RuPaul’s Drag Race got wild last night when the contestants had to face-off in a talk show-styled comedy challenge, then bring out their best “diamonds and denim” looks. And while a struggling queen rose to the top, two early frontrunners fell hard.
Monét X Change started this ep shook. Not only has she seen two of her fellow New York queens get sent home back to back (Yuhua Hamasaki then Dusty Ray Bottoms), but also she had to face off against Dusty in the bottom two. Monét started off strong with a win in the season premiere’s mini-challenge. But she hasn’t stepped her pussy up when it comes to the runway. And she somehow got her scene snatched by Kameron Michaels in the “Bossy Rossy Show” challenge.
Early on, Kameron’s fashion was leaving me cold. And in the comedy commercial challenge, she fell woefully flat. But something’s lit a fire under this Tennessee queen, and she was giving her all, sniffing tuck panties and groaning on that stage. Monét wasn’t just surprised by her partner’s A-Game, she lost to it.
Meanwhile, Monique Heart and Blair St. Clair got prickly with a cactus.
The Vixen set out to sabotage Eureka and Aquaria by pairing these two pugnacious queens. Then to add shade to injury, she and Asia O’Hara aimed to mock the Aquaria/Miz Cracker feud in their skit.
But this twinsies act was double trouble, bumping The Vixen to the bottom three. If it weren’t for her rocking the runway in a denim mermaid look that the judges loved (for whatever reason), she’d have been learning Shania Twain lyrics in a hurry. And Vixen’s plan to vex her workroom foes didn’t even work! Aquaria pleasantly surprised judge Ross Matthews. And Eureka, rocking her big, sexy baby schtick and paisley catsuit, won her the day.
Though props to runner-up, Miz Cracker for busting out Pickle Rick drag.
Was anyone else disappointed in the runway this week? I was digging Asia’s Beyond Thunderdome fantasy. But beyond that, there wasn’t much in looks that elated me.
Though props to Cracker for transforming from glamorous to goofy with this jaunty character.
After getting outshone by their scene partners, Monét and Mayhem faced off in the lipsync. And I’m realizing now I didn’t mention Mayhem Miller anywhere else in this recap, which should tell you all you need to know about her performance this week.
Outside the show, Mayhem has a career that intimidated the other queens out the gate. She’s sisters with several Drag Race alumni. And she conquered the first main challenge of the season. But since then, it’s been a bumpy ride with Mayhem going from totally outrageous to woefully outshined. And while she tried to show her star power by committing to the cowgirl fun of her pink denim dress, Monét bested her by breaking out a series of gimmicks, including stripping, hairspray props, and the fourth wig under wig reveal of the ep.
🎶 We’re going out tonight, we’re feeling alright. 🎶 @monetxchange @TheOnlyMayhem @rupaul @michellevisage @CarsonKressley @ShaniaTwain @carriepreston @rupaulsdragrace #DragRace pic.twitter.com/1D1unphbaI— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) April 20, 2018
I know Team Shangela loves a gimmick lipsync. But there are times when it feels desperate instead of inventive. And this was no Sasha Velour finale moment. Still, it was enough to win whoops of approval from RuPaul, along with the coveted “Shantay, you stay.” So, Miller packed up her pink peplum and sashayed away.
Next week, the queens will have to create their own Drag Con panel. And the extra special guest judges will be KUMAIL and Emily V. Gordon! Expect it to be Big Sickening.