The finalists of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 have recalled their most memorable moments of taking part in the show that didn’t make it to air, including a ‘heated’ argument and heartfelt exchanges that sparked tears.
Tonight, Ella Vaday, Kitty Scott-Claus and Krystal Versace will go up against each other as they vye in the grand finale of the competition on BBC Three.
It’s been a tough few weeks leading up to this point, with semi-finalist Vanity Milan becoming the most recent contestant to be eliminated after making it to the final four.
Ahead of the final, the top three spoke to Metro.co.uk and other press as they reminisced on their time on the series.
When asked whether there were any scenes in the show that they particularly liked that didn’t make the final cut of the episodes, Krystal expressed her disappointment over a quarrel with Scarlett Harlett being missed out.
There was tension between the two queens in episode seven when Scarlett said that Krystal’s look reminded her of Anubis, who was the first competitor to be told to ‘sashay away’ by RuPaul’.
‘I think the drama with Scarlett, I was really kind of gutted that they didn’t leave a lot of that in, cause that was more heated in person and on camera than it was shown, and I said a lot more and there was quite heated argument, but obviously there’s so much love now, I love Scarlett,’ Krystal said.
‘Watching it back, I was like, “Ah, that would’ve been such good TV.” Cause I literally sat there and went: “I’m not buying it. I’m not buying it.” And I apparently I kept saying that over and over again, I don’t even remember, but I was like over it, like I was p**sed off, and they cut that out, which would’ve been great.’
Ella recollected some words of wisdom she gave Vanity ahead of her friend’s lip sync with Elektra Fence, when Vanity was apparently initially unwilling to take part in the performance.
‘She wasn’t gonna do it and I was like, “Vanity, you need to do it.” Like kind of being like, “You have to do this, you have to show them what they’ve got,”’ Ella said.
‘I feel like a lot of the stuff I was saying in the early episodes kind of got lost, so I come across like I was really, really quiet. Even like in the sewing challenge, I helped so many girls to thread their machines and was helping a lot of people, but I think because they kind of portrayed me as struggling, it kind of didn’t make the edit and stuff like that. So I think I came across a bit quieter than I think I was in reality.’
Ella added that she and Vanity also shared some unseen tears in episode two, when they ‘cried’ together ‘like two old ladies’ over missing their partners.
‘That completely didn’t exist in the show, and you might have seen that I actually have a heart and I’m not just a dry old bastard, you know,’ she quipped.
As for Kitty, she said that some of her most treasured memories were the ‘bits that wouldn’t even be on camera’, such as when she held hands with Vanity ahead of a runway and told her: ‘I’m so pleased you’re here.’
‘It was just all those little moments and those little things that you forget that… we’re human at the end of the day, and we’re going through this most incredible experience and there’s only these 11 other people in the entire world which are going to have the exact same experience as us, so those bonding moments of just, a little wink here and there, do you know what I mean? It was just so, so gorgeous,’ she stated.
Having filmed the finale several months ago, Ella revealed that the night before they filmed the last episode of Drag Race UK, she actually hurt her back, causing her some discomfort.
‘I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I’d actually injured my back the night before so I was really sad and in pain,’ she said.
Nonetheless, the performer said that she felt ‘really emotional’ about how they had made it ‘through to the end’, praising the top four queens including Vanity for putting in ‘real hard work’ in the final weeks of the competition.
‘I was really proud and overwhelmed cause I could finally go home and see my other half as well, who I hadn’t spoken to for weeks, so I was just really happy, overwhelmed,’ she said.
The grand finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs tonight at 7pm on BBC Three on BBC iPlayer.