RuPaul pulls surprise stunt to reveal ‘Drag Race’ season 15 finalists

RuPaul pulls surprise stunt to reveal ‘Drag Race’ season 15 finalists

In the great tradition of Eve 6000, RuPaul had a trick up her sleeve.

Joey Nolfi

By Joey Nolfi March 31, 2023 at 09:30 PM EDT


For the first time this season, RuPaul had — in the great tradition of Canada’s Drag Race icon Eve 6000 — a very specific trick up her sleeve to reveal the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15 finalists.

After the top-four contestants — Sasha Colby, Luxx Noir London, Anetra, and Mistress Isabelle Brooks — were tasked with performing in Mama Ru’s “Blame It on the Edit” music video challenge on Friday’s episode, the judges deliberated on who should advance to the three slots open for the finale.

When the show returned from commercial, the Emmy-winning hostess deemed Sasha to be the week’s winner, securing her place in the final episode. Luxx joined her as this week’s “safe” queen, leaving Mistress and Anetra to lip-sync against each other for the remaining spot.

The duo duked it out on the Main Stage to Kelly Rowland and David Guetta’s EDM hit “When Love Takes Over,” with all of the judges applauding when they finished.

“Ladies, I have made my decision,” RuPaul announced as Anetra and Mistress awaited their fate. “For the first time this season, shantay you both stay! Condragulations, you are both moving on to the grand finale!”

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Anetra, Luxx Noir London, Sasha Colby, and Mistress Isabelle Brooks on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 15.

| Credit: MTV/World of Wonder

An ecstatic Mistress celebrated the moment in a confessional. “I’m so excited,” she squealed. “Right now I’m in my winning era, you junkie whores!”

The top four queens heading into the season’s last episode mark the remnants of the largest-ever cast in RuPaul’s Drag Race her-story, with a record-setting 16 queens kicking off the competition on its January premiere.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race season 15 reunion premieres next Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, followed one week later by the season 15 finale on April 14. Catch up on the season and hear exclusive interviews with the cast in EW’s Quick Drag podcast feed below.

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