Drag Race UK Star Cara Melle Breaks Silence On ‘Heartbreaking’ Elimination

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant Cara Melle tells IGV that she's been left 'truly heartbroken' following her exiting from the competition. 
Credit: BBC/World Of Wonder/Guy Levy/Matt Burlem

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant Cara Melle tells IGV that she’s been left ‘truly heartbroken’ following her exiting from the competition. 

The queens’ acting skills were put to the test in this week’s challenge as they starred in the dramas ‘Footballers’ Wags’, ‘Holedark’ and ‘Femmerdale’.

Although she won the girl group challenge and has served up multiple glamorous looks on the runway, this week’s challenge led to RuPaul sending Cara Melle home following a lip sync battle with Michael Marouli to Samantha Fox’s track ‘Touch Me (I Want Your Body)’.

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Drag Race UK star Cara Melle has opened up about her shock elimination from the competition. Credit: BBC/World Of Wonder/Guy Levy/Matt Burlem

Let’s find out what Cara Melle had to say about leaving Drag Race UK behind, as well as all her Werk Room drama with Banksie and Vicki Vivacious:

How do you feel after last night’s elimination?

I’m gutted that I’ve been sent home. I mean, no one wants that, especially before the finale.

I know I deserve one of those final spots.

The response has been amazing. My friends have all been there for me. My fans have also been there for me. I can’t complain that much.

When you walked off the main stage after saying goodbye how did it feel at that moment?

As soon as I got off of that stage and I stepped off camera, baby, she was an emotional wreck. The waterworks were falling.

I dropped to my feet, and I’m a dramatic b****.

So it’s like I’m the type of person where if I’m going to cry, I’m going to cry.

Do you believe RuPaul and Michelle should’ve placed you in the bottom?

Listen, I definitely don’t think I should have been in the bottom. However, everyone was so good, so it was really hard to determine.

I mean, obviously, I have my own idea of who should have been in the bottom, but at the same time, the performance from everyone was so great, and it was really hard for them to choose.

When you walked into the Werk Room for the first time, what was going through your head when you walked around that corner?

I was shaking, like, bouncing off the walls.

I was so excited and had so much energy that I didn’t know what to do with it and they were trying to calm me down backstage because they thought that the girls were going to hear me.

My voice travels, as I’ve been told. I was excited more than anything. But the nerves were there for sure.

When you walked into the Werk Room for the first time who did you look at as your biggest competition?

I definitely was not underestimating anyone.

I was looking at Alexis Saint-Pete with a tooth comb. I was looking at Ginger Johnson, especially when she walked in because I knew exactly who she was and what she could bring.

A couple of weeks ago, we saw things get pretty heated during Untucked after the ‘Lamb to Slaughter’ comment on the main stage from Banksie. How did it feel in that moment and was it a lot more heated than what we saw?

Well, yeah, y’all definitely did not see just how tense it was.

I mean, when we had to sit down just across from each other and we were just burning holes in each other’s bodies with our eyes, it wasn’t fun.

My outlook on that entire argument, I still stick to my guns and say that I was not throwing her under the bus.

If you actually look at what I was saying I said that there were lines missed.

That’s all I said. And when I say that, I’m not just referring to her, I was referring to also Vicki and myself.

So we all f***ed up. We all missed some lines. But you know what? At least Banksie got some good airtime and some iconic lines.

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Cara Melle got into a backstage altercation with Banksie after an argument occurred in front of RuPaul and the guest judges. Credit: BBC/World Of Wonder/Guy Levy/Matt Burlem

Fans online have been well and truly obsessing over you since the cast reveal and people were convinced you’d go the whole way – how has it been adjusting to the reception from the fans?

Honestly, the adjustment felt right. It felt quite easy, in my opinion, because literally just like something I’ve been waiting for, for so long to be a Rugirl right now, I just feel correct.

You’ve done such a great job in this series showcasing your incredible journey as an openly trans woman. How important is it to vocalise your story on such a huge platform?

It’s extremely important. If you don’t stand for something, then you’ll fall for anything, as the old saying goes.

As a trans woman and a Black trans woman, we’re going through a lot right now. The social climate and the political climate are not in our favour.

When you say trans rights, people look at you with a question mark as if they’re like, what does that even mean?

They act as if we don’t even exist, even though we’re standing right here in front of them and so I really had to come on here and be the proud trans woman that I am, and I didn’t want to go on not fully realising or knowing who I was.

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Cara Melle received tons of praise online for walking the runway in such unique outfits. Credit: BBC/World Of Wonder/Guy Levy/Matt Burlem

Your runway looks this season have been incredible – what was your favourite part of the preparation process when putting your looks together?

I am a big storyteller. I love to tell a story with all the drama and theatrics and my looks and love to show someone what I’ve been thinking and where my mind is going.

The process of designing the looks was always my favourite, especially my first dress for my first runway episode, the o**y dress.

I loved coming up with that concept because I just imagined a bunch of people crawling up my body and then the other ones, the hearts runway.

When I came up with that design, I just wanted to look like a cannibalistic like a Victorian freak of nature and just make it a bloody mess, but also serve the sexiest tampon that you’ve ever seen.

With your Mirror Mirror runway, you sneakily snuck in there that you’re outfit was originally made for Beyoncé. Can you tell us about that? Was it actually made for the Queen Bee?

It was 100% made for Beyoncé.

The designer that I know is from Bang London, who’s done multiple Beyoncé looks that are iconic.

When she did ‘Drunk In Love’ on the chair with a crystallised nude bodysuit that was a Bang London creation.

A few of the looks from the most recent tour were from Bang London and so this one they sent out to her to possibly use for something or whatever, and they sent it back, but it also had some body oils up in it, so, you know, somebody with somebody had that on, and it smelled good. God damn, it smelled good.

This week we saw you lip sync against Michael Marouli – how did you feel when standing across from Michael knowing that you were about to have to lip sync for your life?

Oh, it was the most tense thing. Like, we were just standing there, heavy breathing.

It was a lot of tears. We would look over each other, and I couldn’t believe that we were there.

I didn’t know what to do. I’m still in shock, to be honest.

Cara Melle lip-syncing against Michael Marouli.
Cara Melle lip-synced against Michael Marouli this week to Samantha Fox’s track ‘Touch Me (I Want Your Body)’. Credit: BBC/World Of Wonder/Guy Levy/Matt Burlem

With Drag Race pumping out season after season, you never know when that phone could ring again – if the opportunity arose would you be down to throw your hat back into the ring and compete on All Stars or a VS the World season?

Right now? No, I’m still healing, baby girl.

Let me make some money first, and then I’m going to come back, and then I’m going to slay these hoes real hard.

I would definitely go back in two, or three years or so, maybe.

What can we expect from Cara Melle next?

I’ve actually been working on a really big project with three other very well-known Rugirls.

It’s called Slay. It’s a movie that we’ve been filming about four drag queens who end up going to this gig that’s not so receptive because they are homophobic homo sapiens.

Ten all of a sudden, during this gig, it’s overrun by vampires, and then it turns into a whole comedy action thriller, Shiro Fantasy.

I told you I was going to be action Shiro. I told you.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.