She might not have walked away from RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under with any challenge wins under her belt, but there’s no denying that Beverly Kills made her mark on this year’s season.
Throughout her time on the show, the 21-year-old Gold Coast queen served a number of iconic looks on the runway and delivered three show-stopping and jaw-dropping lip syncs.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle following her elimination, Beverly says she had an “amazing” experience on Drag Race and wouldn’t want to change a thing.
“Not to be all ‘powers of the universe butterfly effect’, but if I was never paired with Pomara [Fifth] I wouldn't have got to lip sync. If I wasn't in this girl group I might have been in the bottom,” she shares.
“You never know which way the wind’s going to blow and it could have been much worse, so I was very happy.”
When preparing for the show, Beverly received plenty of helpful advice from last season’s finalist Karen From Finance about what to expect.
“She sort of just broke down what people's idea of the show might be,” she details. “It’s long days, it’s a lot of sitting in the green room, it’s a lot of waiting and you're in full drag just sort of sitting there waiting for someone to tell you what to do.
“I would have loved to have more time to prepare. Like, Hannah [Conda] had 12 years to prepare, Spankie [Jackzon] is 37, they’ve had the years to prepare for it. So I do wish I had that, but on the other end, I auditioned and they took my tape so I took it as a sign.”
‘Bring it on b***h!’
Speaking about her iconic Lip Sync For Your Life to RuPaul’s song The Beginning against Kween Kong, Beverly admits she doesn’t even remember doing it.
“When Ru tells you to lip sync for your life, your brain just shuts off and it's like a fight or flight. You just have to do it or you don’t,” she says. “And every time I've just had that little light switch moment like, ‘Alright, here we go’.
“There was a point where I was like, ‘Oh look, I'm in the top five and I don't have any wins, it’s probably my time to go’. So at the start of the lip sync, I'm going to be honest, I was kind of defeated. I was kind of like, ‘Oh well, it's probably Kong’s to lose, whatever. I'm just going to do a nice lip sync and I'm going to embrace the last time I get to use this stage’.
“And then Kong went into a dip within the first five seconds and I was like, ‘Oh! Oh okay, let’s do it then! Fine, you know what, bring it on bitch! Like, if you're going to win, I'm going to make you fight for it’. So that's what we did.”
Despite outrage from fans online who believed that it should have been a double save, Beverly says she was fine with the decision.
“I was fighting tooth and nail and I wanted to be there, and then after that Untucked, I was like, I'm done. I don't think I should be here anymore,” she continues.
“If I would have stayed it would not have felt right. I was ready to go, and I think I finished on a really high awesome note. Like, I had a great time.”
Surprising advice for future contestants
When asked to share her advice for future contestants, Beverly believes it’s important to cover all bases and be prepared for anything they might throw at you.
“If you know that you are not very good at making costumes, you have to practice. You've got to be ready for it,” she remarks.
“Like me, if you're not good at comedy, practise for it. I practised as well as I could and I still don't feel like I did very well. It could have been a lot worse and I could have been in that realm of like, iconically horrible Snatch Games, but I think I was maybe a step above so I was just a bit s**t,” she laughs.
“So if you're going to be bad, be horrible or be like, just okay. But I was unfortunately in the realm of just, ‘You just weren't good’. So be prepared! You can prepare for Snatch Game and I would almost say like, do a Snatch Game in front of your friends and if they don't laugh, don’t do it.”
RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under airs only on Stan with new episodes dropping on Saturdays at 4pm.
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