The judge said that at the end of the day, neither she nor RuPaul were privy to the final decision. In a rule change, the season’s eliminated queens were brought back to choose the top two of the competition. “That wasn’t up to me, that wasn’t up to RuPaul, that was up to the girls,” she said. “Ru gave the queens that were eliminated the chance to vote for the final two, who they believe deserved to be in the finals, and they chose not to put Shangela in there.”
In a behind-the-scenes video shared after the finale aired, it was revealed that only one queen, Thorgy Thor (who Shangela had some beef with earlier in the season) voted for her as her second choice to advance. Shangela had the lowest score of the final four, with only one vote.
Visage said that ultimately, Shangela should have made it through to the finals but didn’t because the jury voted on a personal level rather than a professional one. “It was a mistake, but I also believe they did it because of a personal relationship instead of watching how she did in the competition,” she said, while adding that Ru’s ultimate decision to crown Trixie was correct: “I 100 percent agree with RuPaul on everything. We share a brain.”
In a since-deleted tweet quoted by Entertainment Weekly, Trixie Mattel responded to Visage’s statement on Thursday morning by saying, “I was Team Michelle on Big Brother. So we are both disappointed lol.”
Watch Visage’s full interview with ET Canada below: