What a fabulously homosexual summer time it’s been. From Kylie Minogue’s “Padam Padam” to Troye Sivan’s “Rush,” Kim Petras’ Feed the Beast, and that steamy Purple, White & Royal Blue trailer, LGBTQ+ content material is sizzling proper now. Up subsequent? The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8 (Friday, July 21), through which only one successful queen will emerge and enter the Drag Race Corridor of Fame — except, in fact, Mama Ru pulls a Monét- and Trinity-style tie.
After knocking Alexis Michelle, Jessica Wild, LaLa Ri, and Kahanna Monstrese out of the highest six, Kandy Muse and Jimbo emerged as this season’s finalists. However who deserves that $200,000 money prize probably the most? Solely time will inform. Simply after Delight Month in June, the highest two stopped by StyleCaster headquarters for one remaining lap across the monitor. Beneath, Jimbo and Kandy Muse focus on All Stars 8, all that Heidi N Closet drama, and the way they plan to beat one another.
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.
Jimbo: Anyone was slightly bit late to at this time’s shoot.
Kandy: I used to be slightly tardy. However to be truthful, we simply completed Delight season and I’m exhausted and I overslept 4 hours by my alarm.
Jimbo: Effectively, you’re right here and also you look attractive.
Kandy: Hear, the truth that I used to be later than Jimbo tells you one thing as a result of Jimbo is at all times late.
Jimbo: I like it. The truth that I solely slept for 2 hours and I used to be on time is a miracle. I actually drove all night time like Celine Dion. Anyway, how was your Delight? I do know you had been in Seattle.
Kandy: My Delight was wonderful. I’ve completed Alabama, Seattle, Boston, Albuquerque, L.A.
Jimbo: All their Prides?
Kandy: I’ve completed all their Prides.
Jimbo: Oh my God. That’s wild. I’ve completed one Delight up to now — Toronto Delight and I cherished it.
Kandy: That’s it?
Jimbo: Effectively, since you’ve been doing all of them! They didn’t want anybody else. I cherished being within the parade. I felt like Princess Diana, Woman Di, waving on the individuals. So, let’s bounce into it. Kandy, we first met on the cellphone, and our first impression was that we had been gonna be greatest! mates!
Kandy: what? No. You truly messaged me on Instagram throughout season 13 and also you had been like, ‘Oh, I like you. You make such nice tv.’ You had been such a sweetheart. I used to be like, ‘After we meet in individual, it’s gonna be the whole lot.’ After which we went on tour collectively in Canada for Struggle on the Catwalk. After we met I used to be terrified. You had been dressed as a ghost. I used to be like, ‘Ohhhh, bitch. We’re each Scorpios. I don’t know what it’s gonna be like.’ Then we hit it off.
Jimbo: I used to be afraid as a result of I had a reveal coat that was type of like yours and I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, Kandy’s gonna learn me to filth, she’ll by no means by no means let me put on this, I’ll have to seek out one thing completely different.’ And also you had been like, ‘Bitch, I don’t give a shit.’
Kandy: My favourite high quality about you is your approach of at all times seeing issues on the constructive aspect. Even the truth that you drove down from Toronto ‘trigger your flight was canceled. I might have had a coronary heart assault on the airport — like, somebody take me now and take me away. On the Drag Race set you had been at all times constructive. Quite a lot of the ladies had been at all times stressed concerning the challenges, or the lengthy filming intervals, or perhaps our meals was chilly. However you had been at all times like, ‘Lady, simply pop it within the microwave and make it sizzling once more.’
Jimbo: I like your confidence and star energy, star high quality. We had been ready for you at this time, after which we actually noticed why. You personal the stage and ship such emotion with such conviction. It’s actually intoxicating.
Kandy: And intoxicated I’m proper now. Hey, it’s 5 p.m. within the U.Ok.
Jimbo: Let’s discuss All Stars 8. Kandy, we knew we had been one another’s competitors going into it — that’s why we shaped an alliance.
Kandy: So the tea is you and I — and Heidi [N Closet], truly — came upon on the similar time we had been on tour. I watched you on UK Vs the World and Canada, so I knew how beloved you had been — nice competitors, interval. Realizing what I knew already going into All Stars 8, it exceeded my expectations. I used to be like, ‘Rattling, bitch!’ The truth that you had 4 problem wins in direction of the tip of the season… I used to be like, ‘Alright, woman, I have to get this final problem in as a result of bitch, she slayed the ladies.’ Which is why there was a rumor spreading round that I wished to ship you dwelling!
Jimbo: I assume we’ll by no means know in case you had been actually gonna ship me dwelling. By the best way, have you ever talked to Heidi ever since she went dwelling?
Kandy: No, I truly hate her. [collective screams]
Kandy: I used to be simply with Heidi in Seattle for Delight. Heidi calls me and texts me each single day. Look, it’s tv however there are undoubtedly emotions that get entangled. After we had been on tour — you Jimbo, Heidi, myself — within the U.Ok., the episode got here up in dialog earlier than the season aired and we talked by it after which we acquired over it and now we’re tremendous shut. We’re truly happening a cruise collectively to the Caribbean in February!
Jimbo: We’re producing it ourselves!
Kandy: Plug! However we’re good, you recognize? The battle made for nice TV. Additionally, it was necessary that Heidi maintain her psychological well being on the time of filming.
Jimbo: I like Heidi. She’s certainly one of my dearest mates. With Drag Race, so long as you’re in a position to take it with a grain of salt and actually see one another as performers, then I really feel like we’re in a position to stroll away with friendships intact. When drama comes up, that’s the character of actuality TV, and we all know that. We’ve been in a position to course of it and transfer on.
Kandy: Plus, there was no approach of placing you, me, and Heidi in a room and never get to the drama.
Jimbo: Oh my God. It was so wild when Kahanna [Montrese] nearly threw within the towel, too. Heidi had planted the seed that there was an exit and folks had been deciding they had been gonna bounce ship. Lala [Ri] was occupied with going. You, Kandy, mentioned you had had sufficient. Alexis [Michelle] was over it. I mentioned to one of many individuals within the room, ‘It’s a must to go get Mama Ru.’
Kandy: Actually! The humorous factor is, the explanation why RuPaul got here in — woman, I’m telling you, it was about to go from a high six to a high two actual fast. Jimbo, you had been like, ‘Y’all should get RuPaul in right here.’
Jimbo: I used to be type of joking. By no means in my wildest goals did I feel she’d truly come after which 5 minutes later they had been like, ‘Mama Ru is coming to the work room proper now.’ And he or she gathered that bitch. She mentioned, ‘Kandy, have you ever been to the chiropractor recently? Since you’re about to get an adjustment.’
Kandy. Uh-huh! She allow us to have it. There have been so many moments on All Stars 8 and Jimbo, your Shirley Temple was such a personality throughout Snatch Recreation. If you began dancing round, I broke character but in addition everybody on set — the crew, the digicam males, the producers — was crying. There was no approach I might maintain a straight face.
Jimbo: I cherished seeing you break. That was so humorous.
Kandy: What individuals don’t notice is it’s a must to be so good. Taking part in Snatch Recreation of Love is so completely different from common Snatch Recreation. In Snatch Recreation, you may have at the very least 40 seconds to consider a solution. However with Snatch Recreation of Love, it’s a must to consider it off the highest of your head. When this bitch began dancing out of nowhere, it caught everybody so off guard.
Jimbo: I didn’t even know I used to be going to try this till proper earlier than I went. Kandy, what do you consider the feedback about Alexis proper now? She’s getting a whole lot of on-line unfavorable suggestions. Does that ever occur to you?
Kandy: Effectively, right here’s the tea although: Since season 13 I’ve at all times gotten unfavorable suggestions from individuals on-line. And pay attention, it makes for a terrific algorithm, proper? My factor is once I submit, I don’t return and skim the feedback as a result of though we want to know what individuals consider us, once you indulge into the negativity, you begin to consider these issues. On the finish of the day, the opinions of different persons are not my opinions. Like RuPaul mentioned, emotions aren’t info. So since you felt that my runway look was off or that I wasn’t nice within the problem, that’s your opinion, that’s nice for you. I nonetheless stand behind each single factor that I’ve completed on the present. Even the entire, ‘I’m gonna ship Jimbo dwelling.’ I at all times inform the ladies to not reply to individuals’s opinions since you’re preventing with a wall.
Jimbo: They’ve already made up their minds.
Kandy: You’ve completed Drag Race thrice now. However I informed you earlier than — the American, authentic model is a monster with die-hard followers. So how has it been for you?
Jimbo: It’s been next-level, the thrill, the love, the popularity out on this planet has been exponential and completely insane. I couldn’t transfer round Delight in any respect. It’s been primarily constructive for me. Although as a clown, I’m all about all the sentiments and I don’t thoughts unfavorable suggestions. However I attempt not to take a look at it. It’s type of like trying on the solar — you recognize it’s there, you simply don’t stare at it.
Jimbo: I don’t let it trouble me.
Kandy: There actually is a lot love on the market too. My followers, the Muse Hive, are diehard followers and once we are within the trenches, they’re going continuous. They’re most likely probably the most annoying followers on this planet as a result of they go onerous for me, as they need to. Actual acknowledges actual.
Jimbo: I feel the world actually did see which you could be an enormous bitch however you too can be an enormous softy, too.
Kandy: Folks come into All Stars considering, ‘I’m gonna should show how significantly better I’m as an artist, as an individual.’ I stand by the whole lot I did on 13 — the best way I used to be — and I haven’t modified as an individual. I’m nonetheless the identical bitch I used to be earlier than I even acquired on Drag Race. I’ve turn out to be extra organized as an artist as a result of we’re on the street a lot. However moreover that, bitch, I’m the identical previous bitch.
Jimbo: And also you’re unapologetic.
Kandy: That’s why I at all times inform everybody simply be your self – they’ll both love or hate you. So! If I had been to ever come again, both for an all-winners season or for Vs the World or one thing, I’m gonna be much more of a bitch. However Jimbo, we have to discuss your make-up this season. It’s been giving since day one.
Jimbo: Watching again Canada’s Drag Race, it was so disappointing not seeing myself the best way I envisioned and never with the ability to absolutely notice my characters. So coming again to see myself the best way I need to be seen is so wonderful. I’m so glad! Apply does make good. And Kandy, you’re a make-up artist and also you helped me as effectively. You gave me some suggestions and methods. However… I’m able to kick this fucking bitch’s ass within the finale.
Kandy: Ha! I can not wait for everybody to look at the finale. We clearly don’t know the end result of what’s gonna occur however all through the season we had a lot enjoyable filming and the truth that we get to do the finale with each single woman from All Stars 8, it’s going to be actually good.
Jimbo: There’ll be some enjoyable and a few closure.
Kandy: Jimbo, you and I informed every earlier than the finale, ‘Let’s simply have an excellent time. Let’s have enjoyable. We’re right here.’
Jimbo: We’re opponents however we’re additionally actually good mates.
Kandy: Nevertheless it doesn’t imply we’re not going to kick one another’s asses through the finale.
Jimbo: Precisely. I’ve a couple of methods I’ve deliberate.
Kandy: You by no means know what’s gonna occur. Possibly the ladies are gonna begin flying out of the air. We introduced it. It’s a very nice finale. It’s the cherry on high of an incredible season.
Jimbo: I’ve been impressed by doing “Padam Padam” as my Shirley as a result of individuals went loopy for it. It went off.
Kandy: It’s so humorous as a result of we sound narcissistic about what evokes us. Ourselves! However “No Extra Wire Hangers” has been the homosexual anthem of the summer time. It’s been wonderful seeing followers love on us.
Jimbo: Truthfully, it’s such a present to have the ability to signify for queer communities and for our international locations presently when drag is beneath assault. We’re in a position to actually present different sides of drag and the way various the efficiency qualities might be.
Kandy: Any remaining ideas?
Jimbo: I can’t await our cruise! I can’t wait to sail the seven seas with you and take within the sunshine.
Kandy: Yaas! I need to remind the viewers that we’ve an election yr developing, so be sure to register to vote. Voting is essential, particularly in occasions like these the place persons are making an attempt to remove our rights. In addition to that? Keep tuned!