Since Season 2, Snatch Game has been a beloved part of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Taking the format of the ‘70s game show Match Game, Ru’s queens battle it out, all the while impersonating some iconic celebrities. Judge Judy, Mae West, Uzo Aduba, Little Edie and Melania Trump have all graced Snatch Game, but with the news that Irish queens could audition on the UK edition of the show, we have put together our own list of iconic Irish women we’d love to see impersonated.
Nadine rose to fame in the early noughties as a member of Girls Aloud, but this Derry queen became a national treasure due to what is now affectionately known as ‘Passport Gate’. Caught rapid lying about her age on camera, Nadine continued to insist that she was two years older than she stated and when asked to produce ID she acted out a tedious search for her passport that even involved a call home to her mother. A decade later Nadine became a meme queen again for her endearing pronunciation of the word “flour’ on a chat show.
Teresa became the most famous woman in the world when Storm Desmond hit in 2015 and her brave reportage soon ensured that the broadcaster went viral. Her report was soon songified and became a certified banger, playing in nightclubs across the country.
Conor McGregor’s sister, Aoife, shot to notoriety after a leaked voice message to her dog groomers showed her true colours as she lost her temper. Social media users even made an Aoife McGregor version of “Thank U, Next”, which did the rounds on Twitter earlier this month.
Irish singer-songwriter and Dalkey castle-dweller Enya would be an excellent choice for Snatch Game. With her unique fashion style and her elusive personality, Enya would leave the contestants with a lot to work with.
The Cast Of Fade Street
No four women epitomised 2008 better than Vogue, Louise, Dani and Cici. RTE’s Fade Street served some incredible quotable moments, from Louise saying “Congratulations” at the end of her job interview, to Cici’s club night pitch. The show’s greatest showdown had to be Louise and Dani’s fight over their filthy apartment in which Dani asked Louise “Who do you think you are, like, seriously?”
The Mam From Crystal Swing
Crystal Swing’s Mary is Ireland’s answer to Kris Jenner. This momager supported her children Derek and Dervla on the keyboard and proudly looked on as they sang the suggestive lyrics to their hit “He Drinks Tequila” to each other.
As the leader of the DUP, a party that consistently opposes both marriage equality and women’s bodily autonomy, Arlene Foster is ripe for parody, and Snatch Game would be the perfect format to take her down.
Mary Lou MacDonald
On the opposite side of the political spectrum, Sinn Féin’s baddest bitch Mary Lou would also fare well in a Snatch Game format. In fact, the two could hash it out on the main stage Drag Race style, where there could get away with using the most unparliamentary language.
Though few could deny the sheer talent of acting sensation Saoirse Ronan, the Carlow woman often comes under fire for her very unique accent. Contestants could run away with this, and, given the star’s fame, Snatch Game Saoirse would translate well for Drag Race viewers around the world.
After her unforgettable performance at Dublin Pride in 2017, it’s hard to believe that Ms Martin has not quite achieved the status of gay icon. A stint on Snatch Game would propel the ‘Why Me’ singer to the level of stardom that she undoubtedly deserves. Also, her cover of ‘Get Lucky’ is worthy of a spot in the annals of herstory.
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