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End of ‘Dragnique’ is beginning for host and creator Eve Michaels

Drag personality Eve Michaels

In a vote separated by only three ballots, Janelle Brooks was named the winner of Jungle's first “Dragnique” drag competition on Friday. Brooks, an energetic dancing diva, beat out Gunza Blazin, a member of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The seven-week contest where drag newbies performed their way through weekly challenges for audience approval has ended, but the event marks the beginning of so much more for the contest's creator and host, Eve Michaels.

“If you would have said that I would be doing this a year ago, I would have never believed you,” Michaels said. “I never would have thought at my age I'd be throwing on platform boots and wigs and performing on stage.”

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‘Dragnique’ finale on Friday to crown Atlanta’s next drag diva

Dragnique ends Friday night with the crowning of Atlanta's next drag superstar, and I'm kind of bummed to see the end of a fun weekend tradition.

Some combination of my friends and I have made it out each Friday for the past six weeks to see the competition at Jungle, and from the very beginning it was clear that Draqnique was to be a unique offering to Atlanta's already diverse drag scene.

I've seen a lot of drag since I moved to Atlanta almost six years ago. I dated a former drag queen and during our time together, it often felt like we went from drag bar to drag bar to see what amounted to a lot of the same thing over and over again. While I believe it takes talent to transform oneself from male to believably female, my patience for lip-syncing songs with mediocre stage presence is fleeting.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3: Meet the contestants

RuPaul's Drag Race kicks off tonight

Gearing up for the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3? For a limited time, iTunes is offering a free video download—about 15 minutes worth—of introductions by the cast themselves. You must have a iTunes to download the clip.

Yes, Atlanta queens Phoenix—who was rather terse in her interview—and Mariah, the“legendary” Atlanta ball scene queen, are in the bunch, but a couple personalities stood out above all others.

Mimi, a big girl from New York brings a campy edge to the competition. She calls herself over-the-top (“If you're not over the top, you'll see never see the other side.”) and it seems like she's immediately got the goods to make interesting TV. She says she can sing live, too. Will we see it?