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Jorgeous’ Journey From Kacey Musgraves Karaoke Queen to “Drag Race”

The Nashville queen reflects on her gorgeous Season 14 run.

Gorgeous Jorgeous has left the building.

The Nashville queen has delivered her final high kick after sashaying away on the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Jorgeous was one half of a double elimination after a less than spectacular roast of judge Ross Mathews had three queens lip-syncing for their lives. In the end, it was Jorgeous and DeJa Skye who were sent packin’, while Daya Betty lived to slay another day.

As Jorgeous said herself: “I might be small, but I pack a big punch.” Not only did she pack a big punch, she also left a big impression. Even though she won a maxi challenge, and always brought a smile to Ru’s face, this was Jorgeous’ fifth time in the bottom, and it was after performing “good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo that she left the mainstage one final time.

Jorgeous spoke with Logo about what it was like roasting Ross Mathews, how Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon influenced her drag, and what it was like being featured in a Kacey Musgraves music video.
 

Hi, Jorgeous! So I’m not sure if you remember, but I interviewed you after you were in the Kacey Musgraves and Troye Sivan “Easy” music video.

Yes! How are you?

I’m good! That was a while ago now. So I’m curious, did you gain some Kacey fans after being in one of her music videos?

Oh my God. After the Kacey video came out, a whole bunch of people started following me and the comments were like, “Oh my God, is that Jorgeous? Oh my God, it is Jorgeous.” I got such good feedback from that music video.

You told me you do a Kacey mix in your show. Do you still do that?

Oh yes, I still do it now. I love a good “High Horse.”

Did you get to see her new tour or were you too busy touring yourself?

No. I was way too busy touring myself. Working girl. I’m a busy woman.

That’s what I figured. Okay. Let’s get to Drag Race. Let’s talk about the Ross Mathews roast. You wanted it to be over so badly. So I want to know first off, what was it like having to get up on stage and do that roast?

Oh my God. Honestly, before the roast had even started, I was having a mini panic attack because I knew it was going to be bad. But once I went up there, I was like, “Okay, maybe I do got this.” And then as I was looking at my words and they started scrambling across the paper, I’m like, “Oh my God, maybe I don’t got this!”

I’ve seen worse roasts on Drag Race, definitely.

Ah, thank you. Oh, thank you.

Do you think it went better than you thought or worse than you thought? How were you feeling afterward?

Afterward, I was like, “Okay, maybe I kind of do got this.” I remember RuPaul laughing at one thing. And I was like, “Okay, maybe I do got this in the bag.” Delusion! No girl, they roasted my ass. They roasted my ass at the roast.

On Untucked you just looked so relieved to have it over.

Yes, honestly. It was like a bandage I was ripping off. “Okay, I did it. And now if I got to lip-sync, I’m ready.”

Speaking of the lip sync, I saw your face of shock when Ru said it’s going to be a three-way lip sync. Did that bring back some bad memories from LollapaRuza?

Oh yes. When RuPaul said it was going to be a three-way lip sync, I was like, “Okay girl, let’s do this. I’m ready.” I was like, “I’ll be damned if I’d be one of the two that goes home on a lip-sync. That’s my gig.” But girl, sure enough, I got the boot.

You always pull it out during the lip sync. So were you surprised when you were asked to sashay away?

Well, a little bit yes and a little bit no, because girl, going into it, I was like, “Girl, I don’t like this song.”

So you’re not an Olivia Rodrigo fan?

Don’t get me wrong. Olivia Rodrigo’s amazing. She has some other good music, but that’s the one song I could not get the words to stick whatsoever. And then seeing other girls do it and it’s like I’m reliving the pain all over again.

For that song, you were really dancing up a storm.

Yes. Because I was like, “Okay, maybe my dancing will cover up the words that I don’t know, I guess.”

You cannot tell that you didn’t know the words.

Oh, really? Oh, perfect. Okay then, nevermind what I said.

On Untucked, you said that you weren’t even going to watch this episode. Do you still stand by that? Are you not going to watch the episode?

Oh no. I feel like I grew immensely watching myself and I feel like that person that I’m watching is the old me. And now that I watch myself and I’m more confident in myself, it’s going to be fine. I’m having a viewing party tonight too. I’m going to watch it. And it’s going to really be a moment.
 

It sounds like you’ve grown so much since you filmed your season. How did being on Drag Race change your drag?

Well, I still wear the same brown panty. I love a good old brown panty, so that’s never going to change. But the things that have changed, I feel like I’m not in my head as my much, because doing Drag Race, I was in my head and watching myself. I was like, “Oh my God, I could totally take it to that next level. Why didn’t I?” And I feel like I’m way more confident and I could speak more confidently.

And I guess that reflected in your personal life too, right?

Oh yes. Now I’m like, “I’m not putting up with nothing no more.” I know my worth.

I have to ask: How did Daya Betty not know what Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is?

I know. How dare she? Even RuPaul knows it! He’s mentioned “crouching tiger, hidden drag queen” before in the past. That movie inspired my dances because I remember watching it when I was five or six years old and I would have my sword and I’d be doing the splits when they do the splits. That’s when I really learned how to move my body.

I love that. Do you ever dance with swords these days?

Oh my God. No. That would be sickening though.

I mean, maybe a plastic sword or something.

Ooh, I might do that. I might have to pick you up on that.

What I loved with these seven queens, it just seems like you all just are having so much fun together. Do you have a favorite moment from either in the workroom or out on stage?

Honestly, the moment that I really loved was the moment between me and Jasmine [Kennedie] lip-syncing. That has to be one of my all-time favorite moments.

Why?

In the Untucked episode before doing the lip-sync, we were just laughing like, “Girl, I cannot believe this is happening right now. Girl, they wanted this to happen.” We were just dying laughing before we went on the runway to go lip sync. And then we both turned it out and it was just an amazing moment. After that I was like, “Bitch, you’re my sister for real, for real after that.”

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