RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Pomara Fifth hits out at judging panel

EXCLUSIVE: RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Pomara Fifth hits out at judging panel following elimination

Kamilaroi drag queen Pomara Fifth has hit out at the judging panel on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia, the star revealed she wished she had received more feedback from judges RuPaul, Rhys Nicholson and Michelle Visage prior to her elimination. 

‘I didn’t get much feedback from the judges at all the entire time, I was safe, safe, and then eliminated,’ she said.

RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under star Pomara Fifth (pictured) has hit out at the show's judging panel following her elimination

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Pomara Fifth (pictured) has hit out at the show’s judging panel following her elimination 

She added: ‘I really got nothing from them. And that was kind of disappointing. I wish they had elaborated more.’

Pomara, who is of both Aboriginal and Māori heritage, was sadly eliminated in the third episode of the season after teaming up with fellow drag queen Beverly Kills for a drag brunch.

The pair, who were set to work together despite being polar opposites, were then pitted against each other as the bottom two.

After what the other contestants dubbed the best Lip Sync For Your Life so far, Pomara unfortunately didn’t impress the judges and was told to ‘Sashay Away’.

‘It’s kind of bittersweet, you know?’ she said of her elimination. ‘Filming goes on for a lot longer than what you see on TV. And we were all getting a bit tired. And we were just sort of exhausted.’

Pomara, who is of both Aboriginal and Māori heritage, was sadly eliminated in the third episode of the season after teaming up with fellow drag queen Beverly Kills for a drag brunch

Pomara, who is of both Aboriginal and Māori heritage, was sadly eliminated in the third episode of the season after teaming up with fellow drag queen Beverly Kills for a drag brunch

‘I was kind of like, I can relax! But I really wanted to share my message of positivity and share what I had been through and hope that there would be people out there that maybe have gone through the same thing, see someone like them on TV and know that it’s going to be okay.’

‘I just hope that I got that message out before I left.’

During the show, RuPaul said Pomara and Beverly’s drag hosting, ‘felt like two people who were forced to be together’. 

'I really wanted to share my message of positivity and share what I had been through,' Pomara told Daily Mail Australia

‘I really wanted to share my message of positivity and share what I had been through,’ Pomara told Daily Mail Australia

'Do I think I should have gone? No. But that is the hand you're dealt,' she added. 'At least I can say that I have lost doing my best'

‘Do I think I should have gone? No. But that is the hand you’re dealt,’ she added. ‘At least I can say that I have lost doing my best’

Pomara said despite losing out relatively early in the competition, she’s confident she did her best and she left with ‘no hard feelings’ towards the remaining drag queens.

‘Do I think I should have gone? No. But that is the hand you’re dealt. Do I think anyone else from any other team should have gone? Also no,’ she continued.

‘At least I can say that I lost doing my best and I lost against someone who was doing their best.’

For her runway look, Pomara wore a stunning red gown that was inspired and dedicated to her indigenous culture.

There are now only seven contestants left on this season of Drag Race Down Under. Pictured (L-R) Yuri Guaii, Faúx Fúr, Aubrey Haive, Molly Poppinz, Beverly Kills, Spankie Jackzon, Kween Kong, Hannah Conda, Pomara Fifth, Minnie Cooper

There are now only seven contestants left on this season of Drag Race Down Under. Pictured (L-R) Yuri Guaii, Faúx Fúr, Aubrey Haive, Molly Poppinz, Beverly Kills, Spankie Jackzon, Kween Kong, Hannah Conda, Pomara Fifth, Minnie Cooper

‘Going down that runway, you couldn’t tell me sh*t. I felt stunning. I felt beautiful. It’s one of my favourite outfits ever to wear,’ she continued.

‘I really wanted to represent [my culture] and as soon as they said that the theme of the runway was red, I went straight to like the big red rock: Uluru. I really tried to channel that and put it into my outfit. And yeah, that was that was really special to me.’ 

There are now only seven contestants left on this season of Drag Race Down Under – Beverly Kills, Hannah Conda, Kween Kong, Minnie Cooper, Molly Poppinz, Spankie Jackzon and Yuri Guaii.

Stream RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under only on Stan, with new episodes available on Saturdays at 4pm

The remaining queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under

Beverly Kills (Brisbane, QLD), 21

Beverly Kills started doing drag within just a few months of turning 18.

Not just a pretty face, she offers something extra with her burlesque, including a good whipping and some fire breathing.

Beverly Kills (Brisbane, QLD), 21

Beverly Kills (Brisbane, QLD), 21

Hannah Conda (Sydney, NSW), 30

After conquering the Perth drag scene, Hannah Conda took a leap of faith and made her way to Sydney in 2015.

She co-founded ‘Drag Storytime’ in 2016 where she reads to children while dressed in drag to teach them about inclusion, acceptance and love.

Hannah Conda (Sydney, NSW), 30

Hannah Conda (Sydney, NSW), 30

Kween Kong (Adelaide, SA), 29 

Kween Kong is originally from New Zealand, and of Tongan and Samoan heritage, currently residing in Adelaide.

She is the matriarch of Haus of Kong, a drag collective that aims to change the lives of its young recruits both on and off the stage. 

Kween Kong (Adelaide, SA), 29

Kween Kong (Adelaide, SA), 29

Minnie Cooper (Sydney, NSW), 49

Minnie Cooper is considered drag royalty among the Sydney circuit, with a glittering career that spans more than 20 years.

In 2016, she was a semi-finalist on Australia’s Got Talent, combining her drag and musical theatre talents. 

Minnie Cooper (Sydney, NSW), 49

Minnie Cooper (Sydney, NSW), 49

Molly Poppinz (Newcastle, NSW), 30

Molly Poppinz originally made a name for herself in Vancouver after struggling to find the confidence to do drag in her hometown of Newcastle, NSW. 

In 2018, she was crowned Vancouver’s most ‘Fierce Queen’, before returning to Newcastle to build a thriving drag community.

Molly Poppinz (Newcastle, NSW), 30

Molly Poppinz (Newcastle, NSW), 30

Spankie Jackzon (Palmerston North, NZ), 37

Spankie Jackzon is a New Zealand drag performer best known for winning the $10,000 cash prize on the Kiwi series House of Drag.

She is the official host and roving reporter of The Wellington International Pride Parade, bringing drag to small towns across Aotearoa. 

Spankie Jackzon (Palmerston North, NZ), 37

Spankie Jackzon (Palmerston North, NZ), 37

Yuri Guaii (Auckland, NZ), 25

Starting out at the age of 18, Yuri Guaii has been doing drag for going on eight years, making her start in the Auckland drag scene.

Having studied fashion design, her secret weapon is her sewing skills and she is known for creating all her own show-stopping drag looks. 

Yuri Guaii (Auckland, NZ), 25

Yuri Guaii (Auckland, NZ), 25

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