First, the burning question of this week’s episode:
Why the heck was Michelle Visage so nice to Jaymes Mansfield? I thought Michelle would have eviscerated Jaymes. Never, in the history of Drag Race, have I seen a queen with so little to offer in the competition. And yet, when Michelle Visage gets the chance to offer her critique, she compliments Jaymes on her padding? Really? But Valentina, a queen who is deeply fascinating and fabulous, gets criticized for her nude shoes?! I have no words.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First things first…
Cynthia Lee Fontaine is back.
I’m sure Cynthia is a lovely girl, and I think it’s inspiring that she beat liver cancer and is currently in remission, but I happen to find her personality grating. All that cuckoo talk! To quote Kimora, “I haven’t seen this infamous cuckoo of yours… You better make sure that yours looks better than mine.”
For the record, it doesn’t.
At least they brought her back at the very beginning of the competition, before anyone was sent home. It always annoys me when they bring someone back for some surprise twist halfway through the season, giving them a huge unfair advantage.
At any rate, welcome back Cynthia!
This week, the queens had to bring it on as cheerleaders. They were split up into two teams: one team was cheering for RuPaul and the other team was cheering for the B52s.
… or something. I don’t know. The challenge was a little strange, frankly, especially since they weren’t judged as teams, but as individuals. So what was the point? Either way, it was clear that Valentina (the queen who was stupidly picked last, because apparently everyone had crack for breakfast that morning) was the star of that show:
She was gorgeous (as usual) and completely in character the entire time. Not since Violet Chachki have I been this enamored of a queen so quickly. I just think Valentina is stunningly beautiful and fierce as hell.
The runway challenge this week was White Party Realness, ans Valentina was perfection:
…which is why I got so annoyed that Michelle Visage criticized her shoes. Valentina was the winner this week, though, so I suppose all is right in the world.
As the for the other queens…
I liked this look, and I like Eureka.
I fear I won’t have much more to say about many of the queens. They are all bringing really high-quality looks to the runway this season. I have a sinking feeling it’s going to be difficult for me to bitch or or offer biting critiques if they continue to look so good week after week.
Okay, this I did not like or get. Who invited Hannibal Lecter to the white party?
Loved it. Jaymes Mansfield should take note of this look. This is how you make Old Hollywood glamour feel modern and fresh.
So yeah, let’s get back to Jaymes:
That is some tired-ass drag. Deservedly placed in the bottom 2.
I guess this is fine, if a little underwhelming.
Michelle criticized this too, saying the whole “future of drag” thing had been done, but I really liked this. I thought it was fun and sexy. Her body looked sick in this outfit, and who cares if the whole “alien drag queen” thing has been done, as long as it’s done well?!
It’s a little too much look, I think. I know that in the world of drag, more is more, but I think Peppermint should have taken a page from Coco Chanel’s book and removed some element from this look before getting on the runway. I like the idea behind it, though. Elvis goes to the white party is pretty fun.
This was also kinda fun. Madonna meets Barbarella. What’s not to love?
Did she not understand what it means to dress for the WHITE party? How can she think it’s okay to wear gold gloves and a blue bra? It has always been a pet-peeve of mine when contestants on these reality shows disregard the assignment and do whatever they want with no consequences. I’m glad Kimora was in the bottom 2 along with Jaymes. People need to learn to follow directions.
In other news, I found Kimora to be hilarious this week. I know she was being a whiny bitch about working, but when she said “What are bloomers? They sound disgusting.” I lost it laughing.
This is what Vegas showgirl drag looks like. Why couldn’t she have done this last week?
The girl may be annoying, but she is pretty to look at.
Charlie did not do a good job of playing a boozy cheerleader. I was disappointed in her acting skills. This runway look, though, is heavenly, ice queen realness.
I want to like Alexis more than I do because she is a musical theater queen, but I just find her highly forgettable. I literally forget that she exists when I run down these episodes. She needs to do more to make herself stand out or I predict she will be one of the next ones to go home.
Ultimately, I completely agreed with the judging this week. Valentina deserved to win and Jaymes deserved to go home. That kind of cosmic justice is rare in reality television, so I will try to enjoy it while it lasts.