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Chad shills for another sponsor and time for Tamara to whine about how she wants to be a pretty pink princess, AGAIN. Have mercy, woman. Get over it. Ru asks her what it feels like living for other people’s validation and she gets into some mumbo jumbo about ripping herself off and whatever.
Final touches and Julie’s both nervous and excited while her friend wants her to be the sassy Julie he knew when he met her six years earlier. Qween’s stressed out about the nagging details of her outfit and her friend thinks she’s hidden parts of her personality because of things she’s been going through. (Mysterious!) Tamara, whatever. Her friend, squawk squawk. Then it’s time to draguate, bitches.
Chad, Willam and Morgan come out and they all look fantastic, Raja. Then Jelissa introduces Ru, who’s dressed like Thurston Howell III. He welcomes us to Drag U.
This week’s judges are Lady Bunny, Jamal Sims and a lovely actress named Tamara Taylor (SPOILER?) who according to Ru is currently starring on Bones and according to Derek Hazelton (H/T) was also Matthew Fox’s girlfriend on Party of Five. Willam takes a moment to blow a kiss at/network with Tamara and it’s time for the draguation to commence.
Okay, so yes. On the runway, Tamara’s look was the most on point and she looked gorgeous but I just can’t with her. I though Julie looked great, too, and showed a lot more life, personality and progress. The best part of Qween’s runway was Willam’s introduction. She seemed to shrink a little and came off as kind of nervous to me. But her face looked beautiful. Since the runway doesn’t really count, how did they do in the oral examination?
Ru wants to know how Julie feels and she’s sassy. She’s flirting with Ru and telling the panel that the skirt, with its big paillettes, is her favorite part of the outfit because it lets everyone know she’s arrived. Bunny thinks she took over the stage like she’s Bette Davis and Jamal is really impressed with how she got out of her head and over her insecurities.
Qween is ready to accept and embrace who she is, regardless of her weight. She’s going to approach everything like she’s still that hot Sooooooooouuuuulllll Traaaaiiinn dancer. Starting with choosing that awful off-the-shoulder party dress. Tragic. Jamal says he likes Qween’s curves and he’s a little disappointed that she’s not showing them off but Tamara thinks she was giving all heart on the runway.
Last and certainly least for me, Tamara. Ru asks her how she feels and she has a canned spiel prepared about how she feels…for the first time…at 40 (43 according to her intro)…like a woman. Jamal tells her that she’s on fire, Tamara says she’s owning the sophistication and, oh please stop, Tamara clasps her hands together like she just won another beauty pageant.
The performance wasn’t as awkward as the others have been, but poor Qween forgets to lip synch, so she’s out. And I figured she’d win because of how much screen-time she had. So it’s down to Julie and Tamara. Tamara, as is her wont, was pageanting it up while Julie was having fun and even busted out a booty tooch. Somewhere, out there, TyTy is sipping her goblet of tears of ANTM rejects and cursing the name RuPaul.
After watching the draguation I figured it had to be Julie. She’s pretty, she’s thin, she seemed to overcome her obstacles the best and she seemed to perform better. But what did the falcultythink?
So, the woman who needed to overcome her driving need for external validation gets the external validation. And while Tamara spews some clichés and duck lips her way down the runway, Qween is just feeling good about herself and Julie feels like she’s found her confidence again, so drive that down sorority row.