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Drag Queen Wows 'X Factor New Zealand' with 'Proud Mary': VIDEO

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Drag queen Ashley Tonga looks like the contestant to beat on New Zealand's X Factor. The trainee hairdresser knocked the judges and audiences' socks off with a performance of "Proud Mary".

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Delightful.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 24, 2013 9:45:54 AM


  2. How fun.

    Posted by: Yuninv | Apr 24, 2013 9:54:02 AM


  3. Her vocal range is amazing.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Apr 24, 2013 9:58:52 AM


  4. MORE PLEASE!!! Girl just do Tina drag when you do this and you will make so much money!
    You got it going on!!!

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Apr 24, 2013 10:05:44 AM


  5. More.

    Posted by: sww | Apr 24, 2013 10:14:28 AM


  6. Girl needs polish, but she's got a real future!

    Posted by: Lymis | Apr 24, 2013 10:20:54 AM


  7. Yuck.

    Posted by: Manuel | Apr 24, 2013 10:25:31 AM


  8. That so made my day. Huge smile :)

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 24, 2013 10:34:01 AM


  9. Would rather see this gal on RuPauls Drag Race instead of toxic Roxxxy Andrews.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | Apr 24, 2013 10:38:41 AM


  10. @HirsuteHeuristics

    it's shame that Logo won't cough up the song rights $$$ so the girls can sing live or actually lip sync to their usual routines.

    But it is $$$$$. The best footage from years and years of Wigstock couldn't be used because publishers would NOT give the rights (homophobes) or asked for WAY too much money.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Apr 24, 2013 10:46:31 AM


  11. Actually pretty good.

    Posted by: Continuum | Apr 24, 2013 10:47:01 AM


  12. Great personality.I'm sure he is fun to be around.

    Posted by: Mikah | Apr 24, 2013 11:17:27 AM


  13. I'm sorry, but having once seen Tina Turner perform "Proud Mary" live, I am totally not impressed. Being a brash diva demanding attention is not the same thing as having talent. On both the slow and fast takes parts of the song's verse, there was nothing interesting in her singing, other than the one gimmick -- the switch to the bass to cover what Ike Turner used to sing. And the dances moves, which amounted to a whole lot of hand flailing and booty shaking were ridiculous, particularly since she nearly fell over.

    But OMG, I so want to have a three-some with the two male judges.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Apr 24, 2013 11:26:13 AM


  14. That was awesome. Tina would absolutely love it.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Apr 24, 2013 11:55:56 AM


  15. Brilliant! I'm ready to move to New Zealand. They're just OOOOZING Fabulousness these days!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Apr 24, 2013 11:57:36 AM


  16. She can't sing, she has the "black" scream. Fun though.

    Posted by: Monrocsol | Apr 24, 2013 12:27:20 PM


  17. This is tiring. The drag queen is overdoing her camp, the audience is overdoing its laughter (I suspect the audience is being augmented with a screaming laugh track). Nothing is real here and it's hard to see any authentic talent through all the peals of yanked laughter, the trumped-up reaction of the judges, and the fractured cutting.

    Posted by: will | Apr 24, 2013 1:06:30 PM


  18. Didn't Lou Reed have a song "Halloween Parade" where he spoke of a "downtown fairy" (HIS term, not mine.) who was "singing out "Proud mary" as she cruises Christopher Street?

    Posted by: Mary | Apr 24, 2013 1:09:42 PM


  19. Who cares if she can sing, that was the most entertaining thing I have seen in a long while! Good luck!

    Posted by: Chadd | Apr 24, 2013 1:24:31 PM


  20. I agree with TampaZeke ... New Zealand WOW!

    And ...

    She looked like she SOOOO was there to have fun, which she and everyone else did.

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 24, 2013 1:38:13 PM


  21. anybody finding fault or flaws in that is just pityful....it was great

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 24, 2013 2:04:19 PM


  22. That was fun!! And not too bad vocally. Would have liked to see her perform the whole number.

    I thought she was gonna go over backwards on those heels though... lol.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Apr 24, 2013 2:59:59 PM


  23. I think I love Ashley Tonga! And did you see her family backstage, supporting her? I know I am jealous of the love surrounding Ashley!

    Posted by: Christopher Bennett | Apr 24, 2013 3:44:12 PM


  24. She identifies as "drag queen" in the clip, but tongan culture has the concept of fakafefine - a third gender, which I wonder if is more appropriate.

    Posted by: jct | Apr 24, 2013 4:29:02 PM


  25. Tonga is so amazing!!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Apr 24, 2013 5:31:05 PM


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