The 11 remaining queens became aspiring actresses in tonight’s episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE thanks to hair-raising performances in “HER-itage Moments” providing lots of laughs – both intentional and otherwise!
Which queen eventually becomes the biggest star – Canada’s First Drag Superstar, that is! – remains to be seen.
SPOILER ALERT: Details from the second episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE follow.
After dancing divinely in the ballerina quick-drag mini-challenge, Anastarzia Anaquway and BOA were named team captains for the “HER-itage Moments” maxi-challenge, in which the queens spoofed the “Heritage Minutes” segments that are so familiar to Canadians.
On the runway, the queens were asked to create elevated interpretations of their first times in drag. Then resident judges Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie, along with guest host Jade Hassouné (SHADOWHUNTERS), evaluated the queens based on both their acting chops and their runway displays.
Having barely escaped elimination a week ago, the glamorous Lemon squeezed back into the judges’ good graces and was declared the maxi-challenge winner.
Tynomi Banks and Kyne, had to lip-synch for their lives to Ultra Naté, Amber, and Jocelyn Enriquez’s version of “If You Could Read My Mind,” where Tynomi Banks was granted another week to vie for a win; while Kyne, with her extraordinary charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, sashayed away.
With another new episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE coming up on Thursday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET on Crave, here’s what Kyne had to say about her time on the show:
Q: How do you look back upon this experience?
KYNE: “It was a bit rough for me. Listen, this is what I’ll say – I remember walking away thinking that I would be remembered as the very delusional queen, because I kept thinking that I was going to be in the top, I kept thinking I was going to win challenges, and I kept failing at them. I worried that I was really going to disappoint all my fans and subscribers, because I feel like everybody was expecting me to succeed and have a big moment of glory.”
Q: What would you have done differently?
KYNE: “If I could go back in, I would take a lot of things less seriously. I would not have gone in so ‘guns a-blazing’, ready to fight for the crown, and wanting so badly to impress the judges. I would have just accepted whatever cards I was dealt, and just had more fun with it.”
Q: So you think you put too much pressure on yourself?
KYNE: “Oh, certainly. I’m such a super fan of the show. And I felt like at every moment I was thinking about how this would play into my overall storyline, and how this would be one little moment of me getting to the top. I kept thinking, ‘Oh, I can be a little bit fun and cheeky and cocky here and there.’ The Vivienne (winner in Season 1 of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE) has done it. Gigi Goode (runner-up in Season 12) has done it. Violet Chachki (winner in Season 7) has done it. So it didn’t seem like such a bad plan. I guess I over-thought things too much. But that’s where me being a very analytical person comes into play. It’s just the way I am.”
Q: Were the judges too hard on you?
KYNE: “Um, I don’t know. I don’t want to come across as bitter, or suggest that it was anybody else’s fault but my own. Who knows whether they judged me differently because of my attitude? I felt like, if the judges don’t like me, there’s nothing I can do. There were times when I tried to use humour to change their minds, because I know other queens in past seasons have used humour to fare better in the judges’ eyes. And that didn’t work. It just became clear to me that the judges did not like my style of drag, they did not like my sense of humour, and it was just unwinnable for me.”
Q: So what’s next? I know you have this whole other career, with 650,000 TikTok followers who love your unique math-based content.
KYNE: “I am at the University of Waterloo, majoring in mathematical finance, so I would love to help push for math communications and scientific literacy, because I’m a huge nerd in that field. And I really feel that our education systems are failing the students in how we teach math and science. We need to get kids to love math a little bit more, and that’s what I try to do in my TikTok. I try to show the reasoning behind certain theories, and the ways that algebra works, because the way math is taught in schools is a bit confusing. It’s sort of taught in a way where you just memorize this formula. I like to show the deeper understanding behind it.”
Following each new episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE, audiences are invited to unpack the events that just transpired with ETALK’s new digital series CAN WETALK ABOUT… presented by MADE | NOUS. Streaming live on Twitter, Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on @EtalkCTV, ETALK Senior Correspondent and Canada’s Squirrel Friend, Traci Melchor, and iHeartRadio’s Meredith Shaw, debrief on the episode and chat with the night’s eliminated queen about her experience and all the gasp-worthy, her-storical moments. The series will also be available the following day as a podcast on iHeartRadio Canada and everywhere podcasts are found.