Drag Race Mexico – Episode 12: The recap
The Drag Race fever-dream continues – the first season of Drag Race Mexico has reached its finale!
Are you up to speed? Let’s get into it.
With our Top 4 decided, the format of this finale felt fairly familiar and comfortable.
The main challenge was to create a music video. The track was A Quien Le Importa by Thalia – a fairly beloved and iconic song.
Usually in this context, the queens would have to write their own verses, but I kind of liked seeing them just embracing their inner pop goddess.
We then hit the main stage runway for some Eleganza Extravaganza.
It felt a bit odd that both Cristian and Regina opted for bridal looks. They were both strong looks, but having two bridals on stage diminished them both. I wasn’t crazy about Gala’s look – it’s the kind of thing that would photograph really well but wasn’t really what was needed for a runway. Matraka had a really strong look – leaning into Mayan culture, she was a golden goddess dressed in regal blue – like some kind of deity descended from the sun.
The final hurdle? A lip-sync.
The track was El Me Mintio by Amanda Miguel.
This is perhaps the perfect track for a lip-sync battle. It’s hugely emotional but it builds and builds and builds.
The downside, having four queens on stage to do this lip-sync makes it a bit of a crowded battle. From what we could see, everyone really seemed to be pouring their heart into this. Each of the finalists really gave strong performances that you would pay to see on any stage around the world.
However, you’ve got to hand it to Cristian. Not only was she in control of the song throughout, she was able to use her bridal gown effectively, she had a seamless wig reveal from blonde into brunette, she then symbolically cut her hair to really channel the emotional power of the song. It was dramatic and over-the-top but that’s exactly what this song is and it all felt correct.
Obviously, the crown went to Cristian. That’s pretty much been a certainty throughout this entire season but it was a well-deserved win for a truly exceptional drag queen.
Final Ranking: Cristian gave frontrunner energy from the very beginning of the competition. She really has dominated at every step of the way so it was no surprise that Cristian was crowned as the winner of Season 1.
Final Ranking: Matraka is probably my favourite in this cast – she seems confident in herself and what she does. This format has really suited her and she’s felt authentically herself in everything that she’s tackled. It wasn’t clear at the beginning whether she would be able to hold her own among these big personalities, but she’s really shone and made it all the way to Top 4. We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Matraka.
Final Ranking: Gala has been really likeable throughout this entire season – she is always giving main-character energy in whatever she’s doing. Gala is an engaging and entertaining performer who loves the stage – it’s taken her all the way to Top 4 and she’s clearly got a big career ahead of her.
Final Ranking: Regina came into this competition as a very experienced queen with a big reputation. She’s successfully navigated the rollercoaster of this format, made it to Top 4, and has enhanced her reputation as a powerhouse entertainer.
Final Ranking: Lady Kero is really likeable and has given us some good TV. She excels at comedy but it was the stand-up challenge of Episode 9 that was her undoing. Beaten in the lip-sync by Gala.
Margaret Y Ya
Final Ranking: It’s been a roller-coaster of a competition for Margaret, but she’s done really well to make it to Top 6 – demonstrating that she’s super-likeable with a strong point-of-view.
Final Ranking: After a strong start to the competition, Argennis wasn’t able to sustain the momentum and her confidence seemed to take a knock. She brought great looks and some good lip-syncs – eventually losing her third one to Gala Varo in Episode 6.
Final Ranking: Serena never really got the chance to get comfortable in this competition – in her five episodes, she had to lip-sync three times. She’s likeable and entertaining, but it was Argennis who finally brought her run to and end in Episode 5.
Final Ranking: She’s clearly a very experienced queen who is well-respected by everyone. She only does black and white makeup, and that’s a bit limiting in this format. Pixie was eliminated in Episode 4, beaten in the lip-sync by Argennis.
Final Ranking: Vermelha never really found her feet in this competition. After being saved by a lifeline in Episode 1, landing back in the Bottom 2 in Episode 2 meant that it was pretty much game-over – beaten in the lip-sync by Serena.
Final Ranking: After getting a lifeline in Episode 1, there was no room for slip-ups for Vallarta. Unfortunately, Episode 2 saw her back in the Bottom 2 so it was clearly game-over. Miss Vallarta is the Pork Chop of the season.