Wicker Park’s Phi Phi can’t stand the suspense on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org April 29, 2012 10:34PM
Phi Phi O'Hara (real name Jaremi Carey) on Season 4 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo.
Updated: June 1, 2012 8:09AM
A queen can pretty much do as she pleases.
Same goes for the world’s most famous drag queen, apparently.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewers — not to mention the three finalists vying to become America’s Next Drag Superstar — were thrown for a loop during last week’s finale, when RuPaul said the winner wouldn’t be crowned until Monday’s reunion show.
“I was shocked,” said finalist Phi Phi O’Hara of Wicker Park. The season four finale was taped last summer, and the trio of hopefuls have been waiting to find out who won.
“It’s been driving me crazy,” said Phi Phi, whose boy name is Jaremi Carey.
The show’s hostess with the mostest makeup dropped her cliffhanger bombshell after the queens competed in their final challenge: simultaneously lip synching RuPaul’s song “Glamazon.”
RuPaul asked viewers to help her make her decision by tweeting #dragrace with the name of the queen they would like to win.
“RuPaul, you crafty little witch,” replied finalist Sharon Needles.
Of the 13 contestants who started the season, three hail from Chicago. Phi Phi, 26, is the only one who made it to the finals.
“I’m pretty cutthroat,” she said. “I’m a big competitor and I don’t like to lose.”
If Phi Phi walks away with the $100,000 prize, she plans to use some of the money to get her teeth fixed. She also said she’d donate a portion of it to Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center.
“Without that clinic,” she said, “a lot of my friends wouldn’t have the help they need.”
Find out which queen reigns supreme at 8 p.m. Monday on Logo.