ORDER IN THE COURT! SIXTH QUEEN ELIMINATED ON CANADA’S DRAG RACE

SPOILER ALERT: Details from the sixth episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE follow.

Need legal help? The queens took the law into their own hands tonight in a new episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE on Crave.

The remaining seven queens posed as lawyers and made their own late-night TV ads, offering specific legal services for queens in need of counsel. But when all the evidence had been presented, one of the queens got a stiff sentence from judges Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Stacey McKenzie, alongside guest host and Canadian comedy legend Tom Green.

SPOILER ALERT: Details from the sixth episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE follow.

This week’s mini-challenge saw the queens working as psychic-hotline operators, taking calls from fellow Canadian queen Crystal, one of the competitors from Season 1 of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK (available for streaming on Crave). Lemon had the foresight to snare the victory, and thus got to divvy up the teams for the legal-ad maxi-challenge.

The queens were also tasked with a runway challenge based on the theme, “Canadian Tux-She-Do” – think denim on denim on denim. Having been evaluated on both the late-night commercials and the runway performance, Ilona Verley and BOA had to lip-sync for their lives to Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful,” with BOA ultimately being told to sashay away.

With six queens left, and another new episode of CANADA’S DRAG RACE set for Thursday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. ET on Crave, BOA reflected on her journey:

Q: How do you look back upon the experience overall?

BOA: “Well, I had a great time filming. Production was amazing. Everything was there that I needed. The experience was very up and down. It’s really a rollercoaster, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before in my entire life. The highs are very high and the lows are very low. But that being said, I had a great time.”

Q: Were there elements that were harder than you thought they would be?

BOA: “Oh, all of it, 100%. It’s the most stressful thing.”

Q: Can you give me an example?

BOA: “The time constraints for getting ready.”

Q: You mentioned in the show that you thought you were getting inside your own head too much. Can you expand on what you meant by that?

BOA: “Just self-doubts. The other queens didn’t really see me as a threat, so that kind of put a little self-doubt in my head. And because the judges liked me for my personality, that created more tension with the other queens, I’d say.”

Q: Did the pressure mount with each passing episode, even though you’re actually achieving something with each week you survive?

BOA: “But everyone else who is still there is achieving the same thing, if not more, if they’re winning challenges. So the pressure definitely goes up. And there’s less girls there, so it’s easier to get at each other’s throats.”

Q: You shared a very personal story, recounting the time you were assaulted. Did that just come out at the spur of the moment?

BOA: “It’s something I planned on sharing. It’s part of my story. I knew that I had a platform, so I wanted to use it to talk about that.”

Q: Were you happy with your lip-sync performance?

BOA: “No! I hate that song! And I was in a lot of pain also. As you saw, I had my wings on for most of the time, which put a lot of weight on me, which hurt my arm. And I was in heels the whole time, which hurt my feet. So I was just in a lot of pain, to be completely honest with you.”

Q: What do you hope is next for you when the world gets back to normal?

BOA: “I want to be busy and making lots of money, obviously. That’s kind of why we try to get on the show, so we can achieve that next level of being an entertainer, to take our art to the next level and be more comfortable in our living situations. I was hoping for that to happen, but COVID had different plans, I guess. But I also want to just keep growing and progressing as a drag queen. I want to have lots of opportunities, not for the money, but for the experience, and to add to my resume.”

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.

Official brand partners for CANADA’S DRAG RACE include DoorDash Canada, Hilton, Neutrogena, and Roots.

By BILL HARRIS / Special to The Lede

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