Episode 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4 started out with the girls welcoming back Latrice Royale.
I got a chance to ask South Florida’s own, Latrice Royale, how she felt about being back, and she said:
“I’M BACK! It feels AMAZING! After being eliminated, the prospect of having a chance to fight for my spot back in the competition, lit a fire under me! Now more than ever I feel like I have a lot to prove to myself and Ru. Knowing that I’m under much pressure to deliver and not fade into the background, I have to STEP IT UP!”
The Maxi challenge was for the girls to create and host your own legendary club night which needed to include a name, décor, entertainment, and a signature cocktail. As part of her welcoming back present Latrice got to pair the girls up in three teams of two and then get to pick which team she wanted to join. Their nightclubs would be judged by Carson, Michelle and the 2 guest judges of the week: Rita Ora, and Nightlife icon Susanne Bartsch. The teams were:
Monique and Monet – Club Black Hole
Valentina and Naomi – Club 96
Trinity, Manilla and Latrice – Club Hive
The runway look was “Plastique Fantastique.” In the end the top two were Trinity and Latrice who each one a $2,500 gift card to Crème Shop and a $3,000 gift card to JJ Malibu. The bottom two were Valentina and Naomi. After the Lip Synch for your Legacy, Latrice proved why she came back and was declared the winner, and in an emotional reveal she chose to eliminate Valentina.
It was a pleasure to sit down with Valentina for this exclusive Hotspots interview:
How has your life changed since you were on Drag Race?
My life has changed dramatically, drastically and every way possible. My life has transformed into being an artist every single day and I am so blessed to have the platform I do and to live off my talent.
What has been some of your favorite cities to visit as a RuPaul Alumni?
Mexico City has been one of the most magical performances I ever had as I had my first sold out show there. Argentina was the loudest and rowdiest crowd and that was amazing and when I crowd surfed in Paris I felt like a rock star. I also love performing anywhere in Texas.
How exciting was it to get called back for All-Stars? Did you consider not coming back, and if so what made you come back?
It was definitely exciting and a lot of pressure. My only doubt was about timing and getting together an army to put together my package.
How did you prepare differently for All-Stars than you did the first time you were on the show?
I had money, baby.
How gratifying was it to win a Lip Synch Challenge?
It was so fulfilling artistically to redeem myself and it felt great. It was definitely one of the things I needed to do.
This last weekend was Rent Live where you were one of the stars. Were you excited?
I am so incredibly excited, and after these interviews I have to run to rehearsals and I can’t wait to deliver something magical.
Now that you have been eliminated, who do you want to win?
I am rooting for them all since they are all my friends.
What’s ahead for Valentina?
A bright, bright future full of surprises. I am definitely so grateful to be an artist and to be challenged all the time. I hope to continue being on television and to make music and of course I always want to be connected to my loving fan base.
For more information on Valentina, go to her website: Allaboutvalentina.com or you can follow her on Facebook.com or Instagram.com @ AllaboutValentina.
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