In the Semi-Finals, Holland representative, Janey Jacké is the fifth queen to sashay away from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World. After she leaves the werk room she stops in YASS HQ for an exclusive interview. Here is all the tea you were looking for, plus a juicy recap of the last episode.
The penultimate episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World aired tonight on BBC Three and iPlayer. RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage and Graham Norton returned to the main stage to critique the international queens, this time alongside special celebrity guest judge and Little Mix star, Jade Thirlwall.
RUCAP: After an incredibly emotional elimination last episode, the episode begins with the remaining queens still in shock after Blu’s decision to cut Pangina from the competition. When asked by the other queens, who she had chosen to go home, Baga Chipz revealed that she too would have chosen Pangina. As her reasoning, she cited Pangina’s earlier decision to cut her close friend, Jimbo from the competition.
But with the semi-final challenges looming, the five remaining queens set to work. For this week’s Maxi Challenge, the Queens were set the task to write, record and perform their own version of RuPaul’s LONDON, whilst paying homage to their own hometowns in their lyrics.
On elimination day, the queens returned to the main stage to perform their rendition of LONDON to RuPaul and the judges. Then, it was time to bring it to the runway and the category was: Werk of Art. In the judges’ critiques, the judges felt as though Janey Jacké was being lost in the crowd, with Graham saying, “In the performance, when I noticed you, I enjoyed you. I thought your wig was stunning and your dance moves were great. But there’s some big personalities on that stage and you’ve really got to fight to be seen and noticed.”
However, she managed to win Michelle over with her Andy Warhol inspired runway look, particularly with her green coat – a colour Michelle Visage famously dislikes: “This look! I knew immediately what you were when you turned around the corner and you gave us Marilyn but you captured Warhol. Even the green glitter coat – I loved it.”
After a rocky start in the competition, Jujubee finally rose up to the judges expectations and she was praised for her dynamic performance and dazzling runway look, with RuPaul claiming it left them “breathless”. Mo Heart also impressed the judges with her faultless performance and her Salvador Dali inspired runway look, which Jade Thirlwall described as “stunning”.
RuPaul declared Jujubee and Mo Heart as the top two queens of the week. Leaving them to deliberate as to who amongst Baga, Blu or Janey, they would choose to eliminate, should they win the lip sync. After Mo Heart and JujuBee lip-synced to Toy by Netta, RuPaul declared Jujubee a winner. With great power comes great responsibility and so, US representative, Jujubee revealed her decision: “I thought really long and hard about this, and it pains me to do this, because I admire this queen so much. But, the queen I chose to go home tonight is my sister, Janey Jacké and I’m so sorry.”
RuPaul said: “As it is written, so it shall be done. Janey Jacké, you are and will always be a global phenomenon. Now, Sashay Away.” Janey Jacké, representing Holland said: “I want to thank you so much [RuPaul] from the bottom of my heart as the very first Dutch girl to be invited by you to come and making Michelle love green is a win so yeah honey, it was good!”
Janey left a message in the mirror in lipstick saying: “Life is one big f***ing fantasy as long as you believe it. Xoxo Janey.” The remaining four queens – Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Jujubee and Mo Heart representing the UK and US respectively go on to battle it out in a transatlantic showdown to be crowned the first Queen of the World, when RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World returns for the Grand Finale on Tuesday 8 March from 9pm exclusively on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.
How did it feel to represent Holland in Drag Race UK Versus The World?
Showcasing Dutch drag was important to me because it wasn’t as well known to the rest of the world, and I can honestly say I have never been prouder of myself on this journey. It felt amazing to represent Holland in this international arena. I have made my country incredibly proud.
I’ve received so many wonderful messages and the most amazing response to the show. The viewing parties in Holland were incredible and it was an honour to be the first ever Dutch drag queen to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK versus the world.
You were so close to reaching the final, are you proud of what you were able to showcase in your time on the show?
I am so proud of myself for making it as far as the Semi Finals. There was a moment where I really felt truly happy and comfortable being there with the girls. I showed so many different things on that runway and got so many compliments and amazing feedback from the judges…and I think my track record on the show speaks for itself. Not many girls are bringing home that golden RuPeter badge or gave such a fun and iconic lip sync as me and Pangina.
Would you do anything differently if you could?
SNATCH GAME HUNNYYYY! What else haha! But for real, I wouldn’t have done anything else, as you learn from your mistakes and the challenges really made me werk! There were a few challenges that I didn’t have any experience in like the sewing challenge, which I won(!) and the singing challenge, when I recorded a song for the first time ever, even though I can’t really sing. I went for it, learned so much and enjoyed every moment.
The Snatch Game was a harder challenge for me – and maybe I would have made smarter choices, and got less in my head if I’d had some more improv acting classes? I Don’t know ?! I think I just needed to let go and just have fun, but, as I say , the challenges have made me a better queen for it, and I have learnt from my mistakes!
Did you learn anything from the experience?
I learn a lot from every experience, all the time. The judges and especially Ru and Michelle dispensed so much knowledge. Things like: you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, believing in your own star power and being a nice flexible person to work with will get you far in this industry. Besides that, I love that the show and the high-pressure atmosphere makes you grow as a person. You can reflect a lot on your own personal behaviour or being by watching the episodes. I came in as the underdog that wasn’t really known and I feel that I really proved myself to my peers as well as the judges.
What’s next for Janey Jacké?
Next for Janey Jacké is a lot! No limits! I’m doing it all! I have an international tour scheduled, starting in the UK. My first single ‘Turned Heads’ will be released the 4th of March, together with Lady Bee -an iconic famous Dutch DJ in the dance scene- we created an amazing and really fun dance track and aaaaaamazing video that will turn all heads and the track really showcases what people can expect from Janey. I have already recorded my new track and I will have a great guest on it that we all know and love.
Next to that I will be at DragCon in May and I will do my first ever US tour for which I’m super excited but most of all I’m excited to be on stage a lot and give everybody the full Janey experience.