Mrs. Tan and drag daughter Savvy Tan crowned ‘Mudrakels’ winners
Photograph courtesy of Ig/meqvillanueva | Winners Mrs. Tan and Savvy Tan.
Drag performer Mrs. Tan and her drag daughter, lesbian singer, actor and writer Meg Villanueva, whose drag name is Savvy Tan, emerge as the winners of Mudrakels on its finale episode, which dropped on YouTube on 15 April. They were given the titles Queen Mudra and Anak ng Mudra, respectively.
Hosted by Drag Den alum Lady Gagita, Mudrakels is drag competition series among drag mothers and daughters. Produced by Feel Good Studios and Ride or Die Studios, the 10-episode series premiered on 17 February. Episodes showed drag mothers mentoring their drag daughters. Two pairs competed in each episode and the winning tandem advanced to the finals.
Featured drag mothers, called Mudra in the show, were Pura Luka Vega, Lady Morgana, Lumina Klum, Arizona Brandy, Collision Course, Mimi the Doll, Gorgeous Dawn and Mrs. Tan.
Winning pairs were Pura Luka Vega and drag daughter or Nakshie Dolores (23-year-old theater enthusiast Marj Viñas), Gorgeous Dawn and Emily Chon (26-year-old Jed Cruz), Mimi the Doll and Khymmie the Doll (25-year-old vlogger Khym Manalo), Lady Morgana and Sundae Perez (Paolo Domingo) and Mrs. Tan and Savvy Tan.
On the ninth episode, “Comeback Tumibok Ang Puso,” which was shown on 4 April, the Lotties or losers were given a chance to be included in the finals and they competed among themselves in the Boogie Wonderland lip-synch battles.
Lumina Klum’s Anita Cora and Arizona Brandy’s Jean Vilogue (20-year-old architecture student Juaquin Pineda) performed “Sitsiritsit,” a modern take on the popular folksong by the TNT Boys. Jean Vilogue won and she would face GG Mae Course in the next episode.
At the beginning of Episode 10, “Amakabogera,” Jean Vilogue won against GG Mae Course with the performance of “Miss Flawless,” enabling her and her mother to be in the top six pairs.
Lady Gagita made the final six drag daughters compete in a Statue Dance Game, eliminating two contestants, but it turned out to be a prank. Finalists were paired together for the lip-synch battles.
Their performances were critiqued by guest judges — Miss Trans Global 2020 Mela Habijan and Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti.Khymmie the Doll went against Emily Chon in the lip-synch of Jolina Magdangal’s “Chuva Choo Choo,” while Dolores and Savvy Tan competed against each other, doing the monologue of Bobbie from the movie Four Sisters and a Wedding. Sundae Perez and Jean Vilogue lip-synched to Jaya’s “Wala na Bang Pag-Ibig.”
Emily Chon and Sundae Perez were declared winners while Savvy Tan and Dolores tied as winners, making them the final four. All of them lip-synched to Maymay Entrata’s “Amakabogera.” Savvy Tan was finally declared the winner.
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