Lights, camera, lip-sync! Last Wednesday, The House of Blues hosted the most fabulous event of season with RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons.
For those unfamiliar with RuPaul’s Drag Race, it is a reality television show that brings together 13-14 drag queens each season to compete for the title of the next Drag Superstar. Combining elements of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway, the show has surpassed cult status and has been sashaying its way into mainstream culture.
Sharon Needles, Manila Luzon, William, Detox, Alaska, and Pandora Boxx, all of Drag Race fame, came together to do what they do best: perform. Doors opened at 8 PM with a long line looping around the venue. $25 a ticket to see six performers was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
The curtains rose and outstepped Michelle Visage, a co-host on the show, who performed a short number before introducing one of the most outrageousqueens, William. If unfamiliar, all you need to know is that William is the only contestant to be disqualified the program. In typical William fashion, she performed a questionable, yet outrageous, number in minimal clothing.
The performances carried on with each queen performing her own number, going backstage for a costume and wig change, then coming back to perform yet another ridiculously entertaining number.
“It was so amazing to finally see the people from RuPaul’s Drag Race strut their stuff in person. Drag world is just a whole other environment," said Chelsea Kuchik, a Loyola University Chicago student at the event.
Two sets of the queens even performed duets. Detox and William, two parts of the drag queen trio DWV, dazzled with their hits Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A), a parody of the company’s stance on gay rights, and Boy Is A Bottom.
Also performing a duet was the power couple, Sharon Needles and Alaska. The two are a hot commodity back in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA., but they have fans all across the country as well. The two wiggled their way around the stage in skimpy dresses, delivering their best camp.
The show went by in a whirlwind with great performance after great performance, but the two shining stars of the night were Manila Luzon and Pandora Boxx. The latter did a mashup of popular songs throughout the past few decades. including Gimme More by Britney Spears and Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Me from Rocky Horror. She did this all while telling the story of Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger.
Manila Luzon, in a chic Hello Kitty inspired outfit, took the stage by storm and sang her hit, Hot Couture. The singing, dancing, and outfit were all spot-on and got the crowd moving more than any other performance of the night.
Pop stars everywhere beware! These queens are fierce and know how to put on one of the best shows of this young writer’s life.
"This isn’t dudes in dresses! These girls are here to throw a party and make you dance,” said Kuchik.
All photos taken by Kevin Carroll