Blair St. Clair
Blair St. Clair came close to the final lap on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” 5. But the multifaceted queen still has plenty to do.
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Blair was sent packing after an awkward performance during the stand-up comedy challenge. But anyone who watched “All Stars” knows she’s a funny queen. We talked about her comic potential, relationship with Miz Cracker and that controversial couture look.
What do you take from the competition this time around?
Just being able to perform in this season feeling my most genuine, true and authentic self. This season feels like it was my first time competing. I’ve grown, I’ve evolved, I’ve become me. I’ve become OK with me, and I was performing in a way that I was standing behind every decision. I took away from it no shame, no guilt and just being proud of the fact that I shared myself vulnerably, fully and as real as I possibly could with the world.
You were confident during rehearsals for the stand-up challenge. What happened?
It was solely the pressure. The other queens had won challenges, and I felt like the underdog. I felt that if we were voting on report card, and we were all so strong in different ways, the only way that I would have a free ticket to not being voted out of the competition was to win this challenge. There was a lot of excitement and drive in preparing for the challenge I think that’s why I performed so well in front of Ross (Matthews) and Jane (Krakowski). When I got up to bat, as they would say in the sports, I was just really nervous and put so much pressure on myself and didn’t perform to the way that I hoped I would.
Having said that, do you feel like you discovered a comedian in Blair St. Clair?
Oh, absolutely. I am a comic in my own right. I’m normally funny just by being me. I’m silly, I’m goofy, I am random, I am weird. Stand-up comedy is difficult for anyone. Even stand-up comics will say that it’s hard. But I was taking it in full stride. I do think there’s a sense of me that’s found a lot of comedy in myself. I just didn’t perform to the funniest of my own ability, and I own that, I accept that. I won the reading challenge, and I had so many other jokes in Snatch Game that did land that weren’t seen.
Did you consider anyone aside from Ellen DeGeneres for Snatch Game of Love?
I had a few other options. But I knew I was gonna do Ellen. Her mannerisms are who I am as a person out of drag. I had not done Snatch Game in my original season. Originally on my season, I was thinking of doing Lea Michele as her character from “Glee.” And the other character was Dame Julie Andrews. I was going to be very sing-y and operatic and prudish.
Where are you and Miz Cracker today?
We’re very good friends today. We are both in agreement that we cannot wait for “All Stars” to be over because there has been an outpouring of negativity on the internet that we never even experienced on Season 10. I think that’s because people are in a pressure cooker right now. We’re living in the world we’re living in, and I understand that. But I can never wrap my head around being negative to someone on the internet. It’s hard to block that out. We actually bonded a little more since the competition. But I think she had a little satisfaction being the one to send me home. I do. But I won’t take it personally. I still love her.
You disagreed with the judges about your backyard couture look. Do you stand by that?
Yes, I absolutely do. One of the main criticisms was, “We can’t see what backyard materials you used.” I said, “Isn’t that the point of the challenge?” They asked us to make a couture look. Couture means one-of-a-kind. I didn’t make a tube dress. I didn’t make a leotard with embellishments. I didn’t make a circle skirt, and I didn’t make a pageant gown. It was fun and it was flashy and I delivered it well on the runway and I feel like that’s what the challenge asked for. I did not have fun doing it, I will say that, because it was very stressful. I wanted to show my nerve, that I wasn’t going to play it safe. We say in the pageant world that we are judged by a panel for that day, and those few opinions do not mean nor dictate your talent for the world.