The Voice has become the best singing competitions on American television, so why shouldn’t there be some drag thrown in for good measure? One of this season’s most talented competitors was Chris Weaver. He wowed the judges with his talent but also with his confession that he performs as drag queen Nedra Belle.
Billed by NBC.com as “a worship leader by day and a drag queen by night,” viewers of The Voice never had the opportunity to meet his drag alter ego — that is until Tuesday night’s series finale.
Even though he was eliminated during playoff rounds, the Jennifer Hudson picked performer proved Tuesday why he had left the competition too soon. And he did it all in six inch stilettos.
Weaver brought his drag persona Miss Belle to the stage in a fantastic performance of “Bang Bang” alongside three other live-singing queens: Jan Sport, Lagoona Bloo and Rosé.
The number was quite the production. It began with a black and white video set to the tune of Nancy Sinatra’s version of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” A curtain then dropped to the floor to reveal the four queens in a jail, reminiscent of the musical Chicago‘s “Cell Block Tango.”
The queens looked fierce in black and white outfits, with Weaver shimmering in a silver version that made him the “Belle” of the ball. A bevy of sexy backup dancers also performed beside the quartet. Near the end of the number, Jessie J crashed the performance, wearing all red with her signature black bob. The energetic performance was the perfect way to end the season.
With RuPaul’s Drag Race now on VH1 and Shade: Queens of NYC on Fusion, the appearance of this gaggle of fierce live-singing drag queens is just another example of drag entering the mainstream of pop culture this year.
Fans of the show were mostly supportive of NBC’s decision to air the drag act.
One wrote on YouTube, “I can’t stop laughing that NBC actually allowed an act comprised of drag queens to perform LIVE on a mainstream TV show is awesome. I can’t explain why but I’m giddy with joy over this display of diversity! What would be really mind-blowing is for a truly classy and talented drag queen to be chosen from the Blind Auditions, make it to the finals and WIN the season!”
Another added, “This is, by far, the best performance on The Voice, tonight! Oh, hell, probably ever!”