This week of RuPaul’s Drag Race felt like a bit of a letdown, despite a pretty lively challenge.
That’s not entirely the fault of the final Lip Sync, which saw British queen Charlie Hides completely give up any chance to save her spot in the show with a defeated lip sync.
Part of the problem was also a stilted edit, which gave us little time with one of two morning show teams and which flew past a pretty basic Naughty Nighty runway theme.
The queens tackled the central challenge with aplomb, hosting a live morning show filled with back-and-forth repartee and little room for error. The show-with-a-show laid bare one of Drag Race‘s big weaknesses – their silly scripted challenges. All eight of the queens who had to adhere to a stricter script were duds, and one of the teams was sandbagged with a dour set of anchor personalities. Meanwhile, the four queens allowed to sass up their cooking and DIY segments were a hilarious success.
I’ve got Drag Race‘s writers in the bottom of the rankings this week, but the top of the race is getting thrilling. Three queens seem to be getting comfortable at the top of the ranks, while two contenders are losing steam again a newly risen queen suddenly back in contention.
Want to know who’s who in that assessment? Keep reading!