Drag Race Crowns Season 5’s Winner

by JC Alvarez
Thursday May 9, 2013

Fans around the country were glued to their television sets for the final episode of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" this week. At the rapidly becoming infamous XL Nightclub in the heart of New York City’s Theater District, the entire cast of Season 5 gathered for the crowning of the new queen. In the last fifteen minutes, and at least to the room full of rabid fandom, it was clear that there was a storm approaching. When Jinkx Monsoon was officially crowned the winner, it was soon declared "Monsoon Season."

In one of the most heated competitions of the show’s run, the final three, Alaska, Roxxxy Andrews and the aforementioned Jinkx Monsoon, battled it out for what has become the most coveted honor in the drag kingdom. The winner of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" has gone on to achieve a distinct notoriety in nightlife culture across the country, and reap the rewards that accompany the title of "America’s Next Drag Superstar."

The last queen to hold the title was Sharon Needles, who also is partnered in life with Top 3 contender Alaska. They have become Drag Race’s premiere "drag couple." Needles performed at the finale event at XL with the illustrious Amanda Lepore. Needles debuted the single "I Wish I Were Amanda Lepore," before returning the turntables to the evening’s DJ MiMi Imfurst.

You Better Work!

On "RuPaul’s Drag Race" every week’s challenge raises the stakes of the competition and forces the racers to think outside of their wig box. With one of the highest rated seasons yet, if RuPaul is Queen Madame of the roost, her sister in arms is her long-time friend Michelle Visage. When asked what is it about the show that continues to inspire excitement with every cycle, Visage coyly responded: "I have nothing to do with it. I just sit back and let Ru do all the work. But seriously," she adds, "Ru knows what Ru’s looking for and which queens are ready."

Visage agrees that even after five seasons (and one All-Star run) it’s still a surprise whenever the queens emerge on the runway for their final looks. "I know what the challenge is, but I can’t wait to see how they interpret it. It’s an incredible reveal every time." And does Michelle Visage have a favorite in the now historic pantheon of contestants that have passed each test? "There are now so many of them!" Visage admits, "They all mean something to me."

Joined by XL Cabaret’s Friday Night "Hotmess" hostess the legendary Bianca Del Rio, Visage introduced the evening with a special performance from Season 5 favorite Detox who performed "Boy Is a Bottom" along with Season 4 fave Willam and possible next season contender Vicky Vox. Detox made one of the most incredible impressions this season, but admitted: "I’m so glad that it’s over! The stress of the competition is such a mind-fuck, but it pushed me as a performer, and especially as a human being." Detox found the experience to be "very therapeutic".

Check out Detox’s video here:


  • Anonymous, 2013-05-11 09:45:58

    Seriously? You squeeze in one small photo of the winner in the middle of the piece with one sentence mentioning her then promote Willam/Detox/Vicky? Shady. PFFFT Jinkx Monsoon doesn’t need "night life culture" like the others, she’s an accomplished star on the theater stage (Rent, Spring Awakening, Hedwig just last year). She sells out every single thing she touches. Like The Vaudevillians, her original off Broadway show repeatedly selling out for 3 weeks in July.

  • cheyanne clark, 2013-05-14 07:45:09

    YES!!!!!!! I’m glad jinx won! I’ve been rootin for her since episode one!! :D

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