Warning: spoilers ahead for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 episode 9.
We’ve reached the penultimate episode of Drag Race UK season three, with only four queens left in the running for the crown: Vanity Milan, Kitty Scott-Claus, Krystal Versace and Ella Vaday.
The competition has been tight up until this point, with the queens proving themselves so much that no one went home during last week’s round.
Tonight, the contestants were tasked with performing a comedy roast in front of judges Michelle Visage, RuPaul, Alan Carr and extra special guest judge Kathy Burke.
That’s not all, as all of the queens who competed in season three returned to star as the brutal live audience.
Afterwards, the queens returned to the runway in stunning outfits centred around the theme Oh My Goddess!
So who rose to the top of the rankings just ahead of next week’s grand finale?
On the main stage, with a mic in her hand, Ella was simply unstoppable.
Just like with her performance as Nigella Lawson in Snatch Game, Ella’s comedy roast was effortless, masterfully making light of the judges and her fellow queens in spectacular fashion.
The queen’s performance was a class act, without any need for notes, which she followed with a beautiful if slightly understated constellation-inspired look to channel her inner goddess.
As one of the most consistent queens of the competition, and earning the most RuPeter badges, Ella has done more than enough to earn her spot in the final.
Just like during Snatch Game, this week Ella and Kitty were the top two contenders battling it out to be crowned the top comedy queen.
Kitty delivered side-splitting jokes on stage, pairing her natural charm and charisma with brilliantly rehearsed material.
The judges rightfully noted that she occasionally looked down during her performance, which ended up making it less smooth than it could have been.
However, her fabulous execution and sumptuous goddess ensemble saw her soar to the top half of the leaderboard.
Vanity had the tools to shine on the stage for the comedy roast, but held herself back from fully letting go.
Even before the challenge had begun, she admitted that she struggles to take the mick out of other people, preferring instead to mock herself.
That frame of thinking played to her disadvantage during the show, when instead of ridiculing the eliminated queens of season three while they were heckling her, she found it tricky to think of snappy comebacks.
Nonetheless, Vanity did manage to achieve laughs from the audience during her set and went on to radiate opulence on the runway with her gorgeous outfit and headdress.
Krystal tried, bless her, but just as she acknowledged in the episode, scripted comedy is not her bag.
Funnily enough, she does come out with hilarious quips off the cuff, both with the other queens and in VTs… but on the main stage, she struggled.
It was extremely brave of her to put herself forward to go first, and she kept her head held high as she tried with all her might to pull her performance off.
While her roast wasn’t quite piping hot, Krystal’s runway look was impeccable and her lip sync was strong enough to earn her a place in the final.
The grand finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 airs next Thursday from 7pm on BBC Three on BBC iPlayer.
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