RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaul Book Ball Season 8, Episode 8
EVERYONE LOVES PUPPETS in the mini challenge; for the maxi challenge, our five queens each create three runway looks to tell their life story. Bonus: a song-and-dance skit inspired by Strangers With Candy!
RuPaul's Drag Race: Shady Politics Season 8, Episode 7
Our six remaining queens get dirty in a political attack ad challenge. Vivica A. Fox is a guest judge. Two queens bring their Effie game with "And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going"--and then there were five.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Wizards of Drag Season 8, Episode 6
The library opens! Plus a Wonderful Wizard of Oz-themed makeover challenge featuring the cast of Little Women: L.A. and (wait for it) interpretive dance. Seven become six; Marc Jacobs continues to age backwards.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Snatch Game Season 8, Episode 5
Everyone seems to try their best at the now annual panel game show celebrity-imitation event. Some do well (twice), some dodge bullets (you have one job, Derrick), some might have been better off with the fake-out roadkill maxi-challenge instead of what they ended up with. (#CreatureCouture)
RuPaul's Drag Race: New Wave Queens Season 8, Episode 4
DEBBIE HARRY!* --and Blondie bandmade Chris Stein, who more than proves his worth by calling out the Drag Race sin of a contestant wearing the same shoes for two competitive events-- are on hand for a New-Wave themed challenge: the queens must write lyrics for and perform an '80s-throwback song (backing track provided by you-know-who, also judging) in front of a live studio audience. Runway theme: neon. Kim Chi's makeup: cubist. Street meat: delicious. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: RuCo's Empire Season 8, Episode 3
Our queens take on the Supreme Court for the mini-challenge, then split into teams for an Empire-themed acting challenge. The runway portion features the added difficulty of staying upright on roller skates. And... a familiar face rejoins the competition!
RuPaul's Drag Race: Bitch Perfect Season 8, Episode 2
First, a cha cha mini challenge featuring too little of the delicious AB Soto (previously on the Blue). Main challenge: a team lip-synch dance-off to an a cappella mashup of RuPaul's back catalogue. Then, a "red carpet looks" runway. Finally, a LSFYL to America's #1 Gay Anthem of the Past Century, and one
queen fool makes the mistake of declaring "disco is not my genre." You can guess what happens.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Keeping it 100 Season 8, Episode 1
In the 100th episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, former season champions return for a photo shoot with the new crop of queens. The runway challenge hearkens back to iconic challenges of seasons past.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Grand Finale Season 7, Episode 14
Wigs fly as the queens discuss the drama of the season. Plus, both "America's Next Drag Superstar" and "Miss Congeniality" are crowned. And the winner is...
RuPaul's Drag Race: And the Rest Is Drag Season 7, Episode 12
After Katya leaves to go Dumpster diving, the final four learn choreography and record footage for the video of RuPaul's single "Born Naked" with the twist that the one who does not make the top three will have her contribution tossed out; there are malfunctions aplenty. Candis Cayne and Mathu Anderson show up to act horrified. The older and younger contestants snipe at one another. There are tugged heartstrings and sob stories as Ru takes the queens individually to "lunch" then (at the judging) holds up pictures of each of them as little boys. There is a four-way lip-sync. Ru sashays a queen. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Hello Kitty Girls Season 7, Episode 11
Brought to you by Sanrio. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Prancing Queens Season 7, Episode 10
No, really, the queens have to pair off and (a) learn choreography to a mashup of old and new musical genres--like tango/vogue and Charleston/twerk--and then (b) perform their routines while in half-male/half-female drag. Oh, and also? They have to cover their faces in adhesive tape and record fake Real Housewives intros. The ante, she is ever upped.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Divine Inspiration Season 7, Episode 9
After the one-two punch of Snatch Game and Conjoined Queens, the hangover had to come eventually. Despite two seemingly can't-miss elements (Reading Is Fundamental and a John Waters-themed main challenge), the dread specter of another musical/acting "performance" and a catchall runway theme led to an all-over-the-place mess.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Conjoined Queens Season 7, Episode 8
In which a mini-challenge showcases the return of Latrice! Royale! as a prison guard and the maxi-challenge (including all this season's eliminated queens!) reveals that pretty much everyone is a good sport. (Pretty much.) LSFYL: Epic.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Snatch Game Season 7, Episode 7
No mini-challenge this week, just the much-anticipated maxi-challenge: Snatch Game! Max finally donned a colored wig as a "Disney" Sharon Needles, Pearl went really big as Mob Wives' Big Ang, Violet and Miss Fame fought over Donatella Versace, with Fame claiming the character while Violet went with Alyssa Edwards. Katya channeled a shady Suze Orman, while Jaidynn had visions as Raven Symone. Ginger Minj was Adele, and Kennedy took a real risk in playing Little Richard, the first male impersonation in the six seasons of Snatch Game.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Ru Hollywood Stories Season 7, Episode 6
The queens are tasked with telling the story of how Michelle Visage replaced Merle Ginsberg on the judging panel from each of their (Merle's, Michelle's, Ru's) perspectives. It is to the detriment of humanity that no one pulled out a "Ru-shomon" quip. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: The DESPY Awards Season 7, Episode 5
With the herd finally thinned enough that everyone's identifiable, the queens are tasked with putting together a fake awards show resulting in the most unexpected laugh line of the episode: "Courage." Kathy Griffin dispenses harsh but accurate comedy advice (though few listen), Isaac Mizrahi delights in judging, and Pearl & Ru have a bizarrely intense stare-off. Also: paper red-carpet dresses. Also also: chickens.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Spoof! Season 7, Episode 4
The queens assemble into three teams to write and record parody versions of RuPaul songs and shoot videos for said parodies. They are mostly passable. Ru gets cranky about a light dig at Drag U, the top three from last season are mimicked fairly effectively, and the wrong queen goes home.
RuPaul's Drag Race: ShakesQueer Season 7, Episode 3
This week on TV's Most Difficult Reality Show: an old-lady drag/Soul Train dance line mini-challenge, an Elizabethan-cheerleader acting maxi-challenge, and a bearded-lady runway with no mention of the pummeling Milk received for doing the same thing last season. Also, the contestants continue to coalesce into two cliques: Young, Dumb, and Full of Attitude vs. Older, Wiser, and Sometimes Inept at Costuming.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Glamazonian Airways Season 7, Episode 2
The queens take flight in their first team challenge, with special help from Moby, Jordin Sparks, and Olivia Newton-John. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Born Naked Season 7, Episode 1
Fourteen new queens! x Four looks each! = Fifty-six opportunities to wow the audience! (Some of them did! Two of them thought that pretending to read a magazine while walking was glamorous! Half of them... it's still too early to match names and faces.) [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Reunited Season 6, Episode 14
The winner is crowned, someone gets married, there are very hot dancers, old favorites come back for a victory lap, and in a shocking twist Laganja finally, FINALLY shuts up.
RuPaul's Drag Race: Sissy That Walk Season 6, Episode 12
The final four queens star in RuPaul's video for "Sissy That Walk" and are whittled down to the top three for the live reunion/finale, coming up in two weeks. [more inside]
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