Last night, Stage 48 in New York hosted a gathering of some of the drag world's most dedicated fans. Glitter and cocktails flowed as the venue filled to capacity, everyone awaiting the season eight finale of RuPaul's Drag Race. As the lights dropped, reigning queen Violet Chachki descended from the ceiling for an unbelievable acrobatic routine. Host Shangela followed with a parody performance of "Uptown Funk."
The audience of avid fans watched along with some of season eight's best queens as the screening showcased lip-sync performances from the top three. The finale's reunion brought up our favorite moments from the show leading up to the announcement of Miss Congeniality.
That's when the video feed went black for about five minutes, depriving us of learning who won the title. The crew in the tech booth scrambled to find what went wrong, playing top-40 hits in hopes of distracting us from the impending disappointment. Just before a riot of drunk queers broke out, the feed resumed as past winners popped up on the screen in preparation for their newly crowned sister.
One such queen was with us in person. Wearing a size negative, Violet joined Shangela onstage for the coronation. They let us out of the dark (literally) to reveal that Cynthia Lee Fontaine won this year's Miss Congeniality. Violet officially crowned the new winner following the screening. Before the show, she imparted some wisdom for the new champ:
"Know who you are and deliver at all times. Ignore the haters because they're always gonna try to get you down. And try to enjoy it because it's a really hard job."
Violet struggled to place the tiara atop Bob the Drag Queen's lace-front wig but eventually succeeded. Shangela came out bearing a scepter and a large check for $100,000. Bob celebrated his coronation with his fellow top three, followed by a live performance with his season eight sisters.
What will he do with his new title? He told Out ahead of the screening:
"Whether I win or I don't win, my role as an activist, a comedian, and an actor will not change. I'll still be doing the exact same thing. I mean I wasn't "America's Next Drag Superstar" back when I was doing my more intense activism. So I'm gonna continue my normal path, giving to charity, making people laugh, and walking around the room purse first, regardless of the outcome tonight."