It’s easy to recognize why drag queen and vocal powerhouse Ada Vox is emerging as one of the breakout stars of American Idol season 16. Not only does the queen have a fascinating backstory as a former contestant returning to snatch the prize, but each and every one of her performances brings costumes, drama and most of all, stunning vocals.
Last night was no exception — Vox took to the stage with a raucous performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” Dressed in a diamond-studded, feathered gown, the queen made Queen proud, hitting every note and giving the judges everything they wanted to see in a Top 14 performance. “Not only did you stop the show, you finally started the show, queen,” Katy Perry remarked. “I was waiting for someone to show up!”
But it wasn’t just the judges who noticed Vox’s talent — drag superstar RuPaul took to Twitter to sing the praises of the contestant. “SHANTAY, you slay,” Ru wrote, adding a simple “XORU” at the end of his tweet.
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) April 23, 2018
This is not the first time Vox caught the attention of drag royalty. Michelle Visage, one of the judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race offered the queen a makeover for the American Idol finale last week, after Vox’s duet of “Defying Gravity” with Lea Michele. “My glam team and I want to give you the makeover of life for American Idol finals,” Visage wrote. “YOU INSPIRE US ALL.”
Watch Vox’s full performance of “The Show Must Go On” below: