It’s that time of the year! During the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 on June 28, Mama Ru will be crowning America’s Next Drag Superstar; But heavy is the head that wears the crown indeed.
After crowd-stopping performances and gag-worthy runway looks from crowned queens—from Bebe Zahara Benet, the first bestowed with the title, to Sasha Velour, the reigning monarch—the tenth in line to join Ru in her drag-pantheon will have to be the best of the best. We’ve ranked the top four of the season on who would be the most ideal candidate for America’s Next Drag Superstar.
WORST: EUREKA O'HARA
Here’s the thing: Eureka O’Hara is a good drag queen. She’s just not that good. We already know that she’s loud and obnoxious, as she’s even admitted herself. Unfortunately, it always backfires when the producers push for a queen to be a fan favorite when she is clearly lackluster this season. Couple that with her tendency to interrupt people and make everything about her. She always seems to catch herself in sticky situations that push her away from fans: making an inappropriate eating disorder comment in Season 9, purposely poking The Vixen to start drama in Season 10, and pairing Kingsley, a person of color, with Aquaria to make her makeover challenge difficult because of different skin tones.
We’re just over it. Yes, Eureka may serve sometimes, but most of what she serves is room temperature TV dinners we’ve tasted before. No more talks about her deserving to win for being a “big queen” either. There have been many plus size queens in this show who deserve a crown: Victoria "Porkchop" Parker, Stacy Lane Matthews, Delta Work, Jiggly Caliente, Latrice Royale and Kim Chi, to name a few.
OKAAAAAAAYYYYY: KAMERON MICHAELS
At the beginning of the season, Kameron was in the same category as Miz Cracker: the queens who just keep falling 1% below winning. Here’s the gag of the season: it should be Cracker in this line-up. Kameron is sickening, but after landing three times on the bottom, it just feels like her time was clearly up. We’re not sure what else she can show us. She’s not a particularly vocal queen, and we’re not sure how she can elevate the community if she is crowned.
One thing is for sure, though: Kameron Michaels is a lip sync assassin to be feared on the runway.
SURE?: ASIA O'HARA
Asia O’Hara is the mother of the season. She has inspired so many queens and comforted them backstage with her motherly demeanor. She’s turned many looks and pulled many stunts, but after her unnecessary comment about Miz Cracker “not being a star” a few weeks back, we’re hesitant to name her the frontrunner.
The best thing about Asia is that she is a seasoned queen. She knows the industry and the business. Her reign could be a good one.
As sickening as she is, Aquaria has a little bit of an ego. But can you blame her? She is the clear frontrunner with 3 wins, the most out of any queens this season. Aquaria has consistently brought it to the runway, look after look. All three looks from “The Last Ball on Earth?” Sickening. The makeup and costume for the feathers runway? Wig flew. Her Melania Trump? Made America gay again. And that inner saboteur look? The gay icon Babadook is shook.
Aquaria represents the future of drag: a queen who was molded, from age 11, by the show she is currently winning on today. She’s spent ten years watching this show, season after season, and she is mentored by her drag mother—who happens to be Sharon Needles, the crowned queen from season 4. RuPaul’s Drag Race has impacted an entire generation of LGBTQ+ people across the globe, and Aquaria represents this era of acceptance for a generation and culture impacted by this show.