Before I really dive into this episode, I just wanted to say one thing about Ms. Michelle Visage…
Bitch stole my look!
In all seriousness, she made a FIERCE Evil Queen. Props to her.
Okay, can I just say that I was a little disappointed that nobody tried to pull off any Disney Princess realness? Maybe that would have come across as too obvious, but I wanted to see Snow White and Cinderella throwing shade.
And why did so many of the queens choose to be an underwater princess? This felt like the Madonna challenge from last season where everyone went as Asian Madonna. Very disappointing, and a little strange.
The challenge this week was to create a princess look. The queens had to sew their own costumes, create a backstory for their princesses, and create a sassy CGI sidekick.
Let’s get to the critiques!
I don’t think you deserved to win this week…
I suppose Trinity had the best of the underwater looks, but she wasn’t the best of the bunch by far. I know the judges can’t reward Valentina EVERY week, but there were at least two other queens who had looks far superior to this one.
Can we just go ahead and give Valentina the crown now?
By the way, for the record, I don’t remember any of their backstories and their sidekicks were all highly forgettable to me. However, all that aside, Valentina continues to fascinate me. This look is Tinkerbell meets Elsa and I love everything about it.
A little underwhelming…
She had one of the better sidekicks, but I still think this look is lacking in overall fabulousness.
I apologize for the quality of some of these photos. The pink lighting doesn’t really do me any favors when I’m trying to capture the moment…
I really liked Peppermint’s look. She looks like a strong and powerful warrior princess diva. The flame-inspired sidekick was cool too. Peppermint’s look was one of my favorites.
Princess Aquaria, huh? Another highly forgettable underwater look. Again, sorry about the bad photo…
Not sure what the ballerina sidekick had to do with anything.
Okay, I know I have not been the biggest Nina advocate up to this point, but this look was outstanding. Creating an alien princess was such a great idea! And this is the best make up I’ve seen her do so far this season. Kudos.
She’s got a decent sidekick, too. Nina should have been in the top 3. Seriously, this look is sick.
Dull dull dull dull dull dull dull
How the hell does Farrah come into season 9 of RPDR and not know how to sew?! Any fan of the show knows that there are certain staples that can expected: there will be at least one challenge where you have to sew, there will be at least one challenge where you have to sing and/or dance, and you’d better have your impersonation ready for Snatch Game. I have no sympathy for a queen who waltzes in and whines about not knowing how to use a hot glue gun, much less a needle and thread. Eureka had much more patience for Farrah’s crap than I would have.
A sewer princess?
I feel like some of these queens try so hard to be edgy that they end up just being ridiculous. What’s so bad about being a pretty drag queen? As Valentina proves time and time again, you can be pretty and still be interesting. Not every queen has to be Sharon Needles, you know? Eureka is good, but this look was not her best effort.
This is okay.
Based on her sidekick, I’m thinking that Charlie should impersonate Sally Jesse Raphael in Snatch Game.
Once again, I almost forgot about Alexis Michelle completely.
Princess Subway Fish, huh? Another highly forgettable underwater look.
Sorta pretty, and the closest thing on the runway to a classic Disney princess and her furry sidekick…
Two things about Cynthia…
1. I really enjoyed her story about the origins of the word Cucu. Apparently, she wasn’t allowed to swear in her house as a child, so when she said culo, she got a chancletaso. So one day, instead of saying culo, she improvised and said cucu. The funny thing is, I have a similar story from my childhood (without the chancetaso…), but my little code word for butt was cucuso.
2. How heart-breaking was her Pulse nightclub story?! Cynthia was supposed to perform at Pulse on the night of the shooting. One of her friends (Martin Benitez Torres) went to Pulse specifically to see her perform. He called her asking where she was, and even though Cynthia was not there, he decided to stay. He was shot and killed that night. I can’t even imagine how Cynthia must have felt.
It’s moments that this one that remind me how important RPDR is in our culture. Yes, it’s often silly and campy, but it also serves to tell these important stories that need to be heard. As Sasha Velour said: “What happened in Orlando at Pulse nightclub was a defining and shocking moment for gay people, and the fact that it was an act of violence against LGBT people of color is not insignificant here. It’s so important as queer entertainers to lead the way. We need to come together and be proudly, visibly queer. You can’t move backwards. We need to stay strong.”
Can I get an AMEN?
Okay, now for the bottom two queens…
I didn’t understand any of it. Aja is a princess whose sidekick is a puff of cigarette smoke? And why is she wearing chaps? Her performance this week truly fit her princess’s name.
Kimorah was going for a Tarzan, King of the Jungle thing with her Princess Banana Lady, but it came across as extremely lame.
And her monkey sidekick was stupid.
WTF was up with her tearful sob story to the judges? She shed tears over padding? She is insanely out of touch with reality.
And when it came time to lip sync for her life, SHE DID NOT KNOW THE WORDS!!!!!!!!
That was one of the saddest performances I’ve ever seen. She was half-assing her way through the competition and it was time for her to go home. This is season 9; these girls should know that they can’t get very far just resting on pretty.