Drag Race Sweden – Episode 8: The Recap
Have you been keeping up with Drag Race Sweden? We’ve made it to the Grand Finale!
Let’s get into it.
Our final mini-challenge for the season was a quick-drag make an acceptance speech challenge.
This is a solid mini-challenge but it seemed a bit of an odd choice for the final episode, I guess public speaking is a good skill for the winner to have.
Admira was declared the winner.
As tradition requires, the final maxi challenge of the season was to live out your pop-star fantasy by recording a verse and delivering choreography.
Despite Vanity’s nerves about the choreography, this was a really solid performance from all three queens – each of them delivering strong vocals as well as hitting the choreo.
It’s Eleganza Extravaganza time!
- Admira: Admira looked stunning – a black gown with accents of hot-pink, paired perfectly with a mountain of blonde hair. She looked old-Hollywood, she looked royalty – she served glamour perfection.
- Fontana: This was a very strong look from Fontana. We don’t normally get to see her in this style of formal gown, but it was a polished look and she looked beautiful, The colour combination perhaps didn’t pop as much as she would have hoped – black mesh and metallic emerald. Solid.
- Vanity Vain: This was a strong look from Vanity – a bit gothic and fairytale. The crystal-encrusted hair dates this look a bit, but she’s put-together and looks very polished.
We didn’t get a final lip-sync showdown, it was all down to the judges’ deliberations.
Vanity was announced as Third Place, leaving us a Top 2 of Admira versus Fontana.
*cue the dramatic music*
The winner was announced as Admira!
A worthy winner and an incredibly accomplished drag queen.
Season 1, done!
Final Ranking: Admira came into this competition as a very accommplished and established queen. What’s been impressive is that Admira was able to adapt her skills and experiences to the challenges that were thrown at her throughout the competition. A class act and a worthy winner.
Final Ranking: Originally from Brazil, Fontana is small and full of energy. She’s a natural performer and has a warm, bubbly personality. I wasn’t sure she was going to make it to the Top 3 but she’s proved to be resilient and up for anything, and that’s taken her all the way to second place.
Final Ranking: I like Vanity – she’s fairly head-strong and has a clear sense of who she is. That has stood her in good stead in this competition and took her all the way to the Top 3. It’s been a good season for Vanity.
Final Ranking: Elektra is very put-together and is clearly an experienced queen who knows who she is. She’s had a great season, making it to the Top 4 and proving that she’s an accomplished performer.
Final Ranking: Based in Liverpool, Antonina has great energy but that comes with a level of chaos. She’s watchable and likeable, but her runways have been her weak-spot. Eliminated in Episode 2, Antonina returned to the competition in Episode 4 before the make-over challenge was her final undoing – beaten in the lip-sync by Elektra.
Final Ranking: Santana is based in Berlin and brings an edgy, fetish edge to her drag. She’s had a great competition but a stumble in the runway of Episode 5 saw her land in the Bottom 2 against Fontana, and a wardrobe malfunction sealed her fate. I’m sure we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Santana – she’s a great performer.
Final Ranking: Imaa clearly knows how to serve looks. However, her reserved personality seems to have held her back a little in this competition. Snatch Game was her downfall, losing the lip-sync to Antonina.
Final Ranking: Based in Tokyo, Endigo seems to lean towards the cosplay end of drag. Endigo never really found her feet in this competition, but she brought a very upbeat energy to everything she tackled. The design challenge of Episode 3 was her undoing, losing the lip-sync to Elektra.
Final Ranking: A self-described baby-queen, this was always going to be a big ask for Aphroditey. She’s from a small town and she’s only been doing drag for a year. She may not have been ready to excel at Drag Race, but this is a great way to launch your career. Aphroditey went home in Episode 1, beaten in the lip-sync by Endigo.
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