Well I hate to pat myself on the back (ok, sometimes I like it…LOL), but I did predict in writing that Aquaria would win Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. However, if anyone pulled themselves away from who their favorite was and looked at the facts (stats), it was pretty clear that Aquaria was going to win.

Having said that, I cannot speak more highly of Eureka and Asia who were both incredible contenders and kept this season exciting and very close. The day after the finale it was a pleasure to sit down with both of them for this exclusive Hotspots interview:

Eureka O’Hara

At what age did drag become an interest?

I started going to the bar before I turned 17 and had a fake ID. When I turned 18, the fake ID expired, and I couldn’t get into bar, so I decided to dress up in drag, and they let me in. Other drag queens convinced me to do the talent show. I kept doing it and never stopped doing drag.

How did you pick your name?

My biological mother’s name was Eureka, so I modeled myself after her. O’Hara is my drag father’s last name. His picked the name O’Hara from Gone With the Wind.

How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and how did it feel when you found out you’d been chosen?

I applied for four years, and it was life changing when I got chosen, and even more life changing when I got to come back.

Do you think being a returning queen made it easier or harder for you?

Harder, so much harder. There was a level of anticipation and a standard that was already set. I felt the judges were harder on me, and I had to prove more and more why I should be there.

How was your Drag Race experience different the second time around?

This time I was there a lot longer, and I got to experience it in a different way. Last time I was gone from home only two weeks and this time six. The farther into the season, the scarier it gets, and the more anxious you are. It also gets more exciting.

What’s your marital status?

I am single.

What are you looking for in a man?

I’m looking for a man that has a job and can take care of himself. That man also has to be emotionally strong so he can deal with not being around me all the time. I also love romance.

Going into the finals, if you knew you couldn’t win, who would you have wanted to win and why?

Asia. Because she is a leader, and she is inclusive and sees all sides.

Seeing your family in the finale, it seems like you are very close to them. Tell me about that relationship?

I am very close with them. My twin and I have a connection that you cannot describe. We are so much alike. My mom is now sick but always took care of us as a single mom. My older sister has three kids and is living with my mom and sister, and they all rely on me to eat and have their bills paid. They are my strength and the reason I fight and work so hard.

What’s ahead for Eureka?

Ideally, I want to be on Saturday Night Live. Tell Lorne Michaels! I just released the song “Big Girl” (available on iTunes), and I’m working on a one-woman show, which will be entitled “Pretty Hot and Tasty.”

Asia O’Hara

At what age did drag become an interest?

Drag became an interest at about 20.

How did you pick your name?

I picked my name because I have a family member whose name is Asia. It was a last-minute thought since most of my friends had boy names in drag.

How many times did you apply to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and how did it feel when you found out you had been chosen?

I auditioned three times, And when I got the call, it felt great. It was very exciting that I finally made it.

Do you think there’s more pressure on the queens now that Drag Race has been on so long?

Absolutely. The bar is raised every year, and there is more pressure to be greater. The talent and the fashion level continually gets raised.

Tell us about your Drag Race experience?

It was absolutely phenomenal. I got to meet incredible people and build relationships with girls I would have never met. I got to learn a lot about myself — and found some great qualities I didn’t know I had!

In the finale we saw you have a handsome boyfriend. How did you meet and, since you mentioned you were getting married, when?

We aren’t officially getting married yet. I just felt the need to let people know it’s serious. We met at a pageant I was judging in St. Louis. The second I met him I knew he was the person.

Other than Drag Race, what’s the best thing that has happened to you in drag?

People coming up to me and telling me how I inspired them or changed their life. In those moments, you realize that what you are doing is not going unnoticed.

Going into the finals, if you knew you couldn’t win, who would you have wanted to win and why?

All of them for different reason. I felt Aquaria was the most deserving, based on the competition. But I felt Eureka had some of the best qualities for people to emulate.

What’s ahead for Asia?

I am definitely looking forward to creating new art from scratch. I am very excited for the future.