A third queen has sadly sashayed away from RuPaul’s season after one of the most pivotal weeks of the competition.
On the latest episode of the Three series, had a big task ahead of them – performing in the highly-anticipated Rusical, which this time was titled Pant-Oh She Better Don’t: The Rusical.
With guest judge and actor Cush Jumbo joining , and on the judging panel, it was decided after the play and the Mirror Mirror runway that Banksie and DeDeLicious would fight for their place in the lip sync for their lives.
After lip syncing to an iconic tune from the world of musical theatre, Susan Boyle’s cover of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Misérables, Banksie was informed that they would be getting the chop.
Speaking to the 23-year-old, RuPaul said: ‘Banksie, you my dear, will always be head and shoulders above the rest. Now sashay-away.’
In an unexpected turn of events, the eliminated queen asked RuPaul for a gesture – to allow them to do one final runway before they left.
The head judge agreed, and after a fierce final runway, the seven-foot queen wrote on the Werk Room mirror: ‘Love you sisters, all hail the rat queen! Banksie X.’
In their exit interview, Banksie admitted that they were understandably feeling ‘gutted’ by their exit.
‘Sad not being in here anymore. Feel a bit gutted but, it was a great season and it was a really really good week for everybody. Also I went out looking gorgeous and that is pretty fab,’ they said.
When looking back on their highlights of the series, Banksie said that the moment they were most proud of was speaking about their partner Vil, who’s trans.
‘I think it’s so important to talk about the realism of the things [that] are happening in life as a drag persona. My drag persona is one thing, but my personal life is also so important and it connects to my drag persona,’ they explained.
‘Having the ability to have so many people see themselves in my relationship was an absolute dream come true. It was amazing to receive the love I’ve got online from it and hearing the stories from other people just makes it all worthwhile.
‘Having something I shared on national television affect so many people in a positive way was so memorable to me.’
They added: ‘I also loved making the friendships that I made during the competition and they’ve lasted so much longer than the show. I just feel like those girls are my sisters now and they will be in my life for a long time.’
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returns next Thursday at 9pm on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.