Since her appearance on hit reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR), American drag queen Shangela has evolved into a bonafide superstar with a huge fan base. From her surprise addition to the season three contestants to her shocking elimination on All Stars 3, here are eight moments when Shangela left us all shook.
#1 First queen to ‘death drop’ on RuPaul’s Drag Race
Before Laganja Estranja’s death drop entrance on RPDR season six, Shangela was the first queen to introduce the death drop during her lip-sync performance which not only shook co-judge Michelle Visage, but also all of us watching. Needless to say, this iconic move eventually became a staple in the show whenever queens are up for elimination.
#2 Popping out of a box in a surprise reveal
Following Shangela’s elimination from RPDR season two, viewers thought that it was the last time they’d be seeing her… until a mysterious pink box appeared in the werk room in season three. It turned out that RuPaul had added Shangela as the surprise 13th contestant!
#3 The new and improved Shangela
The main qualm most RPDR fans had with Shangela was that the diva did not have enough experience doing drag during her season two and three appearances. But when Shangela appeared as a contestant seven years later on All Stars, everything about her (especially her makeup) had significantly changed for the better, instantaneously making her the fan favourite of the season.
#4 Shangela’s comedy-gold portrayal of Mariah Carey
As part of the main challenge of this episode, the queens had to each embody an iconic pop diva while performing a tribute live medley of RuPaul songs. Shangela was given the role of Mariah Carey, which she brilliantly and hilariously played from rehearsals till the actual performance in front of RuPaul and the judges.
#5 Recreating an iconic Beyonce moment for a runway challenge
If you are not watching RPDR for the drama, then you’re probably watching for the stunning costumes these queens make. For her runway challenge ‘Flower Power’ in All Stars 3, Shangela left the judges gagging with her smart recreation of Beyoncé’s pregnancy photoshoot — which also gave her the win for the challenge.
#6 Not even a controversial fat suit can stop Shangela
During one of her lip sync performances, Shangela made a controversial move by coming out in a fat suit which offended some viewers, but made for a genius strategy to win. Not only did she leave everyone in stitches,but it also won her a place in the finals.
#7 When Shangela lost All Stars 3
Despite everything that she has achieved in the season, Shangela still lost in what is now known as the biggest upset in RPDR’s herstory. While we have seen many other queens dive straight into the waterworks and conspiracies, Shangela’s calm and accepting demeanour shows just how much of a trooper she is and why her fan base just keeps on growing.
#8 Shangela’s Game of Thrones look
Throughout All Stars 3, Shangela has often referred to herself as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. While we always thought it was a referral to her personality, but consider our wigs snatched when she appeared at RuPaul’s Drag Con 2018 in this glorious get-up befitting the mother of dragons.
Don’t miss RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourite at her own live show, Shangela Is Shook (R18) in Singapore on 12 December 2018! Tickets at $78, visit SISTIC for more information.
Half-expecting Alessia Cara to be in the blue oversized suit she’s so often donned in her recent music videos and live performances for our interview, we were pleasantly taken aback to be greeted by the petite 22-year-old in an all-black getup – a stark contrast from her usual girl-next door look.
“I rarely ever wear all black. This is like my first time in a while that I’m saying that. Like wow, I feel very fashionable today,” she tells us with a grin after we compliment her matured wardrobe choice of the day, her quiet sense of confidence betraying her age. But nothing should come as a surprise from Alessia, however. The wunderkind had a wildly successful 2017 with the Zedd-collab ‘Stay’ – a bold departure in sound from her R&B roots – and even beat out the likes of Khalid and SZA to score her first Grammy win for Best New Artist earlier this year, proving to critics and fans alike that she’s set to be a mainstay in music’s current landscape.
Ahead of the release of her sophomore album The Pains Of Growing in the coming months, we sat down with the ‘Growing Pains’ songbird and find out that she’s actually just like one of us.
Hi Alessia! Is there anything that’s stood out for you in Singapore so far?
Hmm… I think just like the city itself and wherever we are. It’s beautiful – the greenery is gorgeous, the nature is beautiful, and the buildings are so modern. It’s a very good mix of city and wildlife.
Great performance at Hyperplay! You were amazing when you bounced back from the technical issue with the microphone.
Thank you! It was really amazing ’cause that can go wrong very fast. A lot of people in other places would probably “booo” me, but they were so supportive of me like “we can’t hear you but it’s okay”, you know? I felt so bad for them because it was my first time performing here, but thankfully, everything was fine afterwards and they were so nice about it. The fans [in the audience] were very sweet.
So, Best New Artist at the Grammys this year. Congratulations.
Thank you very much.
Was it a huge relief or validation for you to win, and with that established, what’s the next dream you want to follow up with?
I guess it’s hard ’cause that was a dream of mine for a long time, but I feel like it doesn’t end there. I wanna put out more albums and just keep getting better as a songwriter and as a singer, and hopefully it would be another Grammy for an album one day. That would be another dream; it’s not even about acknowledgements or accolades, it’s just being able to put out music that I’m proud of. That’s the goal.
You came out at such a young age with important messages similar to Lorde and Avril Lavigne previously, who both have very powerful points of views from a female. Did you always know that having positive messages was going to be a huge part in your music?
I’ve always wanted to be somebody who’s a voice for different people, whether it’s spreading positivity or even just writing about honest things that people could connect to because I feel like there aren’t a lot of positive voices around sometimes. When I was younger, I gravitated towards women who were speaking positively; it made me feel like I was one of them. So I figured if I’m given a platform, I wanna say something good. I wanna do good in the world. I don’t wanna be greedy and be like “oh, like I’m famous, I don’t care about anyone” you know? That just wouldn’t make sense to me.
“If I’m given a platform, I wanna say something good. I wanna do good in the world.”
Something that’s going to be honest is your new album, The Pains Of Growing. What’s something you think listeners are going to be surprised to hear on your album that they’ve not heard before?
I think they’ll be surprised to hear me talk about myself as personally as I am on this album. I rarely talk so much in-depth about myself or what I’m going through, so they’ll hear a lot of that. I think they may be surprised to hear certain kinds of sounds in there as I’m experimenting a little bit with different genres. So that’ll be cool.
You’ve also mentioned that your upcoming record is incredibly personal. What’s your mindset knowing that these “journal entries” are going to take on so many different meanings to people around the world?
I feel like the process is kind of scary because you almost forget like people are gonna hear it, especially the more personal ones. I guess my mindset when I’m writing them is honestly just getting feelings out and saying what I feel like I need to say, whether it’s for myself or for other people. Once a song serves a purpose for me, I release it so that it can hopefully serve a purpose for other people. If it makes people feel close to me or feel like they have someone to relate to, then it’s great. That’s why I do it.
You’re more of an introvert than many singers who come across as extroverts. What advice do you have to share with youths out there who are naturally more shy, but feel like they’re pressured by society to be more outgoing?
If that’s who you are, then that’s who you are. I mean it’d be different if you’re scared and you want to get there – then I would say just put yourself out there and sometimes you have to push your boundaries in order to get to a place where you’re comfortable. You have to be uncomfortable in order to feel comfortable. But if that’s who you are and you’re happy being that, then don’t let anyone tell you that you have to be loud and talkative. You’re you for a reason. And it’s fine.
“You’re you for a reason. And it’s fine.”
Comparing to when you first debuted with ‘Here’ in 2015, how differently do you see fame now?
Man, it’s so hard. I feel like fame is oddly kind of isolating, which is weird because you’re around so many people and a lot of people know who you are. Once people try to put you on this level, then you just kind of start feeling alone up there and you’re like “why am I up here when we’re all people”, you know? It’s a strange concept. I think the separation of a screen or a radio makes people forget that you’re just like everyone else. But I’m getting used to it now. I just try to find moments that are normal throughout my day in order for me to feel normal because when you’re in this setting (of doing an interview), it’s lights and cameras on you all the time and it’s easy to feel like, “whoa, am I an alien? What’s going on?”.
By the way, ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Disney’s Moana is such a fun song.
Well, we were wondering: if you could be any Disney Princess, who would you be and why?
Oh, this is tough. I used to really love Princess Jasmine ’cause she was just so cool but then well, she’s not a Disney Princess. I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland too because she’s able to think things into existence in her own little world and I always kinda felt like my imagination was like that and sometimes I wish I could run away to another world. So, maybe Alice!
Watch Alessia Cara’s latest music video for ‘Trust My Lonely’ below:
Special thanks to Universal Music Singapore for the interview!
The hottest names in music were all gathered at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for a night of chart-topping hits and jaw-dropping performances at the American Music Awards. Hosted for the second time by Tracee Ellis Ross (yes, Diana Ross’ daughter), the star-studded awards show was full of ‘OMG’ moments that are sure to go down in AMAs history. Here are our favourite highlights of the night.
Taylor Swift’s explosive opening performance
Look what you made her do! If there’s one person who can blow the roof off a place, it’s Taylor Swift. In her fiery and slightly terrifying rendition of ‘I Did Something Bad’, the new and improved T-Swift whipped out a huge snake prop (affectionately named Karyn) and even got bleeped out at one point during her performance due to a cuss word in the lyrics. Say what you will about Tay-tay, but she just proved why she’s a top entertainer.
Tracee Ellis Ross is the cool aunt we hope to have
You might know her as Diana Ross’ daughter or the awesome Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish, but Tracee Ellis Ross can certainly hold her own when it comes to hosting an awards show. Her opening number saw her decked out in a latex black cat suit, rapping to Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ AND dancing to songs that include Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ and Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘APES**T*. There’s simply nothing this woman can’t do.
Who knew dresses could do THAT?
Rocking a hot pink dress that accentuated her famous curves, pop icon Mariah Carey was present at the AMAs to perform her new single ‘With You’ – but that wasn’t just what her dress was for. As she belted out her slow jam, an army of dancers suddenly appeared from the tulle bottom of her skirt!
Shawn Mendes and Zedd’s swoon-worthy performance of ‘Lost in Japan’
In a joint performance of ‘Lost in Japan’ with Zedd, Shawn Mendes stole our hearts as he made us all swoon with his brilliant vocals whilst standing below hundreds of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. A picture-perfect scenario, don’t you think?
Khalid wins his first AMA
The talented Khalid took home his first ever AMA for best soul/R&B artist and and thanked his mother, family and fans during his speech, before giving a shout-out to his Texas Democrat representative in relation to the upcoming Mid-Term Elections. This just makes us even more hyped up for his upcoming concert in Singapore!
Say hello to our new king of memes, Taran Killam!
Celebrities in the audience seat are no strangers to the wandering cameras that catch them mid-reaction when they least expect it. From Taylor Swift dancing in her chair to Chrissie Teigen’s crying face, we can now add Taran Killam’s epic shocked expression during Cardi B’s performance to the list.
Halsey live tweeting while on stage
In a non-traditional take on Halsey, Benny Blanco and Khalid’s ‘East Side’, the stage had been cosily set up to look like a studio jam session. As Khalid started the song, Halsey had apparently been live tweeting on the couch before it was her turn to sing. Way to use your time on stage, Halsey!
On stage right now at the AMAs. Wearing my favorite Jordans lol. Tweeting during my performance. #priorities ❤️
Having already won an AMA for best pop/rock song, Camila Cabello delivered a stunning rendition of her new single ‘Consequences’, accompanied by a full orchestra that sent chills up our spines. Her formal ball gown and long gloves also really made for a fresh change from her usual, upbeat looks.
Ciara taking the AMAs to the next level
Just when we thought the AMAs had reached its peak, Ciara took to the stage for a show-stopping remix of ‘Level Up’ in a space-age white leather bodysuit – and boy were we shook. Known for her grade A dance abilities, homegirl slayed her performance while serving up major Janet Jackson vibes. Ciara’s performance was so lit that even Missy Elliott’s funky white sister (as seen on The Ellen Show) couldn’t help but get hyped too!
Just another reason to love Panic! At The Disco
We all know how crazily talented Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco is. In a goosebumps-inducing tribute to the legendary rock band Queen (live-streamed from Sydney where they are currently on tour), Brendon and his band did justice to their tribute performance in a mind-blowing rendition of the Queen classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Just take a listen and you’ll see what we mean.
Taylor Swift gets political in a subtle way
Since her recent political post on Instagram, many were expecting Taylor Swift to address the issue during her first speech of the night. When she didn’t do so, people were surprised – with some thinking it was a one-off PR stunt. Little did they know, our girl was keeping that for her Artist of the Year speech where she cleverly and subtly transitioned from thanking her fans to encouraging people to register to vote for the Mid-Term elections. Anyone know if T-Swift is available to write our speeches?
What was your favourite moment of the AMAs? Let us know in the comments below!
Somebody hold us – BTS just dropped the ultimate bomb on us by announcing the upcoming concert dates for the Asian leg of their Love Yourself world tour, and it seems like our prayers are finally being answered. Start saving up fellow ARMYs, ’cause our favourite boys will be heading to Singapore this January!
On 10 October, the seven-member K-pop supergroup announced that they will be performing a two-night show in Taoyuan, Taiwan this December, before making their way over to Singapore in January, Hong Kong in March and Bangkok later on in April. Other Asian dates have yet to be announced.
As soon as the news is out, local organisers One Production also confirmed that the band will be holding their highly-anticipated concert at the 55,000-seat National Stadium – a mega upgrade compared to their 5,000-capacity gig as part of their The Red Bullet concert at The Star Theatre five years ago. To add on, BTS is the first ever Korean act to stage their own solo concert at the prestigious venue. Look at how far they’ve come!
BTS World Tour Love Yourself in Singapore Date: 19 January 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: National Stadium
After what seems like forever, K-pop behemoth EXO is making their hotly-anticipated comeback with their fifth studio album Don’t Mess Up My Temp0 on 2 November.
EXO is no stranger to experimenting with different genres and concepts with every comeback – whether it’s serving up reggae-EDM vibes with ‘Kokobop’, or going full-on swagger mode with the hip-hop banger ‘Overdose’ – and now we’re getting an entire album dedicated to the rock genre. Bikes, bad boy vibes and leather jackets? We’re digging that.
As if EXO-Ls aren’t losing their heads already, it’s been confirmed that Lay will be participating in the Chinese version of this new release, making it the first album to feature all nine members since their third studio album Ex’Act in 2016. At the news of the long-awaited OT9 reunion, it didn’t take long for fans to get extra riled up for their domestic return.
First things first, we’re no longer going kokobop.