Christmas Queens Tour Hits New York City: 5 Sickening Seasonal Moments

Michelle Visage performs at RuPaul's Drag Race Christmas Queens Show
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Michelle Visage performs at RuPaul's Drag Race Christmas Queens Show at The O2 Institute Birmingham on Dec. 7, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Following the release of Christmas Queens 2 -- a holiday collection of mostly parody songs from RuPaul's Drag Race alumni -- a gaggle of the queens hit the road to support the seasonal sampling with a drag queen Christmas spectacular. As Michelle Visage -- a performer on the tour and its host -- told Billboard recently, "Let's call it The Gay Nutcracker; we're the Slutcrackers."

Sunday (Dec. 11), the Christmas Queens Tour rolled into New York City, with Sharon Needles, Katya, Ginger Minj, Detox, Manila Luzon, Thorgy Thor, Jiggly Caliente and Visage herself performing at the PlayStation Theater (along with four impressive, stylistically fluid dancers). 

From their Mariah Carey lip sync battle to Katya's trashy Trish, here are five highlights from the Christmas Queens Tour in NYC.

Sharon Needles' British Punk Christmas

Although the season 4 champion performed her Christmas Queens 2 track -- a tribute to the coke-fueled disco days of Studio 54, aptly named "Snow Machine" -- the standout Sharon performance was undoubtedly Needles' British punk-flavored version of "Jingle Bells" from the first Christmas Queens comp. With cries of "Hail Santa" nestling up alongside "Hail Satan" and "upsot" swapped out for "his cock," Needles turned the merry classic into a hellacious heathen rallying cry that would have Ms. Claus clutching her pearls in horror and Johnny Rotten clapping.

Ginger Minj and Manila Luzon Lip Sync for Their Lives to Mariah Carey

Any fan of RuPaul's Drag Race loves a good Lip Sync for Your Life, so when Michelle Visage announced there would be a queen vs. queen lip sync to Mariah Carey's immortal "All I Want For Christmas Is You," you could hear the audience collectively gasp in anticipatory glee. A spinning wheel chose Ginger Minj and Manila Luzon as the night's competitors, and they pulled out all the stops, stripping down to their seasonal skivvies and, in the case of Luzon, managing a wig-under-a-wig reveal (a true Christmas miracle). Minj won based on the audience applause, but by our reckoning, it was an equally matched Mariah lip sync that we'd happily watch over and over alongside A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Detox's Outfits

Several of the performers were equally sensational, but Detox stole the show by a long shot when it came to costumes. Her shimmery red sequined dress, which floated effortlessly like one of those dancing flowers in Fantasia, was perfect. And those leather assless chaps were a pure XXXmas delight.

Katya's Alter Ego Trish

In addition to Katya's hysterical, marathon version of "12 Days of Christmas" (one of the days her "true love" gave her herpes; the five rings were "five NuvaRings," etc), Katya busted out her alter ego Trish for the second number. In case you missed the web series, Trish is Katya's neighbor, a recovering drug addict who still smokes pot "but it's whateva." For Christmas, Trish dragged a box fan around the stage, stumbling about and telling everyone "Merry Christmas, It's Whateva." Not only was Katya's role-playing perfect, but it was also a timely reminder to prepare to see your family  and old friends in the next few weeks.

Michelle Visage's Come-to-Jesus Moment

Aside from delivering some legit inspiring words about the need for the LGBT community to spread love and kindness as we move into Trump's America, Michelle Visage also delivered a joke-free, reverent version of the religious Christmas classic, "O Holy Night." Visage previously told Billboard it was her favorite Christmas carol, and she absolutely stunned the crowd with the purity of her voice -- no small feat, given that this was an audience otherwise primed for kitschy outfits and dick jokes. Adding a layer of seasonal sweetness was Thorgy Thor backing Michelle on violin, keeping the music elegant and minimal while her voice soared.

Check out future Christmas Queens Tour dates here. 


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