Three mother tucking hours of drag queens.
It would have been bad if it wasn’t three good hours of drag queens.
This week RuPaul’s Drag Race showed not one, but two episodes back to back, in preparation for next week when it moves to its new time slot next week at 10pm/9pm Central. And so much happened that I have to break the drag extravaganza of it all into two posts. And so, on to Part 1…
Following last week’s elimination of Milk, the queens are asked to do a bizarre mini-challenge in which they must hand model fruits and vegetables with oversized, drag-ed out fake nails. While the challenge was a big nothing, it did allow Ru an opportunity to do some hilarious narration.
And now, it’s time for the annual “Promote RuPaul’s Latest Project” challenge. In pairs of two, the queens must create a commercial for her new line Glamazon for Colorevolution makeup, covering various key demographics. And “Because I own fifty-one percent of this company,” (nice nod and wink to this iconic television moment), “I’m going to chose the pairs.” What she forgot to ad at the end of that statement was “that will cause the most inner-team drama and trip each other up.”
After filming their commercials the girls had to doll up in their best black and white ensembles for Ru, Michelle, Santino, and guest judges actress & cabaret singer Lainie Kazan and actress (and The King of Queens alumna) Leah Remini.
Let’s take a look at the various spokesmodels….
ADORE DELANO & LAGANJA ESTRANJA were the winners of the challenge as declared by Ru. They were tasked with catering to mean schoolgirls and they delivered and were funny, Adore in particular. It was interesting to see Adore commenting on Laganja’s behavior in this challegne and in the competition; as friends in real life, she would know better than anyone about Laganja so her critiques sting more. As for the runway, Adore was cute but Laganja’s attempts at edginess were sloppy around the edges. Like I said, Ru declared them the winner, and while it was good…
…it wasn’t half as good as BIANCA DEL RIO & TRINITY K. BONET who nailed the challenge and the runway. Tasked with appealing to working women (from CEOs to street-wise ho’s), the two of them took it and ran away with it. Trinity, in particular, stepped up in a major way this week and was funny. The two of them worked well together and were hilarious. Bianca’s critiques of Trinity helped her to get past the block she had and it was great to see. (And will pay dividends in the next episode, but I’ll discuss that later.
Safely in the middle are COURTNEY ACT & JOSLYN FOX. Working the Hot Mamas demo, it was cute if slightly off in the cue pick-up on both of their parts. As for the runway, Courtney looked great as a femme take on Klaus Nomi, but Joslyn was a bit of a mess. While I get what she was trying to go for, the outfit looked cheap and unflattering. And speaking of unflattering, Courtney was doing herself no favors with her dismissive attitude towards Joslyn. It was frankly upsetting and I can understand why Joslyn, who clearly looks up to Courtney, was miffed. Thankfully they live to fight another day…
…which means that BEN DELACREME & DARIENNE LAKE were the bottom two for this challenge. And sadly, it was deservedly so. The idea of appealing to cougars was fun and had one of them took on Jennifer College ala Best In Show, it would have been funny. But the fact that both did it and both made it more about plastic surgery than the product made it a mess. That said, the runway looks were okay. Then there was the “I don’t see the real you!” critique flung at DeLa. On the one hand, all of drag to some extent is creating a character that you as the performer draw strength from. And while both DeLa and Darienne are both “characters” when in drag, Darienne’s character is only a few shades removed from Darienne out of drag, while DeLa in drag is so radically different from DeLa out of drag that it can be harder to take.
So they had to Lip Sync For Their Lives to Exposé’s “Point Of No Return” and it’s interesting to watch. As okay is DeLa is, she’s too busy gauging herself against Darienne who is giving it to the judges. In the end Darienne is told to shante and stay…
…and after a rather pregnant pause…
…so is DeLa. In a totally (not) surprising move, Ru has spared DeLa the Sashay order and hopefully this will allow her to get out of her own way.
On to THE DRAG RACE SCOREBOARD. For this week, 4 points for each winner, 2 for second place, 1 for safe, and 0 for the bottom two since no one went home.
– Adore Delano: 14
– BenDeLaCreme: 13
– Bianca Del Rio: 13
– Courtney Act: 10
– Darienne Lake: 5
– Joslyn Fox: 8
– Laganja Estranja: 9
– Trinity K. Bonet: 6
NEXT TIME: While Ru and Co. can do two recaps in a row, alas I can not. Be back here tomorrow for the stand up comedy challenge and join me as we laugh with (and at) our girls. And someone will be going home!
Photo Credits: Logo / World Of Wonder