– Much betta. (record scratches) Hello everyone, it’s me Miz Cracker and it’s time for High Tea. The show where we talk about everything that has to do with
anything that has to do with RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season one. Now, today is a very special episode. Because we are going to crown somebody. That’s right. For the first time ever in the UK there is going to be a
RuPaul’s Drag Race queen. Royalty! Now, this is also a special episode because I have two lovely guests with me. We have Shakina Nayfack here who is visible on “Transparent”. And she is absolutely incredible. And we have Amanda Duarte as well who will be appearing at Joe’s Pub. Which is a sacred
monument in New York City. Thank you guys both for being here. – Thank you so much for having us
– Yeah, it’s so much fun. – Let’s talk about the
(beep) damn episode. – I mean. – Cheryl Hole is gone, farewell. And she has left a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled. But that means that we have now the top three. – [Shakina] Top three. – We have Divina De Campo, The Vivienne, and we have Baga Chipz. – Baga Chipz.
– Baga Chipz. – Okay, they’re gonna do a showcase. They’re going to write their lyrics, they’re going to record them, they’re going to do “To The Moon” by RuPaul herself with choreography. Right before you, today, I have what is a there’s three, so luckily one for each of us. – [Amanda] Oh, thank goodness. – This is a peanut butter, mayonnaise, and pickle sandwich on whole wheat bread. Now, if you like any one or
all three of these ingredients. You are going to love this delicious sandwich. And I would eat one right now. – Is this like a– – Is this like a dare? – Is this a staple of your diet? That somebody challenged?
– This is a staple of my family diet. – Really, I’m here for it. – Oh, God. (beep) – That is so good. – Isn’t it just delicious?
– Wow. – That is so good. – I’m actually gonna take a second bite. – And it’s affordable. – Texture, mommy. We’ve got whole wheat, so high fiber content. – High fiber. – High water content in the pickle. Nuts, good for your metabolism. – Mm hmm. – They help you burn fat. This sandwich is actually
helping me burn fat right now. – Right now. I’m losing weight. – This is ketogenic is what this is. – Yes it is. Before we hit the mainstage we get to do “What’s the Tea?” The radio, or podcast, if you will, with Michelle and Ru. – There’s nothing I love more than watching a podcast. – I know. First up, I believe was, Baga Chipz. And, hers really hit me emotionally because she never let it all out. – It seemed like RuPaul and Michelle were tryin’ to give her permission to acknowledge the grief and then she wasn’t ready to access that. And I think they’re
always looking at that, the fans are always looking for that shred of vulnerability. And it still seemed like Baga was kinda dodging that and getting behind the humor. – And that’s a cultural difference. – Sure, sure. – They just British people are just not culturally it’s not part of the thing to be really emotionally open. And I mean maybe this was just the guy I was dating maybe this was just the excuse he used. For not saying that he liked me. (laughing) – Well, British. – Like, woop, oh, British, whoops. In a way, I find that very compelling. I feel like with her you could see the vulnerability
– You could see it working. – But there was also the courage of just sort of like it didn’t feel like a wall was coming down or a mask was going on. It was like, look, this happened to me and I coped and I moved forward and I found the positive and I’m moving on. And I have great respect for that. – And also, we didn’t get a lot of emotion from The Vivienne either. The Vivienne talked about
some pretty tough experiences and she didn’t cry, she didn’t really go
wild with her emotions. It was interesting for me, I think, as someone who has been an addict before, but I never chose one thing. (laughing) So I admire her for her dedication. – Your drug of choice was more. – Yeah! – Clearly this is her sort of angle, her sort of story line is I have over come addiction and I’ve come out the other side and look at me now. Which is amazing, it’s wonderful. I think all of us are kind of that. But, I will say though, that of the three finalists I kind of got the least
about of pheromones from The Vivienne. – I appreciated that she brought something out of RuPaul that I had never learned. Which was that RuPaul’s also sober. – Yeah. – And I thought that was really cool to hear on the podcast moment. – But, enough nonsense, everybody. It’s time to hit the mainstage. It’s time to do a
performance of “To The Moon”. ♪ To, to, to, to the moon ♪ ♪ to the moon ♪ – Now you’re alone. – It’s just that there’s verses.
– You went to far. – You went to far. We stayed within the boundaries of taste. – That was a bridge too far. – A bridge too far. – I’m terrible with
boundaries, forgive me. – So, I was looking at the
choreography in rehearsal. And I notice a, not to use a pun, marked difference between what was on the mainstage and what was in rehearsal. – [Amanda] In Britain
they would say, “marked”. – [Miz Cracker] A marked difference. Yes, it’s what I would call
walking around for most of it. – At least for Baga. – Yeah, right? – It was a lot of gesturing this way and gesturing that way. – But blessings, play to her strengths. – Of course.
– Right. – You know, this is not
dancing with the top, what is it? – [Miz Cracker] Dancing with the Tops? – Dancing with the Tops. This is definitely not
Dancing with the Tops. This is dancing with the bossy bottoms. Those choreographers. But, they played to her strengths and they just gave her stand and pose and I’m there for it. I don’t need her to be
a Solid Gold dancer. – Right. However, while Baga was a little awkward Divina was divine. – [Amanda] Divine. – Obviously there’s, with her figure, she is just this slender, leggy lady. She was hitting the moves. – [Shakina] No, she was
really giving me Broadway. – [Miz Cracker] Right. – Effortless. Just being passed around, and flipped, and holding court. Even upside down she knew how to present and hold space. Which I thought was awesome. – Upside down with her
legs open she held space. – Ownin’ – I’ll wait for Amanda in now. (laughter) – I see you siting over there like. (Shakina and Amanda laugh) – I set you up you can spike it down. – Drop, set, spike, yes, thank you. – Which brings us to The Vivienne. There were high points,
there were low points. – Well, I think it was
a reclamation for her because she had the low
point earlier in the season with the girl group challenge. And she fumbled in her
first step out there and just couldn’t get back. So I think, in terms of seeing the nerve in this episode, the nerve, for me, was seeing Vivienne step up and conquer that fear. – The real challenge was who would come out of that and have their personality shine and feel like it was their moment where there’s clarity. And I think we all agree that out of that fog came Divina De Campo Who owned the moment and she seemed to cover the whole stage, you were paying attention to every gesture.
– Well, she was in her element. – Absolutely.
– And this is her skill, this her strength. – Well, they’re all her
skills, aren’t they? – I mean, kinda, yeah, that’s the thing. – That’s what she told us. – Yes. – Yeah, absolutely. – But, it is some people’s
favorite part of the show. The runway. These girls are bringing the gowns. Now, Baga Chipz made me wonder what category are we on right now? – Eleganza extravaganza it was not. But it was pure camp. It was absolutely her brand. And her face the whole time. – Great. – [Miz Cracker] Just being herself. – The whole time. – Listen, it completely worked for me. It was sort of where Dynasty, where they move out of the Dynasty mansion and then into the Golden Girls house. There was that moment she captured and I enjoyed it. – And also when they said Dolly Parton I was like, “ping”. I was like, I’m here for it. – Do what you love and
the money will follow. – Yeah. – [Amanda] What color is
her parachute, it’s seafoam. – Exactly, oh, absolutely. From nine to five and
10s across the board. (shouting and laughter) Okay, so next it is time to talk about Divina De Campo. Who wore this incredible Union Jack gown. – You know what I thought, she came out and I was like, “Oh, it’s already season two “and she’s here to give the
crown to the next winner.” Like she came out as the
queen who had already won. So I just gave it to her. Yeah, well, there you go. – Yeah, I particularly
enjoyed the asymmetry of it and the way that the
flag was deconstructed. And I feel like we’ve
seen in other challenges in our country. It’s still a country, I think. In our dictatorship, whatever it is we live in now. I think that we would’ve seen a much more literally, the exact flag. We’re used to seeing that. – [Miz Cracker] A Spice Girls costume
– A costume. Yeah, exactly. And so I really enjoyed, it was kinda like a
Vivienne Westwood moment that it was sort of patchwork and off center and I really enjoyed that. – Yeah, if I’m to nitpick, it did fall a little high. – It was a little bippity-boppity-boo. – Yeah, down at the bottom, just like. – Like the shoe for the fitting was not the shoe for the runway. – Exactly. – There was ever so slight a difference in the heel. – But I have to tell you that is exactly what makes me love Divina De Campo. – For sure. – It’s just like one 32nd of an inch off and that makes you– – You just love her. – Be like, you’re not the queen that every single person is in love with, you’re the queen that particularly I love. And of course, last but certainly not least we have The Vivienne. And she wore the sequins. – [Shakina] Every sequins. – All of them.
– All of them. – [Miz Cracker] And the stones what did we think of that? – Yeah, I mean the blush pink was lovely. I thought it was very elegant. The boob placement seemed
a little off to me. But I don’t know, it could just be me. I don’t know. – You’re right. – It took me a long time to get mine. – As a finale runway look, I didn’t feel enough of a sense of uniqueness or nerve. Like, it was safe, it was gorgeous, it was very monochromatic and sort of, she said something about I’m a Barbie and I didn’t get Barbie from it at all. – Right, okay, yeah. – But, I mean lovely. – So, having said that, my children. It’s time to talk about
those winning speeches. The girls arguing their case and saying this is why I
deserve to take the crown home. The burger master crown home. (laughter) That we saw in a cutaway. So, let’s talk about those really quick. First up is Baga. – [Shakina] I thought
she just crowned herself Miss Congeniality. She took herself out of the running. It was like gracious. And it wasn’t the first
time she’d done that. Earlier in the season she was on stage and she said something about not even believing that she
could be next to these other gorgeous women. And I think Michelle was
right when she said that she doesn’t necessarily believe in herself enough to be Drag Superstar. – I’m gonna do this again, and I know it’s so annoying, – It’s so British
– but I really think it’s like a cultural thing. And as far as British audiences go, I think Baga won that moment, you know what I mean? – For the heart, for sure. – By being like, excuse me. So, we’re talking about
fighting for the crown and you say Miss Congeniality but we have to remember
the structure of power in England there’s The Queen and then there’s the Prime Minister. And then there’s the people’s princess. And I really feel like in that moment Baga won the people’s princess.
– People’s princess. – She is the Princess
Diana of the competition. – You have forever changed my view. – Here for you, here for you. – Of Drag Race, thank you. – I did think it was interesting how the other two queens as they answered that question sort of ramped up the self-promotion a little bit. And I can only imagine what
British audiences thought of those two saying I deserve this. – I always think about respect to RuPaul. And I think in past season, Ru has always been like, “I am looking for the girls “who are here for the strategy, “who are here to win it, “because I’ve brought you
here to give you a chance. “And I wanna see you
fight to the last minute “for that opportunity.” And I just worry, I just think about RuPaul looking at that and being like, “I brought you here. “Don’t you want to fight for it?” – And then with Divina, you know, having such a prepared speech
about her qualifications what I really appreciated about it, I think she was saying what she would do with the resources. Because the prize here is to go create a digital series
on World of Wonder. So she talked about writing scripts and doing TV shows, and all the preparation that she had done, so it was like you can trust me with this because I will make the
most of the opportunity. – This is my favorite speech, I think possibly of all Drag Race history if I think about it was The Vivienne’s. She’s like, “I mean, number one (laughter) “I’ve cornered the market on humility.” – I loved that. I’m the master of humbleness. I am the most humble of anybody here. – I might not have all the skills, but who wants all the skills? (laughs) I need room to grow or something. – I am more than the sum of my parts. – Yes, yes, yes. – And meanwhile Divina De Campo in this gorgeous gown and hair is like. – [Shakina] She gave a great look. That cutaway was priceless. – So, The Vivienne, to me, is like the Prime Minister choice. You know what I mean? Very kind of like very calculated, very stoic, and very like, look, you don’t need all the skills. More like a politician, I think. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – Now, as soon as the runways are done, we have a little surprise backstage. The eliminated queens are returning. Of course, we think at first, maybe they’re gonna vote
for who the winner is. Or who should go home today. – [Amanda] Some shenanigans. – I was hoping for a little shenan. ‘Cause that was seeming like
there was gonna be a set up. But it was also nice to
just see the camaraderie. – I loved it. I love a sisterhood. I love a camaraderie. – For me, something that
really touched my heart was when Crystal was like, I didn’t really think about it
until I was alone in my room and I realized that
while I’m sitting here, the show is going on, the competition is going on, and that kinda broke my heart. And I remember from season
10 being in that situation just being like, (humming) and then the abyss. And you realize, oh the competition is still going on. And I thought it was really
vulnerable that she said that. And really touching that it was shared. Silence. Back on the mainstage, it’s time to make some
important decisions. And one of these girls
is gonna have to go home and I’m afraid that Baga gets the bag. So, she heartbreakingly walks away. She is much loved by all of us. She is that big, yellow, fuzzy coat. And, I really think that she has crowned herself as Miss Congeniality. She’s going to be loved by everyone. But now, it is time for the lip sync. And it is going to be Divina and Vivienne. Two girls that have proven they have charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. And, dammit, they can
dance when the time comes. – That’s right. – So what did we think about this lip sync which bizarrely was to
Wham! “I Am Your Man” is that what it was? – Yes, and I have thoughts.
– Oh look at that. – I feel like that was a bump set for them to do, to play with the lyrics of the song, I’m your man. I felt like there could have been a lot, they could have had a
lot more fun with it. I felt like we just saw
very literal lip syncs from both of ’em. Like, every once in a while was it Divina who spit in her hand. Like, that was funny, but I felt like choosing that song was a set up for a comedy moment that wasn’t really seized upon. Oh, and the other thing is, this was our first time
seeing Divina lip sync. Yeah, she was great, but I feel like, I don’t know, the TV viewer in me wants a
stronger reveal then that. A bolder choice. – I loved Divina’s back bend center stage. – Loved it. – I thought that was a killer moment. – Yes, that was great. – I liked how the two of them negotiated the space together well. Because that slide that The Viv did in on the ballgown, that was pretty great. – [Amanda] That was lovely. – But I also thought like, okay, where is your last look. Because they came out with these outfits knowing that they’re gonna
have to lip sync in them so you would think there’d be some kind of reveal.
– Something! – Pull off a wig, open a thing, let there be one more step to the outfit. – The song is called “I’m Your Man” give me a point of view. – Of course, we wanted more, but we get more when we find out who takes the crown. And it is not a, but The Vivienne. How do you guys feel about our new queen? – Great. Solid polished performer. Will wear the crown with her head high. I think she’s great and she’s got these two sort of storylines she’s the recovering addict, and she’s the, and I hate the way this sounds, the Liverpudlian. – (laughs) Liverpudlian. – Which sounds terribly vulgar. But she’s got a
combination of high and low that I enjoy very much. – I think she’s great, too. I was surprised that she won. But, what I think she’s gonna be great at is bringing together the British audiences and the American drag audiences. Because I think she straddles
that line really finely in terms of being able
to be sort of classy, and reserved, and polished in the ways that maybe, you were saying, the British culture
expects their queen to be. But, also, she’s still,
kind of a down ass bitch. – I absolutely agree. She had the carriage of a
winner from the very beginning. So, I can’t wait to
see her travel and tour and I can’t wait to see her in person. Because she is, if nothing else, an amazing show. Skirt! It’s time for my favorite
segment of the week, The Queen’s English. And today, our phrase is, “common as muck”. What do we think of this phrase? What do you think it means. – I would think it was like, basic. – Yeah, okay, how about you? – I’m thinking there’s
like a trashy element to it, too. It’s like basic trash. That’s also my drag name. – Basic Trash. – At first I thought it was
like a camaraderie thing. Oh, we three, we’re common as muck. You know. – Right, right, oh we’re common as muck. – So yeah, it is like lower class. And, yeah, trash essentially. Which, you know, I identify with. – [Amanda] Absolutely. – As long as it’s wrapped in a golden bag. I wanna know where people
can find and follow you. – I am @duarteamanda on Twitter. If you want to be bored to death I’m agitated in xenon on Instagram. – Yeah, I’m shakeenz on every platform. S-H-A-K-E-E-N-Z. – Okay, enough. I want to hear from you. Particularly the kids in the UK. We want to know about British culture. But whoever you are, tweet at and towards me at LogoTV. And remember to use
the hashtag DragRaceUK. Now, the series is over, we have crowned a queen, but make sure to watch all of my special High Tea episodes. You can see them all on LogoTV.com or on Logo’s YouTube. I’ve had a lovely time. Tell me if you loved it. And if you didn’t, just keep it to yourself. Everybody, I’m Miz Cracker and this has been High Tea. Cheerio. All right, I need a drink. I need some whiskey.