At the RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons on Saturday night, Alaska Thunderfuck stunned the audience with a straight-up lipsynch of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” interrupted by a unearthly howl reminiscent of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. (Above, watch Alaska perform the number at a Heaven and Hell party in Pittsburgh.)
When we were recounting the amazing number to a friend, he recalled seeing something eerily similar a few years back on YouTube: An unnamed drag queen in the Philippines got more than a 1.5 million views with her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” (below), which was also punctuated with some truly monstrous turns.
Is this merely a coincidence, or did Alaska lift this gurl’s bit? (Ms. Thunderfuck has apparently admitted her trademark “hiiiii” came from another queen.)