(L-R) Ella Vaday, Kitty Scott-Claus and Krystal Versace battled it out (Picture: BBC/Getty)
Warning: Spoilers for the final episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 ahead.
RuPaul has officially crowned the winner of Drag Race UK season 3 after a neck-and-neck competition.
At age 19, Krystal Versace has become the youngest ever winner of the show, proving her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.
She was left stunned by her win, with the drag performer saying at a finale event in London: ‘I feel like I’m in a dream. It feels a bit surreal.
‘Honestly, I would never have thought I’d win the show. It’s mind-blowing to me.’
Krystal added to BBC Three: ‘Anyone that is born to do drag out there and is the next superstar, can now have someone they can look at and be like, “Okay, right I can do it.”‘
The star – real name Luke Fenn – beat fellow drag queens Kitty Scott-Claus and Ella Vaday in the tense final, after 12 queens entered the ‘werk room’ at the start of the series.
Many viewers were thrilled for Krystal, with one fan writing: ‘Krystal has mopped up on the runway every single week.’
Here is the moment our finalists found out who had been crowned the UK’s next drag superstar. ð
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— BBC Three (@bbcthree) November 25, 2021
Another added: ‘EXACTLY KRYSTAL! being 19 and the youngest winner of the show ever,’ while one more said: ‘After serving look after look KRYSTAL VERSACE DESERVED THE CROWN.’
Some who were rooting for Kitty and Ella were less than impressed, however season one star Cheryl Hole summed it up by saying: If they win, they deserve it… end of!’
Krystal has been doing drag since she was 13, with Ru telling her earlier in the series that she was ‘born’ to be a drag queen.
Throughout the series, she impressed the judges with her extravagant runway looks and intricate makeup, and also earned praise for her dancing skills.
Krystal is the youngest ever winner (Picture: Getty Images)
The final part of the competition was a lip sync for the crown, with Krystal snatching the win.
Before she was crowned, Ru reflected on Krystal’s journey, saying: ‘She is only 19. She’s still trying to find her footing and this competition has really put her to the test.
‘All three girls bring something special to this competition, Krystal has used her short time on this planet to put that laser focus on drag.’
Judge Michelle Visage added: ‘From the jump we couldn’t take our eyes off of Krystal. She’s always wowed us – and that’s a gift.’
Graham Norton added: ‘I think this competition has unleashed something in her.’
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While Krystal’s just been crowned, the search is already on for the UK’s next drag superstar, with casting for season four open now.
Start your engines…
Drag Race UK season 3 is available for catch-up on BBC iPlayer.
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