Thailand is out! Pangina Heals is the fourth queen to sashay away from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World.
The fourth episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World aired tonight on BBC Three and iPlayer. RuPaul Charles and Michelle Visage returned to the main stage to critique the international queens, this time alongside special celebrity guests Clara Amfo, Michelle Keegan and Katie Price.
RU-CAP : The fourth episode began with the queens still reeling in shock from Pangina’s decision to eliminate Jimbo from the competition. When Janey revealed that she would have chosen Jujubee for the chop, Mo questioned whether Jujubee was on her last chance…
With the competition heating up, it was time for another day in the workroom. For this week’s Maxi Challenge, the queens would team up to play Snatch Game: Family Edition. Each were tasked to serve their best celebrity impersonations, but for the first time in Drag Race Herstory, they would compete as two feuding families. One chosen family would play with Drag Race judge Michelle Visage. The other would play with pop culture icon Katie Price. The Price family consisted of Pangina as Mariah Carey, Jujubee as Cher and Baga Chipz as Kathy Bates’ character from Misery. The Visage family included Janey Jacké as James Charles, Blu Hydrangea as Mike Myer’s Austin Powers and Mo Heart as Billy Porter.
On elimination day, the queens returned to the main stage and category was: Luck Be A Lady. Blu’s high fashion leprechaun look impressed the panel. Baga also went for the Irish look, a green outfit with red hair, drawing on her Irish heritage. The judges loved her deranged reverence for “Paul” as Kathy Bates in the Snatch Game. Based on the judges critiques, RuPaul made her decision and declared Blu Hydrangea and Baga Chipz the top two of the week. It was then up to Blu and Baga to deliberate who from the remaining bottom four – Pangina, Jujubee, Janey and Mo – would be leaving the competition if they won the winner’s lip sync.
After lip-syncing to Let It Go by Alexandra Burke, RuPaul declared Blu Hydrangea a winner. With great power comes great responsibility and so, Drag Race UK representative, Blu Hydrangea had to reveal her decision: “Well it’s at that point in the competition, where any misstep can send you home. We’re all strong, we’re all representing our own countries – and this is important to all of us. I have loved and followed this person’s career for years and they’ve inspired me right up to this moment. But tonight I’m sending home Pangina.”
RuPaul said: “As it is written, so it shall be done. Pangina, you are and will always be a global phenomenon.”
Pangina Heals, representing Thailand said: “I want to say sorry to all the Thai people that I did not go all the way. I feel really devastated. I am heartbroken. This is a shock to me that Blu decided to choose me to go home. Maybe because I’m a threat. But this is how it is. This is the game. I love you Thailand.”
Pangina left a message in the mirror in lipstick saying: “I love you all from the bottom of my heart.” And then in Thai: “Thank you very much everyone, love Pan.”
The remaining five queens – Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Janey Jacké, Jujubee and Mo Heart representing the UK, Holland and the US respectively go forward, as they continue to battle it out to be crowned the first Queen of the World.
Pangina Heals right after Drag Race came to YASS to spill all the tea with us!
How did it feel to represent Thailand in Drag Race UK Versus The World?
It felt like the greatest honour to represent Thailand for the first time. Outside of Drag Race Thailand, we’ve never had a Thai representative appear on a drag race franchise before .. For me, I wanted to represent my culture, who I am – and also South East Asia with pride and honour.
How did it feel to be competing this time, not hosting?
If I had an ego it might be different… but I signed up for this with the hope that it would be a great learning experience for me. I always strive to be a better Drag Queen and I was relishing the chance to improve my game with the critiques of the judges that I’ve looked up to forever, like Michelle, Graham and especially RuPaul. I feel that by joining the competition, I became a better Drag Queen on a global platform, and so I am grateful, honoured and so excited about the future!
Would you do anything differently if you could?
I wouldn’t change anything. I wanted to showcase the best of me, whether that’s fashion, performance or how I carry myself in the workroom.
Did you learn anything from the experience?
I’ve learned that this experience is intense! I’ve learned that the sisterhood of these girls is everything… They are all amazing human beings. They have come to my aid when I’ve needed help. I truly love them and care for them. This is an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life. I can’t forget it – I know I made my country proud.
What would you like audiences to know about Thailand and Thailand’s Drag Scene?
I want people to know how amazing Thai drag queens are and that on my franchise, Drag Race Thailand, the queens really showcase our culture. The show is quite different. We put a lot of emphasis on form and fashion, and celebrate our culture and history , weaving in what it means to be Thai into the fabric of the show.
What’s next for Pangina?
Well since I’m now banned in Canada… joking! I am going to America for two tours. I’ll be in the UK soon as well. I’m also going to reopen my House of Heals Club in BangKok.. And then, I’m going to take over the world!
Co-host of Drag Race Thailand, Pangina is the first queen to ever host a Drag Race series and then be a contestant on another one. Her high-speed performance in the opening episode of Drag Race UK Versus The World, alongside her elevated drag style and jaw-dropping runway looks, has earned her global recognition as one of the world’s finest Drag Queens.