Canada’s Drag Race hasn’t been on for that long, but it is already making an impact on the greater RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise overall. A recent lip-sync between queens Kiara and Priyanka has fans buzzing about just how good it was.
Kiara and Priyanka lip-synced to a Celine Dion song
In this season’s fifth episode, which was the Snatch Game, Kiara and Priyanka were the bottom two queens of the week and ended up lip-syncing. Kiara didn’t do too well the previous week and narrowly missed out on lip-syncing. In contrast, Priyanka had been doing well in the competition so far but bombed the Snatch Game, as did Kiara.
However the two queens, both of whom are high energetic performance, gave it their all in the lip-sync to Celine Dion’s “I Drove All Night.” It was the best lip-sync of the season so far and the first one in which the queens utilized a lot of tricks including splits and death drops.
Fans warmly received the performance, calling it one of the best the franchise has seen. Some even compared it to Alyssa and Tatianna in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 2, which is considered the best lip-sync on any Drag Race show or season. “The Priyanka/Kiara lipsync is on parr with Tatianna/Alyssa and nobody can tell me otherwise,” said one person.
A lot of people thought it should be a double shantay. “if canada’s drag race [sic] had the budget for more episodes this would definitely be a double shantay,” commented one viewer on YouTube. Another person said, “the voting thing is so annoying this shouldve [sic] been a double shantay they both turned it.”
Here’s what Kiara says about her elimination
In an exit interview, Kiara spoke to Now Toronto about the lip-sync, which will not only go down in Canada’s Drag Race herstory but overall Drag Race herstory.
Kiara said that due to her Snatch Game performance, she knew that she would be lip-syncing and was prepared to do so. “Right after the Snatch Game, I knew I was gonna lip sync,” she said. “I went back to my hotel room, put the song on blast, wrote out on a sheet of paper all the tricks I can do, and just did them all. I was so focused, and I was really hoping for a double safe.”
She continued, “I knew if I was against Priyanka, I really had to hope for a double save, because she already had a win, a main challenge win and a mini-challenge win. Just logically, it would make more sense to keep Priyanka. So I really wanted to make sure there was a double safe. It didn’t happen, but I did leave with a bang.”
She says she should have done better in this dance-centric challenge.
Because of how well she performed during the lip-sync, she wishes that she also had gone all out during the girl group challenge. “In the girl group challenge, when it was my turn, I could have gone all the way. I could have served at least one trick or two. Even in [RuPaul’s Drag Race] Season 12, with the rap challenge – Widow Von’Du doing contortions and splits and stuff, and Heidi N. Closet doing the thing on the ground and stuff, everybody going full out.”
However, she says that she was holding back purposefully because she knew that there would be more moments to come. “I was like, ‘I should have gone all out too,’ because I know I can serve that level,” she explained. “But at the same time, I remembered thinking I wanted to save my move for a special weapon. Like, I kind of wanted to stay under the radar – not for the judges, but for the other girls, so that they were surprised if they had to lip-sync against me.”
Canada’s Drag Race airs Thursdays on Crave in Canada. In the United States, it also airs on Thursdays via the WOW Presents Plus streaming service. For cable subscribers, new episodes drop Mondays on Logo.