Last night, Raleigh's own Victoria "Porkchop" Parker made her debut on "RuPaul's Drag Race," on the Logo channel (or since Time Warner doesn't carry Logo, at www.rupaulsdragrace.com).
So how did she do?
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Sadly, Porkchop was the first contestant ousted from the show. Ouch.
Her downfall came from a challenge in which the queens had to use dollar store materials to make an outfit that represented their personas. Alas, Porkchop can't sew.
"I knew it was a weakness," she says now. "I usually have a person sewing for me. So I just tried to make something creative and unique."
The outfit she made was a bit of a mess. It did win points for color coordination.
That put her in the bottom 2 with rhymes-with-itchy Akashia. They had to lip-synch RuPaul's "Supermodel: You Better Work." Akashia triumphed; Porkchop even slipped on the runway and almost fell off. And then she was told to sashay.
What you didn't see in the episode, Porkchop says, is that the decision was harder for RuPaul than it looked. The iconic drag queen shut the taping down because she didn't know who to choose and met with producers to help make her decision.
"I think RuPaul decided that I had a lot more experience and a longer career than Akashia," says Porkchop. "I think she decided to keep Akashia so she could get more grooming and training and I agree with that."
Also unknown to viewers is that the queens encountered the Plexiglass runway for the very first time during the judging. "It was slippery, like walking on ice."
Still, Porkchop was gracious during her loss.
"It hurt a little, but I knew I had accomplished what I wanted to do," she says. "And every ending is not an end."
Indeed, with two days to spare, Porkchop left L.A. where "Drag Race" was filmed and made it to Charlotte to participate in the 30th anniversary Miss North Carolina for female impersonators. And she won.
Porkchop had her first chance to see "Drag Race" at a viewing party at Legend's last night. She says she was generally happy, but thought the editing made Akashia look nicer than she actually was. (Don't worry, the evil ramps up in episode 2.) In fact, they'd had a tiff earlier that day.
Now that she's off the show ("If I had stuck around I would have won the whole thing!"), Porkchop (myspace.com/victoriaparker) would love to see fellow queen Nina Flowers become the next international drag queen.
Nina is a tattooed Latino with a punk rock vibe.
"She's really nice and a great entertainer. I think she would be a great representative for the female impersonator community."