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After months of grueling competition and fan anticipation, Bianca Del Rio bested Adore Delano and Courtney Act to be crowned the winner of this season of Logo TV's hit reality competition series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Sashaying away with the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a $100,000 prize, Bianca beat out 13 of the nation's fiercest queens: Adore Delano, April Carrión, BenDeLaCréme, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Gia Gunn, Joslyn Fox, Kelly Mantle, Laganja Estranja, Magnolia Crawford, Milk, Trinity K. Bonet and Vivacious. Following the televised reveal, last season's winner, Jinkx Monsoon, was on hand to pass down the crown in front of a capacity crowd at The Tropicana Las Vegas' Havana Room. BenDeLaCréme was awarded the fan-voted title of "Miss Congeniality."
"Bianca is my kind of entertainer," said RuPaul. "She is totally fearless, bust-a-gut hilarious, and yet she's still managed to touch the hearts of Drag Race fans around the world."
"I feel like I am the luckiest entertainer in the world right now it's an incredibly rewarding experience to have this honor and I'm proof that anything is possible," said Bianca Del Rio. "I extend my love and gratitude to the talented World of Wonder family, Logo TV, the amazing fans, and especially RuPaul. Ru, please remember to tell the IRS that my name is Pablo Sanchez."
Upon the reveal of the final three, RuPaul asked fans to help her decide the winner by showing their support for their favorite queen by using #TeamAdore, #TeamBianca and #TeamCourtney fans chiming in across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Google+ generating nearly 12 million impressions.
With her quick wit and sharp tongue, Bianca Del Rio quickly emerged as an early favorite endearing herself to the fans and the judges alike, ultimately winning three challenges, and never once finishing in the bottom two. Throughout the course of the competition, Bianca showcased her amazing comedy chops and seamstress skills, and ultimately even surprised herself by melting her cool fa?ade to mentor and assist her follow queens.
This season featured an assortment of celebrity guest judges and guest appearances who joined show regulars Michelle Visage and Santino Rice including Neil Patrick Harris, Adam Lambert, Khloe Kardashian, Lena Headey, Paula Abdul, Eve, Linda Blair, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Heather McDonald, Eve, Trina, Leah Remini, Jaime Pressly, David Burtka, Bob Mackie, Gillian Jacobs, Lainie Kazan, Bruce Vilanch, Chaz Bono, Georgia Holt and US Weekly Entertainment Director, Ian Drew.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Pamela Post serves as Executive Producer for Logo.
For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race," go to LogoTV.com. For up-to-date "RuPaul's Drag Race" news and exclusives, join the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Facebook page or follow the series on Twitter at @RuPaulsDragRace and #DragRace. Follow along with the live gifs from the show on Tumblr and see photos on the show's Instagram page.
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ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER
Award-winning production company World of Wonder has been creating groundbreaking, non-fiction film and television for more than two decades and is responsible for over 1,200 hours of provocative, original programming. WOW's TV series include "Million Dollar Listing LA" & "Million Dollar Listing NY" (Bravo), "Life With La Toya" (OWN), "Island Hunters" & "A Sale of Two Cities" (HGTV) and "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" (Fuse). Future programming includes "Million Dollar Listing Miami" (Bravo), "#CandidlyNicole" (VH1), starring Nicole Richie premiering in July 2014, and "Friends To Lovers" (Bravo) premiering in October 2014.
World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as "Inside Deep Throat," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," "Party Monster," "Monica in Black and White" and "The Last Beekeeper," which won a 2010 Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Nature Programming, and "The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for HBO, which chronicles the repeal of the controversial military policy. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival hit "Becoming Chaz" and HBO special "Wishful Drinking" both garnered a total of five Emmy(R) nominations. "Becoming Chaz" went on to win the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye" brings to life the stories behind the most iconic images from the past 120 years of Vogue magazine, premiered on HBO last December. The documentary "Esquire's 80th" launched the Esquire Network in September 2013. And most recently, "I Am Britney Jean" offers an intimate look into Britney Spears' journey to her residency in Las Vegas premiered on E! in December 2013.
In celebration of 21 years of storytelling, World of Wonder published its first book, "The World According To Wonder" - featuring 300 never-before-seen portraits and exclusive interviews from the world's most controversial, exposed and fascinating personalities, available now on Amazon. With offices in Hollywood and London, the company has produced cutting-edge fiction and non-fiction programming for HBO, Showtime, VH1, TLC, IFC, Discovery, MTV, E! Entertainment, Oxygen, BBC, PBS, Channel 4 UK, and other digital outlets that can be found online at http://worldofwonder.net/. The World of Wonder blog, The WOW Report receives more than 300,000 visitors a month.