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With four challenge wins under her sickeningly sequined belt, Shea Couleé is in prime position to take the crown on season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but the question remains: will she — like other notable frontrunners have in the past — crack under the pressures of the reality competition series’ final, rigorously taxing maxi trial?
“You throwin’ some real s–t out today,” a visibly shaken Couleé says through nervous laughter to choreographer Todrick Hall, who returns to the series this week to coach the final four ladies through an intense training session for a high-stakes song-and-dance routine. He responds: “This is season 9. We gotta step it up, and I’m going to bring it real hard for you, because I know you dance all the time.”
Hall then prompts Couleé to show off her rhythmic skills by asking her to perform a triple pirouette, which she pulls off with ease. She proceeds to coast through the rest of the number as her awestruck competitors Peppermint, Trinity Taylor, and Sasha Velour watch from the sidelines.
“Dammit. Shea is gonna continue to slay the judges,” Taylor speculates, rolling her eyes in the process “Yay for Shea. Bitch. Like, I’m gonna have to do some Showgirls s–t. Throw some pearls down so she can, like, fall and bust her face.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on VH1. Season 9’s winner will be crowned on June 23. Watch EW’s exclusive sneak peek at the final challenge above.