If there was one jaw-dropping moment from the Season 10 finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” that got fans talking more than any other, it was Asia O’Hara’s big lip sync blunder.
Heading into the finale, Asia was one of the most formidable frontrunners, bringing years of experience and a refined stage presence to her lip syncs. That’s why it was such a surprise when she flubbed her lip sync against Kameron Michaels — who had been in the bottom throughout much of the season — so badly that she was the first of the final four queens to be eliminated.
Sporting a pink dress adorned with fake butterflies, Asia had planned to release some real butterflies from her costume at key moments throughout the lip sync. It did not go as planned.
Whether it was the dark lighting in the room, the noise of the crowd, or the trauma of being trapped in Asia’s dress, the butterflies never took flight. Instead, they just clung to her dress and fell to the floor, making for an excruciatingly anticlimactic mishap.
“The most awkward thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life is them stopping the taping of #DragRace for 10 minutes while they cleaned dead butterflies off the stage,” wrote one fan who was in the audience for the moment. “Asia had to stand there waiting watching them do it.”
And just like that, Kameron moved on to the final round, and Asia’s chance at winning Season 10 and becoming America’s Next Drag Superstar was gone.
It was a disappointing finish for a fan-favorite queen who turned out a consistently strong performance throughout the season, but it certainly made for a memorable moment. See more reactions below:
— Berlinn (@BerlinnMonroee) June 29, 2018
— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) June 29, 2018
— Michelle Diaz Wolf (@MichelleWolf423) June 29, 2018
Oh no the damn butterflies#DragRace pic.twitter.com/YGDt8MYwEC
— Vee (@ThelifeofMoore) June 29, 2018
— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) June 29, 2018
If Aquaria don't send Eureka home right now I'm gonna pitch a fit lol
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) June 29, 2018
The butterflies represent our democracy
— alex (@alex_abads) June 29, 2018
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) June 29, 2018
— Trulo ???? (@Jay_trulo) June 29, 2018
— Matthew. (@MatyDee) June 29, 2018
— Spencer Barrett (@spencerbarrett) June 29, 2018
Alright it happened it's done it was bad but I will not tolerate any Asia O'Hara slander on the TL #DragRace
— kayla ???? (@Kayla_Rosa) June 29, 2018
— dez nutz (@ebony_eyez89) June 29, 2018
That lipsync for the crown needs to go into the vault not to be seen again oh man #DragRace
— Dee (@deelashaun) June 29, 2018
— Johnn P (@Pughness25) June 29, 2018
The most awkward thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life is them stopping the taping of #DragRace for 10 minutes while they cleaned dead butterflies off the stage. Asia had to stand there waiting watching them do it. ????
— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) June 29, 2018
— peter stevenson (@miguelstevo) June 29, 2018