Monday, February 26, 2018

Drag365: Show #45- Ultimate Drag Pageant, Week 5 at The West End

Gina Tonic // photo by Michael Block
Day: Thursday, February 15th         

Show: Ultimate Drag Pageant, Week 5 

Location: The West End

Queens Seen: Marti Gould Cummings (@martigcummings), Nedra Belle (@nedrabelle), Allura Borealis (@alluraborealis), Bambi (@imstillcute), Celah Doore (@celahdoorenyc), Carlos the Uber Driver (@carlostheuberdriver), Foolisha (@thefoolisha), Gina Tonic (@itsginatonic), Nicole Onoscopi (@nicoleonoscopi), Shelby Late (@shelby_late), Tiffany Anne Coke (@tiffanyannecoke)

Shelby Late // photo by Michael Block
Carlos the Uber Driver // photo by Michael Block
In quite possibly the widest open-ended themes of the competition, hosts Marti Gould Cummings and Nedra Belle tasked the season 6 competitors in bringing their best renditions of glamour. Marti, Nedra, and guest hosts the incredibly beautiful Paul McGill and the glamourous Anthony Paparelli provided critiques to the girls as they shined bright in a wide array of presentations. Starting off the night was Nicole Onoscopi trying her hand at glamour with a Glinda and Kristen Chenoweth mix, all while looking fabulous in pink velour. Next up was Tiffany Anne Coke wearing gorgeous red hair and lovely black dress slayed a Dinah Washington number. Foolisha slayed the night with a frightening rendition of “Primadonna Girl” by Marina and the Diamonds which resulted in a bloody finish. Looking absolutely stunning in three striking looks, Shelby Late brought a wicked mother mix. Allura Borealis took a different take on glamour with a glam rock slot mix. Someone had to do Fergie’s “Glamourous” and it was Celah Doore to volunteer as tribute wearing a sequin track suit of sorts. In one of her strongest performances of the competition, Bambi looked luxurious in a peacock inspired gown doing a lip sync to BeyoncĂ©. After a comedic set up, Gina Tonic proved that beauty is inside all of us singing the anthem “I Am What I Am.” The night closed out with Carlos the Uber Driver and her handsome dancing hunks strongly singing “Le Jazz Hot.” 
The judges and I haven’t been in complete agreement recently, and that’s the beauty of art! My winner of the week went to Foolisha for her out-of-the-box take on glamour. The judges gave the victory to Carlos the Uber Driver and her stellar number. The competition is heating up! Make sure you keep yourself posted here for all the action!