“Sometimes in life you’re not always given a second chance but if you do, take advantage of it and go out with a bang,” declared Aquaria after being named the winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 10. As Gold Derby predicted, this 21-year-old New York native now joins the Hall of Fame that includes such former queens as BeBe Zahara Benet and Sasha Velour — see them all in our photo gallery above. But did Aquaria really deserve to beat runners-up Eureka and Kameron Michaels? Let us know by voting down in our poll.
During the 90-minute Season 10 finale host RuPaul Charles shocked the live audience by announcing that three queens would lip sync for the crown, as opposed to just two. That meant that of the Final 4, only Asia O’Hara — who had a butterfly malfunction earlier in the episode — was eliminated before the end of the season. Aquaria’s ultimate prize is $100,000, a scepter and crown, and a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics.
On paper, Aquaria seemed like the obvious choice to win. She was the only queen to claim three challenge victories during Season 10, having prevailed at the climate change battle, “Snatch Game” and the evil twin face-off. Eureka and Asia both won two challenges, while Kameron only won a single challenge. Aquaria also had the most Twitter followers by far, which could have helped sway RuPaul’s decision as she’d asked fans to vote for their favorite on social media.
During his “RuPaul’s Drag Race” live blog, our recapper John Benutty wrote, “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!”