In the final episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3, the final 4 were Shangela, Trixie, Kennedy and BeBe.
For the final maxi challenge, the girls need to write, sing and dance in the most ambitious production number in drag race history. Starting with Ru Paul’s song “Kitty Girl” the contestants need to compose and perform a solo that shows the world that they came to slay. Later, with Todrick Hall, they will need to come up with choreographer that makes them stand out from their competitors. Then Ru informs them that the eliminated queens are coming back again, and they will play a vital role in the final evaluations. The category for the runway was best drag eleganza extravaganza!
Everyone was good in the Maxi challenge and the runway. The 2 best in the maxi were Kennedy and Shangela and on the runway it was Shangela and Trixie. Ru then explained that the top 4 would have to meet with the eliminated queens who would then vote on who should be the top 2.
In the end the queens chose Kennedy and Trixie and after the Lip Synch Ru chose Trixie as the winner of All Stars 3.
It was a pleasure to sit down with all four finalists, just one day after the finale.
How has your life changed since you were on Drag Race the first time?
Kennedy – It has changed tremendously. I get to see and entertain the world. It’s what I have always wanted.
Bebe – OMG, well it was an amazing platform and now I get the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people and travel a lot. I love entertaining worldwide. I am very grateful.
Trixie – Katya and I always say it takes your life from black and white to color. I used to lip sych at 7 pm for 10 people and now I go on national and international tours and I have my own TV show.
Shangela – Since season 2 and 3 I have been able to travel the world and build a legion of fans that I love. I am so happy to grow and evolve. I grew up in a small town and I never thought this would happen to me, but I am so grateful and thankful that it did!
What have been some of your favorite cities to visit as a RuPaul Alumni?
Kennedy – I love Seattle, and I also love Nebraska as well as Chicago, and of course I always love to come back to Florida.
Bebe – I have gone to so many places. I love Austin Texas, and Seattle. I also love some of the small cities as they appreciate and love drag so much.
Trixie – To me it was San Francisco, London, Dallas and Chicago.
Shangela – London, Dublin, New York, Chicago and Austin Texas, and of course my home of Dallas.
How exciting was it to get called back for All Stars? Did you consider not coming back, and if so what made you come back?
Kennedy – I didn’t think twice about it. I said yes before the sentence was finished. It had been two years since season 7 and I felt like it would be a perfect opportunity for a boost. Additionally I wanted to go and prove myself and let them have it again.
Bebe – When the opportunity presented itself, I knew it was going to be polarizing and lots of pressure, so I took a little time to think about it. I decided that my voice was needed there and I said yes.
Trixie – I feel like with the work I have done outside of the show I have proven myself to audiences, but I wanted to prove something to myself. I needed the do over to try and re write my wrongs and prove I could do it.
Shangela – I am Shangela Laquifa Wadley, and I will always come back! I was super excited to be asked and I wanted to showcase how much I have grown.
How did you prepare differently for All Stars than you did the first time you were on the show?
Kennedy – The only thing I did different is that this time I actually had a closet filled with clothes to bring. They were mine, not borrowed.
Bebe – honestly I prepared the same way, and went with the same strategy…to be authentic.
Trixie – I had more money so I could bring nicer clothes and hair. I also brought my guitar and harp. One of the things I have learned after my first time on Drag Race is that you can’t really prepare as you don’t know what they are going to throw at you.
Shangela – I knew that every opportunity on the runway and in front of Ru Paul I would want to create a moment. I think and hope I did that!
If you got to choose the top two, (of the four) who would it have been and why?
Kennedy – Of course I would have picked myself, and Shangela. I say Shangela because outside of Ben she was the frontrunner, and she has come so far. She really helped make the show.
Bebe – I will pass on that question.
Trixie – Myself and Shangela as I think we did a great job in the competition and also exemplify that you can create a great career whether or not you win!
Shangela – Myself, as I had the strongest track record of the season and I would have also chosen ….well honestly, they were all good and I can make a case for all 3, so I can’t choose!
How hard was it to keep the secret of who was in the top two all these months since filming?
Kennedy – It wasn’t hard, because I believe in the process of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. I would never want to ruin the brand.
Bebe – It wasn’t hard for me, because when I did drag race originally no one even knew I went on the show. So I can keep a secret.
Trixie – I am a terrible secret keeper so it was a lot of focus. However, letting everyone you know be surprised is kind of worth it
Shangela – You know when we film something we have to hold everything that happens confidential. It’s difficult, but it’s part of the process. Honestly, I have been working so much, and that made it a lot easier.
Is there something about you that the fans would be surprised to know?
Kennedy – No, I am pretty much an open book
Bebe – That I am very goofy and silly. When people meet me at the Meet and Greets they are surprised.
Trixie –Outside of drag I am somewhat withdrawn. AS Ru Paul says “I am an introvert that masquerades as an extrovert”
Shangela – I am pretty much an open book. They know if they meet me in real life they are getting the exact same person they see on TV! Wait, I know, my fans may not know that I am a big fan of Game of Thrones.
What’s does the future hold for you?
Kennedy – My music single “Moving Up” just dropped on itunes today. The Video for the ssingle is on my website. I am going to go work on some more music and continue to tour the world. My dream is to get on Broadway.
Bebe – I just launched a kick starter to release the film product called “Being Bebe,” which has documented me for the last 12 years of my artistry. I am also in the studio working on a new album and working on a Jungle Kitty Tour.
Trixie – Well my album has just come out and I am about to embark on a 40 city tour of the United States. The Trixie and Katya Show (now featuring Bob the Drag Queen) is still on Viceland every Wed at 10:30.
Shangela – I came in the door as a working girl professional and I am leaving the door as a working girl professional…LOL! I have a new song called “Pay Me” that just dropped on itunes yesterday. I will be appearing in Bianca Del Rio’s sequel in Hurricane Bianca 2. I also have a role in the Lady Gaga’s film called “A Star is Born,” which is directed by Bradley Cooper. Also I have written a new stand-up comedy “Shangela is Shook” and it is touring the UK in April and Australia in December and then back to the US. I am also Co-Producing “Werq The World” which will tour 17 cities in Europe in the end of May.
One question for the winner, Trixie…What are you doing with the money?
I’m trash for the country that has never had anything, so I am just going to save it just in case!