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Drag Race's Heidi Was 'Very Happy' to Lip-Synch Against Jaida 

Drag Race's Heidi Was 'Very Happy' to Lip-Synch Against Jaida 

Heidi

The drag queen discusses her elimination, her name, and her family.

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It was a funny episode of RuPaul's Drag Race -- or unfunny, as the case may be.

The contestants were tasked this week with a comedy challenge, bringing a five-minute stand-up routine in front of a studio audience and the judges. Some, like Crystal Methyd's litter box-inspired workout routine, knocked it out of the park and garnered Methyd her first win.

Others, like Heidi's and Jaida Essence Hall's, clearly could have used some more workshopping. The pair ended up lip-synching for their lives, and it was the fan favorite Heidi who sashayed away after Hall's killer Prince performance.

Below, Heidi discusses the elimination, receiving comedy tips from Whoopi Goldberg, and the mystery around her new name.

The Advocate: Which last name did you finally decide on?
Heidi: You will have to keep watching and see if it comes to fruition.

"Closet," you mentioned on the show, was in reference to the closeted men of your town in North Carolina. Is closet culture still a real issue there, or is it getting better to be out?
The world as a whole is getting better and more progressive, and N.C. is included.

When did you decide you would no longer hide in the closet?
When I was a junior in high school.

Viewers saw some impersonations of your family members this week during the comedy challenge. Are they supportive of your career as a drag queen?
At first they were not all fans but grew to understand my passion and respect it.

How do you think they'll react to your take on them?
They will probably enjoy it because it was accurate.

Whoopi Goldberg was a judge and mentor this week! What was it like to receive coaching from her?
She spouts wisdom not just for comedy but also life, so it was incredible just being in her presence, let alone a mentor moment.

Your makeup really did get better with every episode. How did you refine your techniques?
I tried many different things as well as took many tips from the other queens on the show.

You lip-synched four times this season -- but you did make it this far. How do you feel about lip-synching against Jaida and the elimination?
I was very happy to lip-synch alongside Jaida. I knew she would do a wonderful job performing and we would have a fabulous final experience together on the show [and] a beginning of a lasting friendship.

Where are you sheltering in place right now, and how are you staying safe and sane?
I am staying in Trinity, N.C., and just taking things one day at a time and playing video games.

What's next for you?
Hopefully a bright future. Keep your eyes open because I already have some things in the works.

RuPaul's Drag Race airs Fridays at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on VH1.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.