The Vivienne defies fanatics and wins place in the final

Colin Grafton, partner of Vivienne and Dancing on Ice, smiles at the judges.

Drag Race UK Winner The Vivienne has defied the fanatics by tackling the ITVs final dancing on ice.

Last night’s semifinals (March 5) got off to a rocky start for the British drag queen when she tripped while stepping onto the ice for her solo skate.

Some people took to Twitter to share their delight at seeing her fall to her knees, but she later made a remarkable comeback to be voted straight into the last three.

Fans expressed their joy at seeing their redemption, especially given the anti-drag backlash that is currently fueling a wave of anti-LGBTQ+ hatred in the UK and US.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “The fact that The Vivienne moved straight into the finals after a public vote proves that the vast majority of the public are not falling for the moral panic of trans/drag/queer. Good to see.”

The Vivienne is the first drag queen to appear on the show, which first aired in 2006 and marks a huge moment for drag culture in the UK.

As well as wowing fans with her stunning performances, the drag superstar has also used the mainstream platform to speak up for the LGBTQ+ community.

Speaking to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, The Vivienne revealed why performing in the semi-finals was particularly important to her.

“To be able to do that, especially now at a time when drag is being attacked in full, to show that drag is nothing but entertainment,” she said. “We’re nothing to be afraid of, we just want to have fun.”

Despite the fall, The Vivienne wowed the judges with a captivating skate of her personal choice, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, alongside skating partner Colin Grafton.

Before going on the ice All stars 7 Queen shared the emotional reason behind her song choices.

“I fell in love when I was a little boy The The Wizard of Ozbecause it made me feel like anything is possible,” she began, revealing that she auditioned for the role of Dorothy in her elementary school play.

“I knew I was different, but I didn’t know what it was. When I saw Dorothy knowing there was a bigger world out there than Kansas, something touched me.

“I came out at 14 and moved to Liverpool at 16 and quickly found my tribe. It was like a big sigh of relief. Then I saw drag queens and I was like, ‘Wow, I’m really in Oz now!’

“This song means so much to the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a glimmer of hope. It sends the message that you can be in a place that doesn’t feel good right now, but across the rainbow, whatever journey you’re on, you come into this beautiful world of Technicolor.”

From the judges, Vivienne received 39.5 points out of a possible 40, her highest score to date.

Fans are now crossing their fingers that she will skate her way to first place next weekend, defying those trying to ban drag queens from public life.

The dancing on ice The finale will be broadcast on Sunday March 12th.

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