Watch Four Drag Queens Make Herstory on the Season Finale of The Voice
Watch Four Drag Queens Make Herstory on the Season Finale of 'The Voice'
Who needs to lip-sync, when you got ~the range~!
Last night, herstory was made on network television. Four drag queens performed on the season 13 finale of NBC’s reality talent show The Voice. "Performed" might be an understatement, because these queens absolutely slayed.
This is one of the few and rare times ever that drag queens have performed on mainstream network TV, and here’s what led up to the event:
Chris Weaver was a contestant earlier on this season. In fact, he was the first four-chair turn of Season 13 with his soulful rendition of "Try a Little Tenderness."
All the judges begged for Chris to join their team. Adam Levine went as far as to say, "[Chris is] the first person that's ever auditioned that is giving them an opportunity, not the other way around."
Chris decided to go with Jennifer Hudson, and went pretty far in the competition, being eliminated right before the top 12. And then NBC brought him back to perform for the season finale. (In the 13-season history of the show, Chris was the first contestant to be brought back as featured talent.)
So how does this lead to four stunning drag queens singing "Bang Bang" live with Jessie J?
When they brought Chris back this time around, he performed in his drag persona, Nedra Belle, alongside Jessie J and the live-singing drag trio Stephanie's Child (Jan Sport, Lagoona Bloo, and Rosé). This history-making production number, directed by Jeri Slaughter and Paul Morente, featured 14 backup dancers, sickening costumes, wigs by Bobbie Pinz, and pyrotechnics.
PRIDE spoke with one of the members of Stephanie’s Child, Jan Sport, to ask her about the experience.
She told us:
"The experience of performing on The Voice was a dream come true. The wardrobe, hair, talent, and production teams at NBC could not have been more professional and kind. As a child, I always dreamed about singing on TV, but never thought that drag would make that dream come true. The fact that NBC gave us the platform to showcase what we love to do the most is extremely brave and important. We made history with that performance as some of the first live singing queens on network television. Queer artists never get this type of exposure and to be able to say that I was a part of this important performance is worth its weight in (glitter and) gold."
Congrats ladies! Watch the entire performance below!