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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something halleloo: It's the runway of the brides, except this white wedding has a gender-bending twist. The females is decked out in a tux and their husbands-to-be are transformed by the remaining quees into beautiful(ish) brides.

Move over, Macklemore and Queen Latifah, there's a new marriage equality master in town, and RuPaul  be her name.

Before we dove into wedding planning, tonight's mini-challenge 

celebrated marriage equality by creating "twerks of art." The ladies 

covered their bodies in paint and then rolled all over a giant 


It was strange. After that, the ladies thought they were going to be 

paired with biologically female brides for the main challenge, only 

for it to be revealed that they'd actually be giving the menfolk a 

drag makeover. Turns out, some of these queens could give Vera 

Wang a run for her money. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka 

joined the panel to judge the final six.

1. Tonight was a clean sweep for Bianca Del Rio. First, she took 

the nonsensical mini-challenge (possibly the most meaningless 

challenge in recent memory), and then her bride was the heads and 

veils above the rest. The resemblance was strong, the dress was 

well-executed and Bianca still snuck some of her trademark barbs 

into the runway. ("Don't call me mommy in public.") She lucked 

out being paired with such a cooperative (and pretty) groom, but 

Bianca's clearly a pro, and I think she might be unstoppable.

2. After a short slump, BenDeLaCreme is back on track and on 

the path to the finals. The mother-of-the-bride look was on-point 

without being too matronly. (I also loved the unique walk.) She and 

Bianca are the yin and yang of the competition -- she's "terminally 

delightful" and Bianca's charmingly caustic. I don't care if the 

crown goes to the good witch or the bad witch, as long as one of 

these two is named this season's next drag superstar.

3. Once again, I find Courtney to be just OK. (Her Southern belle 

bride was more South Carolina than Louisiana, was it not?) When 

I'm not bored by her, she comes off sort of shrill (not a great thing 

for a singer). She seems likely to take that third spot, unless 

Adore's underdog narrative is fully realized and she surges from 


4. Speaking of Adore, boy, this was not her week. She can't sew; 

we know this already. Her bride-daughter was a horrible mess, yes, 

but it was an expected horrible mess. Still, I just can't help but root 

for her. And, to be completely honest, I'd much sooner pay to see 

an Adore Delano show than Darienne or Joslyn.

5. In all fairness to Darienne, I think she achieved the greatest 

transformation with her groom. When you look at the two of them 

side-by-side (above), it's striking. Darienne's look though? Yawn. 

NPH called it cocktail, but I think it looked a little Wal-Mart. 

We're at the end of the line now, and I don't think Darienne has the 

star power to make it beyond next week. It'll take a real 

catastrophe from one of the top four girls to keep Darienne around.

6. We righted last week's wrong and sent Joslyn Fox home. She 

had a rough go this week with a very uncomfortable groom. Poor 

guy couldn't even get through the runway without puking. (And no 

one even mentioned meaty tucks!) Though her look was slightly 

better than Adore's, her lip sync definitely was not. It was beyond 

time for this Fox to head home. Oh, Joslyn, you sweet, sweet idiot, 

you were somehow better and worse than everyone thought.

How would you rank the queens this week?


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