Let’s hope you’re ready to stop listening to “UK Hun” on repeat and start jamming to “Queens Down Under”. Like any good season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, our Australian favorites Drag Race Down Under brought the heat into the girl group challenge. With some motivation through Sleep RaceIn-house composer Leland and singer-songwriter Troye Sivan, the girls left it all on stage.
. . . . Well, some of them forgot to even bring it to the stage to start with, but we’ll get to that for a moment. But this was a great upgrade from last week’s disastrous Snatch Game, so we’ll take it. Take a look at Three and a Half Men and Outback Fakehoes and see who goes platinum and who goes home.
Unpleasant lyrics and unpleasant performances? To check
The reason these girl group challenges are among the best is how annoying the queens get. They get to show themselves off because the purpose of the song is to introduce the real one to the world. And if you thought the Australian queens would skimp, you’d be wrong.
Every verse from “Queens Down Under” was downright fire, every darling onstage was beautiful, and most of the choreography was gracious. While it was uncomfortable to watch, Maxi Shield crawling to the ground during her verse was hilarious AF.
Glitter ink threats
Now the narrow-mindedness in the office is nothing new. Since season one of Sleep Race, we’ve seen queens go low to score high. But leaving threatening notes? That’s a new one. On elimination day, Coco Jumbo walks into the office and is greeted by a nice note that only says ‘Watch out’.
Now Coco is convinced that it is Art Simone who is warning her of her future, but the ink is the same color that the Three and a Half Men girls used the day before. Only time will tell who the real author of the note was. And we wait with bated breath. 👀
Never really sing
Look, Coco Jumbo is sweet, a style icon, and frankly should have stayed Drag Race Down Under compared to Elektra Shock which just took on the challenge of making itself look better. But Coco clearly forgot rule number one in the musical challenges: To do. Not. To sing. If. U. Can’t. To sing. There’s a reason drag shows include lip syncs and not actual performances.
Nevertheless, we are sad to see Coco sashay gone. We got the chance to talk to Coco about getting the tea on Outback Fakehoes and what drag means to her. You can read our entire interview with Coco Jumbo below.
How did you start towing in the first place?
Well, in my hometown, Coffs Harbor, there was some kind of drag competition where just about old men put on their wives’ outfits and bought simple wigs and then just went up on stage and danced. And the prize money was $ 800, so my friend and I decided to enter, and I won the competition.
Then there was an entertainment manager for a festival and he asked me to perform at the festival. And then I was asked to perform at Mardi Gras and then it just grew and grew and grew.
Why did you audition? Drag Race Down Under, and what was your reaction when you came in?
Oh, I didn’t even know I was auditioning Sleep Race. There’s a TV show called in New Zealand House of Drag, which Kita Mean and Anita [Wigle’t] host. And I thought I auditioned for that, because it was from New Zealand. Then during the interview they asked who I would do in Snatch Game.
And I was like, “Wait, Snatch Games is one RuPaul’s Drag Race thing, “and they say,” Yeah. . . . “I’m like,” Oh, this is for Sleep Race?! and they say “Yeah.” I was like, “Oh my god, how embarrassing! Like, oh my, can we start over? ”
So I totally thought I bombed the interview. When I got the call to be hired I was like the living room with my roommates around me and I loved, was in control of my excitement and then ran into my bedroom and screamed into a pillow.
So it sounds like you just woke up one day and accidentally made a name for yourself in Australian drag, which is pretty cool.
Yes quite a lot. Like most of my life, I just wake up and go with the flow.
After you sent Art Simone home last week, it started to look like you could be a lip sync assassin this season. Did you feel the same?
Yes absolutely. Just like in Sydney, there is an amateur drag night called Drag for Dollars. And one time, like years and years and years ago, Art Simone came and she entered the competition and I won and I beat her.
So when I went against Art Simone again, I thought, “I’ve got this in the bag, this will be fine. I’ve done this before. “Acting is like my main thing. Just going against Elecktra [Shock] was unexpected.
Why did you choose to sing instead of pick up your verse in “Queens Down Under”?
So the text sheets stated that some parts were meant to be sung and other parts were rapped. So I just stuck to what was on the sheet and decided to sing. Of course everyone was rapping, so I got nervous. I thought, “Okay, let’s make it the bridge of the song.”
Have you ever found out who wrote the note?
Um no. I thought it must be art. Yes, no one else would have, and it wouldn’t have been Jojo [Zaho].
What have you taken from your short time? Drag Race Down Under?
I do not really know. This was my first time doing a TV show, like I was part of something so big. I’m embarking on this whole new adventure while everything airs. Just like now that I’ve been kicked off, I’m just excited to see what’s next and see what happens.
Speaking of what’s to come, what’s next for Coco Jumbo?
I don’t really do much, just like my regular weekly work, like shows with Maxie on Saturday nights. Yes, we’re getting close.
Drag Race Down Under will air on Saturdays on WOWPresents Plus in the US and other selected territories, Stan in Australia, TVNZ On Demand in New Zealand and BBC Three in the UK.
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