Sunday, March 25, 2018

Drag365: Show #67- Ultimate Drag Pageant, Week 8 at the West End

Nicole Onoscopi // photo by Michael Block
Day: Thursday, March 8th     

Show: Ultimate Drag Pageant

Location: The West End

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

Bambi // photo by Michael Block
After 8 long weeks of competition, it's time to finally crown a winner of Season 6 of Ultimate Drag Pageant. Eight girls go in, one remains. Marti Gould Cummings and Nedra Belle welcomed the Two Tuckers as the special guest judges. With a pageant theme, the girls were ready to show off their best talents. Tiffany Anne Coke began the night with a burlesque number as an ode to Gypsy. With a little technical glitch, she came back later to do it again with an extra fire inside. Foolisha looked like a vampire goddess as she lip synced, fangs and all. Allura paid homage to one of her heroes, her sister, and sang "Cabaret." Reminding the judges and the crowd of her winning weeks, Nicole Onoscopi sang "If I Had My Time" from Groundhog Day as she brought out three of her friends who each wore the outfit from her previous numbers. Shelby Late gave a pageant-themed number honoring some stupid hoes in the pageant circuit. Bambi danced the house down to "Grown Woman" by Beyonce. To lighten the mood, Celah took a bunch of shots on stage as she performed "Good Old-Fashioned Love Story" from The Wild Party. Rounding out the night was a preview of the solo show Carlos the Uber Driver would create, a challenge the judges gave her weeks prior. After all was said and done, with all the judges scores and audience votes tallied, the top three to reach the finale lip sync were Bambi, Carlos, and Nicole. After an emotion-filled performance to "This Is Me," It was Nicole Onoscopi who was crowned the winner of Ultimate Drag Pageant season 6.
It was quite a joy to watch the ten queens journey to this grand finale. I'm proud of each and every one of them and extremely excited to see what happens next. Bright futures are ahead for sure.