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Monday, January 16, 2023


The fever-dream continues. We’re up to Season 15 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

After kicking off with the first two episodes, the consensus seems to be really positive – everyone is loving the cast and the energy of this season.

Episode 3 – inevitably – had a bit less momentum, but was still entertaining.

The Main Challenge

This week, the cast had to face their first acting challenge.

Divided into three teams, the task was to create an infomercial about gay heaven.

We’ve seen this challenge concept before but it’s still a lot to pull together in a short period. As well as being organised enough to film every scene and make it coherent, the hardest bit is to try and make it funny.

Only one team really succeeded in this – Anetra’s team had Sasha and Selina and a few others, and their concept was clear, they had some running gags, and the overall payoff was satisfying.

The other two teams both had good ideas, but just needed more time to polish it all up and land the jokes.

The Runway

This week’s category was Metal.

It was a pretty solid runway – a lot of silver or gold or sexy robots.

Sasha’s silver metallic phoenix had great drama and movement, as did Luxx in her flowing gold look. Salina was a collection of street signs, that didn’t seem to work. Poppy looked a bit basic compared to what everyone had brought.

The Judging

Although it was a team challenge, everyone was judged individually.

In the top were Sasha, Lucy, and Luxx. Sasha was the winner, obviously.

In the bottom were Jax, Amtehyst, and Poppy. Jax was safe, leaving Amethyst and Poppy in the Bottom 2.

At this point, it really could have been anyone, so if you’re landing in the Bottom 2 it seems to be a pretty clear indication that the production team are struggling with storyline options for you.

The lip-sync

The track was Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross.

We’ve all watched this show long enough to know how much RuPaul idolises Diana Ross, so this is an interesting choice for an Episode 3 lip-sync.

Both Poppy and Amethyst did their thing = Poppy leaned a bit more into the “drag-comedy” whereas Amethyst played it fairly straight down the line. It was fine from both of them.

It could have gone either way, but ultimately it was Amethyst who was safe while Poppy was eliminated.

Episode 3, done!

 The Ranking

1.      SASHA COLBY: The iconic queen of the House of Colby has arrived! Known worldwide for her memorable reign as Miss Continental, and as Kerri Colby’s drag mother, Sasha is a queen to be reckoned with. This Hawaiian-born goddess has been slaying drag stages for 20 years, so she’s got to live up to her legendary reputation. Serving body, beauty and bodacious all-around talent, Sasha is fierce. Officially. Give. Sasha. Her. Crown.

2.      ANETRA: She may seem low-key at times, but still waters run deep. Plus, with serious taekwondo skills, she’s ready to take all the other queens out, one by one. Chop ’til ya drop! She won the first episode and the talent show was awesome. Love her. She’s giving Top 4 energy.

3.      LUXX NOIR LONDON: Who ordered the diva-licious dazzler? Luxx Noir London is an effervescent ingΓ©nue whose stunning style is matched only by her no-holds-barred attitude. She’s always ready to tell it like it “t-i-s!” And while Luxx may be this season’s youngest queen, she’s got the confidence to take her all the way. Just ask her! She’s not lacking in confidence and she’s giving good TV. Luxx has all the elements required to be a successful entertainer but she doesn’t have a huge amount of performance experience – that might be her downfall.

4.      LOOSEY LADUCA: Construction worker by day, singing-and-dancing drag diva by night… Loosey LaDuca is ready to use all her tools to make it to the top! A perfectionist, powerhouse performer with killer curves and 12 years in the Connecticut drag scene, Loosey’s the ultimate mix of showgirl sass and campy charisma. She’s a queen who has it all… Now, she just needs a crown. Not a great start, but she’s bounced back and clearly has a lot to offer.

5.      AURA MAYARI: This high-kicking, high-energy Filipina goddess is known for slaying the stages in Nashville. And watch out – because she brings a little sexy swagger to her drag. She gives GREAT TV, we love the confidence and the biceps. Aura can serve looks and performance, but the jury is probably still out on the acting and comedy side of things.

6.      JAX: The self-described Simone Biles of drag grew up doing gymnastics and competitive cheer, and now she’s ready to go for the gold in the Olympics of drag! Her personality is a bit more low-key but she’s clearly a great performer. It will be interesting to see how she navigates this competition.

7.      SUGAR: Hope you’ve got a sweet tooth, because social media superstar Sugar has arrived! She and her TikTok twin sister, Spice, may have come as a package deal, but when it comes to snatching the Drag Race crown, Sugar’s ready to taste victory all on her own. But how can you tell these twins apart? “It’s easy,” says Sugar. “I’m the prettier one.” I can tell her apart from her twin and I must say she has the goods to last in this competition.

8.      SPICE: Making herstory as one-half of Drag Race’s first-ever identical twin contestants, Spice has arrived with her TikTok superstar sister, Sugar! These living dolls may be new to performing, but they’re ready to double the fun and the drama this season. Take note: Spice is the edgier diva of the duo, and she’s ready to prove that she’s got plenty of flavor to stand on her own! Spice is as equally talented as sugar and I look forward to great things from her.

9.      MALAYSIA BABYDOLL FOXX: Believe it or not, the sensational and motivational Malaysia Babydoll Foxx is the first-ever Miami queen to grace the Drag Race mainstage! A professional makeup artist and hair stylist to the stars, this opinionated foxy mama is bringing veteran skills and thrills to the competition, and she is not afraid to show these younger queens what real drag is! An experienced queen who knows her craft.

10. MISTRESS ISABELLE BROOKS: Houston we do not have a problem! Hailing from the great state of Texas, Mistress Isabelle Brooks is the epitome of classic Southern drag! She calls herself “Houston’s Heavyweight Champ” and trust, she came to pack a punch. Gutsy, glamorous, and full of attitude, our Miss Brooks was raised in the spangled world of Texas drag, and now she’s ready to rule the school. She’s serving Drag with a capital D and a 1-inch heel. Obsessed.

11. ROBIN FIERCE: Make way for Connecticut’s grand diva, the Robin Fierce! A mix of Beyonce sass and Diahann Carroll class, this proudly bougie beauty is ready to shine her light for the world! She may sometimes have a chill vibe, but when she hits the stage, expect kicks and cartwheels for days! She’s an accomplished queen but her personality is struggling to break through in a room full of big characters.

12. SALINA ESTITTIES: ¡Hola! Salina EsTitties is a brassy, sassy Latinx diva repping L.A, baby! A fiery self-described combo of chola street style and campy comedy, Salina is a take-no-prisoners performer. From the bar scene to TV, film and commercial work, this saucy sister stays booked and busy! She’s got a mouth, big drag, and big plans to win. She’s a big personality. The confidence is not misplaced.

13. MARCIA MARCIA MARCIA: OMG, she’s the most popular girl in school – and mom’s favorite! It’s Marcia Marcia Marcia! This NYC ingΓ©nue sings, dances, and brings Broadway chops to the mainstage. And she’s got much more than a hunch – she’s ready to go all the way! She’s a white twink from NYC who’s weaponised her BFA. She’s not here to mess around.

14. AMETHYST: She’s likeable but it hasn’t been the strongest of starts. She’s had to lip-sync twice. Sure, she’s one both lip-syncs but it’s hard to see how she’s going to survive any slip-ups from here.


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