I’m pretty sure the producers over at Drag Race are sitting around asking themselves which challenges would make Beth the happiest in her heart. Consider that last week brought us a Madonna-themed runway show and this week’s challenge was based on The Wizard of Oz. What’s next? Will the queens re-enact The Breakfast Club? Will they perform on the set of Mad Men? Will Boy George or Cyndi Lauper be guest judges this season? Will Eddie Vedder?! Dare to dream…
This was also the week that brought us the “Reading is fundamental” mini-challenge. Bob won that mini-challenge (was there ever any doubt?), though it would seem that all the queens have pretty sharp reading skills this season. Nobody seemed to embarrass herself or fall flat, which was nice to see.
As for the maxi-challenge, Ru brought in the stars of Lifetime’s Little Women: LA to serve as little sisters to the queens in this season’s “family resemblance” challenge.
Confession: I have never seen Little Women: LA, so I had no idea who any of these women were, though a few of the queens seemed more than a little star struck, which was cute.
They had to draw their inspiration from iconic characters from the Wizard of Oz. Here’s how it played out:
Kim Chi was paired with Bianca (Miso Chi) – The Wicked Witch
Fierce. As. Hell.
I know guest judge Marc Jacobs made fun of Kim’s interpretive dance a little, saying he didn’t get the point of putting down the broom and picking up the broom and trading brooms, etc, but the truth is, interpretive dance is supposed to be weird and symbolic. I get it. The dance aside, Kim nailed the challenge. You can see the inspiration without it being too literal and you can also see the family resemblance. And as usual, the make-up skills are exquisite. Nicely done. Of course, they had to comment on her wobbly foot-work, which makes me nervous. Even though Kim’s make-up skills are sick, if Kim she has to lip-sync for her life, I’m not sure if her ability to perform is up to par with the other girls.
I do notice that they ran through all those interpretive dances pretty quickly. Hard to tell how the queens all did, but maybe that’s the point.
Thorgy Thor was paired with Brittney (Thorgeous) – Citizen of Oz
My major issue with this look is the wig. The outfits are fine and the makeup is fine, but those wigs are clown wigs. I think it was also Marc Jacobs that said they look like something you’d buy for St. Patrick’s Day at Party City.
Robbie Turner was paired with Christy (Hedda) – The Cowardly Lion
I couldn’t find a picture of them in their costumes, but trust me when I tell you that it wasn’t pretty. Especially when you consider the fierce cat Kim Chi brought us earlier in the season:
Robbie definitely deserved her spot in the bottom two this week.
Bob the Drag Queen got paired with Elena (Rob the Faux Queen) – Glinda the Good Witch
Bob got carried away making up her little sister and she let the time get away from her. She was left with only 15 minutes to do her own make-up… and it shows. Her little sister looks lovely (straight out of The Hunger Games), but at Bob’s expense. Bob’s look this week was not good.
Derrick was paired with Terra (another Britney Spears impersonator, apparently) – The Tin Woodsman
The judges called her out for showing up once more in a bathing suit with some fabric wrapped around her waist. And what exactly are those cones on her shoulders supposed to be? Derrick deserved her spot in the bottom two next to Robbie this week.
Naomi was paired with Jasmine (Jazzy Jems) – The Scarecrow
Congratulations Naomi! Every week that goes by, I fall a little bit more in love with Naomi. She was amazingly chic this week. Most importantly, she listened to the judges. They told her she had to stop walking down the runway in lingerie, so she made an incredible scarecrow outfit for herself and her little sister. The hair and makeup were inspired, too. And the way she posed and moved on the runway really solidified her place in this competition. I no longer feel that Bob has this competition in the bag. This season may be Naomi’s to win.
Chi Chi was paired with Tonya (Ti Ti) – Dorothy
I agree with Michelle in that Chi Chi’s build is such that she requires some cinching, padding, and/or contouring. I’m not as offended by the fact that she used a hot-glue gun as some of the other queens in the competition, but this outfit is a little half-assed.
So Robbie and Derrick ended up lip-syncing for their lives, and deservedly so. Derrick impressed the heck out of me! She is very clearly a seasoned performer and her lip-sync was outstanding. She will be a force to be reckoned with if she’s ever in the bottom two again. Also, Robbie ripped her wig off in yet another desperate, attention-grabbing move. She couldn’t pull any attention away from Derrick, though. That bitch owned the stage. So Robbie sashayed away and Derrick got to stay.