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Who is ‘Queen of the Universe’ Finalist Aria B Cassadine?

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

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We’re already down to the Finals on Queen of the Universe, and only three drag queens remain to compete for the title. That includes Aria B. Cassadine, who’s up against Ada Vox and Grag Queen in this week’s grand finale.


Aria, aka Quentin Reynolds, has shown her singing chops with four performances on the show so far. The queen, who calls herself “The ABC of DRAG,” has been performing for over a decade and was named Miss Gay Black America.

Meet ‘Queen of the Universe’ Finalist Aria B. Cassadine

Quentin Reynolds was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from a performing arts magnet program at Tri-Cities High School. He tried drag for the first time in 2009 during Pride Weekend, and that set off a career that’s spanned over 10 years.

Reynolds’ drag persona Aria B. Cassadine has competed in over 100 pageants over the years, eventually earning the title of Miss Gay Black America in 2018. During her pageant appearances, Aria has shown off her powerhouse voice, performing songs like “I Am Changing” and “I Dreamed a Dream.”


“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for all my life!” Aria said of her time on Queen of the Universe, adding that she’s “always wanted to merge the theater and drag world in a huge way.”

In a behind-the-scenes video for the show, Aria revealed that her favorite singer is Cissy Houston, saying she loves the “wobble” in her voice. Aria is also proud of her own “amazing teeth.” And if you’re wondering how old Aria is, the answer is “grown.” She’s not getting any more specific than that.

SEE ALSO: WILL ADA VOX BE CROWNED FIRST EVER ‘QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE’?


Aria’s Journey on the Show So Far

“Move back and let a real bitch through,” Aria said as her entrance quote on Queen of the Universe. Throughout the competition, she’s performed songs such as “Rise Like a Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester, and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer.

She also teamed up for a duet with fellow American finalist Ada Vox, who previously competed on American Idol. They performed an original song called “Back Off, Bitch” during Week 4. The two queens belted out the catchy track, blowing the judges’ minds with their voices.

Aria is up against Ada and a third finalist named Grag Queen in this week’s grand finale, which will be available to stream on Thursday, December 30, on Paramount Plus. Until then, you can stream “Back Off, Bitch” on Spotify.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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