RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Asttina Mandella has revealed that she was considering portraying ‘controversial’ rapper Azealia Banks for Snatch Game, had she made it to the week when the challenge takes place.
On Thursday evening, Asttina became the third contestant on series two of Drag Race UK to be eliminated, having gone up against Tia Kofi in the lip sync for her life.
Although the drag queen treated fans with several showstopping looks during her time in the competition – her homage to Naomi Campbell being a particular highlight – she missed out on Snatch Game, when the competitors are tasked with impressing RuPaul with hilarious impersonations of celebrities for a game show based on American TV show Match Game.
In the first season of Drag Race UK, Snatch Game took place in the fourth episode… meaning that it could happen during next week’s show.
Having not had a chance to showcase her celebrity impersonation on the show, Asttina spoke to Metro.co.uk and other press after her elimination about who she would have portrayed.
‘I had three options originally. I was either going to do Mel B, Rickey Thompson or Azealia Banks,’ the East Londoner said.
Asttina created an anime-inspired look for her final Drag Race UK runway (Picture: BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy)
Asttina said portraying Azealia would have been ‘great TV’ (Picture: Matthew Baker/Getty Images)
‘Azealia Banks was like, on the fence, because it’s quite hard to make her funny, because she’s not, but you laugh at her because she’s an idiot – she’s probably going to cuss me out for that.’
Asttina said that despite the ‘controversial’ nature of Azealia, ‘it would have been great TV’ to imitate the rapper.
‘I love her to pieces, and I think she’s such a controversial statement in the LGBT community, but her music’s amazing so it would have been great TV,’ the performer stated.
Asttina added that she was intrigued to do Azealia because ‘she’s so not like me, but like me.’
Asttina paid tribute to Naomi Campbell in the launch episode (Picture: BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy)
‘She’s so bland compared to who I am so it would have been quite a nice challenge for myself to delve into a side that I rarely ever go in,’ she explained.
‘So yeah it would have been interesting, it would have been fun, but you know who knows, All Stars 20,000,008 – you never know.’
During a recent interview, Azealia claimed that she was in possession of a six-year-old girl’s skull.
Earlier this month, the musician sparked horror when she appeared to cook the dug-up remains of her dead cat, who died three months prior.
She later denied eating her deceased pet, stating: ‘It’s called taxidermy.’
In October last year, it was announced that Azealia had been permanently suspended from Twitter after posting transphobic tweets while discussing the coronavirus vaccine.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, with new episodes every Thursday at 7pm.