Last night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the third in the tenth season, had the girls splitting into groups to promote different dating apps. Yuhua Hamasaki’s team, captained by Monét X Change, was given MadamButtrFace – an app for girls with everything going on… below the neck.
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After a performance that failed to stand out during their skit and a runway look that didn’t read well to the judges, Yuhua found herself in the bottom two lip-syncing against Mayhem Miller for a chance to stay in the competition. After the feathers settled Yuhua became the third queen to be sent home, but she has plenty more to show fans.
OUT: How would you describe your overall experience on the show?
Yuhua Hamasaki: It was amazing and fun. It was a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day it’s very rewarding so I’m very, very grateful for the opportunity.
Had you auditioned for the show in the past?
Yes, this was my third time auditioning. I auditioned for season six, eight, and ten, so when I finally got the call for this season I was very excited.
What do you wish you had done differently in the challenge that you think might have kept you safe?
I wish I had actually listened to my instincts and just used the prosthetics that were provided instead of listening to my teammates when they said don’t do it. But at the same time, it was my decision to listen to them and be a team player, so I don’t blame anyone and I have no regrets.
Who were you planning to do for Snatch Game?
Believe it or not, I was going to do Christina Aguilera. Seeing her week one sitting there as a guest judge on the panel was so surprising – I had done her on my audition tape as well.
What would you change if you got the call to come back for All Stars?
I would just be more vocal about everything. If I disagreed with something and think it’s going to land me in the bottom, I’m going to speak up. Whether they like it or not, whether they call me or not, I’m going to say something because I want to stay.
Is there anything you wish fans had gotten to see more of?
I think they saw a lot of personality already so they got a good idea of who I am, but they didn’t get to see all my runway looks. I’ll be posting those on social media – Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube – every week as it goes along so they won’t be missing out on anything.
Any final thoughts?
Go buy my merchandise on my website and listen to my new song, “The Ankh Song!” I need money. I’m broke. I just lost $100,000 yesterday!
This interview has been edited and condensed.