Y’all are in for a few surprises when the upcoming Swedish version of Drag Race comes out.
This week, RuPaul announced Tove Lo as the extra special guest in episode six of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7. However, Mama Ru’s pronunciation of Tove Lo’s name took many Drag Race fans – and pop music fans in general – by surprise.
For example, Canada’s Drag Race season two star Eve 6000 wrote, “THAT’S how you pronounce Tove Lo!?!?” The queen’s tweet received over 23,000 likes and over 3,500 retweets at the time of writing.
In 2017, Tove Lo released the music video for “Disco Tits” featuring an off-brand Muppet that straight-up mispronounced her name. In the video, Tove Lo herself corrected the character with the correct pronunciation.
As far back as 2014, Tove Lo was interviewed by the BBC following the massive success of her hit single “Habits (Stay High).” Even back then, the BBC made sure to note how fans should pronounce the popstar’s name.
“For the record, it’s pronounced ‘Too-veh Lu’ but Tove doesn’t mind [how] people approach it phonetically,” writer Mark Savage wrote in the piece.
All things considered, this information has been out there for quite some time – a lot of fans just didn’t catch up to it. It doesn’t seem like Tove Lo is entirely bothered by people mispronouncing her name, but it’s understandable that RuPaul tried her best to say it correct during the latest episode of All Stars 7.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 is now streaming on Paramount+.