Last week marked the final episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ second season. If you aren’t familiar with the franchise, it is a reality TV show about several drag queens who compete in challenges to win the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000.
Tensions were high and friendships were lost as many viewers fought over who rightfully deserved to win the finale. On one hand, there were people who were on the side of Alaska Thunderf*ck, the show’s top contender who had won the most challenges and been on the bottom the fewest number of times. Although clearly talented and beautiful, many viewers were not charmed by her sneaky tactics and clique-like behavior throughout the season.
These viewers were on the side of Katya Zamolodchikova, a fellow blond drag queen who had won Miss Congeniality during her season on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Essentially, as Miss Congeniality, she was voted by the fans as one of the most kindhearted and caring queens, a reputation that she held the entire time she was on All Stars.
Many argued that although Alaska ended up winning the show, along with the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and $100,000, she didn’t deserve any of it. This faction, highly vocal on Twitter, pushed the idea that Katya was not only as beautiful and talented as Alaska was, but stronger overall because of her more likeable personality. Essentially, Katya was a fan favorite on her season and continued to be so on All Stars.
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Katya was robbed #AllStars
— veronica (@Iaygend) October 14, 2016
Today, I list out the reasons that Alaska was the rightful winner of this season’s All Stars.
One of the biggest arguments for Alaska is that she won the most challenges. Throughout the entire season, she won five challenges, including the final episode that got her crowned, and was a high-scorer for the first episode. Katya, on the other hand, won only three times and was grouped with the bottom-performing queens two times. In fact, when the top two contestants were Alaska and Katya during lip-sync battles, Alaska consistently defeated Katya. If Katya couldn’t beat Alaska in every single lip-sync she ever performed against her, how could anyone think Katya could win the show?
“For it is my fanatical devotion and my undying love and respect for the world that RuPaul has created here, that puts me wig, head, and shoulders above any competitor… You will find that the only inductee into the RuPaul Hall of Fame is I, Alaska.” – Alaska
“In Season 7, you let me show the world that I’m good enough. And here, you let me believe it myself and I can’t thank you enough for that.” – Katya
In the final episode, when the queens were prompted to explain why they should each be the winner, Alaska gave a riveting speech, which showed her passion and drive for drag. More importantly, it showed Alaska’s self-confidence. Katya’s speech was more or less a thank you to the producers for even allowing her on the show; in effect, she didn’t sound like a winner and thus didn’t win. In fact, Katya’s plea sounded more like a farewell speech as she thanked the judges and talked about not being “good enough” in the past.
Despite being considered a fan-favorite, in terms of social media presence and popularity outside of the show, Alaska trumps Katya on every platform. Here, I present a table that shows each queen’s following on various social media platforms as of October 2016.
Whether on stage or in the real world, Alaska seems to have Katya beaten in every way. Although Alaska was slightly snake-like and cutthroat throughout the season, her actions were only a testament to how seriously she takes drag and how much she wanted to win. In contrast, Katya had many moments where she failed to meet the mark and was almost kicked off the show as someone on the bottom multiple times. Loud as they are, the Twitterverse’s cries that Katya was robbed falls on deaf ears. It is no surprise that Alaska ended up becoming the World’s Next Drag Superstar.