Well, after last week’s fiasco that was Snatch Game 2016, we have a surprisingly good episode. And I say surprising because it’s the dreaded makeover challenge, and they have a tendency of going south real quick (*cough* Justice for Pandora Boxx! *cough*). But it helped by having a great theme, which led to a fantastic runway and some surprising results.
But no time to chat as we have company, in the form of Entertainment Weekly contributor Marc Snetiker has come by to serve as a special guest judge. And why? Because “in the great tradition of RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Mr. Charles once again appropriates a famous bit of gay culture and gets it somewhat wrong. I mean, “in the great tradition of Paris Is Burning,” it’s the annual reading challenge. And “in the great tradition of Todd’s recaps for l’étoile,” I am going to turn the floor over to the legendary Dorian Corey and Venus Xtravaganza explain the fine art of (and differences between!) shade and reading (which Ru has mixed up on more than one occasion)…
Friends, it’s time that we gather under the shade tree and console one another as we raise our voices in unison and cry…
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Well, the season premiere taught us a very important lesson…
Never ever ever forget your herstory, henny!
And it’s an important lesson to remember as the season 8 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race was all about the herstory of this show. As the twelve new contestants entered the WERKroom for the premiere of the 100th Episode, it also served as an intro to the 100th queen to walk into the room and compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
Spring has truly returned! How do we know this? Because, in four days, our good friend Mr. Charles will open the doors for the latest class at his Finishing School for Wayward Gender Illusionists.
And with it, comes the latest crop of fresh, young starlets that are competing to show their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent to the world as they try to become the eighth person to claim the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Along with the usual amounts of glamor, shade, and shenanigans, this also heralds the return of my favorite part of the show…
… no, not THE DRAG RACE SCOREBOARD (though trust and believe that it will be back in its full glory come Tuesday)…
… no, we’re talking about the best part of the show (or, what should be the best part)…
The Lip Sync For Your Life!
“At its core, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a story about the tenacity of the human spirit.” – RuPaul
If I might correct Mother Ru for just a moment, at its true core RuPaul’s Drag Race is a fabulous reality competition that is also a thinly veiled parody of reality competitions. And nowhere was it more apparent than tonight with a parody of not one but two reality shows. And just like all reality television, the results were manipulated to the nth degree.
Before we begin, let’s start with this open letter from dear Max’s dear mother, who had a word or two to say about the editing of last week’s episode:
How can you not love that! And now it’s time for another episode of “Wow! The internet rumors are right!”
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, it’s time to meet the returning queen…
Ass! Shade! Tears! Revelations! Headlocks! My dear’s this episode of Drag Race had all of the makings of a 19th Century novella, but with more twists & turns & putdowns. I could see the screenplay written by Edith Wharton & Jacqueline Susann.
Well, let’s get ready to rumble! Onward to the bullet points!
It’s back friends! The most glamourous show in the history of EVER is back on! Yes, ladies, ladyboys, and gentlemen, it’s RuPaul’s Drag Race! After three seasons of watching the show, I’ve decided to take it on with my thoughts about the proceedings this year. So, the bullet points:
- This year’s group of hardscrabble divas might be the SHADIEST group ever. Oh sure there were some actually nice drag queens (Chad Michaels, and that is probably the result of having been in the game for so long) and yes, you need to be able to defend yourself in a room of queens but still! And Willam & Phi Phi: please shut up! You’re outfits weren’t that hot.
- I shouldn’t like Sharon Needles but god DAMN that was an amazing look on the runway (and she totally deserved the win), but I agree with Michelle Visage (and that’s a first!); can she do anything else?
- Kind of digging all of the bigger girls this year. They all seem to be a lot more sane and cheerier than the last crop and speaking of which…
- LOVE Latrice Royale! While I can sort of see why Jiggly won, I think Latrice was robbed in the mini-challenge! And did you see when she entered the room?!? If you know your Drag Race history there is a significance to whom enters last.
- Zombie Drag Queens! Here’s a game: watch that scene again and pick out all the former RPDR contestants.
- Speaking of former contestants: Loved the little montage in the beginning. However I would have expanded it thus: Charisma would stay the same, Uniqueness too, Nerve I would have added Jujube as well, for talent, I would have also added Alexis and Shangela.
- Speaking of which, show of hands: who screamed “Not again!” when Shangy arrived again?
- As I said, the right person won the main challenge, the right 2 were on the bottom, and Jiggly deserved to stay. I’m sorry but Alisa was horrid.
And now… THE DRAG RACE SCOREBOARD! Yes, it’s true. Modified from a long-ago post I saw on Project Runway, it’s a way of scoring the contest. Of course I’ve modified the format for my purposes but when I tested it using last season as the litmus test, it works.
Here’s how it works: For the mini-challenge, the winner gets 1 point. For the main challenge, the winner gets 4 points, second place 3, third place 2, if they’re safe 1, no points for being in the bottom three, if you have to lip-sync for your life -1, and sashay-ing away is -2.
Here we go…
- Alisa Summers: -2
- Chad Michaels: 1
- Dida Ritz: 1
- Jiggly Caliente: 0 (1 for the mini-challenge, -1 for bottom 2)
- Kenya Michaels: 0
- Lashauwn Beyond: 3
- Latrice Royale: 1
- Madame LaQueer: 1
- Milan: 1
- Phi Phi O’Hara: 1
- Sharon Needles: 4
- The Princess: 2
- Willam: 1
So now I ask you: Who do you like and/or hate this season so far? Let’s hear it.