Drag queens are notoriously crafty, so it shouldn’t be shocking that Drag Race season 10 finalist Asia O’Hara has devised a routine that turns her infamous butterfly snafu from the show’s season finale on its head.
During a performance clip uploaded by Instagram user @fairyfernie, the Texas-based queen lip-syncs an introduction — “Right now I’d like to introduce you to some friends of mine” — before removing an oversized fur coat. The star is joined by two hunks dressed as butterflies in overalls as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” played.
The trio does a quick high-energy dance routine before one of the backup dancers falls over. O’Hara pretends to perform CPR on him as she lip-syncs the titular line of Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” Her other dancer then begins to lip-sync to a a cover of “I Will Survive.” In a second clip, the three knock out an impressive tango-inspired number.
The routine references O’Hara’s ill-fated performance during the season 10 finale of Drag Race. The queen had planned to release butterflies from various parts of her costume, but the reveal malfunctioned as some of the butterflies had died and the remaining insects crawled across the stage.
“It is important that everyone knows many months went into researching, planning and rehearsing what was intended to be a safe, amazing display of optimism and a surprise for everyone, including the network and production,” O’Hara told Billboard after the finale. “But life itself is unpredictable. I would never purposely hurt any living being, let alone a butterfly, and have the utmost respect for all animals. I would like to publicly offer the entire world my deepest apology.”
Check out the clips of O’Hara’s hilarious performance below.