The verdict is in! We have a new queen of the Drag Race UK kingdom and fans are truly chuffed.
The final episode of season five has aired.
During the climax episode of season five, Ginger Johnson, Michael Marouli and Tomara Thomas went head to head when they wrote and recorded lyrics for RuPaul’s song ‘Spotlight: The Remix,’ followed by starring as sexy cat burglars in the music video.
In addition to the high camp moment of the music video, there was a moment to reflect on the journey the three finalists had been on. Ru and Michelle Visage sat down with each of the individual finalists to talk about their experiences on the show and how they have navigated life as a queer person.
Increasing to the emotion of the situation, the queens were joined by their loved ones. Ginger and Michael were joined by their partners and Tomara by her mum.
The final music video saw Ginger lean into her comedy roots and make lyrical reference to sausages, whilst Tomara and Michael served in the choreo. The performance turned 3D when the finalists were joined onstage by the eliminated queens (minus Cara Melle).
The final runway look was ‘Grand Finale Eleganza; Dripping in Jewels’ and Ru and Michelle were joined by regular judges Alan Carr and Graham Norton to analyse and make the final verdict.
Tomara ultimately placed third and it was down to a fierce head-to-head battle between Ginger and Michael. The top two lip-synced for their lives to Erasure’s classic ‘A Little Respect’ and Ru declared Ginger as the winner.
Season four winner Danny Beard made a special guest appearance to pass over her crown and sceptre.
In her exit interview Ginger confessed: “I cannot believe I’m the winner. I had so clearly convinced myself that it wasn’t going to be me. I’m old enough to have started doing drag before Drag Race. But Drag Race was the thing that’s really kept me going a lot of the time.
“I grew up trying to find representation wherever I could. The closest I had was staying up late at night watching Graham Norton on my TV, on a nearly silent volume, trying to understand what this thing was inside me.
“I felt so alone, so directionless. And now to know there are people like me seeing this happen is so healing.”
Fans were quick to react, one tweeted: “Huge congratulations @GingerJohnson_ who is pure sunshine in human form who truly lights up the room the second they enter. such a well deserved win !! Way to go Ginger #DragRaceUK S5 finale!! So bloody good to see @thedannybeard walk that runway again tonight though.”
Fellow contestant Kate Butch celebrated the moment, saying: “Right it’s been twelve hours so I’m going to say that I would kill and die for Ginger Johnson and I’m so happy she’s our winner, and I adore Michael and Tomara as well and I’ve just has such a lovely time omg I love my life xx.”
right it’s been twelve hours so I’m going to say that I would kill and die for @GingerJohnson_ and I’m so happy she’s our winner, and I adore Michael and Tomara as well and I’ve just had such a lovely time omg I love my life xx
— Kate Butch (@thekatebutch) December 1, 2023
Keep scrolling for more fan reactions.
— Clive Barquette (@mipoupou) December 1, 2023
Huge congratulations @GingerJohnson_ who is pure sunshine in human form who truly lights up the room the second they enter. such a well deserved win !! Way to go Ginger 👑🧡🧡#DragRaceUK S5 finale!!
So bloody good to see @thedannybeard walk that run way again tonight though 🖤🏻 pic.twitter.com/w8GjzCv4Gl
— Carly Gillam ♡🏻 (@CarlyCheers22) November 30, 2023
— naughty not nice (@menandboyss) December 1, 2023
These finale looks on drag race UK are IT pic.twitter.com/4uFbRsPnJ6
— Thighana Ross (@JakeDoesntCare) December 1, 2023
The way drag race uk had absolutely insane talented powerhouses of drag as the top 2.
2 years in a row.
Literally anyone could’ve won and id have been ecstatic
— miss jazz hot (@jazzhott96) November 30, 2023
It’s about time we had a live grand finale for Drag Race UK. But as it’s the BBC it should be merged with the BBC Proms. Full orchestra for a lip-sync to the death challenge. #DragRaceUK
— Ken. 🐝 (@KenSC91) November 30, 2023
Top notch British drag queens on Ru Paul's Drag Race UK.
Haven't seen the result yet so I don't know the winner. Was it my fave Ginger? Or Tamara or Michael Marouli? All brilliant, funny & gorgeous.
We have a fine tradition in pantomime dames & Shakespeare. Long may they reign.
— Anna Chen RETURNS (@WHampwildlife) December 1, 2023
Honestly so happy at Drag Race UK results last night. The best queens definitely deserved 1st and 2nd. And honestly both deserved the win so much it was tough to call.
— Chris 🤘 (@keep_chris_up) December 1, 2023
the way drag race uk has NEVER crowned my fav/who i expected to be crowned has to be studied
— daisy 🇵🇸 (@paperrinhs) December 1, 2023
This season of drag race uk has been so wholesome and entertaining. What a fantastic ending.
— 🍒 (@more4gemini) December 1, 2023
so what am i going to do with my life now that drag race UK is over
— deanna💗 (@_deannafoster) November 30, 2023
i only just started watching while hungover this weekend but omg what an absolute pleasure drag race uk 5 was. this is what happens when you cast a bunch of lovely, crazy talented people for drag race. almost all eliminations felt devastating and the winner is one of the best
— Chicki Parm (@chickiparm) November 30, 2023
No matter how you feel about the winner imma just say this was a great season of UK drag race like s2 level. They finally got their shit together #DragRaceUK
— 𝑺𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊♡ (@Neptune_Leo22) November 30, 2023
Drag Race UK…that was one of the best finale lip syncs of all time
— JB 🐻🍉 (@JBfromDC89) December 1, 2023
i did not religiously watch drag race uk for this ending. 🙁
— em (@hedemtea) December 1, 2023