Drag Race Holland – S2E8: The Recap
Are you up to speed with Episode 8 of Drag Race Holland? It’s the grand finale! Let’s get into it.
Well, we’ve made it to the final of Season 2 of Drag Race Holland. It seems to have sped by, but I guess that’s because the quality has been so high – this has been a lot of fun to watch.
There’s a lot packed into this final episode, but let’s recap some of the highlights.
The eliminated queens
So great to see the entire cast back for this final episode. They seemed excited to be there, and brought some energy to the proceedings.
This is jumping around a bit, but we also got to see Ma’MaQueen present the Miss Congeniality award. This season’s winner was Tabitha, which felt right.
The music video
As you’d expect with a final episode, the final challenge for the Top 3 was to perform in a music video. The artist is Famke Louise, and it’s a track called Vieren, which translates as Celebrate.
The queens have to write a verse each and learn choreography.
We get to see the finished product during the runway section of the episode. It was a catchy track that gave the queens plenty of room to shine.
As you’d expect, the final runway was Eleganza Extravaganza.
Everyone pulled really strong looks. What was really clear in this episode was that no one stumbled, everyone brought their A-game to every aspect of the show.
It was great to have Envy Peru on the judging panel for this final episode. What I love about Envy is that she gives her opinion – it’s always constructive, but she’ll let you know what she thinks. It’s also an opinion that comes from a place of expertise and experience – Envy is drag excellence.
Eventually, we got to the point where the Top 3 had to be reduced to the Top 2.
The obvious choice to be eliminated here was Vivaldi, but I said that last week as well. However, logic prevailed – Vivaldi was eliminated, leaving Vanessa and Puny as the Top 2.
The final task was a lip-sync before the winner was decided.
The track was This Is My Life by Shirley Bassey.
Camp-as-tits and old-school drag. Perfect.
Both queens did a great job, but the track seemed to be a better fit for Vanessa. Vanessa also had some reveals up her sleeve, which helped to punctuate her performance.
When the final decision was announced, the winner was Vanessa, which felt like the right outcome.
Season 2 of Drag Race Holland – done! It’s been a great season.
Vanessa Van Cartier
- USP: Pageant queen – she’s a past winner of Miss Continental.
- Current Ranking: Vanessa walked into this as one of the front-runners and she consistently lived up to expectations. She’s now been crowned the winner of Season 2.
My Little Puny
- USP: A theatre queen who can dance.
- Final Ranking: Puny is clearly Team Talent. She’s looked like a frontrunner from the beginning and she made it all the way to the final.
- USP: Young and talented.
- Final Ranking: Vivaldi seems to be the total package. Young and talented is a tough combination to beat. However, the phone drama of Episode 6 is going to be tricky to overcome – she was very lucky not to have been disqualified. Nevertheless, she made it to Top 3.
- USP: Experienced and not to be messed with.
- Final Ranking: Keta is clearly very talented and was one of the frontrunners from the beginning. She made it to Top 4 and was my tip to win. However, she was inexplicably eliminated by Vivaldi in Episode 7.
- USP: Old-school excellence.
- Final Ranking: The question has been whether Tabitha would be able to translate all of her experience into the challenges of Drag Race. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, but she made it to Top 5 and confirmed her reputation as an entertainer.
- USP: She’s young and beautiful.
- Final Ranking: It was a solid start from Countess – she’s beautiful and she turns great looks. As the weeks went on, it seemed as if her personality was holding her back. Eliminated in Episode 5 in a three-way lip-sync with Tabitha and Puny.
- USP: Ivy is from the same house as Envy and Abby from Season 1.
- Final Ranking: Ivy never really found her groove in this competition. Landing in the bottom repeatedly did give her an opportunity to showcase her performance skills, but this is a strong cast and she didn’t seem able to really shine.
- USP: Originally from Haiti, Masisi has made Amsterdam her home.
- Final Ranking: The Snatch Game of Episode 3 was the undoing of Masisi, but she never really seemed to find her feet in this competition. Eliminated by Ivy in the lip-sync.
- USP: She’s a dancer.
- Final Ranking: Reggy never really found her feet in the competition – Bottom 2 in Episode 1, and then eliminated in Episode 2. However, she did get an opportunity to demonstrate that she delivers a good show and she’s a likeable queen that’s good TV. We’ll be seeing more of Reggy.
- USP: Social media queen.
- Final Ranking: Juicy is the Pork Chop of this season – first eliminated. For someone coming into this competition without any performance experience, it was always going to be a big ask to survive a Talent Show challenge first up.