The Queerty Interview

Exclusive: This week’s eliminated queen says the judges “completely” made the right call

[This post contains spoilers for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10, episode 2.]

It was another week of fierce competition as the queens get settled on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10.

And the fact that it’s so early in the game makes eliminations all the more emotional.

Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams and Eureka landed in the bottom, and in the end, Eureka was the clear winner as the two lip synced for their lives.

We caught up with Kalorie to talk about her time on the show, some of the criticism she recieved, and her superb lip sync the previous week for Christina Aguilera.

Queerty: Hey Kalorie, thanks for taking a moment to chat. Before we get to the hard part, we just have to say you slayed that first lip sync — it’s a total instant Ru-play moment. What was it like to have such a high after being in the first challenge bottom two?

Kalorie: It was an unbelievable moment thinking I survived the first lip-sync. There are so many emotions its hard to pick just one.

And it must have been surreal to do “Ain’t No Other Man” for Christina herself. Did she say anything about your performance?

Yes, after we were done I stared at her and she mouthed at me OMG you did amazing. I was cracked. At that moment I was ok with going home.

You had Alyssa Edwards helping with choreography for the musical number this week. Do you feel she gave your team solid direction?

She gave us the direction we needed but my team didn’t take the direction that we should have.

Group challenges can be tricky when everyone is trying to stand out from the pack — did you feel like you all had each other’s backs?

I felt we had each others backs. Its hard because its still a competition but we pulled together for this challenge.

Were you surprised you landed in the bottom two again?

I was very surprised, I didn’t think I did that bad but its always different looking from the outside. At the end of the day, I respect the judges decision.

This week’s lip sync against Eureka looked like it was especially hard for you — what were you thinking heading into the song?

Only thing I could think of is one of our dreams will be taken away from us. It was hard knowing that I went against somebody that I became so close with.

Watching it now, do you think the judges made the right call?

Completely. During the lip sync you don’t see what the other person is doing but watching it back Eureka slayed that lip sync.

Knowing what you know now, what do you wish you could go back and do differently on the show?

Take some time to really think about my concept. Fine tune and edit my look, really think about what I want to sell on stage.

We consider it a distinct honor to be read by Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi, so congrats on joining that club. That being said, she was pretty harsh on you when she said you seemed out of your league. Does that reflect how you were feeling at the time?

Very much so. I felt being on the bottom again and feeling all the emotions from the prior week it really got to me, I felt like maybe I am out my league.

What’s something you want everyone to know about Ms. Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams that you feel didn’t come through on the show?

I am a whole lot more creative than what the two episodes showed of me.

What’s next for you? Where can we see you?

Trying to build my brand. I want to throw out new merch and work on some music. I want to dabble in different things and see where this new platform is going to take me.

RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Thursday nights at 8/7c.