XL Nightclub, New York’s hottest night spot hosted the finale party for the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race on the Logo Network. The cast invaded New York to an eager audience waiting to see their favorite drag artist perform in-person.
Most of the cast were on hand, which included Jinkx Monsoon, Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska Thunderfuck,
Detox Icunt, Coco Montrese, Alyssa Edwards, Ivy Winters, Jade Jolie, Lineysha Sparx, Honey Mahogany, Vivienne Pinay, Monica Beverly Hillz, Serena ChaCha, and Penny Tration. The event was hosted by Celebrity Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and XL’s weekly performer Bianca del Rio. Also attending were Willam Belli, Manila Luzon, Carmen Carrea and designer Jesus Estrada.
We first spoke to Michelle Visage, who joined the panel of Drag Race as a permanent judge in season three.
The Scene: Going back to week one, after the contestants walked the runway. Were there any of the girls you thought would go far?
Michelle Visage: I knew Roxxxy (Andrews) would be a finalist, I could tell right away. I pegged Alyssa (Edwards) would go pretty far and thought Detox would make the finals.
The Scene: Was there someone you secretly pulled for?
Michelle Visage: There’s always someone I pull for, but I truly do love them all. It’s not a pageant answer. I truly love them all.
The Scene: Any advice to the winner, on how to proceed with the fame and new level in their career?
Michelle Visage: Just think before you speak, I tell that to everyone. Sometimes people just talk and don’t think about what they’re saying and it comes back to bite them in the ass. It takes a split second to think.
The Scene: Ever felt the need to take one of the contestants aside and give them advice to help them get further along?
Michelle Visage: There are a few people. I have had those moments. I have two daughters, I’m used to giving advice to them, and to my drag children. It’s up to them to take my advice.
I interviewed Jinkx Monsoon, “Seattle’s premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen” just a couple of hours before she would be crowned the winner of season five, which was the highest rated season in the franchise. Performing since age 16, Jinkx has come a long way since putting herself through college by working as a janitor.
The Scene: Besides being a drag performer, your also an actress and singer live. What is your future plans?
Jinkx Monsoon: I plan to do drag as much as possible this year. I’m heading back to Seattle to play Velma Von Tussle in a concert production of Hairspray. Later this summer, I’ll return to New York for a limited engagement of The Vaudevillians starting July 8th, the one-act musical comedy I co-wrote with Richard Andriessen about two Vaudeville stars cryogenically frozen then thawed out to perform for modern audiences.
The Scene: What was your game plan heading into Season five?
Jinkx Monsoon: To stay true to myself and the type of drag I do. Surviving long enough to do Snatch Game. I planned all along to do my impression of Little Edie Beale from Grey Gardens. After that, just to do my best.
The Scene: What’s the biggest lesson you learn being on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Jinkx Monsoon: That I’ll get no where being stubborn, so the ability to take in critiques, and adapt and evolve is what I learned the most.
Roxxxy Andrews, the beauty from Orlando, Florida is up next. A pleasant surprise while talking with Roxxxy was her regret on being tough on Jinkx. Many thought Andrews was a mean girl towards Jinkx.
The Scene: Looking back, Is there anything you would do differently since seeing yourself on the show?
Roxxxy Andrews: My biggest change is working on myself, since watching the show. I would have acted differently towards Jinkx. Needed to think twice on what I say. Not to take drag so seriously, be funny at times.
The Scene: On a lighter note, which catchphrase has staying power? #WhereMyPeopleAt or Detox’s #SorryBoutIt
Roxxxy Andrews: I’m going to say #WhereMyPeopleAt, it’s so catching and it been around.*