RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under 2022‘s top three all filmed a scene of themselves winning the show and only found out that Spankie Jackzon took the crown at the same time as the rest of Australia.

Speaking to So Dramatic!, Spankie revealed that she had no clue that she had won the coveted drag competition until September 17, when the finale premiered on Stan.

“We filmed three different endings and we didn’t find out until it airs. We had to wait that whole time,” she said.

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Spankie Jackzon, Kween Kong and Hannah Conda all filmed a version of them “winning” RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under 2022. Source: Stan.

This means her competitors Kween Kong and Hannah Conda also held onto hope that they had won for nearly a year since filming concluded. Ouch!

Spankie revealed that she was able to fake her reaction because she thought about what it would really feel like to take home the $50,000 prize money. Honestly, get that Queen an Oscar, stat!

Spankie had no clue that she had won the coveted drag competition until September 17. Source: Stan.

“In that moment, if I’d actually won, I’d be shocked. I was and on the [finale premiere] night, I was literally in disbelief,” Spankie said.

“My mouth was literally a goldfish because I was like, ‘did this just happen? But like, me? Like, really?’ It was just crazy.”

Despite the potential of not winning the show, Spankie thought filming three alternate endings was overall a smarter way to do things.

When she won New Zealand’s House of Drag in 2020, she had to hold onto the secret for over a year from all of her loved ones.

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Spankie described her jaw gaping like a “goldfish” when she found out that she’d won. Source: Stan.

“It was one of the hardest, most horrible experiences of my life. I knew, but I couldn’t scream it from the rooftops. I had to wait and part of the contract,” the Palmy-born Queen recalled.

The Drag Race winner added: “This way, it took that [pressure] away and we were all in the same boat. And whoever wins, wins.”

How Spankie Jackzon Maintained Her Signature “Messy” Style Throughout Drag Race

During the season two finale, Kween, Hannah and Spankie were tasked with writing a verse and learning intense choreography to RuPaul Charles latest single Who Is She? (Side note: It’s such a bop).

While Kween showed off her polished flare by giving “Megan Thee Stallion meets Savage” in her verse, Spankie elected to give the judges what she does best: “White Chick!”.

Spankie knew to show the judges what she does best, messy white chick. Source: Stan.

Spankie has since revealed how she managed to balance her signature messiness with the judges‘ feedback.

“I was very honest with myself before I went into the competition,” she admitted. “I know what my strengths are, what my weaknesses are and I knew the critiques I was gonna get.”

She added: “I just thought, ‘when you ask for it, I’ll give it to you’. And that’s exactly how I just played the whole competition. I did listen, I’m not stupid.

“Some people didn’t pick up what [the judges] were putting down but it was literally in black and white. It couldn’t be more clear but that just comes with time as well. I’m pretty good at sifting through bullsh*t. I can get to the crux of it.”

What Was the Real Reason Behind the Age Debate On RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under 2022?

Spankie suggested that she was able to be “more observant” and “present” during the judges’ critiques because she’d come from an era where she had to learn from her drag mothers, rather than first learning about the scene from Drag Race or YouTube.

She explained that is what the divide between younger and older Queens really came down to one thing: the difference between learning online and perfecting the look, but not the performance.

When Spankie started doing drag, she learned performance was the key to success. Source: Instagram.

“[These days], you come out looking the most amazing drag queen in the world, but you haven’t got the substance and don’t have the lessons behind it yet,” Spankie said, adding that she was given the opportunity to be messy as a tool to learn.

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