While the drama of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season four made great television throughout the season, the talents and allure of this season’s contestants failed to impress as much. Where many of the fallen queens who have been eliminated thus far appeared unpolished and inexperienced, the remaining three contestants vying proved to be the best of the crop though pale in comparisons to contestants who were eliminated before the top three in seasons two and three.
Veteran drag performer Chad Michaels faces off against Phi Phi O’Hara and Sharon Needles in the upcoming season finale this Monday, and we at The G-List Society wonder which of these queens deserve the win of America’s next drag superstar.
Chad deserves to win because her experience as a drag performer reigns supreme in almost every episode with polished looks, good comedic timing and every quality you can imagine people expect from a seasoned female impersonator. Because of her facial transformations, she is immediately suited to be hired as Cher impersonator or any tributes and dedicating to the legendary pop music performer.
On the contrary, Michaels’ striking similarities to Cher makes the veteran performer seem like one who cannot get people to see a visual versatility of her look. Whether or not we see Cher in Chad, we will always see a heavily cosmetically-altered face and a face that cannot appear fresh face alone. Though we see no age limit to superstardom can age and experience be a detriment to a deserving queen who may not impact viewers with larger-than-life personality as Phi Phi O’Hara and Sharon Needles?
Side bar: Why Michaels couldn’t come of with a feminine name to brand herself?
Phi Phi O’Hara
Hands down, Ms. O’Hara delivered the fiercest looks above all her competitors this season. As a beauty queen, no pun intended, Phi Phi’s looks has evolved throughout every challenge. For better – or worse, Phi Phi is one of the most memorable characters — unfortunately for her pretentiously, braggadocios attitude, feuding and comments of jealousy towards William and Needles. Therefore…
O’Hara nasty, catty attitudes is a major turnoff. [Of course, reality-TV stars will say "that's not how I am really am in real life." Well, guess what? As long as you are breathing, you are living "real life" with or without cameras watching you. What you put out on TV is a reflection of who you really are.] Despite how beautiful Phi Phi, appears her immature anger and bullying towards her competitors resonates much more than her performing talents. Lastly, Phi Phi’s high-fashion, edgy look is phenomenal but has already been seen by season three winner Raja. It also appears that O’Hara is afraid of uglying or roughing up her look to play a part.
At 29 years old, Sharon Needles lands herself in the middle of her competitors on the terms of years of experience. Yet, her experience has afforded to show America that she has cultivated into the most versatile queen of the season. She is an edgy queen who is willing to mold herself into playing into roles outside of her comfort zone while remaining true to herself. Let’s not forget that outside of her seemingly scary exterior, Needles has the most attractively comedic personality who can keep up with the random comments that judges throw her way.
Note that the queens who won seasons one through three showcased their looks as strictly regal and glamorous. Those look are quite the opposite of what Needles possess. Even RuPaul, the show’s hostess and poster child of drag queen superstardom, is associated as a queen who dresses herself almost always with regality and sophisticated beauty. Thus, if RuPaul and her fellow judges are not ready to embrace changing the face of what a drag superstar entails Needles may find herself in second or third place.
If we had our way, Needles would be crowned as the season four winner with Chicago standout Phi Phi O’Hara as the runner-up. Who would you pick as your favorite to win Drag Race?