It’s been four months since season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race arrived on our screens and yet it’s still underway – although we now know the four finalists who’ll be heading into the season’s very last episode.
Drag Race’s 13th series has been a season like no other, from all the queens having to lip-sync in episode one to the FIVE non-eliminations we’ve seen over the course of the series.
The upcoming episode is set to reunite all of the queens of season 13, with RuPaul hosting a detailed discussion of all the drama we’ve seen so far, but the weekend after that will be grand finale which will see one queen (finally) crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar.
So who do you want to win? And who is still left in the competition? Here’s everything you need to know about the queens of Drag Race season 13.
**Contains spoilers for season 13**
The Los-Angeles-based makeup artist will make history as the first ever trans man to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Trans women have been cast on Drag Race before, with Peppermint finishing runner-up in season nine and Gia Gunn competing in All Stars 4.
In July, Gottmik appeared on the cover of Out magazine alongside fellow trans advocate Gigi Gorgeous. The talented performer has also done make up for multiple celebrities, most recently transforming rapper Lil Nas X into Nicki Minaj for Halloween.
Gottmik is “a trans man who is changing the face of drag.” And FYI it’s Gottmik not Gottmilk. You had to read that twice, didn’t you?
Gottmik says: “I need to be the first trans winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, period.”
Kandy is a Dominican doll from New York City. For Kandy, drag is all about “being that b****!”.
Kandy isn’t worried about people not liking her drag because she’s here to have a “good f***ing time!” but she is worried about the other girls not liking her enough as she’ll need help with shaving her “hairy back!”. Yikes.
Kandy Muse says: “When people first meet me they think I’m a b****… and true!”
The New York queen loves all things pink, hence her name. She’s inspired by big Hollywood performers such as Beyonce, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. She started out in the drag game a little later than others, so feels there’s a misconception she “doesn’t deserve it”, however, she insists she’s worked “very hard!”.
Rosé says: “Being cast on Drag Race means the world to me. I’ve idolised RuPaul since I was a little boy!”
Originally from Arkansa, Queen Symone – who now resides in LA – describes herself as a “Black goddess.” She is inspired by strong, Black women including Tina Turner and Diana Ross, and has been performing since the age of 18.
Symone says: “I describe Symone as the Ebony in Tantras. The Black goddess who has come to earth to save all of you. She’s a fashion girl! She puts herself together very well.”
Denali – OUT
The Chicago based queen has worked as a professional figure skater and incorporates those skills into her drag which she’s being doing for two and a half years.
Denali’s drag style is inspired by nature. It is “of the earth, of the environment”, elevated and high fashion.
Denali says: “Denali in its native language means: the great one, so done, finished, period!”
Denali became the sixth queen to be eliminated from the competition after episode 10’s Freaky Friday challenge.
Elliott with 2 Ts – OUT
The Las Vegas queen is “bringing the style and grace of a ballerina to the competition”. Elliott is a dancing showgirl with an 80s aesthetic, and has been doing drag for 12 years, saying: “I mean if you didn’t come here to win, then why are you here?”
Elliott with 2 Ts says: “I consider myself like a high end housewife meets Jennifer Lopez, more corporate and commercial.”
Elliott with 2 Ts was the fifth queen to leave the show, after landing in the bottom two with Utica Queen thanks to her Snatch Game performance.
Joey Jay – OUT
Hailing from Phoenix, Joey Jay describes herself as the “lipstick lesbian of Phoenix.” Unlike most drag queens Joey doesn’t wear a wig.
Joey Jay says: “If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m going to make you buy it at the end of the day,” Joey Jay said on getting “a lot of s***” about not wearing a wig.
Joey Jay was the second queen to be eliminated from season 13 after losing to LaLa Ri in episode five’s lip-sync.
Kahmora Hall – OUT
Inspired by model Kimora Lee Simons, Kahmora is a drag queen from Chicago. She started out eight years ago and is all about the glitz and glam! She’s describes herself as a “diva” and a “park and bark kind of b****!”
Kahmora Hall says: “People like to call me a legend in the Chicago drag scene, I don’t know why but I’ll take it! I’d rather be called a legend than like a b**** or a s**** so hey, I will take it. I’m a legendary h* and s**** yes!”
Kahmora was the first queen to leave the competition after failing to wow the judges in episode four’s RuPaulmark Channel challenge.
Lala Ri – OUT
Currently in her third year of doing drag, Lala Ri describe herself as a “baby”. Nevertheless the Atlanta-based queen is going “to make you watch” her.
LaLa Ri says: “Lala Ri makes you watch her… I’m a show girl, I love to dance, I love to entertain. I have a little edge appeal to me, a little sex appeal. You know, give them a little leg, a little a***, a little breast!”
LaLa Ri became the fourth queen eliminated from the competition after losing to Elliott with 2 Ts in a lip-sync to Kelly Clarkson’s Whole Lotta Woman.
Olivia Lux – OUT
The Brooklyn-based queen is coming to handle season 12 of Drag Race. She draws inspiration from Olivia Pope of Scandal, who she describes as a “fierce Black woman” and “Lux” comes from the latin word “light” and she “lights up every room I walk into to.”
Olivia Lux says: “Olivia Lux has a lot of components that make up a great performer. She’s fun. She can do a few twirls. Sing, act, dance. She’s sultry!”
Olivia was the ninth queen to be eliminated from the competition after failing to impress the judges in the Henny, I Shrunk The Drag Queens acting challenge.
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Tamisha Iman – OUT
At 43, Tamisha is one of the older queens in this year’s line-up, but sis is ready to give you the full package and isn’t afraid to slay. Originally from Alabama she now resides in Atlanta.
Tamisha says: “I think people are going to be surprised that an old broom like me can still sweep!” Yaaas, we’re here for it!
Tamisha was the third contestants to leave series 13, losing to Kandy Muse in a lip-sync in the Disco-mentary episode.
Tina Burner – OUT
The New York queen, whose name is a tribute to singing legend Tina Turner, is ready to bring some heat to the competition.
In 2019, she won National Miss Comedy Queen in 2019, and now she’s ready to drag (literally) the other queens and take this title, too.
Tina Burner says: “I’m a legend with legs. Tina Burner is a monster. I’m 9ft tall. A line backer in a dress. If you saw this walking down the street at 3am, and you were in an alley at night, you’d probably run. You’d be scared. You ain’t going to mess with me!”
Tina Burner was the seventh queen to be eliminated after her fizzy drink commercial landed her in the bottom two with Utica Queen.
Utica Queen – OUT
Utica says: “I wanted to pay homage to the beautiful little farm town that raised me. Out of 291 people I’m the one gay that escaped!”
Utica Queen was the eight contestants to leave series 13, with her performance in the Nice Queens Roast landing her in the bottom.
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 started on VH1 on New Year’s Day. It will be available to stream on Netflix soon after. To find out what else is on, check out our TV Guide.