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Eureka O'Hara, known simply as Eureka (stylized as Eureka! since All Stars 6), is an American drag performer from Johnson City, Tennessee. She is one of the 14 queens who competed on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

She was the first queen to leave the competition due to a medical reason, after tearing her ACL in Episode 2. She then received an open invitation by RuPaul to return on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, where she placed 2nd/3rd with Kameron Michaels.

She would later return to compete on All Stars 6, where she originally placed 5th, but returned to the competition in Episode 11 after winning the final Lip-Sync Smackdown against Silky Nutmeg Ganache. She would eventually place as a runner-up alongside Ginger Minj and Ra'Jah O'Hara.

On June 26, 2024, Eureka! was announced as one of the contestants of the second season of Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World.

Track Record(s)

Statistics USA Season 9 USA Season 10 USA All Stars
Season 6
Canada vs The World Season 2
Ranking: 11th Place
(Departed)
2nd/3rd Place
(Runner-Up)
2nd/3rd/4th Place
(Runner-Up)
(orig. 5th)
TBA
Maxi Challenges Won: 0 2 (Eps. 5, 6) 1 (Ep. 11) TBA
Mini Challenges Won: 0 2 (Eps. 7, 10) 0 TBA
Times as Team Captain: 0 0 0 TBA
Times in Bottom: 0 2 (Eps. 2, 9) 1 (Ep. 9) 1 (Ep. 1)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 5 Episode 14 Episode 9
Episode 12
TBA

Memorable Quotes

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9

  • "Come on, give it up for the big girl... serving pure catfish." (entrance quote)
  • "I'll eat you." (to Valentina)
  • "Oh, wow." (Upon Sasha Velour's entrance)
  • "So your drag's like STD's: you never know what you're gonna get." (to Nina Bo'nina Brown)
  • "What story are you telling with this unibrow?" (to Sasha Velour)
  • "Gag. C'mon big girl!"
  • "It looks good and it tastes good!" (during the morning talk show challenge)
  • "Why you gotta push it straight to negativity?"
  • "Shut it down!" (when Farrah Moan walks in)
  • "Be yourself to free yourself."
  • "Well you found it once and you'll find it again."
  • "You don't know me, baby."
  • "I thought I was a big girl, until your nose walked in bitch!"

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10

  • "Feeling PHAT, with a PH, Pretty Hot And Tasty!" (Meeting Eureka)
  • "Ohhh. Like a phoenix from the ashes... Eureka is BACK!" (entrance quote)
  • "Girl, I feel fat."
  • "It’s okay to have feelings." (Untucked)
  • "Proportionizing!"
  • "Who would be open to being my lesbian lover?"
  • "I'm ready to hit another bitch!"
  • "I bet that says 'Fuck y'all'." (referring to Yuhua's lipstick message after her elimination)
  • “And I’m going to be pointing at her Puswatcha. It’s her vagina”
  • "I drew a picture of a bunny. I'm such an artist." (as Honey Boo Boo in the Snatch Game)
  • "Eureka... I found it!"
  • “♪ Eureka… you found it. Watch me smile and watch me slay, 'cause I'm living for my true self every day. It's not about your color, gender or size, but if we come together, we can rise. I came from nothing, made me want to scream, but I fought for my piece of the American Dream. You can be a stripe and get in line, or be a star and not be defined. Come on y'all, live free. I'm the elephant queen, what are you gonna be? ♪” (verse in American)

RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular

  • "I came to deck the halls, so get the fa-la-la-la-la out of my way, bitch!" (entrance quote)

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6

  • "Eureka, you found it! Again... and again... and again. Well, maybe third time's the charm, hell!" (entrance quote)
  • "Season 9 I popped a knee season 10 I didn't win you see but All Stars 6 that crowns for me."
  • "Got them All Stars lips bitch!"
  • "May I call you Jiggly? [...] Oh, it's more like sags and droops now, huh?" (to Jiggly Caliente in the Reading Challenge)
  • ''I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN!''
  • ''I love you, family!''
  • "♪ Eureka loud, 500 pounds and proud. More than my size or the standard of beauty. Took me thirty-mh-mh years just to know that I'm worthy. Haters stop and say she's polarizing but, baby, I wake up and started realizing. Growth is the word, no need to panic. Equal rights and self love is the true pandemic. Size 16, never gonna lose. Kick to the sky even in potato shoes. ♪" (verse in Show Up Queen)
  • "My powers include toxic gas, my death stare and dropping it like it's lukewarm" (About her Drag Tots character's powers in the Drag Tots challenge)
  • "♪ No Marie Antoinettes, I ate that cake. No Mary, Queen of Scots, no Catherine the Greats. No room for social hierarchy. House the homeless, feed the hungry. Change the perception and forget the sample. A true queen lives and leads by example. Stand up, don't sit, Eureka, you found it! ♪" (Verse in This Is Our Country)

Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs the World Season 2

  • "Serving body.. suit! If you got a body, put a fucking suit on it, okay?" (entrance line)
  • "I came back on Season 10 and was a lovely.. first alternate. And then I came back to All Stars 6 where I was a lovely.. alternate! *laughter*"
  • "In a world of sequins and shimmering lights, drag takes norms taking fabulous heights! The name's Eureka the Elephant Queen, slaying the game, watch me steal the scene! Host, comedian, actress, a wearer of many hats, drag's even in politics, now what the heck's up with that? High glam, some call it old school, well I've got it in the bag! You wear no tits and hips, and I'll wear timeless drag! *laughter*" (Verse in "Bopulence")
  • "Just Divas, bitch!"
  • "I don't wanna lip sync."
  • "I don't know where- Miss Ale- Who Miss Alexis trying to come for?"
  • "Girl, we all do this for a living. Shut the hell up. Girl, stop. No."

Farewell Messages

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9

"Well... Biggie is out but this is NOT the last of Me!! I need all of you to ALWAYS (lol) #beyourselftofreeyourself ♡ Eureka H!! :p"

RuPaul's Drag Race All Star Season 6

"Kylie: You're the best and most beautiful spirit. Ra'Jah: Your heart is pure gold. Trinity: You're a fighter in the best way, NEVER STOP. Ginger: You're a star and a big girl ICON. What an amazing top 4. You're all weiners to me! ❤️ Eureka"

Trivia

  • Eureka's knee popped while performing the cheer battle, which caused her later elimination. She later discovered they had a torn ACL, which they needed surgery for.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Eureka is not affiliated with the House of O'Hara.[4]
    • This was further confirmed after Jaremi Carey (formerly Phi Phi O'Hara) tweeted saying that Eureka! was not a part of the House of O'Hara.[5]
  • She is the second queen in herstory to walk the runway on crutches (the first being Max during the "Nude Illusion" runway on Season 7), albeit, they're the only queen to date, to do it out of necessity (an injury) and not an aesthetic preference.
  • Eureka is the first queen to be sent home due to a medical complication. They were later followed by Veronica Green on RuPaul's Drag Race UK (Season 2) as she contracted COVID-19, Victoria Scone on RuPaul's Drag Race UK (Season 3) after she hurt her knee and Kornbread "The Snack" Jeté on RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 14) after she injured her ankle.
  • Eureka is the second queen to be eliminated by RuPaul without lip-syncing on that episode, the first being Willam.
  • RuPaul gave Eureka an open invitation to return for Season 10, which she accepted.
  • Eureka is the third queen to compete on two regular seasons, after Shangela and Cynthia Lee Fontaine. They were succeeded by Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.
  • Eureka identified as genderfluid and lived as a transgender woman for a period of time.[6]
    • As of December 2022, Eureka identifies as a woman.[2]
  • Eureka got her drag name from her biological mother's name.[7]
  • Eureka is the first returning queen to win two consecutive challenges.
  • Eureka is the second queen to be in a Double Shantay twice (the first being Alyssa Edwards) and is the only queen to do it in the same season.
  • Eureka is the second queen to lip-sync twice against two different queens (Aquaria and Kameron Michaels), the first being BenDeLaCreme.
  • Miz Cracker revealed in her YouTube show Review with a Jew that during the Snatch Game, Eureka drew a penis on her chest. The directors had to black it out before she showed it on screen.[8]
    • This was confirmed by Eureka in their All Stars 6 Meet the Queens.[9]
  • Eureka is the second queen to appear in the premiere episode of three consecutive seasons (9, 10 and 11) after Shangela (2, 3 and 4).
  • Eureka was a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race: Live in Las Vegas. Other contestants include Aquaria, Coco Montrese and Yvie Oddly.
  • Eureka is half German on her mother's side.[7]
  • Eureka is the first queen to be in three lip syncs where no one went home. The second queen to do this was Gigi Goode.
  • Eureka and Kameron Michaels are one of the few pairs of queens who lip synced against each other twice. Coincidentally, in one of the lip syncs, they both won in a double shantay and they both lost in a Top 3 lip sync to Aquaria.
  • Eureka is the first queen to appear on three seasons and have her name stylized three different ways, appearing as Eureka O'Hara in Season 9, Eureka in Season 10, and Eureka! in All Stars 6.
  • Eureka is the third contestant in the Drag Race franchise, to appear on four different seasons of Drag Race (including 1 special) as a contestant, following Shangela (who appeared on Season 2, Season 3, All Stars 3 and the RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular) and Latrice Royale (who appeared on Season 4, All Stars 1, the Holi-Slay Spectacular and All Stars 4). Eureka appeared on Season 9, Season 10, RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular and All Stars 6, however she is the only one of the three to make it to the top 3 in one of her seasons.
  • Eureka's left hand in her All Stars 6 promo photo appears to have only four fingers. This is because she is doing the peace hand signal, and the angle merges her index and thumb.
  • Eureka is the first contestant in drag race history to participate more than three Rusicals, having participated in four. One in Season 9 (Kardashians: The Musical), two in Season 10 (PharmaRusical: the Rusical) and (Cher: the Unathorized Rusical), and one on All Stars 6 (Hall of Fame Half-Time Show).
  • Eureka has the highest amount of high placements in an All Stars season, with five.
  • Eureka holds the record for the most amount of episodes in an All Stars season where they didn’t win a challenge or land in the bottom.
  • Eureka is the second All Star contestant to come back and win a Maxi Challenge on the episode they returned to the competition, following Latrice Royale in All Stars 4.
  • In the Maxi Challenge on Episode 11 of All Stars 6, Eureka presented a monologue about pooping herself in drag, meaning they would go on to Lip Sync for their Legacy. The Lip Sync Assassin was revealed to be Jaida Essence Hall who, in Season 12, talked about peeing herself in drag on a monologue challenge and went on to Lip Sync for her Life.
  • Eureka is the fourth returning queen to reach the finale, after Kandy Zyanide and Kana Warrior in Drag Race Thailand (Season 2) and Art Simone in RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under (Season 1).
    • However, She is the first to accomplish this in the top 5 episode.
  • Eureka holds the record for the most amount of episodes until receiving their 3rd win with it taking her 26 competitive episodes (5 on Season 9, 11 on Season 10, and 10 on All Stars 6). She is followed by Ra'Jah O'Hara with 19 episodes and Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Monét X Change with 18 episodes each.
  • Eureka is the first ever contestant to be involved in a double shantay/tied win with a winner of drag race twice. (She was in a double shantay with Aquaria in the Season 10 finale and tied with Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall in the Lip Sync For Your Legacy in episode 11 of AS6)
    • She is the first ever contestant to be involved in three double shantays/tied wins on her runs on Drag Race.
  • In 2021 Eureka made a special guest appearance in the fourth episode of the tenth season of American Horror Story, subtitled Double Feature, playing a drag queen named Crystal DeCanter.
    • Eureka revealed that fellow RuGirl Adore Delano also auditioned for the same role but they ultimately chose her. Eureka also revealed that Chad Michaels had a small role on that episode as a host of the show introducing Evan Peters' character Patty O'Furniture onstage but it didn't make the episode.[10] [11]
      • Coincidentally Eureka's characters died in both the RuMerican Horror Story acting challenge from All Stars 6 and the actual American Horror Story: Double Feature episode she was part of. [10]
  • Eureka is the second contestant to place "Safe" four episodes in a row, after Jade Jolie.
  • On a Twitter (X) live, Eureka! confirmed that she sent the editors behind the Promos an email to try to fix her Promo, however it wasn’t able to be fixed in time, so that's why there wasn't a full-shot Promo pic uploaded to the Canada's Drag Race Instagram for Eureka! like the other queens.[citation needed]

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RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Looks

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RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular Looks

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 6 Looks

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 2

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 2 Looks

Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World Season 2

Canada's Drag Race: Canada vs The World Season 2 Looks

Extras

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