Sminty Drop is the fourth queen to sashay away from series four of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
Nine became eight the previous week, as the drag queens continued in their bid to be crowned The UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar on BBC Three’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
In last week’s episode, Sminty Drop, 23 from Lancashire was the fourth queen eliminated from the competition, after competing in an improvised chat show: “Catty Man with Alan Carr”. She faced Baby as they both lip synced for their lives to Respectable by Mel and Kim. TV presenter Alison Hammond joined RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as the fourth queen was eliminated from the competition.
Alison Hammond said of Sminty Drop’s challenge performance: “What you’ve gotta remember babes is that there is only one of you. Everyone else is taken, you’ve just got to own your s***. Be in that moment.” Upon leaving the competition, RuPaul told Sminty Drop: “Sminty Drop, you are fabulous. Now, Sashay Away.”
Sminty Drop said: “Thank you so much for having me. I’ll never forget it.” She continued: “This did not match up to my fantasy but do you know what? I left looking this good! I’m honestly just happy I met a bunch of sisters I can call family. They’re literally the best bunch of people I’ve ever met.”
In a message to her fellow queens, Sminty Drop left a message on the mirror of the Werk Room mirror, saying: “The Manchester Mannequin started panicking, but this is NOT the last runway you’ll see me on. Sminty.”
The remaining eight queens go forward to next week as they continue to battle it out to be crowned the UK’s Next Drag Superstar. RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returns on Thursday 20 October from 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.
How would you describe your experience in the competition?
It was an absolute whirlwind. It was just crazy from start to the end like I just felt like a headless chicken running around from as soon as I walked in! It was incredible to see so many legends in the drag circuit that I’ve been familiar with throughout my drag career so to have the chance to compete against them was insane.
What was your favourite part of the experience?
I definitely loved the photo shoot challenge as I like to say I’m a look queen and I’m very photogenic so I felt very much in my realm! It was also amazing to be on the Main Stage and hear the judges critiques each week and also receive praise from the icon that is RuPaul. It was such a great opportunity to hear feedback on my looks and how I could elevate to the next level.
What’s next for Sminty Drop?
Well, that’d be telling! But, expect tosee me on magazine covers. You will see me on the runways. I’ve got plenty more looks to show, this is not the end of Sminty Drop! I can’t wait to keep representing the House of Kendoll and hopefully, keep making Manchester proud. I can’t wait for what the future holds.
What advice would you give to any budding drag queens watching?
Don’t break the bank. You can make your drag look amazing on a budget! When I started doing drag, I went to charity shops all the time. Also, practise, practise, practise. Practise doing your make up and hair at home so you feel comfortable before heading out in drag!
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