Yep, we can EXCLUSIVELY affirm that we at GAY TIMES are still address a Tia over the latest adventure of RuPaul’s Annoyance Race UK division two. On the sixth episode, the series’ ascendant “camp cow”, confessional queen and lip-sync “meh-sassin” Tia Kofi was bing, blast bong’d from the antagonism afterwards declining to affect the board for the franchise’s basal maxi-challenge, Snatch Game.
While she didn’t accomplish it as far as we hoped – we all stan a Jinkx Monsoon-esque underdog storyline, don’t we? – the star’s wit and self-awareness won accepted acclaim from viewers, and her Alan Turing aerodrome was inducted into Gay Twitter’s anteroom of (gif) fame. “People assume to absolutely adore me adage words, as I do, aloof out of my brain!” Tia tells GAY TIMES. “I absolutely adulation the acknowledgment everyone’s had.”
Here, we allege with Tia Kofi about all of the gag-worthy “twists and turns” of Annoyance Race UK division two, including the critiques from the board and casting about her aesthetic, sashaying abroad from the alternation due to COVID and that “terrifying” appointment with RuPaul on the capital stage. Tia additionally issues a admonishing to all of the annoyance queens out there who ‘pester’ alumni for T(ia). Matt, you apperceive who you fucking are.
Before we alpha this interview, I would like to acquaint everywhere out there that Tia Kofi’s admission distinct Outside In is now accessible on iTunes and all animate platforms.[Holds up vinyl of distinct cover] What, this?
That artwork is gorgeous!Prepared at all times!
You and I batten aftermost anniversary about the single, and you gave annihilation abroad about your elimination. I had aught indication… Surprise, it’s me!
What was activity through your apperception as you sashayed away?When you get there, your bigger abhorrence is actuality in the basal two. We’ve done that twice. Afresh already you’ve done that, your bigger abhorrence is audition “sashay away” and afresh I heard it, and I array of went, ‘I’m still animate and everything’s fine?! The apple is still turning? That’s great. I’ve heard what I anticipation was the affliction accessible affair to hear, and I’m absolutely okay.’ It put a lot of things in ambience for me, and as I absolved to the aback of the stage, my capital anticipation was, ‘I apperceive that we’re accepting Wagamama’s tonight, what do I appetite to order? Apparently a Chicken John Dory.’ That was my capital anticipation in that moment.
The way you larboard the alternation summed up Tia Kofi, really. In accomplished seasons, if RuPaul tells a queen to ankle abroad and they reply, it’s always, ‘Thank you for this opportunity, you’ve afflicted my life,’ but for you it was, “Are you sure?”[Laughs] I was aloof accepting a affected time at that moment. It’s affectionate of that activity of like, ‘It’s done. She’s said ankle away, that’s the moment you dread, and it’s happened,’ so I had a blow of relief. I was aloof myself in that moment, and that’s what I capital to say, so that’s what I said to RuPaul Charles herself. She begin it funny, which I adulation – I adulation the actuality that RuPaul is absolutely a affected cow. Acceptable to know!
Were you abashed to leave aback you did, or did you feel like it was the appropriate time for your adventure to end?I was abashed to leave aback I did because I absolutely anticipation Asttina [Mandella] was activity to accelerate me home in adventure three, so I was like, ‘Good for me! We got through that bit!’ Yeah, it did feel like it was the appropriate time in that moment because it was so adamantine demography critiques, it was aloof absolutely difficult. We had that seven ages breach and anybody array of focused on the abstraction of, ‘You’ve got seven months to footfall aggregate up and you should be alive on it!’ but additionally like, I don’t anticipate bodies are absolutely demography into annual the claimed issues that bodies ability accept had. We’re all activity through this lockdown and this all-around panettone, delicious, and the brainy bloom accent put on anybody is huge. Veronica [Green] mentioned it in the special. She didn’t leave her bed for 12 weeks. So, accepting that breach and activity the stress, anybody adventures it in altered ways, and afresh activity aback into it, it was absolutely difficult. But, I wouldn’t change it for the world. What a attractive blush allowance I spent a lot of time in, it was lovely.
Throughout the series, you consistently faced analysis for your aesthetic, although you were accepted by the board and your adolescent contestants for your talent. Did this appear as a abruptness to you?I anticipate this season, we’ve absolutely stepped the appearance up. There are attending queens left, appropriate and centre arise out these amazing things. So, it did appear as a bit of a shock because I didn’t see anyone tweeting advancing things aback Baga [Chipz] wore an upside bottomward awning with a elastic avoid in it on her arch aftermost season. It was camp, it was fun! I anticipate the way bodies accept reacted is as a aftereffect of the way that the cast, as a whole, present themselves absolutely abnormally to a lot of the bodies on division one. So, it was a tiny bit of a shock, but the affair that was a shock for me was that bodies assume to absolutely adore me adage words, as I do, aloof out of my brain! I absolutely adulation the acknowledgment everyone’s had. It’s been gorgeous.
You’ve fabricated history as the aboriginal queen to survive two lip-syncs on Annoyance Race – how does it feel to be the ascendant lip-sync assassin?I like to alarm myself the ‘lip-sync meh-sassin’ because we got to a third lip-sync, but didn’t advance through it! It’s absolutely agrarian because in my drag, the way that I do it, I don’t lip-sync. That’s not what I do. To adduce Charlie Hides, “99% of annoyance queens in London sing live.” I anticipate I would go as far to say that my aboriginal lip-sync achievement may accept been adjoin Asttina Mandella in adventure three. We’ve had a lip-sync moment on date at the Two Brewers every already in a while, for lols, but that’s afterwards about 17 Jägerbombs and I don’t bethink it the abutting day. So, I’m not abiding if that counts! It was affectionate of amazing to accept that moment to perform, because that’s what I absolutely adore doing. Does she accept the best iconic ball moves of all time? No. Can she do a ample dressed as an ice cream? Yes!
You looked visibly abashed aback you beatific Asttina home.Yeah. Yes. That. I bethink attractive over at Asttina as Ru said he fabricated his accommodation and I was aggravating to say like, ‘It’s okay. Don’t anguish about me, it’s alright,’ and afresh she said, “Tia Kofi, shantay you stay.” The shock and awe was real! It was aloof unbelievable. Afresh me, arrant at the aback in my apperception aloof going, ‘It has to be a bifold shantay. It has to be both of us,’ as I’m on Ellie Diamond’s behemothic shoulder, complaining away. That was a 18-carat gag-worthy moment. We were all gagged at the aboriginal two eliminations, but I acquainted like that one… No one saw it coming. Alike my annoyance accompany were like, ‘How did you do that? We’ve all apparent Asttina perform, she’s incredible!’ And she is, and she will abide to be.
We afresh had Ginny Lemon’s elimination… What has it been like, abyssal amusing media throughout all of this, alive that some of the best gag-worthy moments in herstory were about to booty place?I mean… It was appealing acute because there’s consistently a rumour mill, isn’t there? The affliction affair for me has been bodies who I know, who appear to a lot of the quizzes or shows I’ve done, bottomward into the DM’s like, ‘Is it accurate that Ginny Lemon walks off the stage?’ and me accepting to be like, ‘I’ve told you once! Stop allurement me questions about the show, I will not acquaint you afresh Matt.’ Aloof pop that in, I’m talking about Matt.
Fuck you, Matt!Yeah, legit! The cardinal of times I’ve had to be like, ‘I’m acutely not gonna say anything. What allotment of BBC NDA do you anticipate agency I’m gonna acquaint anybody aggregate that has happened on the show, because it doesn’t!’ It agency I’m actual abashed at the ability and ability of the BBC and will never blooper up at any point, acknowledge you actual much!
What was your favourite rumour that angry out to be untrue?For a continued aeon of time, aback we got aback afterwards filming, I had a lot of letters from bodies allurement me if I had recovered from COVID. In a way, that was affectionate of affecting because every time addition mentioned it to me, it reminded me that the actuality I was abutting to in the antagonism did not get to appear back. I knew the accomplished time it was Veronica Green, but array of accepting to be like, ‘I’m not absolutely abiding what you’re apropos to, but yes you’re right, this all-around communicable is austere and we should all accumulate ourselves safe.’ Alive that it was absolutely Veronica, it was absolutely difficult to accept bodies be like, ‘Is it you? Are you the abstruse COVID queen?’ I was like, ‘No! I’m the one that Michelle [Visage] accidentally put out on her Nando’s eight months ago.’ Do you bethink that? That was camp!
Nando’s of all places…That was a difficult one to accept bodies acknowledgment occasionally. But also, for approaching reference, if you do annoyance and you’re messaging annoyance performers that you anticipate are on the division – don’t! Don’t do it! You should know, you activated for the show. You apperceive that you shouldn’t be accomplishing that. You’re authoritative everyone’s activity harder by aggravation bodies for T. Alike admitting T is in my name – we don’t discharge it. My access band was a lie! It’s not time to discharge the Tia! It’s time to assurance an NDA and accumulate your aperture shut.
Speaking of Veronica, you had anniversary other’s backs throughout the series. It was so admirable to see you both angle up anniversary other. What was it like to not accept that abutment afterwards advancing aback from the seven ages break?It was absolutely hard. Afterwards that break, it was difficult to aces up area you larboard off. I was like, ‘At atomic I’ve got Veronica, she’s been acknowledging me adjoin this battery of basal that I’ve been told.’ Don’t apperceive if you’ve noticed. Did anyone acknowledgment it on the show? Did anyone alarm me basal at any point? Didn’t absolutely appear up, did it? No kidding, it was constant! But, Veronica was there to abutment and defend. Aback she wasn’t there, it was absolutely a affecting moment. But don’t worry, because my acceptable acquaintance Joe Black came aback into the competition. I was like, ‘Awh, at atomic I’ve got Joe! Oh wait, now we’re in the basal two adjoin anniversary other…’ It was actual that.
Well, you’re annihilation but Baroness Basal in the examination for your music video… There’s a waist!There’s a waist, there’s leg, everything! All of the things Ru wanted, it’s appropriate there!
We accept to allocution about that moment with RuPaul.Which moment do you mean? [Holds up mug with the words, “I don’t appetite to see any fucking H&M.”]
I charge that mug. Because of your artful that week, and Joe’s affection for high-street banker H&M, you witnessed one of the best iconic moments on Annoyance Race. Casting your apperception aback to aback you were stood on that stage. What was that moment like?It was a lot, but it was absolutely article to accept to because bodies don’t go off like that for no reason. There was acutely a affective agency and acumen abaft it, which I think, ultimately, is Ru’s 18-carat affection for authoritative abiding that we bear the best, not aloof for the show, but for ourselves, which absolutely came beyond to me. The added bisected of my academician was going, ‘This is terrifying… What’s activity on? I’m abashed appropriate now!’ Attractive aback at it, it was absolutely affected to be honest. I was like, ‘Yaaas! Go off Ru,’ and afresh I realised that it was me and my accompany that she was babble at.
I don’t anticipate you should accept been in the basal that week, personally. You dead the rap in UK Hun!Well, I don’t disagree… We aloof aren’t admirers of colossal ice chrism cones. Although on Appearance Photo RuView, Raja and The Vivienne did accord it a affair – aloof saying. I acquainted like I did absolutely able-bodied in the challenge. I heard ‘Eurovision’ and I heard ‘girl group’. I’m in a annoyance babe accumulation alleged The Vixens and I am absolutely such a Eurovision fan, it’s unbelievable. I’ve hosted Eurovision examination parties with antecedent winners, bark out to Emmelie de Forest, antecedent UK acts – that array of thing. Aback those things came calm I was like, ‘Hahahaha! You all bigger try absolutely adamantine because this is my moment!’ Afresh gag, it was not my moment because I was dressed as an ice cream. You win some, you lose some.
That leads me assimilate my abutting question: is there annihilation you would change about your time on the series?Erm… the clothes. Yep, that’s the accomplished answer. The acknowledgment is: all of my outfits. Actually, that’s not true. Bodies were absolutely capricious on the Alan Turing moment at the start, but I absolutely angle by that runway! Was the class ‘cosplay and dress up as your favourite gay icon’? No, it wasn’t! It was altogether aural the rules and regulations of the antagonism to do an interpretation. So for anyone on amusing media who was like, ‘Joe Black gets told he didn’t accord abundant Bowie and this…’ Joe was aggravating to attending like Bowie, I wasn’t. Altered things, apples and oranges, let’s not compare. I absolutely angle by the bubble bifold code, it spelt out the babble ‘love’. I was like, ‘We’re accomplishing a thing, we’re accepting a moment, we’re absolutely amorous about the LGBTQ association and history.’ I acquainted actual acceptable about that, decidedly that outfit.
It’s now one of the best acclimated gifs now in history. C’mon Tia, accord me a little bit of the keyboard…[Reenacts the now-iconic keyboard gif] It’s alleged a aerodrome presentation, so you’re declared to present something. In my arch I was like, ‘Okay, we’re activity to airing and accord them fashion,’ but because I’m me, anytime there’s alike a bleep of agitation or accent in a moment, I end up accomplishing article ridiculous. For example, that moment or a assiduously cycle dressed as an ice chrism cone, or allurement Ru if she’s abiding she wants to accelerate me home. I can’t advice it! I got to the end of that aerodrome and I anticipation I’d absolutely stomped it out. Attractive back, she didn’t. I anticipation I served it, got to the end and was like, ‘What now?’
Classic Tia Kofi.‘What is she like?! Classic Tia!’
You had a little bit of battle with A’Whora at the alpha of the series, and afresh you formed a band afterwards the allocution appearance challenge. What is that accord like now?We’re all a casting together, who accept been through article that no added casting has gone through. I anticipate that band is activity to persist, regardless, so I anticipate that’s a accord and article that we will accept in accepted forever, no amount what bodies go on to do. We are unified by that acquaintance of apparently actuality the division of Annoyance Race that took the longest to film, in the accomplished of history! No one will anytime booty that abroad from us. It was admirable to see everyone’s acknowledgment to that bonding moment.
I capital to see added of Tia and A’Whora together!It’s acceptable that bodies had an befalling to see that maybe anticipation people, the way that we all do, isn’t a acceptable thing. Bethink aback we were kids and anybody was like, ‘Don’t adjudicator a book by it’s cover!’ and afresh anybody forgets that because amusing media exists? Maybe that’s a little refreshers advance for everyone, that we shouldn’t be so judgemental about anniversary other. Bodies accept struggles. Bodies are activity through things. You never apperceive what’s abaft it. I anticipate that’s allotment of the acumen aback bodies ability accept perceived that she was actuality on the advance of me for no reason, I didn’t absolutely acceleration to it. I was like, ‘Something’s activity on here, it isn’t about me.’
Over this moment, we charge a little atom from the choir of Outside In.True. Exactly that!
Finally, who would you like to booty home the crown?Ooh. I would say… The actuality that I anticipate absolutely deserves the acme this division is apparently Graham Norton, to be honest. Serving looks, complete icon, actual nice, amusing – Graham’s got the charisma, uniqueness, assumption and aptitude that I anticipate that it takes to be the accurate champ of Annoyance Race UK. Acceptable for Graham! Graham to win! Hashtag Graham Norton for division three!
In the words of Tia Kofi, “Are you sure?”Are you sure?! You never know. Ginny Lemon ability accept aloof absolved off the stage, but she’s absolutely aloof been continuing abaft the bank the accomplished time, so she ability appear aback and booty it. You don’t know! There are so abounding twists and turns this season, annihilation could happen!
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