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That screaming you hear in Russian is the sound of the many disappointed fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race because, once again, mother Ru made a decision that is going to anger the fans.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let us start off with some therapy. Some puppet therapy.
Once again it is the return of the puppet challenge. Basically each contestant puts their arm in the glory hole-lelujah and pulls out a boy puppet of one of their competitors, who they have to drag out and use in a reading routine. And the results…
… were not bad. Ginger rightfully wins for her dead on look for Violet and for having some funny lines, but Violet was hilarious for her lines for Katya.
Then Ru reveals the main challenge: Inspired by the global brand that is Hello Kitty, the girls must use Hello Kitty Swag to create an elegant look that reflects their own style. And while the girls fret about how to put the look together, Ru brought in some help…
I can’t believe that former judge Santino Rice is back. But then again, if anyone would know how to make fashion work from unconventional materials, then he would be it. And in a genuine surprise, his workroom critiques were great (if disconcerting to hear him say “Make It Work”).
Before Ru and Santino leave, they throw out one last twist: In addition to the runway, the girls must create a new best friend for Hello Kitty.
Comes the day of the runway, Ru is joined by Michelle, Carson, Santino, Rebecca Romijn, and a very special guest judge…
How do you say “Bitch SLAYED on the runway!” in Japanese? Because she did!
Let’s get to it then…
Violet nailed this challenge! Of all the Hello Kitty friends, hers was the most appropriate to the brand. But where she really won was her runway look. The thing about Violet is that she not only knows her fashion references down cold, but is also able to deliver on those references. She said she was going for a mashup of the harajuku girl look with Barbarella, and by god she delivered in spades.
My love for Ginger is waning, with the big reason being her disingenuous nature. Last week, she said she can’t dance, which is odd given her acting work (which includes some national tours under her belt). And she said she can’t sew, which is odd since she has some costume design work on her resume. If anything she’s trying to sell herself to the audience as this weak thing but it’s hogwash. As for the looks, the cow was a cute character (like if Hello Kitty went to school, this would be her teacher). The runway look was okay but it didn’t take the materials to some place new, which is something that they look for. More to the point, this didn’t feel like a Ginger look per se.
Pearl also did really well on the challenge. Her banji girl Hello Kitty look was hilariously off brand but I loved it. As for the runway look, it is really simple, but it felt like a Pearl look. I also give her credit for using the print well and making it clear who it is she’s wearing. While Santino was right about the reference to Dovima in the desert, it felt more like a Stephen Sprouse look in the way the print felt like graffiti. The only thing that blocked her from the win is that it felt simplistic compared to the way Violet put her look together.
I felt bad for Katya; you could tell that her lack of her support system in maintaining her sobriety was tripping her head up in this challenge. While the Hello Kitty best friend idea was completely wrong for that brand, it was on point for Katya (and utterly hilarious)! Where she lost me was the catsuit. While the face was probably the best one she’s had on the show (and with the wig looked eerily like Ellen Greene as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors), the bodysuit was not specific enough to be Katya’s style. Additionally, there was nothing in the outfit that said Hello Kitty in the outfit.
Kennedy was a slight mess this week. While her Hello Kitty friend was kind of fun if off brand, her outfit was just nothing. And to her credit, she knew it too.
So Kennedy and Katya unfortunately find themselves in the bottom, having to Lip Sync For Their Lives to Katy Perry’s “Roar” and we finally get to see Kennedy bust out her full dance moves (including, in a neat homage to her drag sister, recreating Sahara Davenport’s famous split leap off of the stage from Season 2). Katya of course managed to do all the gymnastics (including a beautiful cartwheel landing into the splits) and still deliver all the emotions of the song. It was a nail biter of a lip sync. And while Kennedy won, I would have given it to Katya; my only complaint with Kennedy’s split leap was that it felt like a split second too early whereas Katya’s split was rhythmically right in time with the music.
Unfortunately this means that we have lost our beloved Russian bisexual hooker and frankly the rest of the season won’t be nearly as fun without her. Прощай Екатерина и спасибо!
– Violet spoke for all of us after that lip sync…
– Speaking of Violet, it was weird watching her and Santino flirt. Even Ru was taken aback. Somewhere, Andrae is crying into his Red Lobster…
– “Hello Kitty Girl” is a slight spin on “Hey Kitty Girl,” Ru and Michelle’s catchphrase on their podcast.
– If you haven’t gotten it by now, “Everybody Loves Puppets” is a nod and wink to Ru’s old friend Tammy Faye Baker Messner.
And the points…
NEXT TIME: Final four, which means video time, lunch with mother, and a final three!
Photo Credits: Logo TV / World Of Wonder, Chad Sell