The latest season of Drag Race UK started out with 12 queens, each one ready to claim the crown, and over the course of 10 episodes, that number got smaller and smaller until we were left with our top three - Krystal Versace, Ella Vaday and Kitty Scott-Claus.
Season three had its ups and downs, and it enjoyed special guest appearances from the likes of Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse, Derry Girls and Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan, Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock and more.
This is what you need to know about the grand finale.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for the finale of season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. If you haven’t caught up on the season, you can do so on the BBC iPlayer.
Who won season 3?
The queen crowned as the winner of Drag Race UK was Krystal Versace, who became the youngest ever winner in the history of Drag Race at just 19-years-old at the time of filming.
The final three queens were tasked with singing a verse each of RuPaul’s festive tune Hey Sis, it’s Christmas, hitting the runway under the category of Final Three Eleganza Extravaganza and finally lip syncing for the crown to You Don’t Own Me by Dusty Springfield.
After winning the crown, Krystal said: “Oh my god, this has been the most amazing experience I could have ever wished for in my entire life, and I’m just ready to rule the f**king world!”
She also added: “This journey has been amazing, and I’m so excited to take that win home for my family. It’s time for the Krystal Versace dynasty to reign supreme!”
Krystal joins the Drag Race UK hall of fame alongside season one winner The Vivienne and season two winner Lawrence Chaney.
Who were the other finalists?
Joining Krystal in the finale was her fellow queens Ella Vaday and Kitty Scott-Claus.
Kitty was revealed as the winner of Miss Congeniality at the screening of the finale, which is a title awarded to the one queen per season regarded as the kindest or most helpful.
Prior to season 10, Miss Congeniality used to be decided via a fan vote, however due to the online voting getting hacked, it’s now decided amongst the queens themselves.
Speaking about the season, Kitty said: “I was such a huge fan of the show before I was on it and I feel like I’ll continue to be for years to come because it’s so important to have such a popular, positive, queer programme on mainstream telly.”
Krystal said that all the queens from season three have become “such good friends”, and Ella added: “It was like we were just mates that were going into a studio every day and just having a laugh.”
Season three of Drag Race UK made Drag Race history, with the first cisgender female drag queen, Victoria Scone.
What has the fan reaction been like?
It wouldn’t be a Drag Race crowning without fans disagreeing with choices made by RuPaul during the season.
When the final three queens were first revealed, the Drag Race UK Twitter account released three tweets asking if fans were #TeamElla, #TeamKitty or #TeamKrystal.
The tweet asking if fans were rooting for Krystal received the lowest number of likes with 540, with Kitty’s tweet gaining 704 likes - and Ella’s tweet amassing over two thousand.
Replying to the tweet announcing the winner, fans made their feelings known.
One person wrote: “Ru: I want to hear from the fans about who they think should win. Also Ru: I’ve had my favourite from day 1 so the fan’s opinions don’t matter.”
Another tweeted: “Does track record mean anything?? Ella and Kitty were never in the bottom. And though Versace was the best lip sync Ella was very strong in the maxi challenge??”
“The biggest shock that isn’t really a shock. Ru favoured her all season. She’s really likeable and I’m pleased for her - but you have to feel for Ella who had a better track record and makes you think… what’s the point?,” wrote another.
This is the track record that each queen had during the season:
- Two wins
- Six safe
- One bottom
- Two wins
- Seven safe
- Zero times in the bottom
- Four wins
- Five safe
- Zero times in the bottom
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