The queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race got to take part in the series’ most anticipated challenge, the Snatch Game, on April 3. Impersonating their favorite celebrities, the queens were tasked with making Ru laugh in the Match Game-inspired challenge. Gigi Goode managed to get the most out of Ru with her gut-busting impression of Sophia the Robot.
But for Brita and Aiden Zhane — who portrayed Jennifer Holliday and Patricia Quinn, respectively — it was not a match. The two found themselves in the bottom, lip syncing to “Let It Go” by Caissie Levy from Frozen: The Broadway Musical, complete with frozen trees as set pieces, and even an actual snowstorm at the song’s climax. After giving her all and even using some flashy magic, Brita was granted another week, while Aiden was asked to sashay away.
Looking back on her time on the show, Zhane tells Billboard that while she may be a little bummed to be leaving, she’s glad that she was able to make a strong impression during her time on the show. “You don’t go into this situation wanting to not make it to the end, but I feel like I was able to make my mark,” she says.
As for her Patricia Quinn impersonation, Zhane reveals that she had American serial killer Aileen Wuornos in her back pocket as a Snatch Game character, but decided to go with the Rocky Horror actress as a sort of homage to her humble beginnings in drag. “My first exposure to the world of drag was Rocky Horror Picture Show, so it seemed fitting to play her,” she explains.
Throughout the season, Zhane butted heads with several of her season 12 sisters, especially Brita, who ultimately sent her packing. She tells Billboard that coming into a competition like Drag Race certainly amplified her own insecurities. “I knew going into the competition that I was going to be already a little bit insecure knowing I would look around the room seeing amazing outfits other girls had,” she says. “You try to have a thick skin and stand taller, but at the end of the day, it does break you down and make it tougher for you.”
But one thing did remain a constant for Aiden: her wig. In the weeks that she has been on the show, fans and even a few former Drag Race queens have questioned and even made memes out of Zhane’s repeated use of her short, black pussycat wig. “I am here for it!” she says. “I think it is hilarious that people are concerned with my one wig. In my eyes, it is my staple piece and I knew while I was on the show I wanted to ingrain that in people’s mind.”
To celebrate her time on Drag Race, Aiden Zhane curated a short playlist for Billboard, filled with “songs I love to perform because they reflect my drag aesthetic.” In honor of her “spooky and moody” vibe, check out Aiden Zhane’s elimination playlist below, and get her thoughts on each of the songs.
Mindless Self Indulgence, “For the Love of God”
The overall mood of the song is totally me. It’s rock, it’s spook, it’s everything.
Marilyn Manson, “A Place in the Dirt”
This is a really slow, moody song, and it is one that I love to perform. The slow, dark moodiness about it matches my drag aesthetic.
Marilyn Manson, “The Nobodies”
If you can’t tell by now, I am a huge Manson fan. This is another song where the energy matches my drag persona.
The Cranberries, “Zombie”
I love her voice!