‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Top 4 advance to the finale

June 15 (UPI) — In the final challenge before the finale, the girls of RuPaul’s Drag Race were put through their paces to impress Ru and move up.

The Top 4, including Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka O’Hara and Kameron Michaels, were tasked with writing and recording their own lyrics to a remix of RuPaul’s hit “American” as well as deliver a lip sync performance of the song with choreography from judge Todrick Hall. In between rehearsals each competitor would join judges RuPaul and Michelle Visage to guest star on their podcast RuPaul: What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage.

While recording for the podcast, Kameron Michaels was confronted about her shyness around the camera. RuPaul tried to impress upon Kameron the importance of opening up so that the audience at home could fall in love with her, with Visage adding “We still don’t know you.”

After asking about Kameron’s relationship with her late father and his acceptance of her sexual orientation, Kameron recounted how her father had said, “I don’t have a problem with you being gay, but just don’t dress up as a woman.”

Visage’s eye opened wide at the comment, but Kameron said, “And low and behold here I am! And you know, he came to the show, he understood it and he supported it in the end.” After Ru asked about what he would think of her performance thus far in the competition, Kameron said she was still trying to navigate what she wanted to do with her life when he passed, but said, “I think he’d be very proud of me finding the direction and sticking to it and just going for it.”

During rehearsals, Aquaria broke down in tears as she was overwhelmed with having made it so far. After being prompted as to why she was crying by Todrick, she responded, “I’m just really excited and really grateful to be here.” Toddrick asked her what she was thinking about and she said, “About how [expletive] cool this is.”

After they performed the song, each queen walked the runway in the category Final Four Eleganza Extravaganza.

On the runway, each queen was shown a picture of themselves when they were young boys and asked what advice they’d give their younger selves. Each queen gave an emotional response, with Asia saying, “Just remember that your only job is to improve the quality of the lives of the people around you.”

The final four all lip synced for their lives to “Call Me Mother” by RuPaul and all four were spared from elimination. Every queen in the top four will continue onto the finale in two weeks after a Reunion episode with all the queens of Season 10 next week.

The winner of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be chosen on June 29 at 8 p.m. on VH1.

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