'RuPaul's Drag Race' Star Nicky Doll Reintroduces Herself With an Emotional Playlist: Listen

Nicky Doll
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Nicky Doll

Last week on RuPaul's Drag Race, the queens donned their scrubs and channeled Ellen Pompeo when tasked to star in their very own medical drama, Gay's Anatomy. Disqualified contestant Sherry Pie snatched another win, with half of the other queens managing to place high in the judges' rankings.

As for the lows, French fashionista Nicky Doll and North Carolina queen Heidi N. Closet found themselves in the bottom after flatlining in the main challenge. Performing to Kim Petras' 2018 hit single "Heart to Break," the two took a couple different approaches -- Heidi attacked the song with her natural dance skills, while Nicky offered a more subtle performance. Ultimately, Heidi was granted another week on the show, leaving Nicky to sashay away.

After her elimination, Nicky tells Billboard she didn't feel very good about her performance. But after getting to see herself, she knows she did her best. "I am feeling better than when I left the show," she says. "It was an intense experience to be eliminated. I’m so happy that people can see the amazing season."

She teases, "You never know if/when you’ll see me again!"

During her time on the competition, the drag star openly spoke about her struggle with the language barrier. As a native French speaker, she struggled trying to translate her personality into English. "I think being a French queen was a blessing and a curse," she admits. "It brought a lot of attention and curiosity from the American audience ... [but] I had a hard time showcasing who Nicky Doll is in a new language. It is a race, so you don’t have the internet or other ways to translate your personality. If a joke doesn’t land, you land in the bottom."

Still, even though the judges didn't necessarily see her quirkier side, Nicky has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the show's fans. "Having them understand the layers of me is the therapy I needed after the show," she says. "You feel validated. The immigrant in me is happy that American people can connect with who I am."

To celebrate her time on Drag Race, Nicky Doll curated a special playlist for Billboard, one in which she "tried to showcase in 10 songs who I am as an artist." From Japanese ballads to dance-hall rhythms, check out Nicky Doll's elimination playlist below, and get her thoughts on each song.


KDA & Tinashe, "Just Say" 

Epitome of who Nicky Doll is. It’s a sultry song that screams SEX. I love to lip-synch to it.

Martin Solveigh & Tkay Maidza, "Do It Right" 

Song by a French DJ. It’s fun, positive and I love to start my day with it.

Utada Hikaru, "Passion (After the Battle)"

My all time favorite Japanese singer. This song is also the soundtrack of one of my favorite video games EVER, Kingdom Hearts. I should perform it sometime.

Utada Hikaru, "Deep River"

Another good one of Utada. But to be honest, you should listen to all her albums. She’s an icon.

Kokia, "Ai no Melody"

Another amazing Japanese singer. This song makes me emotional every time I listen to it.

Kelis, "Acapella"

Such a BOP! I love to lip-synch to it as well. I loved the Flesh Tone album.

Kailee Morgue, "Siren"

Another good classic Nicky Doll lip-sync.h Pure sensuality and leaves space to incorporate gags and reveals 🙂

Aya Nakamura, "Pookie"

French people love or love to hate her -- she is our own Nicki Minaj. This song’s beat is truly addictive.

Charles Aznavour, "For Me Formidable" 

This song reminds me of my childhood. This man is a French legend.

Thomas Newman, "Any Other Name"

One of the most beautiful songs ever composed. I am a big piano fan, and I listen to this song on repeat every time I need to focus or cry. Do yourself a favor and add it to your Spotify list. You’re welcome!

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