RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 Episode 16 Assessment: Grand Finale


We’ve got our winner! After almost 4 months, America’s Subsequent Drag Celebrity was topped on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 Episode 16.

The battle was hard-fought between Gottmik, Symone, Rosé, and Kandy Muse within the Lip-Sync For The Crown.

In a crowning evening crammed with Britney Spears music, the queens labored the stage to ship the outcomes we have all been ready for. Although, the end result was all too predictable.

Grand Finale - Tall - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 16

Symone profitable RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 was an amazing choice as a result of Symone dominated most of the challenges, burned up the runway with iconic appears, and left her mark within the competitors. It is only a very anticipated choice primarily based on the season’s enhancing.

Proper from the enduring strains on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 Episode 2, Symone had the sport within the bag.

Positive, there have been moments the place she stumbled and landed within the backside two, however there was no approach Symone was going dwelling. She grew to become a frontrunner and favourite that wasn’t going to be simply toppled, and her many problem wins additional sealed the position within the finals.

RuPaul’s Drag Race wants to enhance its enhancing to permit a contact of shock and uncertainty. Two queens appeared like frontrunners by the point we reached the finale (Symone and Gottmik), and as soon as certainly one of them received eradicated, it was a assure the opposite would win.

It did not land the competitors on a excessive observe or give Symone the total bang her win rightfully deserved.

Symone Final Lip-Sync - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 16

The finale made just a few new adjustments this yr to accommodate the pandemic restrictions and social distancing.

Firstly, there was no viewers on the theater; there was a separate Drag Race Drive-in of pre-recorded members watching from a distinct location. And not one of the different eradicated queens had been there to do their runway walks. They got here in for the Miss Congeniality portion solely.

I appreciated the updates as a result of they tightened the grand finale and RuPaul jumped proper into the motion.

RuPaul: So, how’s it gonna really feel to ship these bitches dwelling?
Gottmik: Right!
[Everyone laughs]

Plus, extra time was spent on the essential segments and the enjoyable nods thrown in.

Like, the efficiency of RuPaul’s track with the backup dancers. We do not get RuPaul singing and dancing usually; it is a second we are able to all take pleasure in and admire! And the heartwarming tribute to Chi Chi DeVayne that includes most of the previous contestants talking lovely phrases.

Kandy Muse Final Lip-Sync - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 16

“Grand Finale” featured many nice appears from the Prime 4, in addition to from the eradicated and returning queens.

The perfect (and favourite) appears of the evening included Gottmik’s black and white Hellraiser look, Rosé’s My Truthful Woman robe, Kandy Muse’s pink leather-based mini costume, Gottmik’s evil queen, Rosé’s emerald Scottish queen, and Symone’s golden Medusa.

RuPaul: Who has one of the best “D”?
Heidi N Closet: Now that I’m right here… L.A.!
[They both laugh]

I really like a horror reference, so Gottmik’s gorgeous Hellraiser look blew me away the second she walked onto the principle stage. The identical goes for her Evil Queen look; the design alone may make an ideal Disney character in a fairytale.

Each Rosé and Symone appeared gorgeous of their tailor-made robes; the Medusa and Scottish queens had been opulent royalty that might be in {a magazine}. And Kandy Muse’s pink look was pure unabashedly Kandy that tied her story collectively.

When it got here time for the Lip-Sync For The Crown performances, I want the editors made it much less apparent who gained.

The clips had been edited in such a approach that they targeted on the profitable queen for almost all of the quantity. You might inform who gained the lip-sync throughout the first 10-15 seconds of the track. The editors hammered it in {that a} queen was going to win.

For instance, Kandy Muse vs. Rosé’s lip-sync primarily eliminated Rosé from the efficiency. Past just a few moments right here and there, Kandy received the lion’s share of the section.

Symone vs. Gottmik’s lip-sync was a bit of higher, however the identical situation persevered. Symone received longer prolonged cuts, and by the top of the track, all of the clips targeted on Symone. At the very least the Symone vs. Kandy Muse section felt balanced with equal shares.

Kandy Muse Counting Wins - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 14

Talking of the lip-syncs, Kandy Muse dominated the “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears lip-sync towards Rosé.

Why did not Rosé push tougher on stage? She gave an excellent quantity that concerned strolling round and serving appears; it was good however common.

RuPaul: Now, I really like your Scottish brogue. I can say just one factor with a Scottish accent, it’s “Lawrence Chaney!” Are you able to educate me learn how to say one thing else with a Scottish brogue?
Rosé: Yeah, right here’s one … “Ellie Diamond!”
[RuPaul laughs hard]

Kandy Muse, however, served fireplace, perspective, and fierce appears. Kandy knew she needed to give it her all to get the finale spot, and a part of that concerned kicks and connecting with the track.

Rosé did not match the identical vitality as Kandy Muse, who had confirmed to be a troublesome lip-sync competitor.

Rose Counting Wins - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 14

The “Gimme Extra” lip-sync of Symone vs. Gottmik was probably the most thrilling lip-sync of the evening.

Each queens embraced the horny tone of the track to serve sensual numbers. Outfit reveals, splits, seductive appears, clean strikes … the queens introduced all of it to battle for that final spot.

Granted, the enhancing gave it away who would win the lip-sync, however the moments delivered by each queens had been thrilling and enjoyable. “Gimme Extra” was the right track to present to 2 highly effective and assured queens like Symone and Gottmik.

It is a disgrace we did not get them within the Ultimate 2 battling it out like this.

Gottmik Counting Wins - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 14

Symone vs. Kandy Muse within the Ultimate 2 had an apparent consequence.

Primarily based on the stats coming into “Grand Finale,” Kandy wasn’t going to win. She had the worst observe file from the competitors, her appears did not evaluate to Symone, and she or he had been technically eradicated as soon as earlier than on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 Episode 8. The writing was on the wall early into the finale.

And keep in mind, it ain’t over till you lip-synced out of your front room! Simply ask me.

Jaida Essence Corridor

The efficiency vitality of “Until The World Ends” by Britney Spears had that expectation. Each queens served face and a few energetic strikes, nevertheless it was a median lip-sync general.

Even streamers exploding from Symone’s wig could not make this an iconic finale lip-sync.

The ultimate quantity was a median lip-sync to cap off an in any other case satisfying and common season. Fortunately, we had Lala Ri’s stunning Miss Congeniality win that gave us all of the shock and anticipation we would have liked for a finale. (Did anybody anticipate that?!)

Symone Outfit Reveal - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 16

Final Ideas From The Werk Room:

  • A full evening of solely Britney Spears songs? Signal me up!
  • Jaida Essence Corridor is a good previous winner. She at all times has numerous enjoyable and has probably the most partaking character every time she’s on digital camera.
  • If solely we may’ve gotten the Kandy Muse vs. Tamisha Iman long-awaited confrontation throughout the reunion on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 Episode 15. They might’ve been in a position to air out their grievances.
  • RuPaul LOVES Gottmik! They’ll undoubtedly work collectively once more sooner or later.

New Year, New Ru - Tall - RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 16

Now, over to you, Drag Race followers!

What did you consider “Grand Finale”?

Are you pleased with the winner? What was one of the best lip-sync of the finale? Which finale look did you’re keen on most?

Share your ideas within the feedback beneath.

Justin Carreiro is a workers author for TV Fanatic. Comply with him on Twitter.

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