After a slow start in Season 5, drag queen Jinkx Monsoon (Jerick Hoffer) finished strong to take the glittery crown in tonight's finale of Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race."
Also in the running were Pittsburgh's Alaska (Justin Honard) and Roxxxy Andrews (Michael Feliciano), and after about 90 minutes of season recap and a bit of throwing shade, the Seattle sweetheart was announced the winner. Alaska, the only queen who was never in the bottom two all season, was trying to match boyfriend and Season 4 winner Sharon Needles.
Asked by RuPaul if being part of a power couple was a help or hindrance, Alaska noted "I think it's an awesome blessing because I couldn't choose a better person who is so supportive and is always there for me and always believes in me even when I don't believe in myself, and I get to wear all her designer clothes."
Needles, done up in a form-fitting ladies version of the iconic Pee-Wee Herman suit and bowtie, told Alaska "You and me will be the most famous people in reality television from Pittsburgh, next to Abby Lee Miller, of course."
Miller, the star of "Dance Moms," was in the audience. She looked as if she didn't quite get the joke.
Jinkx Monsoon, the "Next Drag Superstar," wins $100,000, a trip, a sickening supply of great cosmetics and a headlining spot on RuPaul's next drag tour. It was an evening of great looks, but there were a few puzzlers. On the up side, Detox was stunning in a shades of grey, looking as if she'd just stepped out of a classic RKO film.
She was a hit, but last night, Roxxxy Andrews was a miss. Week after week she was so stunningly turned out, and yet for the finale looked uncomfortable in a short sequined (or as she might say, 'sequenced') dress. The Kardashian hair didn't help, either.
Alaska, left, was pretty in pink. She put up a good fight this season, with nary a platformed foot out of place. In the end, she and Jinkx Monsoon, who appeared to have similar comedic strengths, helped make this one of "Drag Race's" most humorous runs to the finish.
And ladies and gentlemen, your new Miss Congeniality is Ivy Winters.