Drag Race UK’s Jonbers Blonde explains special connection with RuPaul

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series 4 contestant Jonbers Blonde didn’t win a single badge during her time on the show, but managed to make it all the way to the final and a shared third place.

Speaks exclusively to Digital spyJonbers explained that she believes she made it this far in the competition because she was able to build a strong bond with RuPaul.

“Obviously I’ve had a lot of criticism, but I’ve never had harsh criticism,” she said.

“It was never like, ‘This was absolutely terrible’. It was like, ‘You can grow and improve from this. This is OK. You can go and improve from that’. Maybe that’s my criticism: my drag is OK.

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“But you know, I never had any hate, that I loved. I know a lot of people say about this, about the relationship between me and Ru. I think it’s just that she saw that I didn’t take myself very seriously, and I was there to laugh and that I loved the show.

“When someone wants you to do well, you listen to them. And you can also tell when someone is open to interpretation and open to criticism, and no matter what you said to them, it’s not going to hurt them – it’s going to just to make them better.

“It’s very similar to Jinkx Monsoon in season 5 of [Drag Race] US.”

Jonbers added that she wouldn’t say she was “underrated” on the show, but that she enjoyed surprising people by showing different parts of her personality.

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“I kind of like it. I love that I had gone through the season and explored different avenues for my drag, because I’m not a condition for one,” she explained.

“Yes, I went in and said, ‘I’m a fashion queen’. But I’m so much more than that. And all of us. Everyone has their own skills. But Acceleration competition brings out the best in you…

“I just wanted to have a good time. You’re there for a good time—and for some people, not long. But we make light entertainment. Have fun, you know?

“I think my journey just mimics ‘Never Give Up.'”

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4 is available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer.

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