You’re a very handsome man, RuPaul.
Hello! Hello! Hello! Welcome back to RuPaul’s Drag Race! This week Ru threw a bunch of things together that didn’t make much sense, slapped a tenuous theme around it and called it a day.
Mini-challenge was about a Drag Race fan, who’s an inspiration to RuPaul and who has online fans that she calls butterflies, so the queens have to pair up in teams of two (Except there are 11 queens so someone finds out just how unpopular she is.) to create headpieces out of butterflies. Okay.
Main challenge consists of the queens hawking Ru’s last two albums, Glamazon and Champion in an informercial. Each queen will take a song from their album and sell it by relating it to a personal experience. The queens separate into teams, again, to make someone know she’s the odd queen out, because you know what really creates some juicy drama? Seething insecurity. It’s every performer’s life blood. Teams shake out thusly:
Glamazon: Chad Michaels, Kenya Michaels, Madame LaQueer, Milan, Princess, Willam
Champion: Dida Ritz, Jiggly Caliente, Latrice Royale, Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles
We learn that both team leaders suck at leading for very different reasons, that Milan is kind of a control freak, that Sharon might be able to do almost anything in a fright wig, andthat Kenya’s kind of a bitch. Oh yeah, and Phi Phi gets to eat a big plate of crow.
Then, as if it wasn’t completely random and hodgepodgey enough, the runway theme was…platinum and gold. Yeah, that’s it. I know the challenges were all built around Ru’s singing career but they kind of felt slapped together. At least there was a shot of Jason oiling up the back of Shawn’s thighs to keep our attention.
Special guest judges are Amber Riley and Natalie Cole, who was probably one of my favorite guest judges. Seriously, she was pretty great, and they lip synched to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) which is just one of the greatest songs, ever…and produced, quite possibly, the most charming performance. I might have seal-clapped.
Full recap in a few days. Until then, you can catch up on the last recap here.
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