The crown is in snatching distance on BBC Three’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, and Pixie Polite is the latest queen to sashay away from the competition.
This week, the queens’ comedy skills were put to the test as they took to the lectern for a Comedy Roast challenge entitled “The General Erection”. Tasked with writing and performing their own material, Aisling Bea stopped by to help the queens steady the nerves and brush up on their stand up skills. The queens were also asked to serve a runway look, entitled “Pretty in Punk”.
It was a tough week for Pixie, 29 from Brighton who after receiving lukewarm praise for both her stand up her runway look, found herself in the bottom for a second time, facing the season’s lip sync assassin Black Peppa as they lip synced for their lives to Another One Bites The Dust by Queen.
And so, Pixie Polite bit the dust.
Singer Olly Alexander joined RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel.
Olly Alexander said of Pixie Polite’s Comedy Roast performance: “I think because you spoke quite fast, I didn’t understand some of the jokes. I was trying to understand what the one was before.”
Olly continued in the judges’ debrief: “I thought on the runway, I liked it and I appreciated that it was a bit different from the other queens.”
RuPaul added: “Pixie, when the roast challenge came up, I thought this is going to be an opportunity for her to really let loose. You are naturally funny and I didn’t get any of that… I felt like you were not being you. Your own natural funniness.”
Upon leaving the competition, RuPaul told Pixie Polite: “Pixie Polite, thank you for spreading your pixie dust all over this competition. Now, Sashay Away.”
Pixie Polite said: “I just want to say thank you so much. This experience has been more than I ever dreamed it could be. I love you all so much. Goodbye.”
She continued: “I am so happy to have made it this far in the competition. I couldn’t have asked for more before I came here. I’m gutted to not have made it right to the end and that very last moment but they were all fabulous. I just wasn’t the judge’s cup of tea today, that’s all. There’s been a lot of positives I can take away from this experience and I think in the future, I’m going to be a very different Pixie and I’m happy about that.”
In a message to her fellow queens, Pixie Polite left a message on the mirror of the Werk Room mirror, saying: “You’re a fabulous top 4. But #pixiewasrobbed. Very rude.”
The remaining queens go forward to next week’s finale for the epic conclusion of the competition to become the UK’s Next Drag Superstar. The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will air on Thursday 24 November from 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.
How do you think you changed or grew during the competition?
Well, I have always been a camp cow who knows how to put on a show and be silly, but, if anything, I think being on Drag Race UK has changed my opinion on the things I thought I would be bad at. As a plus size person, I would have never thought that I would enjoy walking on a runway and showing off my body and outfits, but I did! Coming from a more traditional cabaret setting, I think the show has made me realise, actually, I can do anything these other girls can do. So watch out world!
What have you learned about yourself?
I think what I have learned most is from watching the show back when it has aired. It has been interesting watching myself reflected in the mirror of reality TV. I think it has shown me someone who tries their best but is also very insecure and sensitive. I think it serves to show why it is important to empower ourselves and to share our experiences especially for the LGBTQ community where so much trauma exists. The show serves an important purpose in shining a light on these sorts of issues.
What looks are you most proud of and why?
I am so proud of all of my looks from the season! I wanted to show that plus size people can deliver fashion and fun on the Runway and I think I achieved this. I am especially proud of my Queen Elizabeth the first inspired look, as well as my Neon, Birth of Venus and Pink Racer looks. For me, my looks this season were either about celebrating my size or making a personal statement about something important to me; whether that be my Del Boy look inspired by my dad, or my Pixie Makeover looks which were a tribute to my late Grandmother.
Every one of my runway looks held special meaning for me and that’s something I’m extremely proud of. I think it is very important to reflect the joyous entertainment aspect that British drag derives from, rather than just focusing on being a pretty model. British drag has always being camp first and foremost – it’s not London fashion week! – and I think it’s good to remind drag race fans of that fact!
What’s next in the pipeline for you?
I have a lot of exciting things coming up, including my debut single, ‘Give it To Ya’, which is available now on all streaming platforms. The song is about my own journey of body positivity and self worth in the world of LGBTQ dating and body standards. It’s an anthem about owning your own sense of confidence and sexiness! In addition, I will be making my debut at the Royal Albert Hall this December with the BBC Orchestra. I am also heading out on tour this Christmas around the UK and working on several other projects. I’m really looking forward to throwing my pixie dust around the world!
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Meet Pixie Polite: https://twitter.com/dragraceukbbc/status/1567433407512121344