RuPaul's Drag Race UK: Family That Drags Together
November 18, 2019 2:55 PM - Season 1, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Only four queens remain. Tensions are high and emotions are charged as they are challenged to give family members a very special drag makeover. BAFTA winner Michaela Coel joins Michelle Visage and Alan Carr on the judging panel as another queen is eliminated from the competition.

Ru introduces the mini challenge, a Bitchfest using Puppets - Everybody Loves Puppets! Baga receives The Vivienne, Divina obtains Cheryl, The Vivienne with Divina and Cheryl is left with Baga. Divina wins the mini challenge. For the main challenge, each of the remaining queens has to use her own drag aesthetic to makeover one of their family member as a part of her drag house. Baga and The Vivienne are surprised by their moms while Cheryl and Divina will makeover their sisters.

After the runway, Divina wins the maxi challenge and The Vivienne is declared safe. Ultimately, Baga and Cheryl are in the bottom two. After they lipsync to "Tears Dry on Their Own" by Amy Winehouse, Baga is declared the winner, and Cheryl, having landed in the bottom two for the second time, is eliminated from the competition.

Gold Derby Recap: Mums and sissies arrive for family resemblance makeovers with final four
Xtra Recap: A makeover fit for a queen
Xtra Power Rankings
posted by urbanlenny (5 comments total)
Wow, Baga. Way to insult your mom on international television. Just stop talking! The Xtra power rankings make the point that Ru is not going to crown someone who repeatedly insulted their mom on TV, so I don't think Baga will win.

I think this episode drove home for me how great Cheryl was. So lovely! We all knew that she wasn't going to win, but I liked watching her along the way. I also had a hard time figuring out who was who between her and her sister in drag.

I guess I'm cheering for Davina to win? I think this is going to be one of those seasons that I am going to feel just a shrug at the winner. Sure, whoever. I like Viv too.
posted by urbanlenny at 3:00 PM on November 18, 2019 [2 favorites]

I just sat there in shock for Baga’s critique. She said nothing right. I wonder if that spoiled her chances in Ru’s eyes. Hopefully a strike against her at least.

I saw this headline the day after this episode first aired. Wonder if they still feel the same.
posted by supercres at 6:33 PM on November 18, 2019

- MICHAELA COEL!!! Chewing Gum made me laugh so much. So delighted to see her as a guest judge, with such a gorge look and interested input to boot.

- Literally put my hand over my mouth at Baga repeatedly talking over her mum and insulting her in the same breath. Good god, girl! Ru asked for Jo's opinion. And like The Vivienne said, I don't think Baga was trying to be... mean, but damn, that was really hard to watch Baga just not get it, even after everyone (very gently and politely) tried to tell her why her behavior during the critiques was rude. I'm relieved we got to see everybody together during the judges' deliberations so the other queens could help correct things a bit while Jo was there.

(She was Baga-taged, I'm telling you!)

- Loved seeing the other queens and their fam members, though. It's terrific seeing the closeness and the supportiveness between them, and the runway family resemblances were adorable. The Vivienne and her mum's relationship was especially lovely to see, and I adored the Viv's gentle yet bawdy teasing near the beginning of the ep. "James!"

- Oh wow - one of my favorite Amy songs. It's weird how emotional we can get over premature deaths of celebs we like, but like Lincoln in Broad City, idk, man, I'm still not over it. Got a little choked up as soon as the song started playing, even though it was an entertaining high-energy lip-sync.

- Gonna miss seeing Cheryl and her chipper uncanny valley face. I enjoyed her more and more as the show progressed, and she was a terrific Top Four.

- Like urbanlenny, I don't have terribly strong feelings about who I want to win this season (just not Baga at this point!) - either Davina or The Viv would be fine with me.
posted by rather be jorting at 11:36 PM on November 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

And not to abuse the edit window, but: BRIGHOUUUUUUSE! Died at Davina's sister just smashin' it during their performance.
posted by rather be jorting at 11:37 PM on November 18, 2019

Wow - you could definitely see the cracks in Baga's relationship with his Mom. On the entirely opposite side of the spectrum The Viv, Chery and Davina's relationships with their family members was so lovely and they were all so game to jump in and support their family members.
posted by Julnyes at 1:27 PM on November 20, 2019

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