The Season 10 finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was taped on June 8 but didn’t air on VH1 until June 28. Four queens —Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels — fought it out for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and the $100,000 grand prize as well as a coveted spot in the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Hall of Fame.
On the June 14 episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10, Ru had decided that as all four remaining queens deserved a place in the final, there would not be an elimination. And, to that end, there also was no episode winner.
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “RuPaul’s Drag Race” recap of season 10, episode 14 titled “Grand Finale,” to find out what happened. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite queens and what you think of this season’s latest entry onto the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
7:55 p.m. – Rumors have been swirling all over the internet in the last few weeks about what may or may not go down in tonight’s finale. What we know for sure is that the four finalists will battle in a “Lip Sync For The Crown” series of performances. The queens will be paired off for two lip syncs, and in a butterfly effect one will emerge from each to lip sync again for the title. In season 9, the LSFTC is where Sasha Velour solidified her stardom with a gag-worthy flower petal moment in her wig reveal. Will any of the four season 10 queens have an iconic moment of their own? I can’t wait to find out!
8:00 p.m. – In celebration of 10 years of RPDR, Ru kicks off this year’s finale with a reintroduction of the cast from season 1. They all look stunning and glamorous in gold, and the truth tea is that one of them is rumored to be appearing on the next season of all stars!
8:03 p.m. – Next is a presentation of this year’s queens in the order they were eliminated, beginning of course with Vaaaaaaanjie. The biggest surprise of the parade is that Miz Cracker donned (is it for the first time?) an all-black dress and a jet black wig. What happened to the mid-century blonde aesthetic?! As for the finalists, Aquaria is in all black as well, Asia in an ornate red and gold ensemble, Eureka in a bo peep moment and Kameron in a large flowery number.
8:09 p.m. – Before getting down to the LSFTC, Ru highlights each of the finalists with a montage and interview. Aquaria is up first to discuss her fashion and her status as the only one to not have to lip sync from the bottom during the season. She says that Asia is her stiffest competition of the other finalists because she’s proven herself throughout the competition.
8:15 p.m. – Omg omg omg. A video message from Oprah! She buzzed in to thank Ru for the show and helping the world show that “we’re all just humans in drag.” I love that. The show has really hit another stratosphere, hasn’t it?
8:17 p.m. – More with Aquaria, she talks about being a fan of the show since the beginning and found inspiration from that season’s punk queen, Nina Flowers. Then comes the segment to appreciate Asia, the season’s queen of versatility! Gus Kenworthy, in the audience, asks Asia if she’s ever been catfished online to which she responds “yes,” acknowledging that it seems to be a thing that people do to drag queens now. Hm.. I should try that? Ru also gives her a chance to send a message to her parents who passed away years ago. Asia shows some emotional vulnerability to thank them for the example they set as symbols of excellence and goodness.
8:27 p.m. – Wait, as if Oprah wasn’t enough now we get a video message from Judi Dench?! And she actually said “shantay, you stay.” I am… fully gagged.
8:28 p.m. – In her segment, Eureka vows to give back to her family if she wins the crown and the cash prize, something she’s been vocal about during her time on both seasons. The audience also gets the chance to ask her to “shag, marry and kill” the other three finalists, to which she shags Asia, marries Kameron and kills Aquaria (“because why not!”). She gets an emotional moment as well to tell the audience that everyone should be themselves and that no one’s opinion about you should break you down.
8:31 p.m. – Ru discusses with Kameron how underestimated she was all season. Kameron’s secret to surviving four lip syncs is to “know. the. words.” That’s shade, isn’t it? Poor Valentina! Poor Monique Heart! Kameron’s grandma gets the tears to drop by sending her own video message to Kameron congratulating her and sending her support for the show. How sweet!
8:39 p.m. – Continuing the celebration of 10 years of RPDR, Sally Jesse Raphael narrates a video herstory of the show since the first season, including highlights of personal moments (Roxxxy Andrews‘ bus stop story), iconic moments (BenDeLaCreme‘s self-elimination) and celebrity appearances (Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera), as well as how it has changed with and inspired change in the pop culture and political world. What is next on the table for Drag Race? Let’s get RuPaul as an Emmys host, eh? Vanjie for President?!
8:44 p.m. – After Sally’s video, the season 1 queens return to the stage, joined by the season 10 queens, for a lip sync extravaganza eleganza Proenza stupenda performance of a medley of RuPaul songs (minus this season’s final four). It’s amazing to see the queens from that early season next to the younger queens of this season because you see exactly how timeless drag is and that there are so many different aesthetics within the community.
8:52 p.m. – It’s time for the LSFTC! To decide who will battle who, Ru spins a wheel with a quadrant representing each of the top four. The first spin lands on Kameron! As the wheel’s selection, Kameron gets to pick who she battles against and she chooses Asia! That means Eureka and Aquaria will face off in the second lip sync. Asia is given the chance to choose one of two boxes. She picks #1 and in doing so selects Janet Jackson‘s “Nasty” as their song.
8:56 p.m. – For the performance, Asia is dressed in a beautiful baby doll dress covered in butterflies, including two conspicuously large breasts, and Kameron is in what can only be described as a day spa robe. And sooo….. apparently Asia had a surprise for her performance and it didn’t quite work out as intended. During the performance she opened a bracelet, to no effect. Then she broke open her two breastplates, also to no effect. At that point the camera cuts to a couple of butterflies on the ground, flapping their wings but not flying. I think Asia intended the butterflies to romantically flutter out of her garment during the “reveals,” but that did. not. happen. Ugh! During all of this floppage, Kameron tore her robe off to reveal a really cute diamond corset and worked the stage in standard high-energy Kameron fashion. We’ll find out the winner of lip sync #1 after the commercial, but I have a feeling it’s pretty clear cut.
9:04 p.m. – Not sure there was any other choice to make in this situation so Ru (rightly, ugh!) selects Kameron as the winner of the first lip sync! Next up is Eureka and Aquaria set to perform Janet’s other hit “If.” Aquaria starts in a really odd foil box looking thing and Eureka begins with a fluffy, yet shapeless purple thing. Aquaria immediately drops the foil to reveal a carnation pink onesie and dances hard across the stage with a “Miss Vanjie” fan. Meanwhile, Eureka slowly reveals look after look–from purple feathers to red fringe to mirrored onesie, including a wig reveal. In the end, both girls give it their all and danced their asses off throughout the song. That being said, inexplicably, Ru says “shantay you both stay.” I mean, they both did really well, but now we have THREE in the final lip sync? I’m…. not sure how I feel about that, but let’s do it!
9:14 p.m. – Okay so before we get to the final LSFTC, Miss Congeniality from season 1, Nina, comes to the stage for the presentation of this season’s Miss C. Ru announces that the online voting for this year’s contest was influenced by outside forces (huh?) and so instead this year’s queens voted to determine who becomes Miss Congeniality this season. Last year’s winner, Valentina, taps in via satellite to announce that the trophy goes to…. Monet X Change! And she’s SHOCKED! So am I! But that’s actually a very lovely decision. I’m into it.
9:17 p.m. – Next to the stage is the reigning queen, Sasha Velour, who struts in wearing a bedazzled bodysuit wrapped in a chic red serpent. Stunned. She describes the past year as an amazing experience of traveling and being inspired by queer people all over the world who continue to fight and thrive. Next up is the final lip sync and the announcement of the season 10 winner!
9:24 p.m. – Here it is! For the last performance, the three finalists battle to Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj‘s “Bang Bang.” Aquaria romps around the stage in a black and gold super cop outfit, completely nailing the entire show and even setting off firecrackers of confetti. Eureka starts off slow, but hits her stride during the Nicki rap and Kameron does her thing as expected with splits and tumbles while spinning a ton of hairography. In the end, Ru’s decision seems… clear. It’s Aquaria! Congratulations, queen, you deserve it!
9:30 p.m. – I have to say, that was a pretty turbulent finale! Asia started the episode as the apparent fan favorite, only to flop big time and stand alone in fourth place, while the other three battled it out with what became the inevitable outcome of the season-long judges’ favorite taking the crown. What did all of you think of the finale? Do we LIKE the Lip Sync For The Crown battles? Let me know in the comments!