Ever since RuPaul’s Drag Race spawned spin-off shows in Europe, fans have long been hoping to see a Eurovision song be used for one of the programme’s well-known lip syncs. And now that wish has become a reality, with Netta’s Eurovision 2018 winning song “Toy” being featured in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World.
For those unfamiliar with the series, each episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race concludes with a lip sync between (usually) two contestants.
In a regular series, this is a ‘lip sync for your life’, with the queens fighting to stay in the competition. But in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World and other All Stars seasons, this is a lip sync between the top two queens of the week.
From here on, a spoiler warning is now in force. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, then turn back now!
Netta’s “Toy” featured in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World
Episode five of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World was predominantly not Eurovision related. The queens were tasked with writing and recording a verse for RuPaul’s song “Living My Life In London”. They each highlighted their own hometown, and with an international cast this at least gave a flavour not too dissimilar to Eurovision – which itself celebrates countries across Europe (and down under).
But the main event for Eurovision fans occurred during the ‘lip sync for the world’. The top two queens of the week – Jujubee and Mo Heart – went head-to-head against one another. Watching on from the judges panel were RuPaul, the UK’s Eurovision commentator Graham Norton, past USA Eurovision commentator Michelle Visage, and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.
Within the very first notes of the lip-sync song starting, Eurovision fans will have instantly recognised “Toy”. Netta brought Israel its fourth victory at Eurovision with the song in 2018.
Mo Heart werked her dancing skills during her performance. Meanwhile, Jujubee leant more into the humorous aspects of “Toy”, flapping her arms like a chicken and doing the bird sounds.
In the end, RuPaul decided that Jujubee was the winner of this very first Eurovision lip sync on Drag Race.
NB: The below video is a cut-down version of the lip sync to “Toy”. You can watch the full thing on BBC iPlayer or WOW Presents Plus.
Drag queens go cuckoo for “Toy”
In the aftermath of Netta winning Eurovision with the effervescent and catchy “Toy”, the song became a go-to track for drag queens to perform and bring the party spirit.
Drag Race alum Shangela added “Toy” to her set for the Werq The World Tour in 2018.
Additionally, Madame LaQueer and Jaidynn Diore Fierce both performed Netta’s Eurovision hit song at weekly drag shows in West Hollywood.
And went visiting Tel Aviv, Manila Luzon naturally had to include “Toy” as part of her repertoire.
Were you excited to see Netta’s “Toy” featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World? What did you make of Jujubee and Mo Heart’s performance? Let us know in the comments below.