It seems that the drag world’s attention is currently on London — well, RuPaul’s world that is! After Miss Fame, Aquaria, and Violet Chachki bounced around at fashion month, we settled in Britain for the launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. And seemingly to fete the show’s arrival, a few Drag Race alum came to town. Of them, was All Stars season 3 winner Trixie Mattel.
While in London, Mattel linked up with Drag Race U.K. contestants The Vivienne and Baga Chipz for a stop at the popular nightclub G-A-Y. Among her dates there, as there were multiple, she hosted a night of the spot’s long-running competition “Porn Idol.” Think of it as American Idol (or maybe British Idol) but strippers! And while the contestants certainly put on a show, Mattel’s facial expressions were meme-worthy in and of themselves.
“Are you ready to see some fucking naked people?!” Mattel said after being introduced onstage. Yes m’am. Yes m’am, we are.
We aren’t exactly sure how the event is structured but from what we can tell, a number of contestants come to stage and strip to, what seems to be, a song of their choice. There’s a pole available for twirling around and apparently, you can take it all off (as one contestant did.) On Thursday, when Mattel judged, the lone female contestant apparently took her mic from the drag queen mid performance. So, that happened!
But get into Mattel’s varied expressions during the whole thing.
Quite a ride! After every performance, the judges scored the contestants via placards. Later on, an audience vote helped to decide (with a little save from Mattel herself) the final two. That pair, the lone female contestant, and the guy who went balls to the crowd, played backup dancers for the All Stars winner, later for a lip sync — and at some point during the night Mattel also juggled for full seven seconds!
Mattel returned to G-A-Y for a performance on Saturday as well.