What do Enya, a toaster and a tub full of spaghetti have in common? Maybe nothing until the season 14 premiere of drag race, but now they’re all tied to one of the most instantly iconic performances in the show’s history. Amidst the usual lip-syncs, slapstick acts and fierce dancing drag race fans expect from the talent show challenge, Willow Pill came completely out of left field with a weird and artistic routine that left everyone in awe. After confusing everyone into hysteria, Willow Pill explained the meaning behind her drag race Season 14 talent show number at a watch party.
It’s safe to say that Willow has solidified her place as an early fan favorite in drag raceSeason 14 premieres Friday, January 7. Though she lost the talent show challenge to Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté’s truly unbeatable rap performance, Willow’s quirky meditation on self-care during lockdown had everyone talking. The bizarre performance began with Willow, dressed in a flowing white nightgown, pouring bubble bath into a large tub while lip-syncing to Enya’s hypnotic ballad “Only Time.” As the song progressed, Willow added more and more strange objects to the tub: a glass of wine, a plate of spaghetti, and finally a toaster. It all culminated in a totally unexpected moment of dark humor, as Willow jumped into the tub after the toaster.
Although the performance left the judges very confused, RuPaul excitedly proclaimed that she totally got the number and congratulated Willow on it. A number of fans have also shared their analysis of the routine, pointing out that it satirizes the nonsensical habits of self-care that people have taken up during lockdown which have ended up getting a little infuriating.
Willow herself shared a story about the performance at a watch party at Roscoe’s in Chicago, revealing it was a tribute to her high school friends she used to make movies with homemade. “I made a video with some high school friends about seven years ago of me throwing shit in the tub to this song, so I was like, ‘I gotta bring this on stage,'” Willow said. . “Because that’s where my acting started, making silly videos with my high school friends.” Willow’s explanation of the routine begins at minute 23 of the watch party YouTube video.
She went on to reveal that she didn’t really think the producers would allow the toaster finale, and she feared the big risk would send her home on day one. “I pitched the toaster idea to them thinking there was no way they were going to allow it – I was like, ‘And I can just throw a toaster away at the end’ and the lady was like ‘Uh huh, so what? And then I was like, ‘Is the toaster going to be okay?’ and she was like, ‘We’ll get back to you.’ Eventually they were like, ‘Yeah, let’s do the toaster,'” Willow said. “I woke up every night thinking about this routine. I was like, ‘I’m going to make a fool of myself on national TV.’ … When we watched all these talent shows, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m coming home. For sure.'”
Luckily, Willow’s risk paid off, and now she’s an important part of drag race the story.
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