Hey Racers! As we get down to the nitty gritty of the competition, things have really started getting interesting. Thursday’s episode saw the queens battle it out in an Andy Warhol extravaganza! Inspired by his Campbell’s soup cans piece, this challenge is really all about expression and artistic flare. What this task achieves is a separation between those who know and understand their identity as an accomplished drag queen and those who well, don’t have a clue. Let’s get a recap of this week’s episode.
In my opinion, the person who particularly excelled in this challenge was Trixie Mattel. Last week must have given her a big wake up call because she has really upped her game. Just like her soup labelled Pep Abysmal, Trixie is inspired by the rainbows, little birdies, and the reemerging dark recesses of a rocky childhood. I was dying of laughter. Her runway also captivated the judges as she rocked a disco barbie eighties catsuit.
Shangela also impressed the judges with her Halleloops soup can design. However, her runway failed to keep her from the bottom two as her sewing skills let her down big time. She ended up prancing down the runway looking like a cheap Christmas tree. I get the impression that her immaculate performance last week in the snatch game gave her a lazy attitude this week. Maybe she got a bit too comfortable at the top.
One person who I least expected to do well in this challenge was BeBe Zahara Benet. Up until this point in the competition, I really haven’t seen anything from her that has really wowed me. It has always been sort of… well average. The judges this week had a different view entirely giving praise for her ZAZA Peanut Soup can which she describes as a homage to her home country, Cameroon.
I was particularly excited to see what BenDeLaCreme would pull out of the bag in this challenge. She has excelled in most tasks and has been in the top two almost every single week. However the judges were not gagging on her soup like we all expected. She actually did very well but I think the judges expected more from her. Like Ross Matthews said and I agree entirely, when you’re giving 120% every week and then you come out and you give 100%, the reaction is rather underwhelming. Regardless, she is safe to see another week (naturally).
And what can I say about Aja… I was so sad that she didn’t impress the judges this week as I really think she is a very talented young queen. Her Sugar Tits soup didn’t go down very well as it wasn’t really expressive enough of her style. During the judges critiques, she was also criticised on her runway. Her look didn’t scream disco queen and her knowledge of pop culture (or lack thereof) showed her up a little in front of Rupaul. Her performance earned her a spot in the bottom two against Shangela. Quite a contrast to her her performance in the Pop Art mini challenge which she won.
As BeBe won the lip-sync-for-your-legacy in a Diana Ross disco classic, it was naturally her decision as to who would sashay away this week. As I fully expected, she made the desision to give Aja the chop. Back in the werkroom, it was very clear in the one-on-one conversations that this would be the outcome. BeBe didn’t even give Aja the chance to plead her case. I think she knew that she would save Shangela as soon as she won the lip-sync.
As the episode draws to a close, an exciting twist occurred as we see three queens return for their revenge. These three queens’ identities have not yet been uncovered and we don’t know exactly how they plan to take out their revenge but I just cannot wait to find out next week!
Friday, 23rd February 2018