Pre Show Musings!
Hello, hello, hello ladies and gays!
The Top Five: Sasha, Shea, Alexis, Trinity, and Peppermint. Cue: “one of these things is not like the other”
We all know Miss Congeniality relies on our votes. Voting closes the 8th of June so, use your voices wisely, ladies and gays!!
In the Workroom
Because everyone loves a puppet, the girls have to shade their competitors using… Puppets! Shea as Peppermint, Trinity as Shea, Alexis as Sasha, Peppermint as Alexis, and Sasha as Trinity. Everyone got good laughs except… Alexis. Hopefully it’s just editing because, if not, all the other girls are making it clear they think she’s not worth being there. And, the winner is.. Sasha!!
As a herstory for all the young’ns, Ru announces that “We’re throwing the #GayestBallEver”. Ru always references the iconic gay documentary, Paris is Burning, about the drag lifestyle in New York City and now the girls can bring it to life with their own ballz.
There are three runway categories required this week.
- Rainbow-She-Betta-Do (Looks inspired by the rainbow flag)
- Sexy Unicorn (A… sexy unicorn look)
- Village People Eleganza Extravaganza (Pick one of the five Village People)
Overheard in the workroom
The workroom this week has taken on a new level of petty shadiness. I would expect nothing less and want more and more. We are down to the Top 5, and I want to know what they’re all thinking about each other. I would rather the reunion finale to be so awkward for these queens. My favorite shady duo would be Trinity and Peppermint, who decided to come for one another:
Trinity: Peppermint has… a nice personality…” and that’s it. OK. Is this editing? And, is this really what someone say next to
Peppermint: (paraphrased) Sasha puts a lot of thought into her drag. Which can be an advantage, but also it can be a disadvantage.
And, Alexis coins “Tur-kwahz” (Turquoise) as well as “Sasha’s rainbow look is very pedestrian.”
Ru also announces that the girls will have to perform an opening number featuring ribbons and rhythmic gymnastics. Because she won the mini challenge, Sasha choreographs.
I’m not really sure what to expect. Because, choreographing a solo number for a trained dancer is hard enough. Having to be in charge of a group of five has got to be terrifyingly difficult. And, Sasha looks like she’s having a bit of a rough time. Shea and Alexis try to overpower her with suggestions. But, it makes the situation very tense.
Alexis: My ideas are just.. pushed to the side.
Shea: I see the claws coming out.
Sasha (to Shea): You straight up talked over me several times.
Sasha as the leader is too nice. But, she’s not very authoritative, which Alexis likes to highlight: “I’m just glad it wasn’t any longer”
Runway Elimination Day
Guest judges are: Andie Macdowell and Joan Smalls
Scribbles and Judges critiques (Group Number and Runway Looks)
The rhythmic gymnastics group ribbon event is exactly what I thought it’d be: terrible but hilarious. But, the girls- specifically Alexis, look like they’re having a ball up there. Props to Ms. Sasha for somehow putting that all together. Because there were some great stage “pictures” created, and the judges think it is adorable and politely laugh throughout the routine.
- Belts wrapped around her. Carson: (This is a) miss for me.
- A hilarious My Little Pony recreation. Andie: Wasn’t my favorite Ru: But she sold the f*** out of it.
- Strong leather policeman look.
- a nod to the Wizard of Oz. She wore a mini house on her head. Michelle: Flawless.
- Not my favorite look… it didn’t evoke My Little Pony. Carson: Medieval tapestries.
- I don’t love her all – red “Cowboy” look because I wouldn’t have gotten the reference. Carson: She’s chic as F****
As the choreographer of the opening number, she is given props for her work by Michelle for making it all come together.
Before seeing her finished looks, I assumed all of her looks would be very… literal. And…
- She wore a literal pride flag.
- Literal Pony costume. Andie: liked it something childlike about it
- Alexis feels: “Current, Chic, and I feel like a million dollars.” She also tells the judges she almost went blind sewing and bedazzling her bodice. But, it just doesn’t really look high fashion… or finished. Joan: I could all ready find that (in stores).
- Graffiti drag. Ru: NOT A RAINBOW DRESS. Michelle: Not one color of the rainbow.
- Shea: “Call me Neigh Coulee.” These pony get ups are ridiculous.
- High Fashion! Joan says she’d wear that.
RU: She came here to compete. And she does not disappoint (except for her non-rainbow colored rainbow dress. OOPS.)
- “Classic beauty with a classic booty.” Love the French Revolution-esque feel. I don’t get why Trinity and the other queens hate on her aesthetic. When she looks good, and isn’t wearing a pink, ill-fitting mini skirt… She’s gorgeous!!
- Pony look is fine.
- Too heavy on the lower face contour imho. but the judges disagree Joan: Empowering C.K.: You can tell She was living.
Ru asks the dreaded question: “Who deserves to go home tonight?”
Shea says Alexis
Sasha says Alexis
At this point, a betrayed Alexis laments: “They had nothing to say about it in the workroom.”
uhm: like, what did you think? It’s a competition. And, you can’t save basic…
Alexis keeps her cool on the mainstage by not retaliating… And, dejectedly suggests Peppermint.
Trinity says Peppermint because she doesn’t pay attention to detail. But, I think it’s because she’s a little jealous, right? Peppermint is a great personality and a drag legend.
Peppermint throws it back at Trinity, by suggesting her. She says Trinity is her biggest competition.
Sasha and Shea. However, Shea wins!! Going into the Top 4, Shea is “feeling invincible.”
Trinity is safe. Alexis: “Frankly, what I’m wearing…” I stopped listening. She just isn’t able to really look at her work with a critical eye. I know she has that critical eye because she constantly reads and critiques the other girls. I love it. But, she needs to be able to analyze her own work just as harshly. Because, girl, she just looks really crazy and unaware of herself.
imho: She’s this season’s Phi Phi O’Hara.
Peppermint is also chosen to lip sync.
Alexis and Peppermint are pitted against each other lip syncing the Village People’s “Macho Man.” Both put on a good performance, but there’s no question. As the dust settles, Ru chooses Peppermint to stay, and Alexis hears the two darkest words a Drag Race contestant can hear: Sashay away.
Alexis’ parting words are “Grieve me, my girls.” I’ll squeeze out some crocodile tears for you, girl.
I wasn’t surprised and, in fact, really needed this to happen. She had outstayed her welcome by a few episodes.
The Aftermath: One Week Later
VH1 aired episode 9 beforehand and I’m still flabbergasted. Valentina was supposed to win it all. She was supposed to overtake Shea, and prove all these bitches that being new to drag doesn’t mean being busted. She certainly is about as put together as the rest of the remaining queens, but she truly did fuck it up last week. Valentina’s lack of preparation for the lip sync speaks volumes- “I’m pretty, I’m staying.” Valentina: “I never imagined this was the way it was to going end.”
Even though it’s Valentina, and I am forever obsessed, I know Ru was the right decision sending her home. You know a few things coming into drag race as a contestant- there’s gonna be snatch fame, you have to sew (or at least construct) outfits and you will have to lip sync. Also, the whole of episode 9 was pretty awful.
So… With Valentina out… Who does everybody think is in the Top 3? For me, there’s such a clear divide the between good and bad of this season that I’m almost over watching this season ’til the semi-finals. What other shenanigans are there to be had in one season?
imho: Shea, Trinity, and Sasha are the clear leaders at this point. They win the challenges, they bring energy, and they are stylish fish. On the other hand, from the girls left, Peppermint has really grown on me and grown as a performer during the competition. I don’t think she’ll end up Top 3 but if she did she’d replace Sasha. Nina and Alexis are lucky. Alexis because… well, I just don’t think she’s at the same level as the other girls and Nina because she literally isn’t worth the energy it takes to make her feel good.
In The Workroom
OK, so it’s 7pm and this is really the start of the episode. I am at JR’s with my gays, and we’re all really wondering what the other queens are going to say about Valentina… Their interviews prior to Valentina’s elimination are rough. Of course they were. They were so jealous of that baby drag superstar. Surprisingly, they’re all just as shocked as we are. But, there’s no real time to dwell on Val’s departure because Nina literally sucks the empathetic energy out of the room. She feels horrible for sending Valentina home, and feels like she probably was the one who deserved to go.
imho: I mean, I get it… We all do… It’s her self doubt manifesting itself in these really self deprecating comments she likes to state as fact. But, this is also a com-pe-ti-tion. Even Alexis and Farrah had heaps more confidence. If you can’t love yourself… how in the hell are you gonna love anybody else, right? Oh. Also. It’s episode 10… There are only 5 other girls left. C’mon… Oh, and from the way it’s edited anyway… She is belligerent about vocalizing her paranoia “let me finish before you curse me out…” so it all seems just a little manipulative. Girl, tell me what happened in Atlanta? I want to know why you hurt so.
The other girls try to root for her until Peppermint abruptly ends the conversation and walks away. “I need to make you feel good because you did a great job?” It doesn’t make sense. Sasha chimes in: “This is not group therapy. We cannot fight for her.” And, Ms. Trinity, always concise: “She needs to go home… I’m over it.”
You’re on your own, Nina Bo’Nina Brown Kennedy Onassis.
Maxi Challenge #RuCrewMakeovers
Another episode senza Mini Challenge (sigh…) but, I love Ru’s grape vine suit that he wears to announce the Maxi. The girls are going to makeover the PA’s of the show! #RuCrewMakeovers
Because they won the previous challenge, Shea and Sasha pair up the queens and the PAs.
Peppermint + Sarge (stocky, very sassy)
Sarge: “I love document these life stories.” Hes open. Here’s sassy. Ru seems to love him.
Nina + Aaron
Nina wants to bring out both of their artistic sides. However, despite actual sewing skill and knowledge, she wants to create their outfits by… sewing them. (Trinity: This is not the time to learn to sew) Shea, despite their beef, decides to help as much as she can because she knows this is a little beyond Nina’s comfort level... Nina wants to do more prosthetics- White Rabbit themed looks. HMM. Aaron tells Nina she’s jeopardizing yourself. “have you always been this way growing up?”
Trinity + Rizzo
She’s so nasty! “how do you feel about tucking?” Her number one is a FIERCE TUCK. WITH DUCT TAPE. They’re both really cute and acting silly. Ru remarks about how she’s proud that Trinity, despite being a pageant queen, was able to teach and engage a non-drag gay in drag.
Alexis + Brady
Hes straight but has learned about that drag is more than just a dude in a dress. It’s cute, actually. There’s “Comedic drag… Runway drag… Fish!” which elicits the coveted giggles from Ru. But, he’s partnered with Alexis… We’ll see.
Shea + Josh
Shea chose Josh for the family resemblance. However, Josh cannot walk in heels. Like… Not at all. Trinity asks, “Have you ever seen a dog walk in snow?” Which… is not far from the truth.
Sasha + Duncan
Handpicked for herself because she wants to bring out the playful side of this brave daddy. Ooh. But, Duncan does warn her not to over intellectualize things. But, Duncan also seems very happy to be paired with Sasha: “Duncan’s feeling the fantasy” as he examines his face with a Little Mermaid red wig. It’s adorable.
As a duet, a lip sync to Ru’s “Click Clack” must be prepared.
legitimate question: do you think Ru added that little bit in after last episode? Like a warning: “Bitches, you better not any parts of your c.u.n.t. and you better remember the basics.”
This is the BEST Mama Ru has looked all season. A one-of-a-kind hand painted gown by guest judge, Zaldy. What is this look? It’s really quite breathtaking. The Japanese on the gown is a collection of Drag Race sayings. Worthy of a spot at the Met Gala…
The judges this episode are Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, Zaldy and America’s favorite, Kesha.
Challenge Execution + Judges’ Critiques (Scribbles)
Trinity and her sister, Glittafa Dayz Ru is impressed that Trinity really took Glittafa under her wing, and taught her sister so well. They are adorable. And, showing a lot of ass in their swimsuits… illuminating their immaculate tucks. Glittafa: “The Pain is real.” They look like they’re having fun lip syncing to Click Clack.
Shea and Bae Coulee: while Kesha says it’s “old Hollywood glam”, Michelle says it reads more “star sister and the other sister” yikes. Throughout the runway and the lipsync, it’s actually a bit a of a mess. Bae’s wig was all over the place on her face. But, Bae also says Shea did great. Gotta get support from your sisters if anything…
Oh, no… Shea underwhelmed.
Alexis + Ry Anne Stardust: MADE HER LOOK LIKE THE OLD SISTER. Ru “the nails scream I am a slut” which is about the nicest thing said about their performance… Zaldy “Halloween costume in a bag” and “unfresh“. Ross says “she should go” is anyone else thinking that Ry Anne’s hair and jumpsuit was all ready worn in a previous episode? #clockable
Nina +Ariana as Bunny Rabbits
Ru:”A family that drags together slays together”, but, all of them think there’s a huge disconnect within the whole look. It’s not particularly thought out, or very clean. Ross is hopeful that she’ll “bring it at a 10” while Michelle is no longer charmed- “I’m done with it” Kesha “the ears look like they’ve been rained on” I think it’s a little sloppy… And, you can’t do camp/prosthetic drag sloppily because it ruins the whole illusion.
Sasha + DONATELLA VELOUR.
They look like sisters because of those iconic eyebrows. Kesha: so high fashion. Zaldy loves it and Ross comments on how Sasha’s finally having fun in the competition and letting loose. She did look more relaxed. During the lip sync, she had fun! But, can she do a “sexy” lip sync haha?
Peppermint +Winter Green. Feeling their fantasea even though I hate the outfits. Michelle “the outfits clash but I don’t care. You should thank Winter Green.”Ru says Winter Green is the MVP of the episode. She made Peppermint look better- Ross says: “Peppermint better be kissing feet.”
sidenote: Completely forgot about Valentina by now. You? The show did, surprisingly go on! And, it’s better than before. We fans have a lot of love to give, but we’re fickle as fuck.
Trinity wins! I think it was close between Trinity and Peppermint. But, the judges like what Winter Green, or Sarge did with Peppermint’s drag and not how Peppermint transformed Sarge.
Sasha is safe.
At the bottom: Alexis, Nina, and Shea.
Nina looks annoyed. But, she has to lip sync… And, I booed the screen when they announced it was Shea against her. Alexis should thank her lucky stars for one more week. However, when Demi’s Cool of The Summer track begins, and they’re lip syncing. They’re both kind of boring. I’m thinking “oh.. is Ru going to say that neither has the passion or drive to continue?” But, of the two, I guess Nina looks like she is more over it. At least, Shea is throwing in a few tricks… Just not very exciting tricks for this song.
In the end, Nina gets her wish to be eliminated…
imho: Ru needs to make an announcement. Do NOT throw these lip syncs. Such expensive douchebaggery. Just save the performance fee and walk off the stage.
Hello hello hello, ladies and gays!
Last episode we lost Aja in a tragic but fierce lip sync against Nina Bo’Nina Brown Rodham Clinton. It was simply her time. But, now… it’s Farrah’s time. If it’s not this episode I just can’t watch anymore. Keep reading to see if that’s a spoiler.
“If you haven’t won a challenge… Why Are You Here?”
It’s a fair question posed by Peppermint. Back in the workroom, the girls keep score. Let’s see. Shea and Trinity are in the lead tied with the most wins- 2 each. On the other end of the spectrum, tied with 0 wins are Peppermint and Farrah.
Reading Is Fundamental
The Mini Challenge is the baby version of the roast (the queens don’t know that at this point, though). It happens every season- The Reading Challenge. Because reading is what? (beat) fundamental! Where the divide between shady and mean become blurred and everybody has to have a thick skin. But, not “thick skin” like the way all the queens keep reading Alexis for. I’m kidding, Alexis!
please note: Alexis Michelle is not fat, y’bitches. As the world’s first and only @Petiteplussizedmalesupermodel, I actually commiserate with her self consciousness (which, yes, annoys me). And all of the other queens are so skinny. It must be hard to be the biggest girl by default.
Sasha: I’m always nervous because she prides herself in being so prim and proper… and not funny. But, her character really lends itself to her shade here. Good!
Peppermint: She must be good at public speaking during her shows. She has a really great rhythm to her reads. I don’t feel uncomfortable for her reads.
Valentina: Of course, Valentina gets the most airtime!! Ru shows the majority of her reads. She does make a fat joke about Alexis.
Nina: BMW Body Made Wrong toward Alexis.
Farrah: another fat joke. She’s the last, and she runs over to hug Alexis. But, Alexis is not accepting.
Alexis is really miffed about the fat jokes. She is visibly pissed.
Valentina wins the Reading Challenge. Yay!
MAXI CHALLENGE: THE RUPAUL ROAST
Ru announces the Maxi Challenge!! We all know from the preview that it is the #RuPaulRoast. But, the Guest or Honor is Michelle Visage! I love it. What a great way to honor Ru’s right hand woman.
Mini Challenge winner, Valentina gets to choose the order of the roast.
I volunteer as tribute
Alexis is salted from the mini challenge: “I just would have preferred to not deal with body image.” But, she still suggests she go first or last due to the high pressured nature of the position. This is where Alexis loses me. She so wants to be seen as first pick and leader of the pack when her track record just doesn’t hold up. And, I so want her to fill that position because of her Broadway love. But, I’m also thinking a roast is right up her alley…
In The Work Room
This is a tough challenge. How do you prepare for a roast? For one of your judges… At least with someone like Momma Visage you know she’d want the savage factor turned all the way up. Then, for some of the… less funny queens, how do you make it funny?
Nina: “Aja may have been lucky to get out of here…”
The mentoring session is with Ru and Ross Matthews. I was hoping there’d be a coaching session or at least a rehearsal on stage… but, I guess the budget didn’t allow.
Valentina says she can’t do it but we all know she can! The other queens are still not convinced of her perfection. Shea: “Guadalupe isnt going to write those jokes for you.”
about shea: No shade, no tea, no facts to back this up… But, I think Shea is going to win this season. Or, at least top 3. I’m on her side. She’s gorgeous. She’s funny. She can dance. And, the producers obviously love her because she’s about half of the sound bites per episode. But, I also low key hate her because she seems to really think Valentina is not at her level. You’re wrong for it, Shady Shea! You know you are!
Alexis admits to Ru that she’s “disappointed” because it seems all her sisters couldn’t come up with reading material not dealing with her weight. She has had self image issues which she’s revealed to the girls, so it’s a low blow…
Ru’s not really having it.
This isn’t RuPaul’s Best Friends Race!
Do you think Ru had seen all the raw footage at this point? Alexis says some cra-a-a-azy things about herself and her competitors virtually every episode. So, I’m sure it was very surprising to see that she couldn’t handle being read. I mean, I kind of think the sensitive subject of weight was the nicer topics they could’ve brought up. Off the top of my head I can think of 4 other clockable things about Alexis. One of them being her ego.
Ru poses the thought on everybody’s mind: “You think it’s ok to make fun of other people but, not make fun of you.”
R.I.P. I can’t believe Ru said that. But, I’m glad she did!
Ross tells Farrah to make it work. Basically telling her to make her “personality” work in the challenge. Ru: “You might come on the bottom.” #Phrasing
Peppermint: both Ru and Ross warn her that she’s missed the mark every acting challenge. She has to do well in this one.
Sasha: Serious and Analytical drag. I didn’t know that was a thing. I’ve kinda fallen out of love with Sasha but she’s growing on me. “Make sure you make us laugh.”
In The Workroom
I’m beginning to zone out during this part of the episode. These stories VH1 is force feeding us. They sometimes enhance the story. Typically, one of the queens will tell a story that relates to a hot topic issue within the LGBTQIA community. Sometimes, however, these stories are simply shoved into this part of the show because it’s… that part of the show. It’s a bit formulaic, VH1… And, tonight… on first viewing I was so annoyed that I knew they’d do this segment I didn’t watch.
I forced myself the second time. Sasha lived in Russia off and on for 2 years. So, she couldn’t do drag. Peppermint had to de-wig to prove her identity at a Russian airport holding center because her passport photo is her in boy drag, and she presents herself as a woman.
THERE’S NO RUNWAY THEME THIS EPISODE. Gross.
I like Ru’s wrapping paper dress, and her Dolly Parton wig is everything.T
Guest Judges are Tamar Baxton and Fortune Feimster
Michelle looks genuinely surprised and honored to be the Guest of Honor. I love her!
These are my scribbles.
Shea opens he show with ZINGERS. Good energy. Sets up vibe well.
SASHA IS GOOD. They show a lot of her segment. And her Ladies Who Lunch vibe is killing it with the audience. Also, that chapeau is everything.
Valentina goes there. Tells Ross she wants a hamster version of him shoved up her ass.
Trinity comes out in trailer trash drag and a large tooth gap. Ends with a poop joke.
Farrah actually makes the audience groan. So… We all know now, right? Farrah’s not good. Isn’t this… proof? She relies on pretty! She’s sighing after every joke.
PEPPERMINT MAKES TAMAR SCREAM. SHE IS GOOD. What “experience” are you lacking, again? She looks gorgeous, too.
NINA is doing great aunt drag. This bitch painted on glasses. Makes Tamar laugh.
Alexis closes the show. I couldn’t watch. I could barely listen. Not one joke lands. 😦 And she’s painted green. Is she Elphaba?
Tops and Bottoms
The safe queens are Shea, Valentina and Nina!!
Sasha: All the judges gush over her performance. And, it’s true. She made “serious” really entertaining.
Trinity is called out for not ever looking comfortable, which she attributes to the Botox.
Farrah: Michelle tries to be nice, but Ross: “I would call it fucked up.” Because she didn’t commit to any one direction or character.
Peppermint: They gush. Ross: “You brought the energy.” Tamar says she was amazing.
Alexis: Michelle is savage! “I literally forgot there’s was an audience here. They were so quiet.” I love it. It just didn’t work at all.
Sasha: Tamar “she was smart about being smart.”
Trinity: Fortune “The Father, Son and Holy Ghost were not with Trinity.”
Farrah: The judges come to the concensus (finally) that “she doesn’t know who he is.” And I LOVE that Tamar agrees with “Not at all.”
Peppermint: Tamar “She was the highlight of my night.”
Alexis: Tamar hates her green paint! “Who in the hell left the gate open” HAHAHA and Ross shows he drew a of a bomb for his notes on her performance. Savage!
PEPPERMINT wins her first challenge!
THE LIP SYNC
Ru tells Farrah she made us Moan for all the wrong reasons.
Alexis will lip sync against her.
At the beginning, I think it’s obvious. But, as it goes along, I think Ru must’ve suddenly been thinking “Oh, God… This is close…” But, then Alexis did a running split slide and I think the competition was over.
Alexis stays. She looks shaken. Which means one of two things, she’s either reached the end of her rope or she’s going to be reborn like a Nina Bo’Nina Pheonixes Rise Out Of The Ashes Brown.
Hello hello hello, ladies and gays!
Before I go any further… I know it’s not just me based on social media alone.
This season is… lackluster. Maybe it’s the transition to VH1. Maybe the challenges are too hard to execute at a high level. Maybe there’s too much emphasis on these contestant’s stories instead of their c/u/n/t. Maybe maybe maybe… everyone should step their pussy game up. C’mon producers!!
Me, me me me meeee
So… Alexis won last week’s challenge. Yay. I feel for the competitors because I know that boy. Alexis (‘Alex’ out of drag) is a musical theatre queen. Nothing wrong with that- I love musicals. She’s just annoying about it.
The Cucu has now been replaced with Trinity.
Brand New Day In The Workroom
This week, Ru says, the girls will be tackling the craft of acting! Diction and Conviction are required to succeed. The girls will film an episode of #9021HO with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth as their co-directors.
Now, you look like a bitch… playing a bitch.
Because she performed such a sickening lip sync last week, Peppermint gets to cast the show. She’s trying to be nice by allowing feedback… but you can’t please them all. Aja wants to play the Tiffani Amber Thiessen (“She who will not be named” says Tori Spelling lol) bitchy character- it speaks to her. So she obviously throws a fit when she’s cast as Grandrea Zuckerwoman. Alexis tells her: “You got to grow up and accept the challenge grow up and accept the challenge.” OOH!
side note: these are the moments I love Alexis Michelle. Because, at least her confidence isn’t an act for the interviews. She’s bold to the other queens! She’s still confident about her own abilities, though.
Everyone is over taking time for Aja’s hissy fit, so Peppermint gives Aja the role she wants and Shea graciously accepts Grandrea Zuckerman. Aja, Aja, Aja… You really gave up such a big and juicy part for a character that shows up at the very end of the show.
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth from the original Beverly Hills 90210 are here to direct the girls! The guest stars are pretty amazing this season, I will say.
Tori and Jennie “ahct” for the girls. And, if it’s any indication of what to expect… it’s gonna be terrible. And amazing. Their scena ends with both of them delivering stage slaps that obviously cleared the other’s face while still bringing energy.
Shea is clearly comfortable and ready to slay. As a permanently pregnant and prematurely old Grandrea Zuckerwoman, she channels drabbiness while still bringing it. I mean, her drag is uuuugly (as it should be for this character) and it’s a nice surprise to get from a Glamazon. Why did Aja not want this role, again?
I think Nina is so talented and beautiful that I forgive a lot of her tortured artist persona on the show. But, so much of the silliness she brings to her runway looks with that amazing breast plate is lost in this challenge. She seems nervous and she’s racing through her dialogue. When Jennie Garth encourages her to enunciate, she looks angry. Under her breath Nina mutters, “I understand what’s going on…” And, as she walks away, Tori tells Jennie: “She hates you.”
I’ll bet she does haha. But, this can’t be Nina’s storyline. Please, let loose and calm down, Nina… for your fans!! Crossing fingers for the next episode.
Trinity was great playing the mom character. She channels Amy Poehler in Mean Girls. And makes Farrah Moan, playing her daughter, look better than she is.
Valentina looks beautiful and has a Snow White-inspired scene with Alexis (playing her reflection in the mirror). “We really believe you’re sweet and innocent.”- Jennie Garth.
Aja: “I genuinely feel stupid. I need to ace this shit.”
It’s Aja’s turn! She finally makes an appearance in the Prom scene. She and Peppermint’s share a tongue- filled kiss that’s mostly uncomfortable to watch. Like most amateur porn.
Aja’s just not serving it in the Draguation scene, either… “Aja is… meh.”
side note: Tori is shady! She does not mind reacting ridiculously during the takes. How could anyone concentrate? I would be thrown for sure. She definitely raises the stakes lol
Elimination Day in the Work Room Conversations
Today’s topics include:
Trinity Taylor being raised by grandparents, because her mother had complications from HIV and was overall unfit to care for a child. Trinity admits that she quit high school at 16 to care for her grandmother who had cancer.
The conversation segues to Shea. She and her father had been distant, due to her being a drag queen. But, when he realized he was dying due to cancer he came back around. Shea admits: He was “way more accepting and loving than I gave him credit”
Sasha reveals that his mom got to see so little of his drag due to her cancer. His mother went bald through chemotherapy, and that’s why he performs drag bald now.
The Runway (Quick Notes)
Theme: Big Hair, Monstrous Hair, Hair Hair EVERYWHERE.
Valentina-a little boxy. But, the look’s great!
Farrah- Dolly Parton realness. She’s from Texas, so I expect no less. Dare I say, I like it?
Trinity- The look is very, very disco.
Sasha- She, of course, is rebelling. So her hair is a pointed Mohawk thing. Some people love it. I was kind of expecting it from her at this point.
Peppermint looks like she’s wearing only a slightly amped up wig. But, she does look like a Williams sister.
Nina is a lionness. Now, this is thinking out-of-the-box.
Shea looks amazing! I love the leotard. I love the hair. I love the face.
Alexis- Ursula-inspired look. Again with the BroadWAY.
Aja- I’m really, really into this look. I love an exoskeleton dress. And her platinum fro is cute! OK!!
The premiere of #90210 Quick Notes
Like always, I’m not expecting much more than good energy. I’m not that familiar with the original 90210, but I’ve seen a few episodes. It’s quintessential 90’s.
The opening credits with the actor montage is amazing. And, probably the best part of the whole episode.
Peppermint and Nina open the show as sisters. Peppermint is clearly the stronger actor of the two.
Valentina and Farrah play “the cool kids” and they’re cute.
Sasha is really awkard as the suicidal waitress. No jokes are landing.
Trinity is really good. She brings the energy and the silliness factor all the way back up. Like she steals every scene she enters. The judges like it too.
Ah! Alexis is the evil queen mirror reflection. I actually didn’t realize she was playing Valentina’s reflection until this finished product.
Valentina is an actress. She can hold a moment. She’s a lesson in just starting out drag and not looking like a mess at first. I wonder what her performance background is…
Aja comes in and… she’s flat. She’s not really mean. And, the judges aren’t really laughing.
Nina’s best line was to the camera at the end. “I’m going to play a witch. On Charmed.”
Aja’s kissing scene with Peppermint is short. And I think Aja should be thankful for editing here, because the best part of the kissing scene was its getting interrupted by Valentina’s entrance.
Flash forward to: Draguation
We have Aja’s big monologue. It’s just not on the same level as everyone else. She’s just reading the lines.
Farrah and Trinity enter as escapees from a cult and interrupt the monologue. Again, Trinity steals the scene.
Overall… I didn’t love this challenge.
Bottoms and Tops
The four safe queens are Farrah, Peppermint, and Alexis. They look relieved as they leave the runway.
The tops this week are obvious: Valentina, Trinity and Shea
Carson: I love this look
Jennie: You’re perfect
Me: I always love you.
Michelle: So much attitude. I know that girl. She slayed the house down.
Jennie and Tori: She looks so different from yesterday.
Ru: Making us laugh like you did. Never gets old.
Michelle: lick you right now
She was really good this episode. But, only because it was up against terrible, terrible competitors. She’s the one to beat, I think… Along with VALENTINA!
The bottoms‘ critiques aren’t as harsh as I thought. Two of them- Nina and Aja, I think, landed here due to a combination of their awkard acting and bad attitudes. And, Sasha is here due to her bad acting alone. It automatically should’ve put her a head above the other two.
Michelle: You didn’t let it go, completely
Ru: A lot of zingers in there that didn’t land
side note: I’ve really fallen out of love with her. My first blog, I said she’s going to be the best. But, wh
Michelle: Her acting was a little bit lost
Tori: “I couldn’t tell if she was angry or not.” Ru: “Oh, she was angry.”
Attitude. It’s killer… I still love her though.
Michelle: The best you ever look
but they call out the flatness of her character.
Ru asks about switch
“I just kinda freaked”
She wasn’t really mean and she wasn’t good.
Shea: Making us laugh like you did.
Trinity wins. Her second win. I believe Shea also has two wins under her belt. These are some of the overall tops of this season.
Aja and Nina lip sync.
Aja’s energy is just a little defeated and desperate. A question of interpretation. Her performance relies on that energy. She threw every trick in her repertoire but it’s just frenzied. Nina, however, is just performing. She didn’t need run around. She looks cool calm and collected. And, she’s able to a variety of moves while really showing she knows the words. This lipsync is one for the books.
In the end, Nina stays. Phew! But, I hope she can keep improving her attitude. I can’t imagine she’ll let Nina upset the guest stars for a third time…
So, my random predictions were entirely wrong. But, the challenge for next week is a roast! The roastee is not announced. Who could it be? Bianca del Rio? Probably someone who will read them right back. Hmm…
At the top has got to be Nina. And… Farrah (crossing fingers) will lose the lip sync against… Valentina!
Hello hello! It’s the first Monday of May, y’all. So, you know what that means?
The Annual Met Gala has arrived. Christians have Easter. The (non-fashion) gays have Pride. Texans have the Rodeo. And the East Coast and Fashion’s elite have The Met Gala AKA The Costume Institue Gala AKA The Met Ball.
I always love the themes. This year’s theme honors a living legend: Rei Kuwakubo and her design house, Comme des Garçons.
Perhaps because of her lack of formal fashion design education, her clothes are innovative, though, she told The New Yorker “I never intended to start a revolution.”
Start a revolution she did. And, the fashion world is forever thankful for it.
All the photos below are sourced from Vogue.
Enough said. I really want a ticket to this show.
I could listen to this song for hours on repeat