CAUTION: Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Canada’s Drag Race!
After its debut in 2009, the RuPaul’s Drag Race empire has launched spin-off shows, hosted annual drag conventions, and won multiple Emmys. Equipped with endless reasons to enjoy the show, the Drag Race fan base continues to grow internationally, spawning spin-off shows based in different countries. The most recent international Drag Race addition is Canada’s Drag Race, which just finished up its first season this past Thursday.
Canada’s Drag Race is the first English-language version of Drag Race to not be hosted by RuPaul. Instead, a catalog of guest hosts filled the role while RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 runner-up Brooke Lynn Hytes, frequent RuPaul’s Drag Race guest judge and actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and fashion model Stacey McKenzie served as the main judges of the season. While the judges were probably the least well-received judges in Drag Race history, the contestants captivated the global Drag Race audience, eliciting considerable controversy whenever a fan-favorite queen was eliminated (which was almost every week).
Over the course of ten weeks, we saw the queens write verses, write and produce commercials, sow outfits out of garbage, and tackle a slew of other challenges while trying to fight their way to the top. However, as it works in the Drag Race realm (and virtually, every reality competition show), only one queen can emerge as the winner.
Hailing from Toronto, the hilarious lip-sync assassin Priyanka took that title Thursday night. Priyanka’s win is particularly historic as she is only the second Asian queen (Priyanka is Indo-Guyanese) to win Drag Race (outside of Drag Race Thailand) after RuPaul’s Drag Race season 3’s Raja, who is Indonesian. Priyanka’s crowning follows Shea Coulée’s win in season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and Jaida Essence Hall’s win in season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which many fans have applauded as a much-needed win for diversity in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.
A second season of Canada’s Drag Race has yet to be announced (which is honestly for the better – fans need a break from the almost constant Drag Race content we’ve received in 2020). Until we receive the good news, take a look at some of the best looks and moments from the season.
Ilona Verley snaps at Jimbo for not allowing Ilona to voice her worries about her possible elimination. Jimbo decides that she has the time to put Ilona in her place.
Priyanka and Kiara go toe-to-toe on Celine Dion’s “I Drove All Night” in the season’s best lip sync.