In Tel Aviv, Tamara Todevska’s emotional performance of “Proud” gave North Macedonia its best ever Eurovision result. Now the song continues to move audiences, this time at Holland’s Best Drag Queen 2019. Drag queen Ynel Regalo scored a victory in the competition with a lip-sync interpretation of “Proud”.
Ynel earned her title earlier this month when she was crowned Miss Travestie Holland 2019 – Holland’s Best Drag Queen.
What clinched the win for Ynel was her lip-sync performance of Tamara Todevska’s Eurovision entry “Proud”. While Tamara had performed the song as an female empowerment message for her young daughter, Ynel reinterpreted the song as an LGBTQ+ anthem.
Ynel was looking glamorous in a black evening gown, with a matching choker and earrings and a sophisticated blonde updo. She was joined on stage by a number of special guests, including transgender women who proudly held aloft signs declaring themselves to be “TRANS & PROUD”. To further emphasise the message, two banners unfurled with the LGBTQ+ rainbow and “PROUD”.
The performance was a hit, giving the audience all the feels. Ynel was rewarded with huge applause — and the Best Drag Queen 2019 crown. Congratulations, queen!
And one particular fan of the performance was Tamara Todevska herself. In a message to Ynel Regalo, the North Macedonian star wrote,
“I was crying all the time while I was watching your performance. It’s sooooo emotional and powerful, and I’m really touched that u chose my song. Thank u for this and pls, kiss that guy that is crying during the performance, that was so emotional for me”
Drag queens and Eurovision
This isn’t the first time that a Eurovision song has become part of a drag queen’s repertoire. Last year, American drag superstar Shangela performed Netta’s Eurovision-winning song “Toy”.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3 finalist gave a dynamic lip-sync performance, complete with choreography, hairography, voguing, and of course a little bit of the chicken dance.
And with drag performers Conchita Wurst and Verka Serduchka known for giving two of the most beloved — and best scoring — Eurovision performances this century, it’s clear that there is a close connection with drag queens and Eurovision.
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