Does This Season Of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Deserve A Top 4 Finale?
For many fans, the edit of the show made it obvious who is walking away with the crown. Season 9 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race‘ has many unexpected moments but the winner always seemed to be Shea Couleé. Even as a huge fan of contestants like Valentina or Nina Bo’Nina Brown, I accepted that Shea was a shoe-in. That’s why the twist of having a top four in the finale instead of the usual top three feels like an attempt at a misdirect.
But is the win that clear? After the latest episode, it seems like there’s some competition! Below, I’ll rank the top four going into the finale and who has the best chances of winning.
– Like discussed previously, Shea Couleé might be the most obvious winner after Alaska taking home the All-Stars 2 crown. Shea Couleé is everything you’d expect from a ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race‘ winner but is it something we’ve seen before? At this point, it’s Shea’s game to lose. The fans seem to enjoy her but lean towards other queens more. She’s a safe & obvious choice for a win but I don’t think the best choice.
– Sasha Velour grew on me like a wart. At first, her artsy aesthetic bored me. It didn’t thrill like other art queens from past seasons. But during the last few episodes, especially “The Gayest Ball Ever”, Sasha Velour stepped things up. Fans also love Sasha as she’s seemingly the fan-favorite of the season with Valentina following closely behind. ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race‘ needs another “boundary pushing” queen to reign supreme.
– Trinity Taylor surprised everyone during season 9. Being a self-proclaimed “pageant queen” hurt at first but it set the bar low for viewers. So when Trinity Taylor showed she had a comedic side, people were gagged! The taste level of Trinity’s fashion sense is questionable but do clothes make the queen? She has all the talent needed. Pageant queens don’t usually win this competition so she could change that notion.
– Peppermint is a legend and an important member of the ‘Drag Race‘ family but the weakest out of the top four. Like Trinity, the less-than-stellar runways put Peppermint lower in the rankings and the lack of wins doesn’t help either. All that aside, a win from Peppermint would be the stuff of legends as the first trans-woman to win the title. Peppermint doesn’t need the crown to make her a star like the other’s do.
What do you think? Who should take the crown of Season 9?
Let me know in the comments!