Well that was a fun episode! If nothing else, I learned that before becoming the supermodel of the world, Rupaul was in a new wave band called Wee Wee Pole:
This week was all about the 80s. The girls were asked to form their own new wave bands. They would have to write their own lyrics to 80s songs, create costumes using clothes and accessories from Out of the Closet, and perform live before a studio audience and the judges. This week’s judges included Lucian Priance (who also coached each of the teams), and Chris Stein and Debbie Harry from Blondie (again, amazing!).
The teams and sub-genres were as follows:
Punk (Team Le Chicken Wing): Kim Chi, Robbie, and Naomi
These girls rocked it. I wasn’t so sure when they were rehearsing, or even when they had their consultation with Lucien (their energy was way too positive and happy to be punk), but their performance was excellent! Robbie in particular surprised me with how bad-ass her performance was. Robbie was the winner this week, which must have felt amazing after having to lip sync for her life last week. Kudos to Team Le Chicken Wing!
Party (Team Street Meatz): Bob, Betty, and Thorgy
When I saw that these three got together, I thought they had this win in the bag. These three are by far (in my humble opinion) the ones to beat. Their performance was very good, but I guess not good enough to win the top spot.
Meanwhile, Bob kinda lost her mind this week, huh?
Thorgy was getting on her nerves, to the point where even Betty told her to lighten up. Also, Bob decided that it was a good idea to rudely argue with Lucien, one of the evening’s judges, during their consultation. Not good. Bob’s lucky that she’s talented and that her performance ended up being really good (the line about the black beans had me in stitches!) because as Chris Stein said, nobody gets anywhere in this business being rude and unprofessional.
Synth (Team Dragonometry): Derrick, Naysha, and Chi Chi
For starters, I would have thought that every queen in the room would have fought for synth. And yet, Team Dragonometry got stuck with it? Am I nuts? Wouldn’t that have been the most fun of the 80s sub-genres?!
While I get where Betty was coming from when she told these girls that Synth pop was all about shapes…
…I think she was also doing her best to sabotage them a little. And who can blame her? The shapes didn’t work well as song lyrics, or as hats. Their song (and costumes, and performance…) was lame and boring.
So while this team definitely deserved to be in the bottom, I’m not sure if Naysha and Chi Chi would have been my bottom two. Chi Chi and Derrick should have been the two to lip sync for their lives. Chi Chi was absolutely full of excuses and she was not a team player, but if you ask me, the other weak link this week was Derrick. Blondie happened to like her singing voice, and her hair and make-up were fine, but her performance was not so good, which is surprising because she (presumably) performs before audiences in Vegas on the regular. Michelle right to draw (unfavorable) comparisons to Chad Michaels, who is best known as a Cher impersonator, but can do many other things as a drag queen. America’s next drag superstar cannot be a one-note, after all.
At any rate, Chi Chi and Naysha both lip-synced their little hearts out, but Ru definitely made the right call this week by telling Naysha to sashay away, once again. Chi Chi’s performance was much stronger, mainly because she managed to do all the same flips and somersaults that Naysha was doing, but she kept her wig on. When will these girls learn that ripping off their wigs during the lip sync only made an impact the first time it was done? Now, it’s over-done, tired, and it needs to stop.
As a closing thought, kudos to Acid Betty for her fierce runway look this week: