Our dutiful RuPaul’s Drag Race aficionado Michael Malice is inside the season 8 finale event. Keep refreshing the page for the latest!
11:29 PM: Bob walks in the room purse first. See you all next year!
11:36 PM: The Purse First Dancers
11:34 PM: Kim: “I thought the New Yorkers were going to throw tomatoes at me.” Crowd screams no.
Shangela: “No, they throw money.” Crowd does so
11:32 PM: Kim rips off her wig to “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” Huge applause.
11:29 PM: Song changes to “Rainy Days and Mondays.” Kim Chi grabs a box of tissues and literally leaves the stage. Is this art?
11:26 PM: Kim Chi feigning devastation over her loss, seguing into “The Winner Takes It All.” Clever.
11:22 PM: Naomi just posing to some cheesy song with her croaking her name to a terrible beat. Still better than Pearl’s trainwreck performance last year. The biggest question left for the night is wtf a Kim Chi performance looks like
11:21 PM: Naomi in her episode one look
11:17 PM: Crowd covering the stage in money, a first for the night.
11:14 PM: Chi Chi doing jumps, flips and splits. Insane energy.
11:13 PM: Shangela’s intro for Chi Chi gets the biggest applause so far all night, even bigger than Bob’s win
11:10 PM: Shangela and Derrick duet. Audience loses it. Drag at its finest. Chi Chi is up next. If she doesn’t do the Dreamgirls song there might be a riot.
11:07 PM: Now Derrick breaks into Britney. Superb. Dance moves are flawless
11:05 PM: Derrick performing her new single. Those looking forward to an amazing pro performance are disappointed…as are those hearing the song. It’s awful. Crowd NOT feeling it
11:00 PM: Thorgy with a Thor hammer, spitting on the crowd (with love!)
10:55 PM: Cynthia performing
10:52 PM: The crowd
10:48 PM: The finalists from the rear
10:45 PM: They’re playing an Axe ad. Horror show
10:44 PM: Bob thanking Acid Betty, Thorgy Thor and “the other top two” for giving her shoes. “Please give Naomi Smalls a huge round of applause!” Crowd obliges gladly
10:43 PM: Bob in tears as she gets crowned. “First of all, let me thank everyone in this room. New York City believed in me”
10:38 PM:Cynthia comes out to huge crowd reaction. Unprecedented for an early eliminated queen to take the title. Though every single queen we interviewed made it a point to say what a sweetheart she was
10:35 PM: Violet: “Do you follow Shangela on Snapchat?…I’m sorry!”
10:27 PM: Your loyal scribe and Ms. Chachki
10:18 PM: Violet just had to persuade security to allow her friends to COME THROUGH to VIP
10:13 PM: Judging by crowd reaction Thorgy is front runner for Miss Congeniality, but in all fairness she threw some of the most shade in confessionals this season
10:01 PM:Shangela asked the crowd who’s going to win. Only audible name is Bob
9:33 PM: Crowd loses it when Kim Chi pulls off her one dance move correctly
9:20 PM: Bob praises a drag queen wearing a Confederate flag. Queens fight PC better than anyone
9:09 PM: Biggest applause for Bob, Chi Chi, Kim, Thorgy, Naomi and Cynthia in that order
Least is Naysha and Derrick
9:00 PM: Shangela: “Bob walks into the club purse first, the places I go, you walk in purse locked. Kim Chi doesn’t walk in, she just kind of stumbles. But boy does she look good when she do!”
8:52 PM: Shangela warms up the crowd. She gave the order as Bob, Naomi and then Kim…implying Bob wins as expected
8:48 PM: Violet does a repeat of last year’s silks performance
8:15 PM: The crowd is thirsty!
7:43 PM: No idea what this is!
7:39 PM: Kim Chi’s ginormous heels
7:35 PM: You CAN sit with Dina Lohan
7:31 PM: Last year’s winner Violet Chachki
7:31 PM: TV personality New York is in the building.
7:30 PM: Sun’s out, guns out with Chi Chi DeVayne.
7:29 PM: TV personality New York is in the building. Shangela is working the carpet.
7:24 PM: It’s Derrick, bitch!
7:23 PM: Naomi Smalls isn’t seven foot tall in person?!
7:20 PM: Kim Chi will be visiting South Korea, no plans on the North.
7:18 PM: Thorgy Thor arrives