#1 Ginger Minj (avg 2, was #2, 2, 3, 4)
Ginger delivered another powerful week and did it without a single word of cattiness, as she seems to have realized it was an old defense mechanism booting up. Plus, her one major faux pas – her forehead – got tagged by Michelle. Can anything stop another mean-spirited, funny, older, ginger queen from taking the top-spot? Maybe just that she’d be a shorter and heavier clone of Bianca, plus her occasional non-eleganza fashion.
#2 Max (avg 4, was #3, 3, 4, 9)
Max has solidified her grasp on the top three with another team win where she coached the other girl to success and another beautiful runway. Is there anything this queen can’t do well? Maybe fend for herself, but we’ll have to see. She also needs to break out the major glamour and show some personality, to anticipate two knocks that will be coming her way soon. (I enjoy that she drinks water in Untucked – wouldn’t want liquor to get in the way of her performance!)
#3 Kennedy Davenport (avg 3, was #4, 6, 2, 2)
Kennedy remains in striking distance from the top, and I’m starting to learn to tell the difference between her occasional laziness and her frequent dry, dry, dry humor. I still say we have’t really seen all she’s supposedly capable of. Maybe a solo challenge will bring out the fighter, and there is nothing to clock about her gorgeous face and hair week after week. If she keeps it up and doesn’t commit another major act of self-defeating passive-aggression as she did with Shakesqueer, she’s going to make the top three purely on lack of errors.
#4 Violet Chachki (avg 2, was #1, 1, 1, 1)
The mighty has fallen, but not too far. Violet didn’t really miss the mark this week, but her lack of ability to edit was on display in her routine and in her exchange with Ru. Also, her lack of padding and chest was back again. If she really wants to be the polished, sassy young winner that Adore was not she needs to up the charm factor, and right now she’s up against a trio of total-package queens who are much more self-aware. But, they don’t have the suitcase she does, or the pretty face. It’s going to be a fight to the finish.
#5 Katya (avg 5, was #5, 5, 6, 6)
This should have been Katya’s breakout week, but two things got in the way. First, the punch she packs as a comedy queen can be a little over the top – and that’s a thing that can give Ru some pause. Second, her fashion is getting samey – floor-length glitter dresses with a slit. We need to see some style insanity like her week one runway compared with a performance where she is completely confident, and despite her being a prohibitive fan favorite I’m starting to fear those two stars will never align.
#6 Ms. Fame (avg 7, was #8, 8, 8, 3)
Was Fame’s blip of goofiness this week a sign that she’s going to loosen up? Will she ever not put a useless piece of tape on her brow? Was the chicken story and her crying so hard she was laughing in Untucked the sign that the real her has arrived? There are so many questions about this queen. She might be the personality I’d most like to spend time with (Katya is a little much), and it seems like it’s coming through on the runway, but how is she going to prevent herself from being Courtney Act Part Deux? (Courtney was at least legitimately slap-sticky underneath the beauty). And, when are we going to see her get truly fierce with the competition? She has in her favor that we’ve hit comedy and singing already, and she’ll be a beast in the makeover that always shows up around the 5-6 queen mark. She will just have to survive lip syncing on the week of Snatch Game (because that’s going to happen).
#7 Jaidynn Diore Fierce (avg 9, was #7, 11, 12, 10)
Poor sad Jaidynn. Here’s a queen who prepared most of the skills she would need for the competition and is hugely likeable, but just does not have a suitcase to support her run. Whether it’s lack of budget or lack of taste, she doesn’t have the runway fashion to keep her in the game. And she has another heavy queen and another black queen who are each besting her every move. Yet, she could crack the top five purely on charisma, uniqueness, nerve, talent, and lip sync, even if she keeps on being the Most-Busted Queen.
#8 Pearl (avg 8, was #10, 9, 7, 6)
Is a one week come-to-jesus enough to turn around Pearl’s sinking performance in this competition? TBD. Even if we get the silly Pearl we met tonight over and over again, she’s such a weirdo when it comes to her bustiers and her massively drawn-on boobs. What other challenge is she going to win? How is she going to knock off someone like Katya in a lip sync? I want to root for her, but I’m not sure I’m willing to give up on another queen first.
I was sad to see Kasha go this week, but with an average of nine this was her time.
#9 Kandy Ho (avg 9, was #9, 10, 11, 7)
It’s a crime that this queen didn’t get the cut this week. Unlike Pearl, who has a deep vein of influences but a subtle way of showing it, Kandy is a shallow pool. She hasn’t brought a single memorable thing to this competition yet other than her cube-hair, and she interviewed on Untucked about being “tired” and “over it.”