The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season three stirred up unexpected controversy as Kween Kong, a notable contestant from a previous season, returned as a special guest choreographer. This rare opportunity for a former contestant to offer professional guidance raised anticipation among fans, but it took an unexpected turn.
During the “Crying on the Dance Floor” Rumix challenge, Kong was tasked with coaching the season three finalists: Isis Avis Loren, Gabriella Labucci, and Flor. However, as the rehearsal unfolded, it became evident that Kong’s choreography might have been too intricate for this top three. The surprising twist came when the queens took the main stage to perform their Rumix, and Kong’s choreography was noticeably absent, with no backup dancers in sight.
In response to the confusion, Kween Kong took to social media to clarify the situation, stating, “FYI: Just so we know, the dancers for the challenge were originally in the set, and after two takes, they were taken out, and the choreo I made was scrapped, and the queens were asked to ‘do their thing.’ That’s why it looked simple!” The move left fans both bewildered and divided.
While some fans argued that Kong’s choreography may have been too complex for the queens, others believed that the choreographers typically aim to tailor their routines to the queens’ strengths, ensuring they shine during performances. Kong’s tweet suggested that the queens were encouraged to improvise, potentially coming up with new choreography themselves.
The episode ultimately delivered a passable performance from the top three queens, though it fell significantly short of the challenging steps Kong had taught them. It’s disappointing to see an alum of Drag Race Down Under receive such an opportunity only to have her work disregarded. Still, some argue that the decision to simplify the choreography was made to ensure a flawless grand finale for the queens, minimizing the risk of mishaps.
In the end, Drag Race Down Under season three crowned a winner, but the controversy surrounding Kween Kong’s choreography will undoubtedly remain a talking point within the vibrant and passionate Drag Race community.