
what the fuck was that shit?!? i for sure thought it would be Ella or Kitty. I am LIVID!! I AM FUMING!!
Kitty, did you ever think you should just give up? 🤔
Ella, did you get into drag because you were a failure of an actor? 🤔
Krystal, tell us about Christmas at your house! 🤗
just finished watching the uk finale and uhhhh….what? im a little confused & also v shocked
ELLA, KITTY & KRYSTAL • “hey sis, it’s christmas”
KRYSTAL VERSACE • winner of drag race uk season 3
DRUK3 EP10 • ‘eleganza extravaganza’ runway
why does ella's finale look looks like she belongs to the whoville from the Grinch
The chances of Victoria Scone coming in and snatching the crown are low...but not zero
having to go to my physiotherapist in 3°C weather and it’s raining after finding out that they had to move my x-ray appointment to next week, i’m already tired
KRYSTAL VERSACE • cosmo queens uk
The feminine urge to storm world of wonder if ella vaday doesn’t win☺️✨
It’s nearly christmas so you know what that means, someone’s gotta continue the yearly fic exchanges and I guess this year that person is me. It’s druk focused because people were posting about wanting to do one. Rules wise it’s pretty simple, I’ll be posting some prompts once matches are done and be checking in midway through to see how people are going. Minimum word count is 1000, but there’s not a maximum, do what you can and don’t feel pressured to pull out a 10k fic things take time and people work at different paces. Be sure to reply to dms, if Tumblr is difficult I'm also on discord
The deadlines are as follows: Applications close on the November 30th Matches are going to be sent out on December 3rd Deadline for posting is December 24th
Hopefully three weeks is enough time if anyone needs anything or won’t be able to make the time please dm me and we can sort it out. That’s everything, if you want to join just fill out this form.
Edit: I will be posting prompts y’all aren’t being thrown to the wind I promise I’ll be helpful!